Tag: Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt: The Bermuda Triangle of National SecurityApril 2014
Old scripts and empty stories signal a new age.”
Jonathan Schell: The More We ‘Won,’ the More We LostMarch 2014
A 2003 interview with the late great journalist about America’s Vietnam debacle.
Tom Engelhardt: Advice Too Secret To IgnoreMarch 2014
Col. Manners answers your questions on national security.
Tom Engelhardt: A New World OrderMarch 2014
What happened to war and the imperial drive to organize the planet?
Tom Engelhardt: Documenting DarknessFebruary 2014
How a thug state operates.
Tom Engelhardt: Ending the World the Human WayFebruary 2014
The story of all stories is barely in the news.
Tom Engelhardt: The Golden Age of Journalism?January 2014
What if it’s not a decline in (print) journalism, but a rebirth of new (new) journalism?
Tom Engelhardt: The American Way of MannersDecember 2013
Move over, Dear Abby. Colonel Manners answers your questions on the etiquette of war, nuclear threats, and civilian surveillance.
Tom Engelhardt: Mistaking Omniscience for OmnipotenceNovember 2013
In today’s global surveillance state, American moles aren’t spying for a foreign power, but for us.
Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t StopOctober 2013
The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.
Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and SurveillanceOctober 2013
Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.
Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown WhistleblowerSeptember 2013
How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.
Tom Engelhardt: Teenagers in SpaceAugust 2013
Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.
Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. JoeAugust 2013
Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.
Tom Engelhart: The Crime of the CenturyAugust 2013
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country–yours.
Tom Engelhardt: Now You See Him, Now You Don’tJuly 2013
Living in a one-superpower world (or Edward Snowden vs. Robert Seldon Lady)
Tom Engelhardt: How to Be a Rogue SuperpowerJuly 2013
No one’s laughing in a global security state.
Tom Engelhardt: The Dictionary of the Global War on You (GWOY)July 2013
Vocabulary for life in the surveillance state.
Tom Engelhardt: The Making of a Global Security StateJune 2013
The five uncontrollable urges of a secrecy-surveillance world.
Tom Engelhardt: Just BeginJune 2013
A graduation day speech for the post-post-docs of life.
Tom Engelhardt: Terracide and the TerraristsMay 2013
Destroying the planet for record profits.
Tom Engelhardt: And Then There Was OneMay 2013
Imperial gigantism and the decline of planet Earth.
Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty BattlefieldApril 2013
A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America’s blowback reporter.
Tom Engelhardt: The Enemy-Industrial ComplexApril 2013
How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe.
Tom Engelhardt: American Anniversaries from HellMarch 2013
What you don’t know can hurt you.
Tom Engelhardt: Where Is Everybody?March 2013
Why it’s so tough to get your head around climate change.
Tom Engelhardt: Dumb and DumberFebruary 2013
A secret CIA drone base, a blowback world, and why Washington has no learning curve.
Tom Engelhardt: The American Lockdown StateFebruary 2013
Post-Legal drones, the Bin Laden tax, and other wonders of our American world.
Tom Engelhardt: The Pentagon as a Global NRAJanuary 2013
For Washington, there is no arms control abroad.
Tom Engelhardt: The U.S. Intelligence Community’s New Year’s WishJanuary 2013
Megatrends, game-changers, black swans, tectonic shifts, and a world not that different from 2012.
Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama StoryDecember 2012
An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.
Tom Engelhardt: The Mandate of HellNovember 2012
How not to change the world.
Tom Engelhardt: Democratic MockpocalypseOctober 2012
This year’s presidential campaign is bigger and louder than anything we’ve ever seen before.
Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought EmpireOctober 2012
The discrediting of U.S. military power.
Tom Engelhardt: Obama Against the WorldSeptember 2012
Forget Mitt Romney, can the president make it to November 7?
Tom Engelhardt: Monopolizing War?September 2012
War has become a sort of American monopoly–but the American people don’t seem to know, or care.
Tom Engelhardt: The Best Laid PlansAugust 2012
How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?
Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: AfghanistanAugust 2012
A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.
Tom Engelhardt: The Military SolutionJuly 2012
A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon.
Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen ThereJune 2012
The value of American—and Afghan—lives.
Tom Engelhardt: Praying at the Church of St. DroneJune 2012
An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.
Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a HillMay 2012
On staring death in the face and not noticing.
