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Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute's Tomdispatch.com ("a regular antidote to the mainstream media"), is the co-founder of the American Empire Project and, most recently, the author of Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters (Nation Books), the first collection of Tomdispatch interviews.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tomgram: Nick Turse, Uncovering the Military's Secret Military Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world's countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Noam Chomsky: A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age? If you had followed May Day protests in New York City in the mainstream media, you might hardly have noticed that they happened at all. The stories were generally tucked away, minimalist, focused on a few arrests, and spoke of "hundreds" of protesters in the streets, or maybe, if a reporter was feeling especially generous, a vague "thousands."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2011
Andy Kroll: Flat-Lining the Middle Class A stunning portrait of the economic collapse of the American middle class in the lost decade of 2000-2010, using the hardest of hard numbers, and what it means for our future.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 26, 2012
Christian Parenti: Big Storms Require Big Government At some basic level, climate change shouldn't be hard to grasp. Fossil-fuel burning -- the essence of our civilization since the industrial revolution -- dumps prodigious amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. As it happens, 2010 was another banner year for carbon dioxide production; the 5.9% rise in CO2 emissions was the "biggest jump ever recorded."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2011
Noam Chomsky, Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky returns to TomDispatch with a remarkable post that begins with the democracy uprising in the Arab world and events in Madison, Wisconsin, and traces, as he puts it, "what is taking place both in the decaying industrial heartland of the richest and most powerful country in human history, and in what President Dwight Eisenhower called "the most strategically important area in the world.'"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rebecca Solnit: Why the Media Loves the Violence of Protestors and Not of Banks In December 2001, 110 of 112 revelers at a wedding died, thanks to a B-52 and two B-1B bombers using precision-guided weapons to essentially wipe out a village in Eastern Afghanistan (and then, in a second strike, to take out Afghans digging in the rubble). The incident got next to no attention here.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ann Jones, Star-Spangled Baggage In today’s post, Ann Jones traces that trail, painted in blood and suffering, from the first veterans of the Afghan War to return to Fort Bragg, four of whom murdered their wives (and three of whom then committed suicide). to the present moment. It’s a stunning account of pain and carnage that puts Fort Hood in the kind of perspective you seldom see. Don’t miss it!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 9, 2013
Peter Van Buren: If the Government Does It, It's "Legal" Indefinite detention of the innocent and guilty alike, without any hope of charges, trial, or release: this is now the American way. Most Americans, however, may not care to take that in, not even when the indefinitely detained go on a hunger strike. That act has certainly gotten Washington's and the media's collective attention.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 13, 2011
How Obama Became the Curator of the Bush Legacy This is, in Davis's usual quirky form, a brilliant account of how lower Manhattan became the Sarajevo of the War on Terrorism, the first shot (and what a disastrous shot it was) in a spiraling nightmare -- like the assassination that began World War I.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 2, 2010
Tomgram: Ann Jones, In Bed With the U.S. Army a unique account of being embedded with the U.S. Army in an Afghan war zone and a vivid explanation of why American-style war is bound to fail in Afghanistan -- Ann Jones, "Here Be Dragons, MRAPS, Sprained Ankles, Air Conditioning, Farting Contests, and Other Snapshots from the American War in Afghanistan"
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Noam Chomsky, America's Real Foreign Policy It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren't exactly happy with Edward Snowden's NSA revelations. Still, over the last year, the comments of such figures, politicians associated with them, and retirees from their world clearly channeling their feelings have had a striking quality: over-the-top vituperation.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Tomgram: William Hartung, Lockheed Martin's Shadow Government As a boy in the 1950s, I can remember my father, a World War II vet, becoming livid while insisting that our family not shop at a local grocery store. Its owners, he swore, had been "war profiteers" and he would never forgive them.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 7, 2011
The War Against The Poor, By Frances Fox Piven Frances Fox Piven frames this Occupy Wall Street moment in the context of a larger, decades-long right-wing war against the poor.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Imperial Mentality and 9/11 Chomsky takes a piercing look at the American imperial mentality in action both before and since 9/11, and at what is noticed, what is ignored, and what is conveniently forgotten in this country. He also explores Osama bin Laden's crimes, how he was killed, and why the Obama administration was so unwilling to capture him and bring him into a court of law
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 16, 2012
David Vine: U.S. Empire of Bases Grows It was January 15, 2004, and TomDispatch had only been in existence for a year when Chalmers Johnson, author of the prophetic book Blowback (published in 2000 and a bestseller after the 9/11 attacks), did a piece for this site entitled "America's Empire of Bases." He wrote then: "Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 23, 2012
Noam Chomsky: Destroying the Commons - How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta This week the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit against CIA Director David Petraeus, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and two top special operations forces commanders for "violating the Constitution and international law" in the drone assassination of three American citizens in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan, and al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son Abdulrahman...
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(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 19, 2015
Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country? This period doesn't represent a version, of politics as usual; nor is the 2016 campaign an election as usual; nor are we experiencing Washington as usual. Put together our 1% elections, the privatization of our govt, the de-legitimization of Congress & the presidency, as well as the empowerment of the national security state and the U.S. military, & add in the demobilization of the American public & you have a new ballgame
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Subhankar Banerjee: Arctic Nightmares Here's a Jeopardy!-style question for you: "Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas." Unless you're an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it's a pretty good guess that you can't tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 13, 2017
William Astore, Returning to Cheyenne Mountain Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that's a thought that hasn't crossed your mind, maybe it's because you didn't spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That's a tale I'll get to soon, but first let me mention America's "doomsday planes."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 15, 2015
Tomgram: David Vine, "The Truth About Diego Garcia, And 50 Years of Fictions About a U.S. Military Base" While the grim saga of Diego Garcia frequently reads like fiction, it has proven all too real for the people involved. It's the story of a U.S. military base built on a series of real-life fictions told by U.S. and British officials over more than half a century.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ari Berman: The Politics of the Super Rich America has a serious air pollution problem. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is hell-bent on fixing it. "Air pollution," in this case, doesn't mean CO2, methane, or anything else in the poisonous cocktail of gases helping warm our planet. Jamieson, a University of Pennsylvania communications professor and long-time media critic, is talking about the error-riddled attack ads flooding the TV airwaves this campaign season.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2015
Michael Klare: Is Big Oil Finally Entering a Climate Change World? Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly half of what it was a year ago): slowing demand due to global economic stagnation; overproduction at shale fields in the United States; the decision of the Saudis and other Middle Eastern OPEC producers to maintain output at current levels (presumably to punish higher-cost producers in the U.S. and elsewhere)...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Dilip Hiro: Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tomgram: Nick Turse, My Very Own Veteran's Day PIBOR, South Sudan -- "I've never been a soldier," I say to the wide-eyed, lanky-limbed veteran sitting across from me. "Tell me about military life. What's it like?" He looks up as if the answer can be found in the blazing blue sky above, shoots me a sheepish grin, and then fixes his gaze on his feet. I let the silence wash over us and wait. He looks embarrassed. Perhaps it's for me.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tomgram: Naomi Oreskes, Why Climate Deniers Are Their Own Worst Nightmares From prominent historian of science Naomi Oreskes (profiled in the New York Times science section this morning) and co-author of the already-classic book Merchants of Doubt, a truly important piece: a devastating dissection of climate denial, the deniers, and their attack on climate scientists.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Will Our Generals Ever Shut Up? The Military's Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military Presence Generals and admirals now mouth off regularly on a wide range of policy issues, appealing to the American public both directly and via deferential (sometimes fawning) reporters, pundits, and commentators. They and their underlings clearly leak news repeatedly for tactical advantage in policy-making situations.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America's very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day "a milestone for our country." After more than 13 years, he said, "our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Nick Turse: The U.S. Military's Battlefield of Tomorrow For three days, wearing a kaleidoscope of camouflage patterns, they huddled together on a military base in Florida. They came from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from France and Norway, from Denmark, Germany, and Canada: 13 nations in all.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Noam Chomsky: Hegemony and Its Dilemmas Back in May 2007, I stumbled across online sketches at the website of a Kansas architectural firm hired to build a monster U.S. embassy-cum-citadel-cum- Greater-Middle-Eastern command center on 104 acres in the middle of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They offered an artist's impressions of what the place would look like -- a giant self-sufficient compound both prosaic (think malls or housing projects) and opulent.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Ann Jones: Citizen's Revolt in Afghanistan I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends. By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men. The world would soon come to know her name: Farkhunda
