Stories by Tom Engelhardt

 Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s as well as The End of Victory Culture, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book, The United States of Fear (Haymarket Books), has just been published in November.  subscribe to Tom Engelhardt's feed

Posted on: Aug 14, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

With its latest onslaught in Gaza, Israel may again be emboldening an enemy while creating worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Who rules Washington?

Posted on: Jul 13, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

The U.S. looks less like a functioning empire than an imperial basket case.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

And the consequences of our folly.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

In World War II soldiers were "dogfaces” or G.I. (government issue) Joes who saw the military as a grim necessity.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

The comparison between "green-on-blue" violence in Afghanistan and the recent Fort Hood shooting is not one the mainstream media is likely to make.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

We’re headed fast for uncharted territory, with the headlights off.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

But the idea of a futureless humanity is difficult to take in—so the media just doesn't cover it.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Our massive National Security State's main global enemy consists of lightly armed jihadis and wannabes.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Doesn't the direction we're heading in leave you with the urge to jump out of your skin?

Posted on: Sep 3, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

Not even the author of "1984" could have envisioned a world dominated by a single superpower.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

"The End of Victory Culture" examines the relationship between U.S. military conflicts and children's entertainment.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Manning trial began on 9/11—that's when the U.S. began to change.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

After years in absentia, poof! Robert Seldon Lady, convicted of kidnapping by Italy, reappeared out of nowhere. Then he was gone again.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

The U.S. military has failed to win a single one of its numerous wars in our time. But hey, who has to win a specific war when it’s“wartime” all the time?

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

On the world stage, America's behavior is appalling.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

Terms like "extreme weather" or "severe weather" convey destruction without any sense of responsibility.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

We face a strangely contradictory future in which ever more draconian regimes of secrecy will confront urges for ever greater transparency.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

A graduation speech to inspire an older generation.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

Iran is hobbled by sanctions, its skies filled with U.S. spy drones, its offshore waters with U.S. warships--and yet all we ever hear about is the existential threat they pose.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

Why can't foreign policy experts look defeat in the face and recognize it for what it is?

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

On double standards in the American discourse on torture

Posted on: Feb 12, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

How the "secret" Saudi base fosters blowback, and repeats the CIA's pattern of stupidity.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Even after his death, Osama bin Laden thrives in the U.S.'s transformation into a lockdown state.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com

The White House and the Pentagon -- with a helping hand from the State Department -- ensure that the U.S. remains by far the leading purveyor of the “right to bear arms” globally.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

A vast edifice of surveilling, storing, spying, and killing that gives us what we now call “security,” leaves us in terror of the world, never stops growing, and is ever freer to collect information on you.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

A letter to president Obama.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

What are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we’ve just passed through?

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

Neither candidate focused on securing a legislative body that would mean an actual mandate for change.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

This election started earlier and lasted longer than any election in our history, and every number associated with it is supposed to be bigger than the last.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

The U.S. military reigns supreme. Yet nowhere can it achieve its goals, however modest.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Until last week Netanyahu all but campaigned for Romney. What now?

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

“Public” higher education is on a path toward the grimmest sort of privatization.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

During the presidential debates, little of actual American reality will be on display as is humanly possible.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

Obama has many hurdles to jump over before he can make it to November victorious.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

Posted on: Jun 17, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

Imagine the uproar in this country if a jet took out a wedding party or a funeral, something Afghans have faced for years.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

We are surely at a new stage in the history of the imperial presidency when a president's team has collective pride in the new position of assassin-in-chief.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

The government is collecting more and more data on more and more Americans.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

Obama breaks new ground when it comes to war with Iran.

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