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Tom Engelhardt
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Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. He is the author of Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World and The End of Victory Culture, a history of the American Age of Denial. The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire (Verso, 2008), a collection of some of the best pieces from his site and an alternative history of the mad Bush years, has recently been published.

Entries by Tom Engelhardt

Whose Opinion on Iran?

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Everyone knows the basics of the dispute over the nuclear deal with Iran. In no time at all, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaped directly into the American political arena to take potshots at that agreement in a way that, had any other world leader...

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Another Military Comedy of Errors

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

On July 24th, highlighting the first Turkish air strikes against the Islamic State and news of an agreement to let the U.S. Air Force use two Turkish air bases against that movement, the New York Times reported that unnamed "American officials welcomed the...

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What If You Build a Pipeline and There's Nothing to Pump Through It?

(9) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

On July 14, 2011, at TomDispatch, Bill McKibben wrote that he and a few other "veteran environmentalists" had issued a call for activists to descend on the White House and "risk arrest to demand something simple and concrete from President Obama: that he...

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Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?

(42) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 10:41 AM

War, Sunny Side Up, and the Summer of Slaughter (Vietnam and Today
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I’m not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown...

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Raging Dinosaurs, Giant Ants and Death Rays: Looking Back on the Nuclear Age

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The nuclear age. Doesn't that phrase seem like ancient history? With the twin anniversaries of the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki coming around again, this is its 70th birthday. Just a year younger than me, it was my age-mate, my companion all those...

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Planning for World's End

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

So many decades later, it's hard to remember the kind of nuclear thinking top American officials engaged in during the Cold War. In secret National Security Council documents of the early 1950s, for instance, the country's top strategists descended willingly into the charnel house of...

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Profiling the American Mass Killer

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 8:18 PM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

You want to profile America's mass killers? No need at all for the FBI or the national security state. You don't have to secretly read anyone's emails or check their phone metadata. You don't need to follow them on Twitter. All you have to do...

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You've Been Trumped!

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Every election needs an organizing catchphrase and that goes doubly for the Republican presidential race, with 16 candidates having entered the fray and more on the way. I think I have the perfect one for the moment: "You've been Trumped!" After all, one striking thing about...

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Bringing Back the Dead -- In Memory of Eduardo Galeano

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Recently, Susan Bergholz, the devoted literary agent of the late Uruguayan writer and planetary great Eduardo Galeano, sent me this brief email: "A friend of Eduardo's and mine called yesterday to tell me, 'Now we know where Eduardo went: he became pope!'" Somehow, that thought...

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Who's Delusional?

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The several hundred Republicans who have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2016 presidential race and the war hawks in Congress (mainly but hardly only Republicans) have already been in full howl about the Vienna nuclear deal with Iran. Jeb Bush took about...

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Requiem for the Home Front

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:28 AM

A Cheer for Irma the Caricaturist 
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Almost three-quarters of a century ago, my mother placed a message in a bottle and tossed it out beyond the waves. It bobbed along through tides, storms, and squalls until just recently, almost four decades...

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Richard Nixon's Blueprint for Twenty-First Century America

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Let me give you a reason that's anything but historical for reading Tim Weiner's remarkable new book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. Mind you, with the last of the secret Nixon White House tapes finally made public some 40 years after the first...

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Terminating Our Terminators?

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Since November 2002, when a CIA drone strike destroyed the SUV of "al-Qaeda's chief operative in Yemen," Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi ("U.S. kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen"), it's been almost 13 years of unending repeat headlines. Here are a few recent ones: "U.S. drone...

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The Superpower Conundrum

(37) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:04 AM

The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. ...

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The Pottery Barn Rule Updated

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 11:02 AM

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration's top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them. As White House...

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Why Is Up the Only Direction on the Ladder of Escalation?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:45 AM

On June 13th, Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan of the Washington Post reported what should have been big news (though it was hardly noted). In recent White House "debates" over a disastrously deteriorating situation in Iraq, President Obama's top military officials were dragging their feet on the question...

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An Election That Has Next to Nothing to Do With You

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Money, they say, makes the world go round. So how's $10 billion for you? That's a top-end estimate for the record-breaking spending in this 1% presidential election campaign season. But is "season" even the right word, now that such campaigns are essentially four-year events that seem...

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Our Jihadis and Theirs: The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life

(11) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done, some angry -- or simply...

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Disappearing Bases: History Down the Memory Hole in Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:01 AM

In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. Everyone was too polite to call them "permanent bases," so they were sometimes referred to by the...

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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Spectacle of Climate Denial

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:09 PM

When I go out with my not quite three-year-old grandson, his idea of a good time is hide-and-seek. This means suddenly darting behind a bush too small to fully obscure him or into a doorway where he remains in plain sight, while I wander around wondering aloud where in the...

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