Tom Engelhardt

shadowgovengelhardt.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). Previous books include Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (co-authored with Nick Turse), The United States of Fear, The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture: a History of the Cold War and Beyond, as well as of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 8:15am
'You've Been Trumped!' (And the War That Followed)
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 the Republicans, now...
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:30pm
A Message in a Bottle from My Mother
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 after her death, it washed ashore at my feet. I’m speaking metaphorically, of course. Still...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:30am
The Nixon Legacy
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 of them were turned over to...
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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 8:30am
Terminating Our Terminators?
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 strike kills a senior...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:30am
The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything
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. So it’s hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole...
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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:30am
Armed Violence in the Heartland: Our Jihadis and Theirs
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 mentally disturbed -- and well-armed...
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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 6:45am
History Disappears Down the Memory Hole in Iraq
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...
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 1:30pm
You've Been Scammed! (On Going for Broke in Ponzi Scheme America)
It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives -- or enter them -- depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with your parents looking on, waiting to celebrate. The question is: Celebrate what exactly? In possibly the...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:30pm
Tomorrow's News Today: 9 Surefire Future Headlines From a Bizarro American World
It’s commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can’t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say,...
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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:15am
The Unholy Marriage of War and Disney
In September 2001, the Bush administration launched its “global war on terror,” to which its supporters later tried to attach names like “the long war” or “World War IV.” Their emphasis: that we were now engaged in nothing less than a multi-generational struggle without end. (World War III had...
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