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2011
America's Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time, by Nick Turse America's secret empire of drones is on the rise and, as he did recently with this country's special operations forces, in his latest post TomDispatch Associate Editor Nick Turse lays out just what that constellation of secret bases for the pursuit of robotic war looks like. This is a first for TomDispatch -- and in fact a first more generally.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2015
Karen J. Greenberg, The Mass Killer and the National Security State TomDispatch regular Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, explains just what it means to the future funding of the national security state amid a panic over ISIS "lone wolves" and mass shootings -- and why it's likely to result in more taxpayer money going into ever more intrusive efforts to monitor Americans instead of into caring for those in our society who are young and disturbed.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 8, 2015
Michael Klare: Perpetuating the Reign of Carbon Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry. Oil prices are falling, colleges and universities are divesting from their carbon stocks, voters are instituting curbs on hydro-fracking, and delegates at the U.N.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Portrait of a Sagging Empire From TomDispatch this morning: Chalmers Johnson's monumental, if grim, look into America's post-imperial future on the occasion of the publication of his new book Dismantling the Empire -- Chalmers Johnson, "The Guns of August, Lowering the Flag on the American Century
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 13, 2015
Peter Van Buren: In the Middle East, Bet on a Winner (Iran!) The U.S. is running around in circles in the Middle East, patching together coalitions here, acquiring strange bedfellows there, and in location after location trying to figure out who the enemy of its enemy actually is. The result is just what you'd expect: chaos further undermining whatever's left of the nations whose frailty birthed the jihadism America is trying to squash.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2015
Michael Klare: Superpower in Distress Take a look around the world and it's hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington's dictates, or actively combating them.
Richard Nixon: His legacy is very much still with us., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Tomgram: Tim Weiner, The Nixon Legacy It turns out we never got rid of Richard Nixon. Weiner's book should convince anyone that he created the blueprint for the present national security state. What was, for instance, one president's mania for bugging and recording his world in the twentieth century has become, in the twenty-first century, the NSA's mania for bugging and recording the whole planet.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 9, 2020
Tomgram: Michael Klare, War in the Arctic? In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2015
Nomi Prins: Hillary, Bill, and the Big Six Banks The past, especially the political past, doesn't just provide clues to the present. In the realm of the presidency and Wall Street, it provides an ongoing pathway for political-financial relationships and policies that remain a threat to the American economy going forward.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 10, 2012
Michael Klare: Oil Wars on the Horizon There has been much discussion recently about the Obama administration's "pivot" from the Greater Middle East to Asia: the 250 Marines sent to Darwin, Australia, the littoral combat ships for Singapore, the support for Burmese "democracy," war games in the Philippines (and a drone strike there as well), and so on. The U.S. is definitely going offshore in Asian waters.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2015
William Astore: America's Mutant Military It's 1990. I'm a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I've just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought I'd see, short of a third world war. Right now I'm witnessing the slow death of the Soviet Union, without the accompanying nuclear Armageddon so many feared. Still, I'm slightly nervous as my military gears up for an unexpected new campaign, Operation Desert Shield/Storm...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 5, 2011
Tomgram: Michael Klare, How to Wreck a Planet 101 In this stunning, tour-de-force view of global energy developments in a world in which "easy energy" is increasingly a thing of the past and "tough energy" the present reality, Klare highlights three developments that are now shaking all our energy futures and will change our lives.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 24, 2014
Best of TomDispatch: Noam Chomsky, "The Most Dangerous Moment" He wrote it back in 2012, catching unforgettably the time when, more than half a century ago, we all almost bit the dust. Of course, as you'll see from my introduction, even without his piece I remember well that moment in 1962 when the 18-year-old Tom Engelhardt thought he was toast.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tomgram: Hartung and Smithberger, A Trillion-Dollar Future Pentagon Budget? For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2016
"The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World" It's a line you'll hear often enough in Washington: the U.S. military is "the finest fighting force in the history of the world." In my latest post, I take that line seriously and offer a devastating assessment of the actions of the U.S. military since 9/11, as well as a little preview of what we know about U.S. military planning for 2016 in the Greater Middle East and why it's almost certainly doomed to fail.
We are groomed to celebrate, and be desensitized to, slaughter., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Tomgram: Engelhardt, What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices This is the story of how the antiwar movement of one era brought what I call "the spectacle of slaughter" into American neighborhoods and backyards, and how, in the twenty-first century, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the killing of children, the knocking off of wedding parties has barely caused a ripple in American consciousness. Think of this as memoir with a purpose.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, The New Age of Counterinsurgency Policing Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers' Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Which Hunt? Who Knows Which Witch? French king Louis XV reputedly said, "Après moi, le de'luge." ("After me, the flood.") Whether that line was really his or not remains unclear, but not long after his death did come the French Revolution. We should be so lucky! Our all-American version of Louis XV, Donald I, is incapable, I suspect, of even imagining a world after him.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 13, 2015
Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare In reality, there's nothing 'lone' about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington's drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Barbara Ehrenreich, Homeless In America From TomDispatch regular Barbara Ehrenreich, a powerful look at the draconian response to homelessness in America, and the way Occupy Wall Street has shined a spotlight on the homeless. Her latest post is both an eye-opening look at what the homeless endure in this country and a striking explanation for how extremes of wealth and homelessness are linked.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2019
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, What My Personal War Costs Me There is some incongruity between my role as an editor of a book about the costs of America's wars and my identity as a military spouse. I'm deeply disturbed at the scale of human suffering caused by those conflicts and yet I've unintentionally contributed to the war effort through the life I've chosen.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Minimum Wage, Minimum Chance Back in 2014, TomDispatch regular Peter Van Buren described for this site how, having lost his State Department job for being a whistleblower on the Iraq War, he fell for a time into the low-wage world. As he wrote, "And soon enough, I did indeed find myself working in exactly that economy and, worse yet, trying to live on the money I made. But it wasn't just the money.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Theology of American National Security Today, a brilliant piece by TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich on the repetitive madness that is Washington's Iraq policy. A full-scale look at the consensus thinking (or national security "theology") that rules the nation's capital and how it has led us repeatedly down the rabbit hole in Iraq (and elsewhere). What the Obama Administration have blinded themselves to and where this leads in an Alice-in-Wonderland world
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2012
Chase Madar: Accusing Wikileaks of Murder Wikileaks gets accused of putting lives in danger, but soldiers pissing on dead Taliban is okay, and not criminal?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wallace Shawn, Are You Smarter Than Thomas Jefferson? Wally Shawn makes his first appearance at TomDispatch with an essay that couldn't be quirkier, more provocative, or more appropriate to the site. He begins with a world he knows well. "The actor's role in the community," he writes, "is quite unlike anyone else's. Businessmen, for example, don't take their clothes off or cry in front of strangers in the course of their work. Actors do."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 26, 2012
