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Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret ...
by Tom Engelhardt. 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 ...

... War and Terror Since World War II, John Feffer's dystopian novel Splinterlands, Nick Turse's Next Time They'll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt's Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Copyright 2018 Rebecca ...
by Tom Engelhardt. 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 ...
By Tom Engelhardt. March 27, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Trump Speaks with Reporters. Donald Trump speaks with reporters on December 22, 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to ...
One form of blowback from the disastrous wars that were meant to create the basis for a Pax Americana helped to produce the conditions that put Donald Trump in the White House. You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google search works.

... Splinterlands, Nick Turse's Next Time They'll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt's Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Copyright 2018 Andrew J. Bacevich. Photo of A.G. Sulzberger by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.
I've long been struck by one strange aspect of the most recent part of the American Century: just how demobilized this country has been in the midst of distant wars that have morphed and spread for almost 17 years. I was born in July 1944 into a fully mobilized country fighting World War II in Europe and the ...
Here's a thoroughly humdrum figure from the post-9/11 world: this February an estimated 1,294 people were killed in Iraq and another 266 wounded, including ISIS militants, numerous civilians, Iraqi security forces, Kurds, and Turks. Few of them died in major combat, just low-level incidents, suicide ...
by Tom Engelhardt. 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 ...
When it comes to unintended consequences of American policy, Donald Trump is just the tip of the iceberg. 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,” ...
by Tom Engelhardt. 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 ...
What company gets the most money from the U.S. government? The answer: the weapons maker Lockheed Martin. As the Washington Post recently reported, of its $51 billion in sales in 2017, Lockheed took in $35.2 billion from the government, or close to what the Trump administration is proposing for the ...
Despite the dystopian fantasies about nuclear terror and destruction that hit popular culture in the Cold War era and those "duck and cover" drills kids like me experienced in school in the 1950s, the American people were generally sheltered from a full sense of the toll of a nuclear cataclysm. Consider, for ...
by Tom Engelhardt. 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?
Recently, the Pentagon's top Asia official, Randall Schriver, told senators that the Afghan war would cost this country's taxpayers $45 billion in 2018, including $5 billion for the Afghan security forces, $13 billion for U.S. forces in that country, and $780 million in economic aid. How the other $26 billion would ...
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 generals to ...

By Tom Engelhardt. February 13, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Hagel speaks with Afghanistan troops. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on December 8, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Wilson). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay ...
By Tom Engelhardt. January 25, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Trump in a Car MAGA. President Donald Trump waves to spectators as he climbs into a car outside his New Jersey golf club in July. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of ...
If we want to understand how we got to this point, we have to look closely at the monster we elected. By Tom Engelhardt. November 30, 2017. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Donald Trump in the Spin Room. Donald Trump in South Carolina in 2016. (AP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally ...
Tom Engelhardt. Whistling Past the Graveyard (of Empires). Published February 24, 2018 by Tom Engelhardt Leave a Comment · Cemetery Tombstone Tomb Graveyard Stone Grave. by Tom Engelhardt 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 ...
... Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, as well as John Dower's The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II, John Feffer's dystopian novel Splinterlands, Nick Turse's Next Time They'll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt's Shadow Government: ... Military Job
When it comes to unintended consequences of American policy, Donald Trump is just the tip of the iceberg. By Tom Engelhardt. March 1, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Trump Climate Change. President Trump announces that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accord, June 1, 2017. (Cheriss May / Sipa ... Military Job
By Tom Engelhardt. April 12, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Trump speaks to navy and shipyard personnel. President Donald Trump in Virginia in 2017. (AP Photo / Steve Helber). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to ... Wars
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 generals to ... Wars
By Tom Engelhardt. Yesterday 12:26 pm. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Hagel speaks with Afghanistan troops. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on December 8, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Wilson). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay ... Wars
The groundwork is already laid for America's next war(s) in the Middle East and, in the process, one of the last relatively undamaged areas of Syria (at least before the Turkish military began to pound it with air strikes and artillery, then moving in tanks) is about to be added to the rubble of the region. Wars
Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone. To the rest of us, they were comic, but to him — or so I came to imagine anyway — they were ... Wars
by Tom Engelhardt Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone.… Continue Reading ... Wars
By Tom Engelhardt. January 25, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Trump in a Car MAGA. President Donald Trump waves to spectators as he climbs into a car outside his New Jersey golf club in July. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of ... Wars
Tom Engelhardt's, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Engelbrecht and F.C. Hanighen, Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Armament Industry. Michael Glennon's National Security and Double Government. Alfred McCoy ... Wars
Honestly, how many times in your life have you ever run across a headline like this: “Top general says he would resist 'illegal' nuke order from Trump”? That was Air Force General John Hyten, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, the present commander of American nuclear forces, speaking at a ... Wars
By Tom Engelhardt; • January 16, 2018. 0 · 0 · 0 · 0 · Follow @TomDispatch Tom Engelhardt. Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of "The United States of Fear" as well as a history of the Cold War, "The .... Read more. WE BRING YOU PERSPECTIVES FROM AROUND THE ... Wars
He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was to depart the country. More than 16 years after an ... Wars
by Tom Engelhardt He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was… Continue Reading ... Wars
By Tom Engelhardt. January 4, 2018. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. US soldier sheep Afghanistan. US Army soldiers in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Reuters / Bob Strong). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign ... Wars
Let's start with the universe and work our way in. Who cares? Not them because as far as we know they aren't there. As far as we know, no one exists in our galaxy or perhaps anywhere else but us (and the other creatures on this all-too-modest planet of ours). So don't count on any aliens out there caring ... Wars
By Tom Engelhardt. December 21, 2017. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Donald Trump. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on December 15, 2017. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to ... Wars
If we want to understand how we got to this point, we have to look closely at the monster we elected. By Tom Engelhardt. November 30, 2017. fb; tw; mail; Print; msg; wa; sms. Donald Trump in the Spin Room. Donald Trump in South Carolina in 2016. (AP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt). EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally ... Wars
by Tom Engelhardt He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was… Continue Reading ... Wars
Tom Engelhardt. Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of "The United States of Fear" as well as a history of the Cold War, "The .... Read more. WE BRING YOU PERSPECTIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HELP US TO INFORM AND EDUCATE. Wars
Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute, where he is a fellow. He is also consulting editor for Metropolitan Books and the co-founder of its American Empire Project series. He is the author of The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of ... Wars
Donald Trump has, it seems, finally offered his plan for dealing with the opioid crisis in America. He did so during his State of the Union address to Congress, filled with Republican applause (none louder than The Donald's), introducing the country to an Albuquerque policeman who had decided to adopt ... Wars
Early editor Tom Engelhardt was quoted in a 40th anniversary Pacific News Service edition newspaper about his first gig, sneaking on Travis ... Wars
... co-founded with TomDispatch's Tom Engelhardt—called In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power. Wars
Speaking of the situation on the Korean peninsula, he predicted that there would be "the greatest slaughter." He later requested 34 nuclear ... Wars
"The U.S. also topped sales of weaponry to developing nations. In these years, Washington has, in fact, peddled the products of those arms ... Wars
Nixon's decision to abandon the draft and move to an all-volunteer force, according to Tom Engelhardt, “functionally created a legacy for the ... Wars
"Afghanistan is not just the longest war in American history but possibly the longest opium war in anyone's history." (Photo: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Wars
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 ... Wars


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