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 He is the author of, most recently, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books, 2014).  subscribe to Tom Engelhardt's feed

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:

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:

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:

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:

Posted on: Jun 17, 2012, Source:

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:

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:

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

Posted on: Mar 11, 2012, Source:

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

Posted on: Mar 1, 2012, Source:

The drone symbolizes a new kind of corporate-driven war that destroyed 200 years of American tradition

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012, Source:

"Winning" is a distant, long-faded fantasy, defeat a rising reality.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source:

There are few clear winners in modern American warfare -- except, that is, defense corporations.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2012, Source:

Make no mistake: we’re entering a new world of military planning. It won't make the Pentagon smaller, but it will change the nature of empire.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2012, Source:

Imagine that America's policy toward Iran were reversed; imagine Iranian commandoes on the U.S.-Mexico border. How would Americans react?

Posted on: Jan 17, 2012, Source:

In more than 50 years, America’s leaders have never made a move in Iran (or near it) that didn’t lead to unexpected and unpleasant blowback.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2012, Source:

Obama aims to create a neat, high-tech image of war, and act like everything is in control.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2012, Source:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not only drained American treasure, but exposed the relative helplessness of the "sole superpower."

Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source:

The drone increasingly looks less like a winning weapon than a machine for generating opposition and enemies.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2011, Source:

The protests around the world this year were preceded, in the last twenty years, by some very different kinds of occupations.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2011, Source:

The presidential campaign season keeps getting longer, and more expensive, allowing the uber-rich to effectively control our democracy.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2011, Source:

Why "What Is" Must Be Changed to "What If"

Posted on: Nov 28, 2011, Source:

America may not be a traditional police state (yet), but it is an increasingly militarized policed state in which rights are regularly tossed out the window.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2011, Source:

What would American politicians and pundits say if Chinese or Iranian police raided a peaceful opposition encampment and trashed their library?

Posted on: Nov 20, 2011, Source:

Before anyone decided to Occupy Wall Street, another occupation was already underway.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2011, Source:

While you were paying attention to Herman Cain, the Kardashians and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the U.S. Department of Energy administered last rites to the planet.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2011, Source:

Don’t let anyone say that the United States got nothing out of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Americans take home a fitting prize: Saddam's toilet.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2011, Source:

Education is at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement, from the student loan bubble to the library and teach-ins at the center of the park.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2011, Source:

A blanket of secrecy over our military complex ensures that most Americans have no idea what’s being done with their money.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source:

Are drones above New York City next as the police militarize Lower Manhattan?

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011, Source:

When we send our armadas of drones out to kill, don’t be surprised if the rest of the world doesn’t see us as the good guys or the heroes.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2011, Source:

We could stop using it to make ourselves feel like a far better country than we are. We could leave the dead in peace and take a hard look at ourselves in the nearest mirror.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way.