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Entries by Tom Engelhardt from 05/2011

China as Number One? Don't Bet Your Bottom Dollar

| Posted 05.02.2011 | World

While China shows all the signs of classic future imperial success, it might be far more reasonable to predict a cautious Chinese government, focused on solving confounding domestic problems, than an expansively imperial one.

Osama Bin Laden's American Legacy: It's Time to Stop Celebrating and Go Back to Kansas

| Posted 05.05.2011 | World

This is hardly a glorious American moment. If anything, we should probably be in mourning for what we buried long before we had bin Laden's body, and for what we allowed him to goad us into doing to ourselves.

Bored to Death in Afghanistan (and Washington)

| Posted 05.19.2011 | Media

If you aren't already bored to death, you should be. 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.

Dumb Question of the 21st Century: Is It Legal?

| Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

Is the Libyan war legal? Was bin Laden's killing legal? Were those "enhanced interrogation techniques" legal? These questions are irrelevant. In terms of "foreign policy," and "national security," the U.S. is now a post-legal society.