Tom Engelhardt

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  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Greg Grandin: How the Iraq War Began in Panama

    2014-12-22 07:51:52View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. So many years and wars later, it’s easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.  Just in case you no longer remember — and why should you? — that was the war that [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereThe Senate Drone Report of 2019 Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror By Tom Engelhardt It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  We were kids, but they weren’t kidding.  It wasn’t called “Risk: The Game of Global Domination” for nothing. You remember it, I’m sure. You had a territory. You had armies. You could make alliances. You could cheat, stab in the back, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rebecca Gordon: The Torture Wars

    2014-12-15 07:21:00View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  It came from the top and that’s never been a secret.  The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known as “enhanced interrogation techniques” and has spoken of this with a certain [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  There’s finally good news when it comes to the renewal of the Faith.  I’m talking, of course, about the nuclear faith.  In case you happen to have forgotten, that’s the Cold War belief that a U.S. arsenal big enough to [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!

    2014-12-09 08:05:24View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Often enough when something goes missing, it takes a while to realize that it’s gone.  An example that came to me recently is the once-commonplace word “peace.” It’s not just that, in a time of public dissatisfaction with America’s wars, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Jen Marlowe: One Family, Two Doors, Nowhere to Run

    2014-12-08 08:36:56View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  During the Israeli attacks on Gaza this past summer, U.S. officials were unusually vocal.  After shelling killed four young Palestinians on a beach, for example, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called it “horrifying.”  “The tragic event makes clear that Israel [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: War to the Horizon

    2014-12-04 08:01:46View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereParty On! The War Party Ascendant By Tom Engelhardt It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about writing his obituary. In terms of pure coverage, it may not have [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rebecca Solnit: Casino Capitalism, Nevada-Style

    2014-12-02 08:02:46View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. One of the first indications of just how bad it would get was the slew of abandoned Ferraris and Porsches ditched in the Dubai Airport parking lot by foreigners fleeing the country — and the debts they’d incurred there — as [...]

  • 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, [...]

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