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: Dec 9, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

The casualties of the imperial venture Afghanistan rarely make much news anymore.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Every date that's set by military commanders always contains a verbal escape hatch into the future.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Embassies the size of pyramids and military bases to stagger the imagination are still being built. Washington is not packing up its tents -- not even in Iraq.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

The increased power of GOP militants in Congress suggests that we'll be living with Islamophobia for some time. Let's hope Crusades 2.0 have a shorter lifespan than the original.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Predicting the fortunes of Osama bin Laden, China, Pakistan and Israel.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

However breathlessly reported as a Republican triumph or Democratic save or Tea Party miracle (or anything else), the election will result in more political gridlock.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Perpetual war is in the military and Pentagon's blood -- and they're ready to face down the commander-in-chief to make it continue.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

According to Bob Woodward's new book, the Pentagon gamed the Afghan war decision to the military's liking (with Woodward's help.) Meanwhile, perpetual war is on Petraeus' agenda.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

First and foremost, decline means the troops are coming home and the warmongers won't be able to stop it.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Now’s your chance to pit your wits (and your ability to suspend disbelief) against the best the Pentagon has to offer.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Generals mouth off on a range of policy issues, pushing their pro-war propaganda on the American public. They are trying to take control of our foreign policy.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Construction at Bagram Air Base tells the real, ugly story about the future of the Afghan war.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Success means that the fifth poorest country in the world and foremost narco state is ours for years to come.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2010, Source: Haymarket Books

Engelhardt's new book, "The American Way of War," explores the U.S.'s jaw-dropping transformation into a global military empire.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Soviets made a devastating miscalculation: they mistook military power for power on this planet. Sound familiar?

Posted on: May 17, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

For all the policy reviews and shuttling officials, the surging troops, extra private contractors, and new bases, Obama’s wars are worsening.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Pentagon has been fighting its wars in these last years like a compulsive shopper without a 12-step recovery program in sight.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

The fact is we have no word adequate to describe what, at the national level, we still persist in calling "democracy."

Posted on: Feb 20, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Why do American officials think they have the special ability to teach Afghans to embark on good governance in their country if we can't do it in Washington?

Posted on: Feb 14, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Any attempted terror attack, no matter how poorly executed, raises a national alarm -- and our paranoia only adds to the power of the imperial presidency.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

As in the 1960s in Cambodia, U.S. air strikes are having a devastating effect in Pakistan, not just on the targeted communities, but on public consciousness throughout the region.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

In Afghanistan, a militarized mix of CIA operatives and ex-military mercenaries as well as native recruits and robot aircraft is fighting a war in the shadows.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Much will change in 10 years. China will rise, the global South will grow in importance, the U.S. will decline. These phenomena will be eclipsed by devastating planetary changes.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

What to watch for in 2010 from the country that spends more on war than the next 25 combined.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

The troop surge is only one part of the escalation of the Afghanistan war. Here are 8 more signs of how fully the President has committed us.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Any day now, Obama will make an announcement about the number of soldiers he wants in Afghanistan. Here's the speech he should give.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Can we avoid an approach to Afghanistan where impending disaster is seen as an invitation to make things even worse?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

For 30 years we've been deeply involved in creating, financing, and sometimes arming a part of the world that has shown willingness to create violence on our own soil.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

As Obama is facing a lose-lose proposition in Afghanistan, we have to look hard at the role of Gen. McChrystal and the political motivation of Gen. Petraeus.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

As much as it might seem that most of us are going along, living peaceful lives, there's another kind of America that operates on the same soil -- a warfare state.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Maintenance cost for the force of 450,000 Afghan soldiers and police U.S. generals dream of creating: approximately 500% of the Afghan budget.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Joe is back yet again with his new movie and assorted products -- but the world he inhabits this time is completely sponged of our current predicaments abroad.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

We can't just "move forward." We need to face who we've been and just how badly we've acted, if we care to become something better.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Empire. It's the word no one in Washington can say. Its absence from the conversation is at the heart of what makes our empire so hard to define.

Posted on: May 21, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Stanley McChrystal comes from a world where killing by any means is the norm and a blanket of govt. secrecy provides the necessary protection.

Posted on: May 8, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

It's the norm for U.S. civilian and military leaders to talk about what other countries "must do" -- but it's a radical and dangerous mindset.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Every year we kill thousands of innocent people. Does that seem reasonable? Does that seem right? Is your supposed safety worth that?

Posted on: Apr 7, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Hunter-killer drones armed with Hellfire missiles are patrolling the Pentagon's expanding global battlefields: It's a scene right out of Terminator.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

As the global economy melts down, so is the planet, with droughts threatening food production and industry across the world.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com

Failing to heed history and reality in Afghanistan, we may very well disappear into the superpower dustbin like Russia.

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