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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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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At 18-plus years or, if you prefer to combine Washington’s two Afghan wars, 28-plus years, we’re talking about the longest American war in history. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, February 13, 2020
War Addicts, Inc.
My first question is simple enough: After 18-plus years of our forever wars, where are all the questions? Almost two decades of failing American wars across a startlingly large part of the planet and I’d like to know, for instance, who's been fired for them? Who’s been impeached? Who’s even paying...
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Climate change, after all, looks to be nature’s slo-mo version of nuclear war. (Photo: David Gray/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 27, 2020
For the Fate of Planet Earth, Please See Page 5
Let me betray my age for a moment. Some of you, I know, will be shocked, but I still read an actual newspaper. Words on real paper every day. I’m talking about the New York Times, and something stuck with me from the January 9th edition of that "paper" paper. Of course, in the world of the Internet...
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After more than 18 years of war with neither end nor victory in sight, says Tom Engelhardt, absolute failure is the "new success" as Pentagon budgets and arms makers' profits soar while the military-industrial complex enjoys the bounty of endless conflict and blood further than the eye can see. (Photo: Jeff Owens / EyeEm / iStock via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The Global War of Error
Yes, our infrastructure stinks , our schools are failing , this country’s a nightmare of inequality, and there’s a self-promoting madman in the White House, so isn’t it time to take pride in the rare institutional victories America has had in this century? Arguably, none has been more striking than...
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A visitor waves a flag while listening to President Donald Trump deliver a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo: Jeff Views
Monday, December 23, 2019
Is Donald Trump America's Second 9/11?
Here's the question at hand—and I guarantee you that you’ll read it here first: Is Donald Trump the second or even possibly the third 9/11? Because truly, he has to be one or the other. Let me explain, and while I do, keep this in mind: as 2019 ends, thanks to Brexit and the victory of Boris...
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The shambling body of that president of ours—thanks to a set of media decisions about what truly draws eyeballs on this planet—simply blocks out much of the rest of the world, everything but HIM and anything or anyone faintly relevant to or associated with or ready to attack him and his strange imperial solar system. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)  Views
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Which Witch Are We Witch Hunting?
French king Louis XV reputedly said , “ Après moi, le déluge .” (“After me, the flood.”) Whether that line was really his or not remains unclear, but not long after his death did come the French Revolution. We should be so lucky! Our all-American version of Louis XV, Donald I, is incapable, I...
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We are all hostages to the blunderer who would never have been in the White House if it weren’t for a country that had already auctioned off its political system to the highest bidders and its government to the national security state. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 04, 2019
Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump
There can be no question about it. Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts. "Off with his head!" was the president's essential suggestion for—to offer just one example—a certain whistleblower who fingered him on that now notorious Ukrainian phone call . And if The Donald hasn’t also been...
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Think of Donald Trump as the president of that decline or, if you prefer, as MR. BREXIT! (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 14, 2019
American Brexit
Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer. Back in August 2016, in the midst of his presidential campaign, he proudly tweeted , "They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!" On the subject of the British leaving the European Union (EU) he's neither faltered nor wavered. That June, he was...
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Increasing numbers of the young are now starting to make demands and, in the wake of that march, I have the feeling that the demanding won’t stop until they get at least some of what they want -- and the rest of us so desperately need. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 30, 2019
Make America Greta Again
Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000 ) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly collapsed. Which...
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