• Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: Iraq War 4.0?

    2014-11-25 17:58:30View | Delete

    ThumbnailIn 2013, Afghanistan upped its opium poppy cultivation by 36%. This article orginally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three time a week, click here. Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)  What If It Weren’t Us?  By Tom Engelhardt Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Andrew Bacevich: Daydream Believers

    2014-11-24 08:12:17View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Iraq The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War , a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture con artists, and on-the-make privatizers of our post-9/11 national [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Sometimes, to see the big picture you need to focus on the smallest part of it, as Nick Turse does in the latest of his dispatches on the U.S. military in Africa .  He takes a look at that military in Chad.  Yep, [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Looking for a little hope on climate change?  Believe it or not, it’s here and it’s real. And I’m not referring to the fact that, at least temporarily, oil prices have gone through the floor, making environmentally destructive “tough oil” projects [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It was July 1987 and I found myself in a cool, dark, completely packed movie theater, perched on the edge of my seat.  The crowd was raucous, the mood electric.  That night, I didn’t care about popcorn or soda [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  In a September address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama spoke forcefully about the “cycle of conflict” in the Middle East, about “violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery.” The president was [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: The Empire as Basket Case

    2014-11-12 07:54:34View | Delete

    ThumbnailWould you like to tell me why you’re here? This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Shrinking the Empire  A Session on the Imperial Couch By  Tom Engelhardt Doctor: Would you like to tell me why you’re here? American Empire:  Well, Doc, I’m feeling a little off.  To tell you the truth, I’m kind [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Peter Van Buren: Iraq and the Battle of the Potomac

    2014-11-10 07:29:34View | Delete

    Thumbnail“War is the continuation of Politik (state policy) by other means” – Carl von Clausewitz Last week, the New York Times front-paged a story about plans for “Iraq” to mount “a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters.”  Its goal, among other things: to take back the country’s second largest city, Mosul.  The plan, wrote Michael Gordon and Eric [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Peter Van Buren: Iraq and the Battle of the Potomac

    2014-11-10 07:29:27View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Last week, the New York Times front-paged a story about plans for “Iraq” to mount “a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters.”  Its goal, among other things: to take back the country’s second largest city, Mosul.  The plan, wrote Michael Gordon [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Predicting who exactly is a future threat before a person has done anything wrong is a perilous undertaking. Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream.  One morning, I’ll wake up and see a newspaper article that begins something like [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: Bulding an Escalation Machine

    2014-11-04 09:00:36View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereThe Pressure to Escalate The Phantasmagoric World of Washington By Tom Engelhardt Sometimes it seemed that only two issues mattered in the midterm election campaigns just ended.  No, I’m not talking about Obamacare, or the inequality gap, or the country’s sagging infrastructure, or education, [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The winds of change have reached our largest weathervanes.In my experience, when it comes to women, young men lie to each other in grotesque ways and those lies are foundational to what, at least in my youth, was men’s [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  From the beginning, it was to be “Russia’s Vietnam.”  First the administration of President Jimmy Carter, then that of President Ronald Reagan was determined to give the Soviet Union a taste of what the U.S. had gone through in its [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Studs Terkel on Death and Forgiveness in America

    2014-10-28 07:24:41View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Studs Terkel, who put oral history on the American map with one spectacular book after another, was a small man who had a knack for making everyone around him feel larger than life. He taught me the first significant lesson [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rory Fanning: Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?

    2014-10-27 07:17:22View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. More than a few times I’ve found myself in a crowd of Vietnam veterans, and more than a few times at least one of them was wearing a curious blue or yellow t-shirt.  Once that shirt undoubtedly fit a lean [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016.  Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns ) will kick [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  A mobile lab set up in Guinea early in the epidemic Sometimes, if you want to catch the essence of a moment, however, grim, you need to turn to humor. Recently, the New Yorker ’s resident satirist Andy Borowitz produced one of his patented [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Laura Poitras Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereEdward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The U.S. is again at war in the Middle East, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and [...]

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