Pepe Escobar: A Full Spectrum Confrontation World? Last December, a super-secret RQ-170 Sentinel, part of a far-reaching program of CIA drone surveillance over Iran, went down (or was shot down, or computer-jacked and hacked down) and was recovered intact by the Iranian military. This week, an Iranian general proudly announced that his country's experts had accessed the plane's computer.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rebecca Solnit: Challenging the Divine Right of Big Energy No one would call TomDispatch a traditional website. Still, we do have our traditions. Among them, none is more "traditional" -- a full decade old at a website that just turned 13 this November -- than having Rebecca Solnit end our year.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington's Echo Chamber In this unique post, I offer five striking recent examples of how the American echo chamber -- that place in which Washington can only hear itself talking -- actually works. Each of these comes from the largely forgotten war in Afghanistan and Pakistan where Washington and the U.S. military blunder on as if there were nothing new under the sun.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 28, 2011
Peter Van Buren: Thought Crime in Washington A stunning warning from a State Department official that free speech is in imperiled in Washington as "thought crimes" become the order of the day. Peter Van Buren on the Orwellian firing of Morris Davis.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Oil Rush to Hell Yes, the oil spewing up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in staggering quantities could prove one of the great ecological disasters of human history. Think of it, though, as just the prelude to the Age of Tough Oil, a time of ever increasing reliance on problematic, hard-to-reach energy sources. Make no mistake: we're entering the danger zone. And brace yourself, the fate of the planet could be at stake.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 13, 2010
Tomgram: John Feffer, Pax Ottomanica? Take population out of the equation -- an admittedly big variable -- and Turkey promptly becomes a likely candidate for future superpower. It possesses the 17th top economy in the world and, according to Goldman Sachs, has a good shot at breaking into the top 10 by 2050. Its economic muscle is also well defended: after decades of NATO assistance, the Turkish military is now a regional powerhouse.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2020
Tomgram: Engelhardt, War Addicts, Inc. My first question is simple enough: After 18-plus years of our forever wars, where are all the questions? Almost two decades of failing American wars across a startlingly large part of the planet and I'd like to know, for instance, who's been fired for them? Who's been impeached? Who's even paying attention?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, The Pivot to Eurasia n the rest of this remarkable piece, Escobar explores the latest news when it comes to China's and Russia's attempts to stitch together a new set of forces on the Eurasia continent, a plan in which Iran will be a key crossroads and node. He offers an eye-opening new way of looking at where our planet is headed and why Washington won't be the country leading it there. Make sure to give this piece your full attention!
America: On the road to decline. Who's going to stop it?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Happened to War? In my latest post, I start with the strange inability of Washington to translate America's staggering military power into effective and successful policy. Consider this an American decline piece with a twist. The question I ask is: What if the U.S. is indeed declining, but unlike in the past 500 years of the rise and fall of empires, no rivals are rising to challenge it?
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2013
Nick Turse, AFRICOM's Gigantic "Small Footprint" Here's a question for you: Can a military tiptoe onto a continent? It seems the unlikeliest of images, and yet it's a reasonable enough description of what the U.S. military has been doing ever since the Pentagon created an Africa Command (AFRICOM) in 2007.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2015
Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World's End Subhankar Banerjee lives on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington and has recently found himself on the front lines of the present wildfire season in a drought-gripped West. In his latest piece, he takes us into perhaps the single place least likely to be ablaze in America and oh yes, if you haven't already guessed, it's on fire.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tomgram: Chase Madar, The Trials of Bradley Manning, A Defense The actual trial of Private Bradley Manning, now in a Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia, under the most punitive of conditions, is not expected to take place until at least this May. In the meantime, TomDispatch offers lawyer and essayist Chase Madar's full-scale defense of the young U.S. Army private in a unique form: the future opening statement of the defense in the case.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tomgram: Bill McKibben, A Wilted Senate on a Heating Planet From TomDispatch this morning, a call to action from one of our leading environmentalists -- in what is likely to be the hottest summer on record, it's time to take the politics of global warming back from a do-nothing establishment: Bill McKibben, "We're Hot As Hell and We're Not Going to Take It Any More, Three Steps to Establish a Politics of Global Warming"
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 23, 2019
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Living at War (Forever) Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team's double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan. Having turned against America's forever wars and the U.S. military as an institution while I was still in it, West Point football...
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2020
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, The Global Economy Catches the Coronavirus Whether you're invested in the stock market or not, you've likely noticed that it's been on a roller coaster lately. The White House and most of the D.C. Beltway crowd tend to equate the performance of the stock market with that of the broader economy. To President Trump's extreme chagrin, $3.18 trillion in stock market value vaporized during the last week of February. Stock markets around the world also fell dramatically.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2015
Steve Fraser: Mongrel Firebugs and Men of Property "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." So wrote British playwright Harold Pinter. How apt that seems when one compares life in our own "second Gilded Age" to the way things were done in the original Gilded Age of a century ago. True, there are some striking similarities between the two moments, including the rise to power of crony capitalism, the staggering growth of inequality...
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Tomgram: Greg Grandin, How Endless War Helps Old Dixie Stay New In this remarkable anatomy of how the Confederate flag went to war -- after the Civil War -- Grandin explores its uses from the late 19th century through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and into the wars of our present century.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 6, 2015
Anand Gopal: How to Create an Afghan Blackwater The sky clotted gray and the winds gusted cold as the men crowded into an old roadside gas station. It was daybreak in Band-i-Timor, early December 2001, and hundreds of turbaned farmers sat pensively, weighing the choice before them. They had once been the backbone of the Taliban's support; the movement had arisen not far from here, and many had sent their sons to fight on the front lines.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Coming Era of Energy Disasters On June 15th, in their testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chief executives of America's leading oil companies argued that BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was an aberration -- something that would not have occurred with proper corporate oversight and will not happen again once proper safeguards are put in place. This is fallacious, if not an outright lie.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Putting the "War" in the "War on Terror" I've long argued that just about every Bush-era policy that followed 9/11 was an unqualified disaster. Nevertheless, it remains important to ponder the weight piled upon a president in the wake of unprecedented terror attacks. What would you have done? What follows is my best crack at that thorny question, 16 years after the fact, and with the accumulated experiences of combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Tomgram: Todd Miller, "The American Homeland Is the Planet" The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, "There's an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?"
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Michael Klare, The Coming of Cold War 2.0 In a world that, from Washington's point of view, is only getting darker, Nixon-era enemies are also returning to the fray, and so Washington's new, twenty-first century "enemies list" is the focus of TomDispatch regular Michael Klare's latest offering. As the 2016 election campaign ramps up, get ready to hear far more about the grave, even existential threats posed by two oldies but goodies: Russia and China.
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Rory Fanning: Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops? Since 9/11, those thank yous have been aimed at veterans with the regularity of the machine gun fire that may still haunt their dreams. Veterans have also been offered special consideration when it comes to applications for mostly menial jobs so that they can "utilize the skills" they learned in the military. . . .The only question that never seems to come up is: What exactly are they being thanked for?
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Michael Klare: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Becomes Everyday Reality Wherever you look, the heat, the drought, and the fires stagger the imagination. Now, it's Oklahoma at the heart of the American firestorm, with "18 straight days of 100-plus degree temperatures and persistent drought" and so many fires in neighboring states that extra help is unavailable.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ira Chernus, Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century: Where Has It Gone? Before plunging into TomDispatch regular Ira Chernus's piece on political dreaming, there's one historical reality worth considering in the largely dreamless night that is our present planet. As everyone knows -- but few give the slightest thought to these days -- the Soviet Union, that "evil empire," that other "superpower," gave up the ghost in 1991. In that moment, history as humanity had long known it ended.
