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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There’s no question that, at the beck and call of the fossil-fuel industry, Donald Trump and his demonic crew have worked without qualms or remorse to ensure that this would be a fiery and furious America. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 21, 2020
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen
It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator. In fact, in typical Trumpian fashion, he was pissed at the Korean leader and, no less typically, he lashed out verbally, threatening that country with a literal hell on Earth. As he put it, "...
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"Donald J. Trump has given American carnage new meaning and, in his singular way, lent a remarkable hand to the transformation of this country," writes Engelhardt. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Fourth World or American Carnage From a Pandemic President
The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe’s lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be- indispensable nation . The only one left—alone, utterly alone and triumphant atop the world. Who could have asked for more? Or better? It had...
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Monday, August 10, 2020
It Could Have Been Different
Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can’t claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I’m 76 now. True...
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By the time this crew is done, it may be nobody’s century.(Photo: Carlo Allegri/ Reuters) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Donald J. Trump as Osama bin Laden's Revenge
It’s July 2020 and I’m about to turn 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald J. Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly white...
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Think of Donald Trump as the American imperial establishment’s ultimate gift to humanity. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The Pre-History of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire: A Rant
Let me rant for a moment. I don’t do it often, maybe ever. I’m not Donald Trump. Though I’m only two years older than him, I don’t even know how to tweet and that tells you everything you really need to know about Tom Engelhardt in a world clearly passing me by. Still, after years in which America’...
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This is the moment when I would normally say: class of 2020, gather yourselves together and, arm in arm, take this path through that gate and off this beautiful campus where you’ve just spent four years of your life. It’s time for you to enter our world and make it a better place. (Image: 'Class of 0000' campaign) Views
Monday, June 01, 2020
Donald Trump May Not Be Herbert Hoover
Class of 2020, wherever you are, I had planned to address you on this graduation day. But how can I? Yes, I know that former President Obama , Oprah Winfrey , and Tom Hanks all took part in elaborate online graduation ceremonies, offering commentary, advice, and encouragement in our now campus-less...
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Still, historically speaking, killing Afghans or Iraqis or Syrians or Yemenis or Somalis has always been one thing, but Americans? That’s another story entirely, no? (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Killer-in-Chief
“Be 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.” So I wrote back in June 2012, with a presidential election approaching. I was referring then to the war on...
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In some sense, President Trump has been exhibiting the sort of detachment from reality that American presidents and other officials did less openly in the Vietnam years.  And for this president, Covid-19 could indeed prove to be the disease version of a Vietnam War. (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?
Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That’s right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president ). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history: "Say, what do I care about...
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As last year ended, Science magazine reported that, in North America, there were three billion fewer birds than in 1970; in other words, almost one out of every three birds on this continent is now gone. (Photo: Frozen Stills) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
In Memoriam: A Planet of Missing Beauties
The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal , the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago. Actually, to make that sentence accurate, I should probably have put either “first” or “ever saw” in quotation marks. After all, I was already 12 years...
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After all—god save us—he might even find himself in the White House for a second term. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
The Trump Conundrum
Here’s the truth of it: I’d like a presidential pardon. Really, I would. And I think I deserve it more than Michael Milken or Rod Blagojevich or—because it’s obviously heading our way— Roger Stone (not to speak of Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort). Unlike the rest of them, I genuinely deserve a...
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