Stories by Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. subscribe to Tom Engelhardt's feed

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

A graduation speech to inspire an older generation.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source:

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:

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

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source:

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:

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: 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.