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Entries by Tom Engelhardt from 01/2013

The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish

| Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

Every few years the National Intelligence Council has produced a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama's second term, is Global Trends 2030.

How the U.S. Brings 'Security' to the Planet

| Posted 01.08.2013 | World

U.S. troops are gone from Iraq, but the violence our invasion and occupation set loose has never ended. We bear genuine responsibility for this, but no longer care a whit.

The Pentagon as a Global NRA

| Posted 01.14.2013 | World

While the administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

How Hope Went Under the Desk and Then Disappeared From Our World

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

If you chose to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," you never had a doubt that you could also turn off, tune out, drop back in, and get a job -- a good job -- any time you wanted. It's not a feeling the young would recognize now.

The Setting Sun and the American Empire

| Posted 01.28.2013 | World

This will be the nature of the great Afghan drawdown. The words "retreat," "loss," "defeat," "disaster," and their siblings and cousins won't be allowed on the premises.

The Great Obama Shuffle

| Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2009 buoyed by the slogan "change we can believe in." The bitter Hagel hearings will be a fierce reminder that, when it comes to foreign policy, old is new, and the words "change" and "Washington" don't belong in the same sentence.