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: Mar 1, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

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

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

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Jan 3, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Dec 18, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Nov 28, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Nov 16, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

A little-noticed story contains the disturbing news that American computer specialists are forging orders to Al Qaeda sympathizers in an attempt to deter terror.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

For months Americans have been focused on raising that debt ceiling, as onscreen countdown clocks ticked away to disaster. Isn’t it time to lower America’s war ceiling?

Posted on: Jul 21, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Obama's proved his ability to be a uniter--at least in the Middle East, where public opinion is nearly united in opposition to U.S. foreign policy.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

How far will the automation of war and the substitution of autonomous robots for human fighters go?

Posted on: Jul 3, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

It's not really much of a mystery what happens to overextended imperial powers that find themselves fighting "little" wars they can’t win as their treasuries head south.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Here are nine common terms, including "victory" and "enemy" used by our government and military that probably don’t mean what you think they mean.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Our president and elected representatives must serve as a check on the military establishment, rather than issuing blank checks to them.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Americans don't expect 100% safety from illness, car crashes, or even shark attacks. But our obsession with 100% safety from terrorism is fueling the military-industrial complex.

Posted on: May 30, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

At least in terms of what used to be called "foreign policy," and more recently "national security," the United States is now a post-legal society.

Posted on: May 19, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Almost 10 years after the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan, we find ourselves in a state that might otherwise be achieved only if you mated déjà vu with a Mobius strip.

Posted on: May 8, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

The specter of China as the USA's future enemy once again has reared its ugly head.

Posted on: May 5, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

The world bin Laden really changed forever wasn't in the Greater Middle East. It was here.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

Could this be what it’s like to watch, paralyzed, as a country on autopilot begins to come apart at the seams while still proclaiming itself “the greatest nation on Earth”?

Posted on: Mar 17, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

To put it simply, it’s time for Americans to take the "war" out of "air war."

Posted on: Mar 2, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

As the sun peeks over the horizon of the Arab world, dusk is descending on America.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

You don’t need an $80-billion-plus budget and a morass of 17 intelligence agencies to look at the world and draw a few intelligent conclusions.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

The fortune amassed by Egypt’s former president and his two sons (both billionaires) could reach $70 billion.

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