Tom Engelhardt

shadowgovengelhardt.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). Previous books include Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (co-authored with Nick Turse), The United States of Fear, The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture: a History of the Cold War and Beyond, as well as of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Iraq War 4.0?
Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:15am
Shrinking the Empire: A Session on the Imperial Couch
[ What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally, even in an age in which privacy means ever less to anyone, we wouldn’t consider publishing such a private encounter, but the...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm
Building a War Escalation Machine: The Phantasmagoric World of Washington
Sometimes it seemed that only two issues mattered in the midterm election campaigns just ended. No, I’m not talking about Obamacare, or the inequality gap, or the country’s sagging infrastructure, or education, or energy policy. I mean two issues that truly threaten the wellbeing of citizens from...
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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:15am
The Neverending Story of How to Mess Up Afghanistan
From the beginning, it was to be “Russia’s Vietnam.” First the administration of President Jimmy Carter, then that of President Ronald Reagan was determined to give the Soviet Union a taste of what the U.S. had gone through in its disastrous 14-year war in Southeast Asia. As National Security...
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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:30am
Stand Tall America, We’re #1! (When It Comes to Our Military Budget, Knocking Off Wedding Parties, Military Bases, etc.)
We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016. Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns ) will kick off with the usual round of media speculation and...
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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:30am
Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying
Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer : 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:15am
On Being An Indispensable Nation... In Flames
It was May 23, 2012, and President Obama was giving a graduation speech at the Air Force Academy when he told the assembled cadets that they should "never bet against the United States of America... [because] the United States has been, and will always be, the one indispensable nation in world...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:15am
Inside the Terrordome: ISIS and America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria
It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued. At some...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 4:15am
A Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower in the Age of Blowback
Note: The following is excerpted from Tom Engelhardt's just-published book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World , with a foreword by Glenn Greenwald. It appears here on Common Dreams with kind permision from the publisher, Haymarket...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Failure Is Success: How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century
What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters . You create a global surveillance state for the ages . You listen in on your citizenry and gather their communications in staggering quantities. Your employees...
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