Tom Engelhardt: The Afghan SyndromeApril 2012
Vietnam has left town, say “hello” to the new syndrome on the block.
Tom Engelhardt: Drone Warfare and the United States of FearApril 2012
Anis Shivani interviews Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch, about how today’s political leaders are leading us toward Soviet-era doublethink and decline.
Tom Engelhardt: The 0 Percent DoctrineMarch 2012
Obama breaks new ground when it comes to war with Iran.
Tom Engelhardt: Kicking Down the World’s WarFebruary 2012
|How drones, Special Operations Forces, and the U.S. Navy plan to end national sovereignty as we know it.|
Tom Engelhardt: Iran Through the Looking GlassJanuary 2012
|Iranian aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Mexico, and why it can’t happen here.|
Tom Engelhardt: Superpower Adrift in an Alien WorldJanuary 2012
|It’s time for us to realize that none of the crucial problems on this planet are amenable to military solutions, not even by a country willing to pour its treasure into previously unheard of national security expenditures.|
Tom Engelhardt: Lessons from Lost Wars in 2012January 2012
|Over the last decade, the U.S. has been taught a repetitive lesson when it comes to ground wars on the Eurasian mainland: don’t launch them.|
Tom Engelhardt: The Four Occupations of Planet EarthDecember 2011
|How the Occupied became the Occupiers.|
Tom Engelhardt: The 1% Election: Their Bread, Our CircusDecember 2011
|How to turn election year into election life.|
Tom Engelhardt: Into the WhirlwindDecember 2011
|After almost nine years of war and occupation, what does Washington have to show for itself?|
Tom Engelhardt: How the Movies Saved My LifeNovember 2011
|Seeing the world in black and white (with subtitles).|
Tom Engelhardt: An All-American NightmareNovember 2011
|This is what defeat looks like.|
Tom Engelhardt: Wall Street by the BookOctober 2011
|A (self-)graduation speech for the occupiers of Zuccotti Park.|
Tom Engelhardt: Bailing Out the ComplexOctober 2011
|Is the National Security Complex too big to fail?|
Tom Engelhardt: Washington’s Field of ScreamsSeptember 2011
|In the last decade, there has been only one definition that truly matters: the almost instantaneous post-9/11 insistence that we are “at war,” and not even in a specific war or set of wars, but in an all-encompassing one.|
Tom Engelhardt: Scamming Washington: Exclusive Letters from the ScamiLeaks ArchivesSeptember 2011
|Who knew that the highest officials in Washington receive scam “Nigerian” letters as well?|
Tom Engelhardt: Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at SeaSeptember 2011
|Our “ceremonies of hubris” have for the last decade provided a blank check to the war state, so isn’t it time to start talking about how to end them? A call to end our 9/11 ceremonies and rip the Band-Aid off the wound.|
Tom Engelhardt: Details of Secret Pact Emerge: Troops Stuck in Afghanistan Until 2024August 2011
|If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way.|
Tom Engelhardt: Could the Pentagon Be Responsible for Your Death? The Military’s Marching Orders to the Jihadist WorldAugust 2011
|A look at a potentially shocking Pentagon program to influence jihadis online that someone in Congress should investigate fast.|
Tom Engelhardt: Lowering America’s War Ceiling? Imperial Psychosis on DisplayAugust 2011
|A tour de force exploration of the war crisis that lurks behind the debt-ceiling crisis.|
Tom Engelhardt: How Not to Make Friends in the Greater Middle East: Washington’s Singular AccomplishmentJuly 2011
|Be proud, America! In the name of security, the U.S. is spreading fear & hate.|
Tom Engelhardt: Obama’s Bush-League World: Is the Obama National Security Team a Pilotless Drone?July 2011
|How George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror fantasies and delusions were embedded in our world and have now become the humdrum norm of Obama policy.|
Tom Engelhardt: The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama: Signs of the Great American UnravelingJuly 2011
|What President Obama’s words really tell us about the state of the nation.|
Tom Engelhardt: Nine War Words That Define Our World: “Victory” Is the Verbal Equivalent of a YetiJune 2011
|Nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don’t mean what you think they mean.|
Tom Engehardt: 100 Percent ScaredJune 2011
|The rabble over the E. coli outbreak and terrorism teaches us a lot about how America works.|
Tom Engelhardt: Dumb Question of the Twenty-first Century: Is It Legal?: Post-Legal America and the National Security ComplexMay 2011
|When it comes to acts of state today, there is only one law: don’t pull up the curtain.|
Tom Engelhardt: Bored to Death in Afghanistan (and Washington): Mating Déjà Vu with a Mobius Strip in the Graveyard of EmpireMay 2011
