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: 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.

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?