Tom Engelhardt

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"It was, in other words, the perfect moment for a billionaire salesman-cum-conman-cum-reality-TV-sensation to descend that escalator." (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, November 30, 2017
A President Made for a Zombie Apocalypse Media World
Don’t look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you’ve been doing, just like we’ve all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I’ll tell you exactly why you shouldn’t stop. To begin with, it’s time to think of...
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The U.S. also topped sales of weaponry to developing nations.  In these years, Washington has, in fact, peddled the products of those arms makers to at least 100 countries, a staggering figure if you stop a moment to think about the violence on this planet. Views
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Mental Health and Nuclear Weapons
When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. Their role has been to beat the drums (of war) for the major American weapons makers and it’s been a highly profitable and...
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"Afghanistan is not just the longest war in American history but possibly the longest opium war in anyone’s history." Views
Monday, November 13, 2017
Afghanistan: The Gateway Drug for Three Administrations
As you read “ Into the Afghan Abyss (Again) ” by historian Alfred McCoy, author most recently of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power , think of Afghanistan as the gateway drug for three Washington administrations. Within weeks of the 9/11 attacks,...
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And so the wars would spread, states would begin to crumble, terror movements would multiply, and each little shiver of fear, each set of American deaths, whether by such movements or “lone wolves” in the U.S. and Europe, would call up just one response: more of the same. Views
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Osama Bin Laden’s America: Niger, 9/11, and Apocalyptic Humiliation
Honestly, if there’s an afterlife, then the soul of Osama bin Laden, whose body was consigned to the waves by the U.S. Navy back in 2011, must be swimming happily with the dolphins and sharks. At the cost of the sort of spare change that Donald Trump recently offered aides and former campaign...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Donald Trump: God of the Apocalypse
Once upon a time, long ago in another universe, the end of the world was left in the hands of the gods, not human beings. Today, however, humanity, in its curious ingenuity, has managed to come up with two ways of destroying itself, as well as the very habitat that welcomed and nourished it all...
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
'Tell Me How This Ends?': David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question
It took 14 years, but now we have an answer. It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and Major General David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Rick Atkinson, Washington Post journalist and military historian, was...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Empire of Madness: Tweeting While the World Burns
It’s January 2025, and within days of entering the Oval Office, a new president already faces his first full-scale crisis abroad. Twenty-four years after it began, the war on terror, from the Philippines to Nigeria, rages on. In 2024 alone, the U.S. launched repeated air strikes on 15 nations (or,...
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"The U.S. military’s plans for 2020, 2023, and beyond will undoubtedly be yet more landmarks on a highway to failure." Views
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Victory at Last!
It was bloody and brutal , a true generational struggle, but give them credit. In the end, they won when so many lost. James Comey was axed. Sean Spicer went down in a heap of ashes. Anthony Scaramucci crashed and burned instantaneously. Reince Priebus hung on for dear life but was finally canned...
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Blame the evil doers for the devastation visiting this planet?  Sure thing.  But us?  Not for a second. Views
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Pardon Me! High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump
Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours. We were the sole...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
"Collateral Damage" Isn’t Collateral, It’s Central
You would barely know it, living in this country, but the essence of modern warfare is what our military tends to call “collateral damage”: the killing or wounding of civilians, not combatants. The Global War on Terror -- more than 15 years later a no-name set of conflicts still spreading across...
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