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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"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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 "If you want to measure the effectiveness of the U.S. military, note, for instance, that more than a decade and a half after its “Global War on Terror” was launched there are al-Qaeda affiliates in far more places than on September 12, 2001." (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters) Views
Thursday, April 12, 2018
A Tale of American Hubris
The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, let’s take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of the...
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"Above all, good news or bad, who can’t feel that his deepest desire is simply to be the news, any kind of news, all kinds of news — and in this he has succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings?" (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Donald Trump and the White Ford Bronco Presidency
A record? Come on! Don’t minimize what’s happening. It’s far too unique, too unprecedented even to be classified as “historic.” Call it mega-historic, if you wish. Never from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, from the Sun King Louis the XIV to President Ronald Reagan,...
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"As it turned out, that urge to take everything would prove the perfect launching pad for this country's decline." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Thursday, March 01, 2018
The Ultimate Blowback Universe
You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google Search works. Then type into it phrases like “ warmest years ,” “ rising sea levels ,” “ melting ice ,” “ lengthening wildfire season ,” or “ future climate refugees ,” and you’ll find yourself...
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In a draft-less country, those of us not in or connected to our military are expected to say “thank you” to the warriors and otherwise go about our lives as if their wars (and the mayhem they continue to generate abroad) were not a fact of global life. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
And the Winners (in America’s Wars) Are…
When it comes to America’s wars, more than 16 years later our generals are victorious. Not, of course, in the distant lands where those conflicts grind on unendingly, but in the one place that matters: Washington, D.C. Could there be a more striking sign of that than the elevation of three of those...
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"After all, in these years, the two groups the Bush administration went after in 2001, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, have somehow morphed into “more than 20 terrorist and insurgent groups” on either side of the Afghani-Pakistani border." (Photo: David B. Gleason/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Whistling Past the Graveyard (of Empires)
If you’re in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we’re at it, thinking a little about America’s wars? Nothing particularly ambitious, mind you, just — if you’re up for it — a stroll to the corner. Now, admittedly, there’s a small catch here. Where exactly is that corner? I...
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