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, 2007, Source:

From "mission accomplished" through those endless "turning points" and "the precipice," American officials in Baghdad and Washington haven't been sparing with the use of images or analogies. Can you pass the War of the Words quiz?

Posted on: Jun 13, 2007, Source:

In Iraq and beyond, America's empire of permanent bases grows at an alarming pace.

Posted on: May 29, 2007, Source:

The U.S. is building an embassy in the heart of Baghdad's embattled Green Zone that will be the largest embassy on the planet -- big enough to embody the Bush administration's vision of an American-reordered Middle East.

Posted on: May 14, 2007, Source:

Using publicly available numbers, one can calculate that the U.S. government values an innocent civilian slaughtered by al-Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001 at $1.8 million, and an Iraqi civilian killed by Marines at $2,000.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2007, Source:

The administration's language for the President's plan in Baghdad creates a "new" plan out of ancient, failed strategies, ignores some of Iraq's recent horrendous past, and strips us of our responsibility for it.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007, Source:

If so many people are fed up with the war, why is everyone so silent? Is this the way it usually feels in the heartlands of great empires until the barbarians actually do come knocking at the gates?

Posted on: Mar 16, 2007, Source:

Seymour Hersh's recent report that Iran-Contra veterans working out of Dick Cheney's office are using stolen funds from Iraq to arm al Qaeda-tied groups and foment a larger Sunni-Shia war is a <i>very big</i> deal.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2007, Source:

Whether it's the size of the military deployment in Iraq, the financial cost of the war or the amount of time US troops are spending in Iraq, the numbers keep creeping up, even as the situation deteriorates.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2007, Source:

American dead of the Iraq and Afghan occupations come disproportionately from rural America.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006, Source:

If we were to follow the recommendations of James Baker's Iraq Study Group, we'd be embedded in Iraq for at least another three to five years.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2006, Source:

While everyone in Washington is treating Bush Senior's ally Robert Gates' Pentagon arrival and James Baker's Iraq Study Group report as godsends that will end the war in Iraq, it's quite likely that they will deploy more troops and stay there indefinitely.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2006, Source:

Yesterday's elections marked the beginning of the end of Bush's Global War on Terror; here's what to look for next as we take apart the imperial state.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2006, Source:

Apt quotes from some of the most eloquent Bush critics in our era -- from Howard Zinn to Barbara Ehrenreich.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2006, Source: The Nation and

What if there had been no giant cloud of destruction capable of bringing to mind the look of "the day after," no images of crumbling towers worthy of <i>Independence Day</i>?

Posted on: Aug 7, 2006, Source:

The Earth was knocked off its axis with America's atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 61 years ago. In some ways, we haven't yet recovered.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2006, Source:

The administration has painstakingly created a fictitious bubble of safety in its Baghdad 'Green Zone.' Now Bush expects us to buy into the belief that he's made us all safer, here and abroad.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2006, Source:

In this in-depth interview, Barbara Ehrenreich reveals how the class war rages on, and why middle-class Americans are so worried.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2006, Source:

This weekend's enormous anti-war march in New York City was unlike earlier protests, in part because none of the protesters even remotely believed the President would listen to them.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2006, Source:

While Bush talked a great game when it came to exporting democracy to the Middle East, his main exports have been mayhem and ruins.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2006, Source:

No matter how much the military hems and haws about withdrawing from Iraq, the bases we're installing tell the real story.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2006, Source:

In Bush's fifth State of the Union speech, we can only begin to guess what words will come back to haunt him in the coming year.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2005, Source:

Starting when he blinked in the face of Cindy Sheehan's challenge, the political landscape has tilted steeply away from President Bush in recent weeks.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2005, Source:

In keeping with Bush's bass-ackwards management style, we present a gallery of the rogues, criminals and liars he has promoted or awarded for their grave mistakes.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2005, Source:

The staggering turnout of Saturday's antiwar protest in Washington DC reflected the American public's growing opposition to the war in Iraq.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2005, Source:

The language Bush has used in recent speeches about Iraq and Cindy Sheehan illustrates why his message (and approval rating) is starting to fail.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2005, Source:

Cindy Sheehan's blunt, take-no-prisoners approach has been remarkably successful and may even spark the Iraq War's first 'tipping point.'

Posted on: Jul 28, 2005, Source:

Connect some recent media 'dots' to a few forgotten ones and you have framework for understanding the Plame case.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2005, Source:

The massive footprints left by spies in Italy have given us a glimpse into the Bush administration's "shadow war" being conducted -- on our behalf -- through the CIA.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2005, Source:

As reality grows ever darker, our President never ventures far from his scripted version of a fictional world that is nowhere to be seen.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2005, Source:

A plan to reorganize military bases at home is just one piece of a larger puzzle that involves the projection of American power into the distant lands that most concern us.

Posted on: May 6, 2005, Source:

What we have been seeing throughout Latin America -- as along Russia's border -- has been a serial revolt in country after country against the Cold War world and the imperial orders it imposed on its near abroads.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2005, Source:

In Iraq, we can see the same basic pattern recurring as happened in Vietnam -- recent glowing statements about insurgency downticks that were followed by reports on upticks in fighting in Iraq with a similar slow erosion of support for the war in the United States.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2005, Source:

Yesterday's Senate hearing on the Patriot Act reveals how far we've come from a functioning civil society.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2005, Source:

Exactly how narrow have the boundaries of discussion about the American "mission" in the world grown in the Bush years?

Posted on: Jan 25, 2005, Source:

The global reach of Bush's inauguration speech was lost on a media with a fragmented view the world; for a holistic analysis you'll have to click off that TV, use your local paper to wrap the fish, and head for the internet.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2004, Source:

At Toys "R" Us, you learn much about the true forces of history; for there, children led the way in the crucial battles for market share. It was a war that put history to shame &#8211; and there's probably no better place to start than with a "real American hero," G.I. Joe.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2004, Source:

For almost a century now, air power has been America's signature way of war. So where are the stories about aerial bombing in Iraq?

Posted on: Oct 31, 2004, Source:

With TV-perfect timing, Bin Laden has once again managed, like the Wizard of Oz, to magnify himself.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2004, Source:

The attacks within the 'Green Zone" &#8211; one of the few remaining bastions of U.S control &#8211; threaten the presidential fantasy of 'progress' in Iraq.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2004, Source:

Voices from the Convention floor.