Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Donald Trump, a One-Man 9/11?
So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life. It didn't take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he's already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him -- on the kind of world, in short, that I want to live in.
Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The China Missile Crisis of 2018?
Forget those "bad hombres down there" in Mexico that U.S. troops might take out. Ignore the way National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" and the new president insisted, that, when it comes to that country, "nothing is off the table." Instead, focus for a moment on something truly scary: the possibility that Donald Trump's Washington might slide into an actual war with the planet's rising superpower, China.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Enemies of Our Enemy Are Not Our Friends
You know you're living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump's executive orders. He's a good example of how past adversaries of movements for peace and justice are lining up against our current adversary, the new president.
Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Now Who's The Enemy?
What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally? On this issue, as on so many others, the incoming president has offered enough contradictory clues, tweets, and comments that the only definitive answer right now is: Who knows?
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, and Me on Super Bowl Sunday
The Super Bowl is superfluous this year. Who needs a reality show about violence, domination, and sexism, not to mention brain damage, now that we have Trumpball, actual reality that not only authenticates football's authoritarianism but transforms us from bystanders into victims? Before this game is over, the players may swarm the grandstands and beat the hell out of us.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Goldmanizing Donald Trump
Irony isn't a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, "For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth."
Thursday, January 26, 2017(1 comments)
Tomgram: William Astore, A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making
Today, when it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry, no other country, not even that evil-empire-substitute, Vladimir Putin's Russia, comes faintly close. The U.S. doth bestride the world of arms production and dealing like a colossus.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Tomgram: John Feffer, A Globalism of the 1%
Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He's married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn't speak any other languages, but hey, he's an American, so monolingualism is his birthright.
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Best Defense
Many of the folks I know are getting ready to play serious defense in 2017, and they're not wrong. Before we take up our three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, however, maybe we should ask ourselves not only what we're fighting against, but what we're fighting for. What kind of United States of America do we actually want?
Monday, January 9, 2017
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How We Got Here
The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year's U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between those two watershed moments?
Tomgram: William Astore, All the President's Generals
America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with (among others) Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Yet Another Undeclared U.S. War
What is it about America and its twenty-first-century wars? They spread continually -- there are now seven of them; they never end; and yet, if you happen to live in the United States, most of the time it would be easy enough to believe that, except for the struggle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there were no conflicts underway. Take the Afghan War, for an example.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, The March of the Billionaires
Given his cabinet picks so far, it's reasonable to assume that The Donald finds hanging out with anyone who isn't a billionaire (or at least a multimillionaire) a drag. What would there be to talk about if you left the Machiavellian class and its exploits for the company of the sort of normal folk you can rouse at a rally?
Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Obama's Last Chance
Think of the Oval Office that President Obama is about to leave behind as filled with the equivalent of loaded weaponry from all these years of wars, raids, assassination campaigns, surveillance, and the like.
Thursday, December 1, 2016(3 comments)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Most Dangerous Country on Earth
For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren't to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Swamp of War
Sometimes it's tough to pull lessons of any sort from our confusing world, but let me mention one obvious (if little noted) case where that couldn't be less true: the American military and its wars.
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"
The night after the election, this long-time pacifist dreamed she shot a big white man carrying an arsenal of guns. He was wandering around a room full of people, waving a pistol and threatening to fire.
Tomgram: Nate Terani, One Veteran's War on Islamophobia
Recently, I was asked a question about Kill Anything That Moves, my history of civilian suffering during the Vietnam War. An interviewer wanted to know how I responded to veterans who took offense at the (supposed) implication that every American who served in Vietnam committed atrocities.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Too Big to Fail, Hillary-Style
Of a Hillary Clinton presidency, so much less has been written and yet she's the woman who never saw a bank CEO she couldn't get a couple of hundred thousand dollars from for giving thoroughly unsurprising speeches.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: William Hartung, The Doctrine of Armed Exceptionalism
Here's the strangeness of it all: America's wars have been going badly for years in almost every way imaginable across the Greater Middle East and North Africa and yet, the Pentagon's budget is already coming up roses and no matter who enters the Oval Office, it's only going to get bigger.
Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Perpetual Killing Field
Today's TomDispatch post is a monumental piece of reporting from "the worst place on Earth" and, on a planet where, from Cambodia to Rwanda, people remember the grim slaughter grounds of our recent history, the least noticed "killing fields" around.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, The Death of the Two-State Solution
The Obama administration just agreed to a 10-year military aid deal that will give Israel $38 billion dollars in, among other things, America's most advanced weapons systems. The White House terms it "the largest single pledge of military assistance in U.S. history."
Monday, October 17, 2016
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Finding Hope in Dismal Times
Luckily, not everyone has been glued to the screen, eternally watching The Donald. From Black Lives Matter to the climate change movement, activists have, as TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon points out in a powerful (and powerfully upbeat) new post, never stopped working to make this a better world.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Tomgram: John Feffer, Slouching Toward the Apocalypse
This piece suggests far wilder ways in which Trump couldn't be more in that same grain, if what you have in mind is the Dr. Strangelovian current that runs through American life, involving evangelicals, apocalyptics, survivalists, and white racists; even his extremity, that is, couldn't be more us -- or, if you prefer, more U.S. This one is an original and definitely a must-read!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Unipolar No More
As Dilip Hiro points out in his TomDispatch post today, if you've noticed the growing assertiveness of China and Russia, you'll know that we're on an increasingly multipolar planet.
Thursday, October 6, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, This Is Not About Donald Trump
I attempt to take a step back when it comes to the Trump phenomenon and look at what, despite the millions of words pouring out about him, is seldom said or thought much about: the ways in which, unique as this presidential election season may be, Trump himself couldn't be more in the American tradition -- as American, in fact, as a piece of McDonald's baked apple pie.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The National Security Void
You may have missed it. Perhaps you dozed off. Or wandered into the kitchen to grab a snack. Or by that point in the proceedings were checking out Seinfeld reruns. During the latter part of the much hyped but excruciating-to-watch first presidential debate, Lester Holt posed a seemingly straightforward but cunningly devised question.
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Trump's Future Piggy Bank, Our Country?
As Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers points out in her latest TomDispatch piece on election 2016, there's one thing Donald Trump is not prepared to do, whatever the political positions he may espouse: give up what's best for Donald Trump.
Tomgram: Chip Ward, Peace Pipes, Not Oil Pipes
With the return of Utah environmentalist Chip Ward to TomDispatch comes a vivid analysis of the latest dramatic oil pipeline battle in the West, the stand-off at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Class of 2017 -- So Sorry!
Fifteen years after 9/11, war and possible war are embedded in our American way of life and the public is consumed with safety and security-related fears, of terrorism in particular, that have little basis in reality but have helped immensely to expand our national security state.
Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, Deportations "R" Us
Sometimes, as today at TomDispatch, what's needed is a little history lesson to remind us that what seems unique in our moment -- in this case, Donald Trump's attitude toward immigrants (whether Mexican or Syrian) -- is anything but unique to our time.
Tomgram: Nick Turse, What the U.S. Military Doesn't Know (and Neither Do You)
What the Pentagon and the U.S. military do matters greatly on this conflicted planet of ours, which is why I regularly find it amazing, even unnerving, that, in a world of monster media organizations, covering what the U.S. military does in Africa -- and it's doing more and more there -- has largely been left to Nick Turse of TomDispatch.