|If nobody told you otherwise, you could easily believe that almost every breaking Afghan story in the last four weeks came from some previous year of the war.|
Tom Engelhardt: Osama bin Laden’s American Legacy: It’s Time to Stop Celebrating and Go Back to KansasMay 2011
|When the celebrations and partying over his death fade…we’ll once again be left with the tattered American world bin Laden willed us, and it will be easy to see just how paltry a thing this “victory,” his killing, is almost 10 years later.|
Tom Engelhardt: China as Number One?: Don’t Bet Your Bottom DollarMay 2011
|Is it really so illogical to imagine China as the next “sole superpower” on planet Earth?|
Tom Engelhardt: Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark: What It Feels Like When a Superpower Runs Off the TracksApril 2011
|Empires live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out.|
Tom Engelhardt: The Worst That Could HappenMarch 2011
|“And so, for decades, that part of my childhood remained the dark but largely forgotten underside of the golden 1950s. I never thought I’d want it back, but with six nuclear plants threatening to melt down in Fukushima, Japan, I find that I do.”|
Tom Engelhardt: (N)ever Again: Old Secretaries of Defense Never Die, They Just Write Bestselling MemoirsMarch 2011
|It’s time, once and for all, to lock the gates. It’s time to use the U.S. military only in the genuine defense of this country.|
Tom Engelhardt: All-American Decline in a New WorldFebruary 2011
|You might think that, as vast swathes of the Greater Middle East are set ablaze, someone in Washington would take a new look at our Af/Pak War and wonder whether it isn’t simply beside the point. No such luck.|
Tom Engelhardt: Waist Deep in the Washington QuagmireFebruary 2011
|If the Obama’s budget is passed, its five-year freeze on domestic programs will reduce spending to the lowest level since Eisenhower left office in 1961.|
Tom Engelhardt: Pox Americana: Driving Through the Gates of Hell and Other American Pastimes in the Greater Middle EastFebruary 2011
|Almost 20 years after the lesser superpower of the Cold War left the world stage, the “victor” is now lurching down the declinist slope, this time as the other defeated power of the Cold War era.|
Tom Engelhardt: In the Crosshairs, Tuscon-KabulJanuary 2011
|Six are dead in Tucson, and the country is outraged. Sixteen are killed in Kabul, and there’s nary a thought for the deceased. Tom Engelhardt discusses how Americans are quick to protect their own, but care little for Afghan innocents.|
Tom Engelhardt: The Urge to Surge: Washington’s 30-Year HighJanuary 2011
|It’s easy to forget that war is a drug. But eventually, Washington, the Pentagon, and the U.S. military will have to enter rehab. They desperately need a twelve-step program for recovery. Until then, the delusions and the madness that go with surge addiction are not likely to end.|
Tom Engelhardt: One November’s Dead: The American War Dead Disappear into the DarknessDecember 2010
|The true horror of the casualties of war may lie in the fact that Americans aren’t even calling for an explanation.|
Tom Engelhardt: The National Security State Cops a Feel: Taking Off the Gloves (and Then Everything Else)November 2010
|As long as Americans don’t grasp the connections between our war state and our “safety,” things will only get worse|
Tom Engelhardt: How to Schedule a War: The Incredible Shrinking Withdrawal DateNovember 2010
|“In my nineteen fifties childhood, there was a cheesy (if thrilling) sci-fi flick, The Incredible Shrinking Man…In recent weeks, without a radioactive cloud in sight, the date for serious drawdowns of American troops in Afghanistan has followed a similar path toward the vanishing point.”|
Tom Engelhardt: The Stimulus Package in Kabul: (I Was Delusional—I Thought One Monster “Embassy” Was the End of It)November 2010
|You must have had a moment when you thought to yourself: It really isn’t going to end, is it? For the author of this post, the U.S. military’s $511 million plan for a massive expansion of the U.S. embassy in Kabul inspired one of those moments of hopelessness.|
Tom Engelhardt: Ballot Box Blues: The Most Dispiriting Election of a Lifetime (Mine)November 2010
|“Whether the country I once wanted to represent was ever there in the form I imagined is a question I’ll leave to the historians…What remains, angry or depressed, has made for a toxic brew as well as the most dispiriting election of my life.”—Tom Engelhardt’s ballot box blues for November 2010.|
Tom Engelhardt: Handicapping the Global MidtermsOctober 2010
|In the midst of American election frenzy, a one-man tip sheet on the “global midterms”—prospective winners, losers, and those “on the cusp.”|
Tom Engelhardt: The War Addicts: 2016 and Then SomeOctober 2010
Our generals are hooked on spending. Don’t expect them to discipline themselves. They won’t.
