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 4, 2006, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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 TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

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

Posted on: Sep 20, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

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: TomDispatch.com

Voices from the Convention floor.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

While the Bush administration would consider almost any scenario that might advance their candidate's second-term fortunes, an October surprise is doubtful, considering these ten surprises they proved remarkably unprepared for.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

An urgent terror alert was based on information that is as much as three years old and largely based on public documents. Why are the media still playing Keystone Kops with the administration?

Posted on: Jul 12, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Senate Intelligence Committee allows an increasingly desperate administration duck responsibility for the Iraq war by pointing the finger solely at the CIA.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

Looking forward and looking backward, how will history look to Americans years hence?

Posted on: Jun 22, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The new "Iraqi government" has indeed been granted sovereignty, but sadly only in the United States and by our media. Someone should tell the Iraqis.

Posted on: May 8, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

From Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib, the American mini-gulag was never meant to be a system of imprisonment for crimes; it was meant for information extraction -- in essence, a torture system.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The military has been 'outsourcing' its detention centers, creating a shadow archipelago of penal colonies.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

Our new military bases are essentially the 21st-century version of the old European warships. In the last decade-plus, as the pace of our foreign wars has picked up, we've left behind an ever-widening world of bases.

Posted on: Feb 29, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The urge for walled-in security is as old as the most ancient walled city. But Israel's most essential problems can't be solved by a wall -- even one that successfully left the "barbarians" outside the gates.

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