Tom Engelhardt

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Monday, May 29, 2017
Little Big Man: Into the Whirlwind
He’s huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America. Never has a president been quite so big. So absolutely monstrous. Or quite so small. He’s our Little Big Man. I know, I know... he induces panic, fear,...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Mosul, Thomas Friedman, and the Globalization of Misery
The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next to nothing about Mosul’s, nor do I have more than a glancing sense of what it looks like, or more accurately what it...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The War on Terror Is a War of Chaos
Here’s a footnote to America’s present wars that’s worth pondering for a few moments. The U.S. Air Force is running out of ordinary bombs, smart bombs , and in some cases missiles . No kidding. The air war over Syria and Iraq that began in August 2014 and is now two-and-a-half years old has eaten...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
The Chameleon Presidency
MOAB sounds more like an incestuous , war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.” Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention. He...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It
On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. The first, “ Hippie Modernism ,” an exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s (heavy on psychedelic posters), was appropriately enough at...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Running Over Future Generations
Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “ national (in)security .” They've also been the lifeblood of a media machine that loves to focus 24/7 on immediate and obvious...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator ) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq. Donald Trump may have been...
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Monday, February 27, 2017
The Art of the Trumpaclysm
It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens ?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending. What a hit it's been! It’s driving people back to newspapers (online, if not in print) and...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: A Preview of the Trump Era Crimes to Come
It started in June 2015 with that Trump Tower escalator ride into the presidential race to the tune of Neil Young’s “ Rockin’ in the Free World .” (“ But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead, there's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead, don't feel like Satan, but I am to them..." )...
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Monday, January 23, 2017
How Not To Predict the Future
They call themselves the U.S. “ Intelligence Community ,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people , including its director, and by 2008 had already grown to a staff of 1,750 , there are 17 members (adding up to...
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