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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

September 23rd, 2012

Obama Against the World: Forget Mitt Romney, Can the President Make It to November 7th?

Crossposted from TomDispatch Since this is my version of an election piece, I plan to get the usual stuff out of the way fast. So yes, the smartest political odds-givers around believe President Obama has a distinct edge over Mitt Romney coming out of the conventions, the Senate is trending ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

August 27th, 2012

The Best Laid Plans: How Quickly Will the U.S. Leave Afghanistan?

In the wake of several deaths among its contingent of troops in a previously peaceful province in Afghanistan, New Zealand (like France and South Korea) is now expediting the departure of its 140 soldiers.  That’s not exactly headline-making news here in the U.S.  If you’re an American, you probably didn’t ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

August 1st, 2012

Mission Failure: Afghanistan

Crossposted from TomDispatchImagine for a moment that almost once a week for the last six months somebody somewhere in this country had burst, well-armed, into a movie theater showing a superhero film and fired into the audience. That would get your attention, wouldn’t it? James Holmes times 21?  It would ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

July 19th, 2012

That Makes No Sense!: Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours.  In a series of scenes, it described frustrating incidents in the life of a young girl, each ending with the line -- which my tiny daughter would boom out with remarkable ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

July 5th, 2012

The Military Solution: The Lessons Washington Can't Draw From the Failure of the Military Option

Crossposted from TomDispatchAmericans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began.  Certainly, a smaller percentage of us -- less than 1% -- serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washington’s constant warring in distant ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

June 26th, 2012

And You Thought It Would Be Easy?: Graduating the Class of 2012 Onto Our Overheated Planet

Crossposted from TomDispatch[Note: No one invited me to give this graduation speech.  It was concocted freely in the campus of my mind and it’s meant for the rest of us in the class of 2012.] Class of 2012, greetings! It’s a deceptively glorious day, even under this tent in the ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

June 17th, 2012

It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There: The Value of American – and Afghan – Lives

Crossposted from TomDispatch"Do you do this in the United States? There is police action every day in the United States... They don't call in airplanes to bomb the place." -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai denouncing U.S. air strikes on homes in his country, June 12, 2012 It was almost closing ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

June 5th, 2012

Praying at the Church of St. Drone: The President and His Apostles

Crossposted from TomDispatchBe assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.  The last two presidents may not have been emperors or kings, but they -- and the vast national-security ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 24th, 2012

How to Forget on Memorial Day: Whistling Past the Graveyard of Empires

Crossposted from TomDispatchIt’s the saddest reading around: the little announcements that dribble out of the Pentagon every day or two -- those terse, relatively uninformative death notices: rank; name; age; small town, suburb, or second-level city of origin; means of death (“small arms fire,” “improvised explosive device,” “the result of ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 13th, 2012

America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill: On Staring Death in the Face and Not Noticing

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere’s the essence of it: you can trust America’s crème de la crème, the most elevated, responsible people, no matter what weapons, what powers, you put in their hands.  No need to constantly look over their shoulders. Placed in the hands of evildoers, those weapons and powers could ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 10th, 2012

The Afghan Syndrome: Vietnam Has Left Town, Say Hello to the New Syndrome on the Block

Take off your hat. Taps is playing. Almost four decades late, the Vietnam War and its post-war spawn, the Vietnam Syndrome, are finally heading for their American grave.  It may qualify as the longest attempted burial in history.  Last words -- both eulogies and curses -- have been offered too ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 3rd, 2012

Data Mining You: How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World

Crossposted from TomDispatchI was out of the country only nine days, hardly a blink in time, but time enough, as it happened, for another small, airless room to be added to the American national security labyrinth.  On March 22nd, Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

March 12th, 2012

The 0% Doctrine: Obama Breaks New Ground When It Comes to War With Iran

Crossposted from TomDispatchWhen I was young, the Philadelphia Bulletin ran cartoon ads that usually featured a man in trouble -- dangling by his fingers, say, from an outdoor clock.  There would always be people all around him, but far too engrossed in the daily paper to notice.  The tagline was: ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 23rd, 2012

