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Tom Engelhardt


Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute’s, is the co-founder of the American Empire Project at Metropolitan Books.  His book, “...


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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home

If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

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The World After Me: Eternal ‘Wartime’ in America

In this era, everything that further militarizes American foreign policy, puts the national security state in command and assures the continued demobilization of a scared and rattled citizenry creates yet more uprooted souls, more children without childhoods, more refugees.

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Obama’s Mission Accomplished Moment?

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When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military recently, President Obama was at the top of his game.

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Debacle! How Two Wars in the Greater Middle East Revealed the Weakness of the Global Superpower

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It was to be the war that would establish empire as an American fact. It would result in a thousand-year Pax Americana. It was to be “mission accomplished” all the way. And then, of course, it wasn’t. And then, almost nine dismal years later, it was over (sorta).

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like

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How about a moment of silence for the passing of the American Dream—Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent nuclear arsenal, dumb and even dumber decisions, a bloody civil war, dead Americans, crony corporations, a trillion or more taxpayer dollars flushed down the toilet. You know, George W. Bush’s dream.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Afghanistan Speech Obama Should Give (but Won’t)

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President Obama will undoubtedly address the American people on whatever decision he makes about the war in Afghanistan. Every sign indicates that it will not sound like this.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

There’s a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism these days, but how much do we really know about the brand of Christian fundamentalism that has developed in America since, and in response to, the Enlightenment?  Author James Carroll holds forth on the subject in this interview with TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

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Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute’s, is the co-founder of the American Empire Project at Metropolitan Books.  His book, “The End of Victory Culture” (University of Massachusetts Press), deals with victory culture’s crash-and-burn sequel in Iraq.  In June 2008, the first Tomdispatch collection, “The World According to Tomdispatch; America in the New Age of Empire” (Verso Books) was published and his newest book is “Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World”. Engelhaedt is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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