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Blogger Profile: Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com.  His latest book is The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s (Haymarket Books). 

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Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 1st, 2014

In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell (1943-2014)

Crossposted from TomDispatch “Up to a few months ago, Ben Suc was a prosperous village of some thirty-five hundred people.”  That is the initial line of The Village of Ben Suc, his first book, a copy of which I recently reread on a plane trip, knowing that he was soon ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

March 6th, 2014

Missing in Action: What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Crossposted from TomDispatch There is, it seems, something new under the sun. Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory.  Take a look around and you’ll see a world at the boiling point.  From Ukraine to Syria, South Sudan to Thailand, ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 20th, 2014

Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere, at least, is a place to start: intelligence officials have weighed in with an estimate of just how many secret files National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took with him when he headed for Hong Kong last June. Brace yourself: 1.7 million.  At least they claim that as ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 3rd, 2014

Ending the World the Human Way: Climate Change as the Anti-News

Crossposted from TomDispatch Here’s the scoop: When it comes to climate change, there is no “story,” not in the normal news sense anyway. The fact that 97% of scientists who have weighed in on the issue believe that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon is not a story.  That only ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 6th, 2014

American Jihad 2014: The New Fundamentalists

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn a 1950s civics textbook of mine, I can remember a Martian landing on Main Street, U.S.A., to be instructed in the glories of our political system.  You know, our tripartite government, checks and balances, miraculous set of rights, and vibrant democracy.  There was, Americans then thought, much ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 3rd, 2013

The American Way of Manners: Col. Manners Answers Your Questions on the Etiquette of War, Nuclear Threats, and Surveillance

Crossposted from TomDispatchBy Colonel Manners (with a helping hand from Tom Engelhardt) [Editor’s Note: Many publications have advice columnists, but none has our old friend Colonel Manners (ret.), whose experience in military and surveillance matters is evident from his impressive CV (unfortunately, a classified document).  His assignment: to answer questions ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 28th, 2013

Why Washington Can’t Stop: The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts

Crossposted from TomDispatch In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world -- the whole planet -- into six “commands.”  Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done so largely unchallenged for almost seven decades.  ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

September 18th, 2013

Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower: How the Security State’s Mania for Secrecy Will Create You

Crossposted from TomDispatch Dear Whistleblower, I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year. You may be young and computer-savvy or a career federal employee ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

August 8th, 2013

I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours

Crossposted from TomDispatchHey, let’s talk spying!  In Surveillance America, this land of spookery we all now inhabit, what else is there to talk about? Was there anyone growing up like me in the 1950s who didn’t know Revolutionary War hero and spy Nathan Hale’s last words before the British hanged ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

July 16th, 2013

How to Be a Rogue Superpower: A Manual for the Twenty-First Century

Crossposted from TomDispatchIt’s hard even to know how to take it in.  I mean, what’s really happening?  An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with unknown numbers of files about America’s developing global security state on a thumb drive and four laptop computers, and jumps the nearest plane ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 23rd, 2013

Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

Crossposted from TomDispatchWe have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group: genocide.  And one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment: ecocide.  But we don’t have a word for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on, the world as humanity ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 7th, 2013

And Then There Was One: Imperial Gigantism and the Decline of Planet Earth

It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia.  Its nuclear arsenal held 45,000 warheads, and its military had five million troops under arms.  There had been nothing like it in Eurasia since the Mongols conquered ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 24th, 2013

Filling the Empty Battlefield: Jeremy Scahill, Blowback Reporter

Chalmers Johnson’s book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire was published in March 2000 -- and just about no one noticed.  Until then, blowback had been an obscure term of CIA tradecraft, which Johnson defined as “the unintended consequences of policies that were kept secret from the American people.”  In ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 14th, 2013

The Enemy-Industrial Complex: How to Turn a World Lacking in Enemies into the Most Threatening Place in the Universe

The communist enemy, with the “world’s fourth largest military,” has been trundling missiles around and threatening the United States with nuclear obliteration.  Guam, Hawaii, Washington: all, it claims, are targetable.  The coverage in the media has been hair-raising.  The U.S. is rushing an untested missile defense system to Guam, deploying ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 2nd, 2013

American Anniversaries from Hell: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Crossposted from TomDispatch It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.  Nonetheless, two anniversaries of American disasters and crimes abroad -- the “mission accomplished” debacle of 2003 and the 45th anniversary of the My Lai massacre -- were at least noted ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

March 10th, 2013

Where Is Everybody?: Why It’s So Tough to Get Your Head Around Climate Change

Crossposted from TomDispatch Two Sundays ago, I traveled to the nation’s capital to attend what was billed as “the largest climate rally in history” and I haven’t been able to get the experience -- or a question that haunted me -- out of my mind.  Where was everybody? First, though, ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 12th, 2013

Dumb and Dumber: A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve

Crossposted from TomDispatch You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain it.  Or you could just settle for a few simple, all-American ones.  Like dumb. Stupid. ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 7th, 2013

The American Lockdown State: Post-Legal Drones, the Bin Laden Tax, and Other Wonders of Our American World

Crossposted from TomDispatch Consider Inauguration Day, more than two weeks gone and already part of our distant past.  In its wake, President Obama was hailed (or reviled) for his “liberal” second inaugural address.  On that day everything from his invocation of women’s rights (“Seneca Falls”), the civil rights movement (“Selma”), and the gay rights ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 14th, 2013

The Pentagon as a Global NRA: For Washington, There Is No Arms Control Abroad

Crossposted from TomDispatchGiven these last weeks, who doesn’t know what an AR-15 is?  Who hasn’t seen the mind-boggling stats on the way assault rifles have flooded this country, or tabulations of accumulating Newtown-style mass killings, or noted that there are barely more gas stations nationwide than federally licensed firearms dealers, or heard the renewed debates ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 6th, 2013

The U.S. Intelligence Community’s New Year’s Wish

Crossposted from TomDispatchThink of it as a simple formula: if you’ve been hired (and paid handsomely) to protect what is, you’re going to be congenitally ill-equipped to imagine what might be.  And yet the urge not just to know the contours of the future, but to plant the Stars and ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 4th, 2012

The Barack Obama Story: How a Community Organizer and Constitutional Law Professor Became a Robot President

Crossposted from TomDispatchPresident Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. In my younger years, I might have said “crazy,” but that was back when I thought being ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

November 22nd, 2012

The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small): History, Farce, and David Petraeus

Crossposted from TomdispatchHistory, it is said, arrives first as tragedy, then as farce.  First as Karl Marx, then as the Marx Brothers.  In the case of twenty-first century America, history arrived first as George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith and the ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

November 16th, 2012

The Mandate of Hell: How Not to Change the World

Crossposted from TomDispatch In the fall of 1948, Harry Truman barnstormed the country by train, repeatedly bashing a “do-nothing Congress,” and so snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in that year’s presidential campaign.  This year, neither presidential candidate focused on blasting a do-nothing Congress or, in Obama’s case, “Republican ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 24th, 2012

Democratic Mockpocalypse: How Big Can One Election Get?

Obesity is an American plague -- and no, I’m not talking about overweight Americans.  I’m talking about our overweight, supersized presidential campaign.  I’m talking about Big Election, the thing that’s moved into our homes and, especially if you live in a “swing state,” is now hogging your television almost 24/7. ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 9th, 2012

Overwrought Empire: The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power

Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real “American Century” -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a ... continue reading

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Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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Mar 14th
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