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Pratap Chatterjee: Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges? The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, A Historic Crime in the Making On the Thursday of the second week of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearings, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a special guest on his weekly podcast, Carl Bernstein.
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Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, WikiLeaked at the State Department A particularly vivid, news-breaking, first-person account by a government truth-teller of what it's like to be harried by the government he's served for 23 years -- Peter Van Buren, "Freedom Isn't Free at the State Department, The Only Employee at State Who May Be Fired Because of WikiLeaks"
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, "Make America Greta Again" Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Future History From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return. In retrospect, this was the moment when indications of things gone fundamentally awry should have become unmistakable. Although at the time much remained hidden in shadows, the historic pivot now commonly referred to as the Great Reckoning had commenced.
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Tomgram: Ann Jones, War Wounds In 2010, I arrived at Harvard University with a mess of a manuscript -- 10 years' worth of research on American war crimes in Vietnam patchworked together in such a way that it was comprehensible to only one person on the planet: me. But I was lucky. I had a year to do something about it, and by something, I mean write the book again.
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Armed Violence in the Homeland In the rest of the piece, I offer a kind of tabulation of the overwhelming annual carnage-by-weapon in America that, most of the time, is remarkably little attended to and that no national security state promotes as "the greatest threat" of our time. It's a piece meant to put violence in our American world in some kind of perspective. I hope you'll find it provocative!
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Of Crimes and Pardons Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country's war dead to grant executive clemency to several U.S. soldiers and at least one military contractor. All have been accused, and one already convicted, of crimes in the never-ending war on terror.
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Engelhardt: The Ten Commandments for a Better American World I wish I knew your name. I've been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist. It may sound ugly as hell, but it's one way I do think of myself.
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Michael Klare: Is the Age of Renewable Energy Already Upon Us? Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels -- oil, natural gas, and coal -- will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Military Strength Is Our National Religion When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then, they were classic manifestations of American technological superiority over the godless Communists.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, America's Wars and the "More" Strategy I was guilty of it myself. Commanding a small cavalry troop of about 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more: more troopers, more Special Forces advisers, more Afghan police, more air support, more supplies, more money, more... everything.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tomgram: William Hartung, Are Military-Funded Jobs a Key to Election 2020? Donald Trump likes to posture as a tough guy and part of that tough-guy persona involves bragging about how much he's spent on the U.S. military. This tendency was on full display in a tweet he posted three days after an American drone killed Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad: "The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! ..."
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, What the Child Detentions at the Border Really Tell Us Lately, I've been thinking about the Grimm's fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Terrified by cruel conditions at home, the brother and sister flee, winding their way, hungry and scared, through unknown woods. There, they encounter an old woman who lures them in with promises of safety. Instead, she locks one of them in a cage and turns the other into a servant, as she prepares to devour them both.
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Rebecca Gordon: It Didn't Work in Afghanistan, So Let's Do It In Mexico If there was an official beginning to Mexico's war on drugs, it would have to be considered the election of Felipe Calderón as the country's president in 2006. The candidate of the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional, the National Action Party (PAN), Calderón was only the second Mexican president in 70 years who did not come from the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
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Engelhardt: Counting Bodies, Then and Now In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don't count and they don't count.
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Michael Schwartz: Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threatGuess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 20, 2017
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science. Everything "networked." It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimi
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Seeing Our Wars for the First Time Before a 40-foot American flag, addressing 500 American troops, Vice President Mike Pence praised them as "the world's greatest force for good," boasted that American air strikes had recently been "dramatically increased," swore that their country was "here to stay," and insisted that "victory is closer than ever before." As an observer noted, however, the response of his audience was "subdued."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 29, 2015
William Astore, "Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic" Endless war-making, whether on countries, terror groups, or social problems, has become an American trait. We seem to regularly launch wars of every sort and then never quite make our way out of them. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and TomDispatch regular William Astore suggests that, were the U.S. an individual, we would immediately recognize what such behavior was -- addiction -- and act accordingly.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, A New Age of Sea Power? To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own era of cyber-threats and space warfare. Yet if you examine, even briefly, the central role that naval power has played and still plays in the fate of empires, the deadly serious nature of this new naval competition makes more sense.
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Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Dealing With Climate PTSD Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love, and grief about my adopted state -- and the planet generally -- I wept.
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Barbara Myers: The Unknown Whistleblower The witness reported men being hung by the feet or the thumbs, waterboarded, given electric shocks to the genitals, and suffering from extended solitary confinement in what he said were indescribably inhumane conditions. It's the sort of description that might have come right out of the executive summary of the Senate torture report released last December.
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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, How the Green New Deal Is Changing America When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what the media increasingly refers to as "record" territory, as climate change's momentum outpaces predictions.
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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, The Opioid Crisis in Perspective It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail. We had just finished a class -- on job interview skills -- and, with only a few minutes remaining, the women began voicing their shared fear. Upon their release, would someone really hire them? Beneath that concern lurked another one: Would they be able to avoid the seductively anesthetizing drugs that put them in jail in the first place?
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, High Crimes and Misdemeanors of the Fading American Century There is blood in the water and frenzied sharks are closing in for the kill. Or so they think. From the time of Donald Trump's election, American elites have hungered for this moment. At long last, they have the 45th president of the United States cornered. In typically ham-handed fashion, Trump has given his adversaries the very means to destroy him politically. They will not waste the opportunity.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Lives (and Names) Lost GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo -- The boy was sitting next to his father, as he so often did. He mimicked his dad in every way. He wanted to be just like him, but Muhindo Maronga Godfroid, then a 31-year-old primary school teacher and farmer, had bigger plans for his two-and-a-half-year-old son.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak to key officials across the country.
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Barbara & John Ehrenreich: The Making of the American 99% A must-read account of how the depredations of the 1% made the 99% possible and killed the right-wing idea of a "liberal elite."
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Tomgram: William Astore, America's Post-Democratic Military From William Astore, a powerful portrait of how, in the decades after the Vietnam War, a post-democratic U.S. military became a reality and of the kind of permanent war making it freed Washington to be involved in.
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Sandy Tolan: The One-State Conundrum The SUV slows as it approaches a military kiosk at a break in a dull gray wall. Inside, Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian musician, prepares his documents for the Israeli soldier standing guard. On the other side of this West Bank military checkpoint lies the young man's destination, the ancient Palestinian town of Sebastia.
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Bill McKibben, The Enthusiasm Gap in the White House

I got to see the now-famous enthusiasm gap up close and personal last week, and it wasn't a pretty sight.

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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Why No Retired Generals Oppose America's Forever Wars There once lived an odd little man -- five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet -- who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Why Those "Endless Wars" Must Never End Let us stipulate at the outset that Donald Trump is a vulgar and dishonest fraud without a principled bone in his corpulent frame. Yet history is nothing if not a tale overflowing with irony. Despite his massive shortcomings, President Trump appears intent on recalibrating America's role in the world.
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William deBuys: A Global War on Nature Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature. As the headlines tell us, the trade has pushed various rhinoceros species to the point of extinction and motivated poachers to kill more than 100,000 elephants since 2010.
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Tomgram: William deBuys, Creating Steelhenge on the Border A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We're talking about a long, skinny territory - a geographic gerrymander - that stretches east across New Mexico and down the Texan Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. It also runs west across hundreds of miles of desert to California and the Pacific Ocean. Like the old Wild West, this one is lawless
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Andrew Cockburn: How Assassination Sold Drugs and Promoted Terrorism As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of "high-value targeting," our preferred euphemism for assassination. Secretary of State John Kerry has proudly cited the elimination of "fifty percent" of the Islamic State's "top commanders" as a recent indication of progress.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, BP and the Pentagon's Dirty Little Secret Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are livid with BP in the wake of the massive, never-ending oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- and Barack Obama says they ought to be. But there's one aspect of the BP story that most of those angry residents of the Gulf states aren't aware of. And the president hasn't had a thing to say about it.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Spreading the Cult of Carbon Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges: Donald Trump will do whatever it takes to prolong the reign of fossil fuels
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Welcome to His World He crossed the border without permission or, as far as I could tell, documentation of any sort. I'm speaking about Donald Trump's uninvited, unasked-for invasion of my personal space.
