Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt

nation_unmade_by_war.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).Previous books include: Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). 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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"Folks, it’s going to be anything but pretty. Welcome to that most unpredictable and dangerous of entities, a dying empire." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Thursday, September 27, 2018
In the Heart of a Dying Empire
When you think about it, the Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet—about 25,000 miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water. It’s not so hard, if you’re in a certain frame of mind (as American officials...
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This makes him and his administration criminals of a historic sort. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, September 06, 2018
What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?
I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does -- any tweet, any insult at any rally -- is the news of the day, any day. But he won’t be remembered for any of the things now in our headlines. No human being, it’s true, has ever been covered the way he has, so what an...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
The War Piece to End All War Pieces
Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I’m going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America’s second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001, almost 17 years ago, just after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan...
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 NASA image of the United States of America at night Views
Friday, July 27, 2018
Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s
There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I was always 40 years old; I was, that is, an old young man and a young old one. Tell that to my legs now. Of course, there’s nothing faintly strange in such a development. It’s the most ordinary...
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Monday, July 09, 2018
America’s Addictions: Opioids, Donald Trump, and War
When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 ( more than died in the Vietnam War), an average of 175 people a...
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"The greed of those geopolitical dreamers will intersect with the greed of an ever wealthier, ever more gilded 1%, of the billionaires who were preparing to swallow whole the political system of that last superpower and grab so much of the wealth of the planet, leaving so little for others."(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 14, 2018
A Twenty-First-Century History of Greed
Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren’t so grim. If you look, you can find examples of this just about anywhere. Here, for instance, is a...
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"There are no walls, no entrances or exits that can be closed in order to contain the damage from or protect the American people from Washington’s destructive follies." (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Duck-and-Cover America: Advice to College Graduates in The Age of Trump
Class of 2018, I’ve always been told that a joke’s a good way to launch any talk. It’s a matter of breaking the ice, though on your graduation day, with the temperature soaring into the upper eighties, that may not be the perfect image. Still, you know what I mean: an attempt to lighten the...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine
Note from Tom: Today’s post is an excerpt from my newest book, A Nation Unmade by War , my personal portrait of our increasingly mad world. It’s just hitting the bookstores, so do support TomDispatch (and me) by picking up a copy. As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of...
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Across significant parts of the Middle East in the years since, the U.S. has had a major hand in destroying not just tower after tower, but city after city  Fallujah, Ramadi, and Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa in Syria, Sirte in Libya. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
The Caliphate of Trump
They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings has proven devastating. Recently, for instance, a fanatic set off his explosives among a group of citizens lining up outside a government office to register to vote...
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"At the center of that vortex of corruption lies the president and his family, the man whose taxes remain an American mystery and who couldn’t even get them in on time this year." (Photo: Defending Our Future/Twitter) Views
Monday, April 30, 2018
Swamping the Drain in Washington
Recently, I visited New York’s Guggenheim Museum for a show of conceptual art by Danh Vo , whose family fled Vietnam as the American war there ended in 1975. He was four years old when he became a refugee and, through a series of flukes, found himself in Denmark, which has been his home ever since...
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