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: 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.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2011, Source:

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:

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:

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:

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

Posted on: Jul 3, 2011, Source:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Posted on: May 5, 2011, Source:

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

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011, Source:

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”?