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Debacle! Simply to fight its war, Washington has made itself dependent on the kindness of strangers -- in this case, Pakistan and Russia. It's one thing when a superpower or great power on the rise casts its lot with countries that may not be natural allies; it's quite a different story when a declining power does so.
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Nick Turse, A Shadow War in 150 Countries From the point of view of the U.S. military and the national security state, the period from September 12, 2001, to late last night could be summed up in a single word: more.
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Tomgram: William Astore, The Dark Side of Air Power From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing -- and yet more bombing.
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Karen Greenberg, A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children "This is a war against normal life." So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since September 2001, played such a role in destabilizing are indeed in crisis, and that this process isn't just taking place at the level of failing st
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Trumping the Arms Market It's no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history. How do we know? Because he tells us so at every conceivable opportunity.
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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, How War Targets the Young One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom. As a new social studies teacher, I had been tasked with describing violence against women in that country.
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Ann Jones, How to Lose Friends and Influence No One (The State Department Way) Now, writes Ann Jones, TomDispatch regular and author of They Were Soldiers, ignorance is again on the march in Washington, with a helping hand from the State Department. Herself a Fulbright fellow, she offers a scathing report on how State plans to eviscerate its Fulbright international scholarly exchange program in 2015, helping make government-sponsored ignorance not just a national but a global concern.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Great Hysteria A striking assessment of the modern imperial presidency and the Trumpian moment -- Andrew J. Bacevich, "Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago, The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses"
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Tomgram: William Astore, The Militarization of Everything Here's a topic you won't find discussed anywhere: a growing American militarism at home in this era of never-ending wars and soaring national security state budgets. That's why we're lucky to have historian and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore, a TomDispatch regular, offer a rare assessment of the damage our wars are doing not in distant parts of the Earth, but right here in this country, however unnoticed.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, War With...? Headlined "U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War," the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention...
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Trumping the Empire The superhighway to disaster is already being paved. From Donald Trump's first days in office, news of the damage to America's international stature has come hard and fast. As if guided by some malign design, the new president seemed to identify the key pillars that have supported U.S. global power for the past 70 years and set out to topple each of them in turn.
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John Feffer: Why the World is Becoming Un-Sweden Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From Siberia to Sioux City, we'd all be living in one giant Sweden.
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Tomgram: Naomi Oreskes, Why Science Failed to Stop Climate Change It's a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time.
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Mattea Kramer, Hit Him Where It Hurts In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid's Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that sell Trump family products, which began as a response to the video revealing our now-president's penchant for grabbing women "by the p*ssy." Dee bought her book from a smaller retailer instead.
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William Hartung: Your Money at War Everywhere President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow.
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Tomgram: James Carroll, November Hopes Mislaid Here's the strange thing that TomDispatch regular and former Boston Globe columnist James Carroll brought to my mind with today's piece on what may qualify as the single most important historical event of my life: the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Plans to "Win" the Afghan War On February 4, 2002, a Predator drone circled over Afghanistan's Paktia province, near the city of Khost. Below was al-Qaeda's founder Osama bin Laden -- or at least someone in the CIA thought so -- and he was marked for death. As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put it later, both awkwardly and passively: "A decision was made to fire the Hellfire missile. It was fired."
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Fighting the Next War, Not the Last The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have cited suspect intelligence data to justify elaborate war preparations.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis It's hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pe'rez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco's Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, On Hijacking History Here's the question at hand -- and I guarantee you that you'll read it here first: Is Donald Trump the second or even possibly the third 9/11? Because truly, he has to be one or the other.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Making Alphabet Soup in Washington These days, witnessing the administration's never-ending cruelty at the border, the shenanigans of a White House caught red-handed in attempted bribery in Ukraine, and the disarray of this country's foreign policy, I feel like I'm seeing a much-scarier remake of a familiar old movie.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Could Donald Trump End the Afghan War? Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don't know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it's certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fought in that land so long ago. And here's the context in which I've been thinking about that very possibility.
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Tomgram: Gottesdiener and Garcia, How to Dismantle This Country Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn't turn a profit.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Far Right's War on Culture TomDispatch regular John Feffer, author of the dystopian novels, Splinterlands and Frostlands, wonders today: Isn't it time that humanity got its facts in order and its stories straight when it comes to the extremity that is increasingly at the heart of our world?
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Hypersonic Race to Hell Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Torture's Legacy of Impunity On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's pre-election boast that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters" proved something more than high-flown hyperbole.
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Michael Klare, Avenging Planet In his latest post, energy expert, TomDispatch regular, and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, Michael T. Klare offers a stunning post-earthquake, post-tsunami, post-Fukushima vision of a planet -- ours -- that is not simply the victim of human depredations but a powerful actor in its own right, quite capable of defending itself.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2015
Christian Appy: From the Fall of Saigon to Our Fallen Empire If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it's a pretty safe bet that they will end badly -- and it won't be the first time. The "fall of Saigon" in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we've since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Another Kind of War Wound When an announcement of a "Moral Injury Symposium" turned up in my email, I was a bit startled to see that it came from the U.S. Special Operations Command. That was a surprise because many military professionals have strongly resisted the term "moral injury" and rejected the suggestion that soldiers fighting America's wars could experience moral conflict or feel morally damaged by their service.
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Tomgram: Juan Cole, Israel's Gift to Iran's Hardliners Iran's Green Movement is one year old this Sunday, the anniversary of its first massive demonstrations in the streets of Tehran. Greeted with great hope in much of the world, a year later it's weaker, the country is more repressive, and its hardliners are in a far stronger position -- and some of their success can be credited to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sanctions hawks in the Obama administration.
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Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Trump's Ugly New Anti-Immigrant Wave Call it an irony of the grimmest sort that the most disruptive power of this century has spent these last years dreaming about walling itself in and walling the suffering and displaced out, whether via Donald Trump's "great wall" or Muslim bans and other grotesque means.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Mutiny on Spaceship Earth Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I've been arguing against America's forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost and cities ruined.
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Ariel Dorfman, Salvador Allende Has Words for Barack Obama from the Other Side of Death A moving warning for President Obama from a Chilean-American writer who has experienced the best and worst of a democratic revolution, a perfect piece for our Occupy Wall Street moment -- Ariel Dorfman, "Salvador Allende Has Words for Barack Obama From the Other Side of Death"
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Nick Turse: AFRICOM Behaving Badly Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget You wouldn't know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon. Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting.
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Tomgram: William Astore, From Deterrence to Doomsday? What does an "America-first" foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the ancient label of "isolationism." With the end of Trump's first 100 days approaching, it looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it's a potential doomsday machine.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy. Washington's Great Game and Why It's Failing For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn't know it in Washington, though. America's political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past 500 years.
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Jeb! The Money! Dynasty! Based on her book, All the Presidents' Bankers, former Wall Street exec Nomi Prins is now producing a series of pieces for TomDispatch on presidential dynasties-in-the-making and their financial underpinnings.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, The (Failed) War on Terror's Precursor For a decade and a half, the U.S. Army waged war on fierce tribal Muslims in a remote land. Sound familiar? As it happens, that war unfolded half a world away from the Greater Middle East and more than a century ago in the southernmost islands of the Philippines.
