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Entries by Tom Engelhardt from 12/2012

The Barack Obama Story (Updated)

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Dear President Obama, Don't these "accomplishments" of yours sometimes amaze you? Don't you ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering just who you are?

Pulling Back From the 'Military Cliff'?

| Posted 12.11.2012 | World

With the so-called fiscal cliff now eternally on the media horizon, there's been reporting recently on how your tax dollars are being spent, but do you have the faintest idea what it actually costs you to garrison the globe?

2016 Here We Come

| Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Yes, folks, get ready for 2016 early and often. In the supersized, never-ending American election season it's going to be a meaty four years of media speculation.

The Visible Government

| Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

Americans now possess (or more accurately are possessed by) a vast "intelligence" bureaucracy deeply in the shadows, whose activities are a mass of known unknowns and unknown unknowns to those of us on the outside. It is beyond enormous.

The Sort of Country Your Mother Brought You Up to Avoid

| Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

If the former Soviet Union had built such an overseas gulag, run on the basis of torture and abuse, or if China did so today, there would be no question what Americans would have called it.

Eternally Surprised By Tomorrow

| Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

The future has its surprises. Even the most farseeing among us, are -- for better or worse -- regularly caught off-guard by what tomorrow has to offer. Take the murderous acts of two disturbed young men.

What Was the Most Underreported Story of 2012?

| Posted 12.24.2012 | Media

The real reporting crisis involves the inability of the mainstream to connect the dots, almost any dots, or display any kind of historical memory, or include in its daily reporting the sort of information that would make real sense of the "news."