Remotely Piloted War

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn the American mind, if Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press here.  They have generally been greeted as if they were the sleekest of iPhones armed with missiles. When the first American drone assassins burst onto the global stage early in the last decade, they ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 6th, 2012

Offshore Everywhere

Crossposted from TomDispatchMake no mistake: we’re entering a new world of military planning.  Admittedly, the latest proposed Pentagon budget manages to preserve just about every costly toy-cum-boondoggle from the good old days when MiGs still roamed the skies, including an uncut nuclear arsenal.  Eternally over-budget items like the F-35 Joint ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 30th, 2012

Iranian Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf of Mexico

Crossposted from TomDispatch Exclusive: New Iranian Commando Team Operating Near U.S. (Tehran, FNA) The Fars News Agency has confirmed with the Republican Guard’s North American Operations Command that a new elite Iranian commando team is operating in the U.S.-Mexican border region. The primary day-to-day mission of the team, known as ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 12th, 2012

Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere’s the ad for this moment in Washington (as I imagine it): Militarized superpower adrift and anxious in alien world.  Needs advice.  Will pay.  Pls respond qkly.  PO Box 1776-2012, Washington, DC. Here’s the way it actually went down in Washington last week: a triumphant performance by a ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

January 3rd, 2012

Debacle!

Crossposted from TomDispatchIt was to be the war that would establish empire as an American fact.  It would result in a thousand-year Pax Americana.  It was to be “mission accomplished” all the way.  And then, of course, it wasn’t.  And then, almost nine dismal years later, it was over (sorta). ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 19th, 2011

The Four Occupations of Planet Earth

Crossposted from TomDispatchOn the streets of Moscow in the tens of thousands, the protesters chanted: “We exist!”  Taking into account the comments of statesmen, scientists, politicians, military officials, bankers, artists, all the important and attended to figures on this planet, nothing caught the year more strikingly than those two words ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 11th, 2011

How to Turn Election Year Into Election Life

Crossposted from TomDispatchSometimes words outlive their usefulness.  Sometimes the gap between changing reality and the names we’ve given it grows so wide that they empty of all meaning or retain older meanings that only confuse us.  “Election,” “presidential election campaign,” and “democracy” all seem like obvious candidates for name-change. I ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 1st, 2011

He was 22... She was 12...

Crossposted from TomdispatchHe was 22, a corporal in the Marines from Preston, Iowa, a “city” incorporated in 1890 with a present population of 949.  He died in a hospital in Germany of “wounds received from an explosive device while on patrol in Helmand province [Afghanistan].”  Of him, his high school ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

November 17th, 2011

How the Movies Saved My Life

Crossposted from TomdispatchEvery childhood has its own geography and every child is an explorer, as daring as any Peary or Amundsen or Scott. I was the mildest of children, such a picky eater that my parents called me a “quince” (a fruit sour enough, they insisted, to make your face ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

November 8th, 2011

An All-American Nightmare

Crossposted from TomdispatchHow about a moment of silence for the passing of the American Dream?  M.R.I.C.  (May it rest in carnage.) No, I’m not talking about the old dream of opportunity that involved homeownership, a better job than your parents had, a decent pension, and all the rest of the ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 31st, 2011

OWS at Valley Forge

Crossposted from TomDispatchOnce the Arab Spring broke loose, people began asking me why this country was still so quiet.  I would always point out that no one ever expects or predicts such events.  Nothing like this, I would say, happens until it happens, and only then do you try to ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 20th, 2011

Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail?

Crossposted from TomdispatchThink of Iraq as the AIG of wars -- the only difference being that the bailout there didn’t involve just three payouts.  More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going.  Even as the U.S. military withdraws, the State ... continue reading

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