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Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Washington and Tehran Come in From the Cold Peter Van Buren says to stop fretting about the details. What's in the actual accord matters little; what does matter is that a kind of Cold War in the Middle East has just potentially ended, the balance of power in the region may have shifted, and the world could be a very different place -- and none of that is in the nuclear document itself.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The CIA and Me When historian Alfred McCoy began his long journey to expose some of the darkest secrets of the U.S. national security establishment, America was embroiled in wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Almost 50 years later, the United States is, in one way or another, involved in so many more conflicts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen to Libya, Somalia, the Lake Chad region of Africa, and the Philippines.
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Nick Turse, America's Empire of African Bases In the shadows of what was once called the "dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Making Mahem (It's Spelled Correctly!) The secretive Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Project Agency or DARPA is the government's blue skies outfit par excellence. In a prodigious piece of journalistic research, Turse digs into the future that it's planning for the rest of us in his eye-opening new TomDispatch post filled with bone-rattling acronyms from hell.
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Tomgram: Christian Appy, America's Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years Later Historian Appy tells a remarkable and vivid tale of how the leaders of the only country to use atomic weapons against human beings crafted a narrative of, in essence, atomic "mercy" killings of a life-saving nature and how that narrative remained engraved in our collective consciousness (as in the wildly successfully bestseller and movie Unbroken) from August 1945 to the present moment.
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Gregoire Chamayou: Hunting Humans by Remote Control Initially, the English word "drone" meant both an insect and a sound. It was not until the outbreak of World War II that it began to take on another meaning. At that time, American artillery apprentices used the expression "target drones" to designate the small remotely controlled planes at which they aimed in training. The metaphor did not refer solely to the size of those machines or the brm-brm of their motors.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Commandos: What Did They Do and Where Did They Do It? Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying U.S. commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq. They raced through Turkish airspace and across the Syrian border, coming in low as they approached a village just north of Idlib Province where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his bodyguards, and some of his children were spending the night.
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Immunity And Impunity In Elite America, By Glenn Greenwald A brilliant exploration of how immunity and impunity became a way of life for Washington and Wall Street and why that is being challenged now by Occupy Wall Street.
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Noam Chomsky: The Imperial Way; American Decline in Perspective, Part 2 On Tuesday, Part 1 of Noam Chomsky's piece on American decline, ""Losing' the World" was posted at this site. It can be read by clicking here. Now, Part 2 begins. When you're done, you might check out Chomsky's earlier TomDispatch piece, "Who Owns the World?" which could be considered a companion to this one.
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, How Trump Will Betray His Base Among the stranger features of the 2016 election campaign was the success of Donald Trump, a creature of globalization, as an America First savior of the white working class. A candidate who amassed billions of dollars by playing globalization for all it was worth -- he manufactured clothes and accessories bearing his name in low-wage economies and invested in corporations eager to outsource -- won over millions of voters...
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Tom Engelhardt, You Are Our Secret As happens with so much news these days, the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) spying and just how far we've come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7 -- waves of leaks, videos, charges, claims, counterclaims, skullduggery, and government threats. When a flood sweeps you away, it's always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage.
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Nick Turse: Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring? As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively. It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region, building up military bases and brokering weapons sales and transfers to despots from Bahrain to Yemen.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Sudden Descent of the United States You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you're about to crash hard and there's no way to prevent it? As gravity has its way with you, all you can do is watch yourself going down. Yeah, that feeling.
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Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Letting the Pentagon Loose With Your Tax Dollars Hold on to your helmets! It's true the White House is reporting that its proposed new Pentagon budget is only $740.5 billion, a relatively small increase from the previous year's staggering number. In reality, however, when you also include war and security costs buried in the budgets of other agencies, the actual national security figure comes in at more than $1.2 trillion...
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Tomgram: Allegra Harpootlian, Drone Strikes and Tears Think back to the last time you cried at work. Did the tears come after your boss sent you a curt email? Or when you accidentally cc'd (instead of bcc'd) everyone? Maybe you just had a really, really long day and that one last little misstep pushed you over the edge.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, What Planet Are We On? As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, On Misreading Victory Thirty years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush appeared before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union Address, the first post-Cold War observance of this annual ritual. Just weeks before, the Berlin Wall had fallen. That event, the president declared, "marks the beginning of a new era in the world's affairs."
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Ending War, American-Style When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army's myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)...
Frida (at about two) and Rosemary Maguire at the River Entrance to the Pentagon in 1976. Frida's mom, Liz McAlister, and brother Jerry (in the stroller) can be seen in the background., From ImagesAttr
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Frida Berrigan: Witness to War, American-Style The Pentagon loomed so large in my childhood that it could have been another member of my family. Maybe a menacing uncle who doled out put-downs and whacks to teach us lessons or a rich, dismissive great-aunt intent on propriety and good manners.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Invasion of America Let me rant for a moment. I don't do it often, maybe ever. I'm not Donald Trump. Though I'm only two years older than him, I don't even know how to tweet and that tells you everything you really need to know about Tom Engelhardt in a world clearly passing me by.
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Electing a Head Coach Instead of a President Attorney General William Barr's campaign to expand the powers of the presidency to unprecedented imperial levels has been misinterpreted as an attempt to raise Donald Trump to the level of his strongman heroes like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and Jair Bolsonaro. Fake news! It's really been an attempt to boost him into the same league with the strongman heroes of far too many American men: the head coaches of our major sports,
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Todd Gitlin: As the Globe Warms, So Does the Climate Movement The extraordinary range, age, and diversity exhibited in the People's Climate March -- race, class, sex, you name it, and if you were there, you saw it -- changes the game. The phalanxes of unions, indigenous and religious groups, and all manner of local activists in New York formed an extraordinary melange.
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Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, A Giuliani-Trump Foreign Policy? Imagine, just for the sake of argument, that the president of the United States was an arrogant, information-challenged, would-be autocrat with a soft spot for authoritarian leaders from China, Russia, and North Korea to Egypt ("my favorite dictator"), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How Washington Rules From TomDispatch this morning: A stirring excerpt from Andrew Bacevich's bestselling new book, Washington Rules, that focuses on how, as his Army career was ending, his real education, which would turn him into a leading critic of American war policy, began --Andrew Bacevich, "The Unmaking of a Company Man, An Education Begun in the Shadow of the Brandenburg Gate"
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Andrew Bacevich: How to Create a National Insecurity State Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Creating a Spectacle of Slaughter at the Movies Call it a summer whim or something about this grim moment of ours, but I had an urge to post at TomDispatch my very first piece of published writing. It appeared 48 years ago in what was, at the time, one of the more obscure journals on the face of the Earth, one I helped found as a then-antiwar-China-scholar-to-be: the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars.
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Andy Kroll: The Unlikely Oracle of Occupy Wall Street n a recent TomDispatch introduction, I pointed out that, when it comes to America's wars, you can't afford to be right. I suggested that those who had foreseen disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan should logically be celebrated in this country and "should be in the Rolodexes of every journalist reporting on American foreign policy, the Iran crisis, or our wars." But, I asked, "When was the last time you heard from one of them?"
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Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings: "I Plead Guilty" (to Insubordination) An excerpt from a 1960 Howard Zinn piece on the young women of Superman College and a piece by Paula Giddings reflecting on Zinn and the Superman experience, from the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation magazine.