Tom Engelhardt: One and a Half Cheers for American Decline: The Future’s Not Ours—and That’s Good NewsSeptember 2010
Our country may be in decline, but the news isn’t all bad. It’s actually going to feel better to be just another nation, one more country, rather than the nation.
Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse: The American Way of War Quiz: This Was the War Month That Was (Believe It or Not)September 2010
The first TomDispatch American Way of War Quiz. Pit your wits against the best the Pentagon has to offer.
Tom Engelhardt: Will Our Generals Ever Shut Up?: The Military’s Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military PresenceSeptember 2010
Today, you no longer need to be a retired military officer to offer play-by-play commentary on and analysis of our wars. Though nothing in the record indicates that anyone should listen to what these men have to say, the main narrators of those wars turn out to be none other than the generals running, or overseeing, them.
Tom Engelhardt: What If Washington…?: Five Absurd Things That Simply Can’t Happen in Wartime WashingtonAugust 2010
As a boy, Engelhardt loved reading what-if history and science fiction books. Here are his own five what-ifs, five possibilities that—given our world—verge on the fictional.
Tom Engelhardt: The Opposites Game: All the Strangeness of Our American World in One ArticleJuly 2010
Historically, it has undoubtedly been the nature of imperial powers to consider every strange thing they do more or less the norm. For a waning imperial power, however, such an attitude has its own dangers.
Tom Engelhardt: Why Are We in Afghanistan?: As Petraeus Takes Over, Could Success Be Worse Than Failure?July 2010
Failure breeds critics, you might say, the way dead bodies breed flies. Or put another way, it’s easy enough to criticize a failing American project, but what about a successful one?
Tom Engelhardt: America Detached from War: Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the CryptJune 2010
With the increasing use of the robotic drone—the Lady Gaga of weapons—America may be instigating the next era of lawless and valorless warfare.
Tom Engelhardt: Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble: Entering the Soviet Era in AmericaJune 2010
As the military continues to hemorrhage money and get drunk with power, the U.S. begins more and more to resemble its once mighty rival, the Soviet Union.
Tom Engelhardt: Yes, We Could Get Out!: Why We Won’t Leave Afghanistan or IraqApril 2010
Washington makes it seem so impossible, but we really could withdraw our massive armies from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tom Engelhardt: Believe It or Not (2010 Imperial Edition)April 2010
U.S. war-fighting numbers to knock your socks off.
Tom Engelhardt: When Was the Last Time You Visited Iraq?: Exporting American Democracy to the WorldMarch 2010
Perhaps the U.S. should think twice before shipping its dysfunctional democracy abroad.
Tom Engelhardt: How to Fight a Better War (Next Time)March 2010
Three fixes for the American way of war.
Tom Engelhardt: Explain Something to Me: Fixing What’s Wrong in Washington… in AfghanistanFebruary 2010
Why does a country that is convinced it’s becoming ungovernable think itself so capable of making another country governable?
Tom Engelhardt: Seven Days in January: How the Pentagon Counts Coups in WashingtonFebruary 2010
American life is being sacrificed to the very infrastructure meant to provide this country’s citizens with “safety.” That’s what seven days in January really means.
Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse: An American World of War: What to Watch for in 2010January 2010
For Americans, 2010 could be the year of the assassin.
Tom Engelhardt: In Nightmares Begin Responsibilities: Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010December 2009
As for peacemaking or de-escalation next year, fuggedaboutit…2010: pure loss.
‘No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die’September 2005
Two hurricanes, one of them human, had blown through American life; between them, they had linked the previously unconnected.
Entries for a Devil’s Dictionary of the Bush EraApril 2005
Never has an administration spent so much time creating, defining, or redefining terms, perhaps because no one (since George Orwell) has grasped the power and possibility that lay hidden in plain sight in the naming and renaming of words.