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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:30am
Writing as an Act of Generosity
Every now and then, I teach a class to young would-be journalists and one of the first things I talk about is why I consider writing an act of generosity. As they are usually just beginning to stretch their writerly wings, their task, as I see it, is to enter the world we’re already in (it’s...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 8:15am
The Real Meaning of Donald Trump
" Low-energy Jeb ." " Little Marco ." " Lyin’ Ted ." " Crooked Hillary ." Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered media coverage, analysis, and commentary almost beyond imagining. Memorable as they might...
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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:30am
This Article Is Not About Donald Trump
Think of the 2016 presidential campaign as the political equivalent of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice . It’s loud; there are plenty of abusive special effects; the critics hate it, but the crowds turn out; a media company or three rake in the dough ; and foreigners can’t get enough of this new...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:00am
How Many Boots on What Ground?
At the moment, there are a maximum of 3,870 U.S. military personnel (or 7,740 actual boots on the ground) in Iraq supporting the war against the Islamic State. That’s the “official cap” imposed by the Obama administration, because everyone knows that the president and his top officials are eager to...
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Monday, March 28, 2016 - 8:30am
Don't Blame It All on Donald Trump
The other week, feeling sick, I spent a day on my couch with the TV on and was reminded of an odd fact of American life. More than seven months before Election Day, you can watch the 2016 campaign for the presidency at any moment of your choosing, and that’s been true since at least late last year...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
Done In by the American Way of War
With General John Campbell’s tour of duty in Afghanistan finished, a new commander has taken over. Admittedly, things did not go well during Campbell’s year and a half heading up the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) there, but that’s par for the course. In late 2015, while he was in...
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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 11:15am
Eviscerated Weddings and the American Way of War
Here’s a what-if that continues to haunt me. What if some disturbed “lone wolf,” “inspired” by the Islamic State’s online propagandists, went out with an assault rifle or two and -- San Bernardino-style -- shot up a wedding, killing the bride and killing or wounding many others at the ceremony? Let...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45am
War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.
It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr , hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, became something of a sensation. Even so many...
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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:00am
An "Exceptional” Failure: The US Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century
Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “ indispensable ” the United States is. For someone like me who can still remember a moment when...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 10:45am
How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History
Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at stopping a conflict that had yet to begin. Those demonstrators, myself included, were trying to put...
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