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Eduardo Galeano, The Previous Sole Superpower The 13 passages take you, in Galeano-esque fashion, from the Opium Wars to Darwin's finches. It's great stuff from a man to whom history regularly whispered its secrets and it's excerpted from his late-in-life masterpiece, his history of humanity in 366 episodes, Mirrors.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, This Can't End Well From the historians, we know about the perils of overextended empires fighting wars they can't afford to win -- or lose. But that's patterns of history stuff. In my latest post, I try to give a sense of what it's like instead to be inside an empire heading down faster and blinder than anyone expected or is prepared to deal with.
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Tomgram: Max Blumenthal, The Next Gaza War A gripping anatomy of the nightmarish ongoing conflict in Gaza, and why Israelis are so bent on a fourth round of hostilities in Gaza.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Obama's Flip-Flop Leadership Style Irrespective of their politics, flawed leaders share a common trait. They generally remain remarkably oblivious to the harm they do to the nation they lead. George W. Bush is a salient recent example, as is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. When it comes to foreign policy, we are now witnessing a similar phenomenon at the Obama White House.
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Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Existential Threat Versus Existential Crisis The way greenhouse gasses have poured into the atmosphere since 1965 -- more than a third of them attributable to the products of just 20 fossil-fuel companies -- should represent the crisis of any lifetime. In a fashion previously unknown to humanity, existence on this planet will change in ways that should prove grim indeed.
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Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope, by Rebecca Solnit Rebecca Solnit writes a letter to Mohammed Bouazizi, the young Tunisian vegetable seller who lit himself on fire and sparked the Arab Spring and a growing global movement that now includes, Occupy Wall Street, or the American Fall.
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Engelhardt: The Future Foreseen (and Not) Dear Grandson, Consider my address book -- and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it's not complicated to know what that means: I'm an old guy getting older.
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Laura Gottesdiener, The Wrath of the U.S. Along the Euphrates River It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo's family.
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Peter Van Buren, What If There Is No Plan B for Iraq? 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 of what more the U.S. should do. Clearly, they weren't ready to swallow the idea of more U.S. casualties in a spreading conflict leading nowhere fast.
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Tom Engelhardt: The 1% Election A new way of looking at the spectacle that is election 2012.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Protecting the Children on a Trumpian Planet Okay, I'll admit it. Sometimes I can't take the bad news. It's too much. It's so extra, as the kids like to say. When I hit that wall of hopelessness and anxiety so many of us have become familiar with, I take what I think of as a "kid break." I stare into the faces of my three children seeking solace and sanity. I remind myself that they are the why of it all.
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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.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Acclimatizing the U.S. Military It was Monday, March 1, 2032, and the top uniformed officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps were poised, as they are every year around this time, to deliver their annual "posture statement" on military readiness before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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Nick Turse: One Boy, One Rifle, and One Morning in Malakal President Obama couldn't have been more eloquent. Addressing the Clinton Global Initiative, for instance, he said: "When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that's slavery."
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Is Climate Change a Crime Against Humanity? Consider this piece my attempt to reframe the climate change debate by suggesting the obvious but normally never stated: climate change is a weapon of mass destruction in the same apocalyptic vein as nuclear weapons. It is also a self-evident "crime against humanity." These are obvious categories in which to discuss the damage that is now being done, despite everything we know, to our future, but no one ever uses them.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Death(s) of the Working Class in the Age of Trump We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade die by their own hand. Otherwise, it seldom makes the headlines. That's odd given the magnitude of the problem. In 2017, 47,173 Americans killed themselves. In that single year, in other words, the suicide count was nearly seven times greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Trump Conundrum Here's the truth of it: I'd like a presidential pardon. Really, I would. And I think I deserve it more than Michael Milken or Rod Blagojevich or -- because it's obviously heading our way -- Roger Stone (not to speak of Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort).
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, When Reality Sneaks Through The impeachment of the president of the United States! Surely such a mega-historic event would reverberate for weeks or months, leaving in its wake no end of consequences, large and small. Wouldn't it? Shouldn't it?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2013
Tomgram: Ann Jones, Suffer the Children Another week, another revelation about spying by the National Security Agency. This time, it was the NSA's infiltration of online video games and virtual realms like World of Warcraft and Second Life. And it was hardly a shock.
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Tomgram: Nate Terani, Being Demonized in Your Own Country Understand this: I'm an American veteran. I'm also a Muslim-American in a country in which, in these years, that hasn't exactly been the happiest category to fall into. Now, let me tell you a little story.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Are We All Australians Yet? Let me betray my age for a moment. Some of you, I know, will be shocked, but I still read an actual newspaper. Words on real paper every day. I'm talking about the New York Times, and something stuck with me from the January 9th edition of that "paper" paper.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Fake News of D-Day How best to describe the recently completed allied commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France? Two words come immediately to mind: heartfelt and poignant. The aged D-Day veterans gathering for what was probably the last time richly deserved every bit of praise bestowed on them. Yet one particular refrain that has become commonplace in this age of Donald Trump was absent from the proceedings.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, American Decline Make America Great Again? Don't count on it. Donald Trump was partly voted into office by Americans who felt that the self-proclaimed greatest power on Earth was actually in decline -- and they weren't wrong. Trump is capable of tweeting many things, but none of those tweets will stop that process of decline, nor will a trade war with a rising China or fierce oil sanctions on Iran.
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TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Wall Street's Rental Empire "One shitty deal." "Shitty deal." "Shitty." The date was April 27, 2010, and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was pissed as he launched into a rant with those pungent quotes in it. As part of a Senate subcommittee investigation into the causes of the financial meltdown, Levin was grilling Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and several other current and former Goldman higher-ups about their roles...
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Bill McKibben, Obama Strikes Out on Global Warming President Obama came into office promising to mitigate climate change and hold back the rising waters of global oceans. More recently, his administration has been opening up new lands to coal mining and new pipeline territory to bring Canadian tar-sand "sludge" through the U.S.
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Tomgram: Alfred W. McCoy, Washington's Drug of Choice in the War on Terror After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump's White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Invisible Monster of Climate Change Once upon a time, long, long ago, I testified before the great assembly of our land. When I describe this event to children today, it really does sound to them like a fairy tale. Once upon a time -- a time before the world splintered into a million pieces and America became its current disunited states -- this old woman was a young idealist who tried to persuade our mighty Congress that a monster was stalking the land.
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Tomgram: Stephanie Savell, The Saddest Story of All I've never been to Afghanistan, but I am the mother of two young children. So when I imagine what life must be like there after 18 years of war, my mind conjures up the children most vividly -- the ones who have been affected by the conflict -- and their parents.
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Michelle Alexander: The Age of Obama as a Racial Nightmare In March 2010, when TomDispatch first published a piece by Michelle Alexander, her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, had just been published. As I wrote then, it focused in startling ways on "a growing racial divide, one which includes the formation of a new undercaste in America that loses its normal rights at the prison gates and often never recovers them."
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, A Comic Stands Up to Racism One afternoon in New York City in the spring of 1964, I marched at the head of a small civil rights demonstration, one of the few white people in the group. I was carrying a watermelon. It was a Dick Gregory joke.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Inauspicious Futures in the U.S. Army Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other's experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through the gate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the ripe young age of 17...
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Patrick Cockburn, How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate Think of the new "caliphate" of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's gift to the world (with a helping hand from the Saudis and other financiers of extremism in the Persian Gulf).
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic Donald Trump got the headlines as usual -- but don't be fooled. It wasn't Trumpism in action this August, but what we should all now start referring to as the Pompeo Doctrine. Yes, I'm referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and, when it comes to the Arctic region, he has a lot more than buying Greenland on his mind.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, "We Get to Live in the Mayor's House!" "YES!" he yelled, thrusting his fist in the air. "We get to live in the mayor's house!" My son's reaction when I told his two sisters and him that I was running for mayor of our town became the laugh line of my campaign. But in real time, I had to burst his bubble. "Oh Seamus," I said, smiling, "the mayor just lives in his own house. There is no 'mayor's house.'
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, 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?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 11, 2015
Ann Jones: Answering for America So wherever we expatriates settle on the planet, we find someone who wants to talk about the latest American events, large and small: another country bombed in the name of our "national security," another peaceful protest march attacked by our increasingly militarized police, another diatribe against "big government" by yet another wannabe candidate who hopes to head that very government in Washington.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 23, 2015
Pepe Escobar: Inside China's "New Normal" Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media, with its falling industrial figures, its real estate bubble, and its looming environmental disasters.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Trump and Bouton, Two Ballplayers for this Silent Season In 1964, an 18-year-old New York Military Academy first baseman named Don Trump slammed a game-winning home run against Cornwall High School that perked the interest of scouts for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. No question about it -- the big kid was a professional prospect!
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Tomgram: Nan Levinson, What Difference Does It Make Who Fights Our Wars? Bizarrely enough, the spate of phone calls from recruiters began a couple of years ago. The first ones came from the Army, next the Marines, and then other branches of the military. I'm decades past enlistment age. I've been publicly antiwar for most of that time and come from a family that was last involved with a military when my grandfather ran out the back door to avoid Russian army recruiters...
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tomgram: William Astore, The Superpower That Fought Itself -- And Lost When it comes to the "world's greatest military," the news has been shocking. Two fast U.S. Navy ships colliding with slow-moving commercial vessels with tragic loss of life. An Air Force that has been in the air continuously for years and yet doesn't have enough pilots to fly its combat jets. Ground troops who find themselves fighting "rebels" in Syria previously armed and trained by the CIA...
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Peter Van Buren: Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East Here are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that's on offer. After all, with all that military power being brought to bear on the planet's most volatile region, what could possibly go wrong?
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Feminism in the Time of Coronavirus Before I found myself "sheltering in place," this article was to be about women's actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women's Day. From Pakistan to Chile, women in their millions filled the streets, demanding that we be able to control our bodies and our lives.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Drowning in Militarism Put up with me for just a moment while I wax literary. It turns out that, if French novelist Marcel Proust lived today, he might have had to retitle his Remembrance of Things Past as Remembrance of Things Present, or even more sadly, Things Future...
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Global War to Infinity and Beyond American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Lessons From Battling the Pentagon for Four Decades I've been writing critiques of the Pentagon, the national security state, and America's never-ending military overreach since at least 1979 -- in other words, virtually my entire working life. In those decades, there were moments when positive changes did occur...
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Tomgram: William Astore, Time to Hold Military Boots to the Fire Air Force Academy instructor William Astore. He considers just what America's future commanders are being taught in the country's three elite military academies and wonders what a crew that has taken no responsibility for years of disaster in conflict after conflict has to offer anyone and why they are generally held in such high regard in this country.
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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers Noam Chomsky's major essay on the Iranian nuclear deal and the drumbeat of opposition to it. He makes sense of and offers a striking sense of perspective on the various over-the-top charges offered by those out to sink the deal, including that Iran is the "gravest threat" to world peace, the "greatest supporter" of terrorism on the planet, and "fueling instability" across the Greater Middle East.
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Bill McKibben, Buying Congress in 2012 How Congressional representatives have been turned from public servants into corporate employees and what to do about the money flooding Washington.
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Peter Van Buren: Joining The Whistleblowers' Club The world can be a luckless place, but every now and then serendipity just knocks you off a cliff. In what passed for my real life before TomDispatch intervened, I was (and remain, on a part-time basis) a book editor in mainstream publishing. The "slush pile" in a publishing house is normally the equivalent of an elephant's graveyard, the place prospective books go to die. It's made up of proposals or manuscripts arriving over
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Bill McKibben: Climate-Change Deniers Have Done Their Job Well Here's the thing about climate-change deniers: these days before they sit down to write their blog posts, they have to turn on the AC. After all, it might as well be July in New York (where I'm writing this), August in Chicago (where a century-old heat record was broken in late May), and hell at the Indy 500.
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Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security Think of it as the true end of the beginning. Last week, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the final member of the 12-man crew of the Enola Gay, the plane (named after its pilot's supportive mother) that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died at age 93.
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Michael Schwartz, The New Oil Wars in Iraq Imagine the president, speaking on Iraq from the White House Press Briefing Room last Thursday, as the proverbial deer in the headlights -- and it's not difficult to guess just what those headlights were. Think of them as Benghazi on steroids.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The All-American Way In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally -- or is it once again? -- confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening.
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Sex and the Single Drone: The Latest in Guarding the Empire In the world of weaponry, they are the sexiest things around. Others countries are desperate to have them. Almost anyone who writes about them becomes a groupie. Reporters exploring their onrushing future swoon at their potentially wondrous techno-talents. They are, of course, the pilotless drones, our grimly named Predators and Reapers.
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Andrew Bacevich: The Passing of the Postwar Era The America today is not the America of 1945. Maybe it's time Washington woke up to this.
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Andrew Bacevich, A Country Addicted to War What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible.
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Tomgram: Mike Davis, The Coming Economic Disaster Economically speaking, dots everywhere are almost religiously not connected, and so the thought that the global system itself might fail (as systems sometimes do) never quite manages to arise. Thank heavens, then, for Mike Davis, TomDispatch regular who has never seen a set of dots he didn't care to connect.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, America First Actually Means China First Here, then, is a list of favors that Donald Trump has done for America's latest challengers and how they have reacted on what, after almost two decades of a sole superpower global order, is once again a planet with more than one world power.
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Eduardo Galeano: Sacrilegious Women In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin. Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal. Along the way, she lost a shoe. Some hand picked it up, that shoe dropped in the mud. Rosa longed for a world where justice would not be sacrificed in the name of freedom, nor freedom sacrificed in the name of justice. Every day, some hand picks up that banner.
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, How to Set the Economy on Fire In Donald Trump's White House, you can hardly keep up with the ongoing brouhahas from North Korea to Robert Mueller's Russian investigation, while it already feels like ages since the celebratory mood over the vast corporate tax cuts Congress passed last year. But don't be fooled: none of that is as important as what's missing from the picture...
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Chip Ward: Apologies to the Next Generation for the Turmoil to Come t our relatively advanced ages, Chip Ward and I couldn't be more modern. We've never met, only e-met (and chatted on our cell phones). We may never meet. He lives in the backcountry of Utah and while he travels extensively, it's not on trails I'm likely to be following, nor is it to the big city. I seldom leave New York and when I do, it's not for Utah.
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Rajan Menon, Tweeting in the Rain By now, we're used to the president's words and deeds prompting eye-rolling and jokes. But on this occasion, as on others, Trump's behavior reflects deeper and dangerous political trends -- ones he both exemplifies and fosters...
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Trump Change Don't try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you're in a different land and, whatever happens to Donald Trump, the results down the line are likely to be ever less pretty. Trump change isn't just an American phenomenon, it's distinctly global.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, True Crimes and Misdemeanors Think of it this way: with the refusal of the White House to cooperate in any fashion with the impeachment inquiry of the House of Representatives, which Donald Trump has already taken to calling a "totally compromised kangaroo court," the president is, in effect, attempting to impeach Congress. He's doing it through the media, on Twitter, and in the long run -- he hopes -- via the 2020 election.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington Drunk on War Gorbachev had dubbed Afghanistan "the bleeding wound," and when the wounded Red Army finally limped home, it was to a country that would soon cease to exist. For the Soviet Union, Afghanistan had literally proven "the graveyard of empires." If, at the end, its military remained standing, the empire didn't. (And if you don't already find this description just a tad eerie, given the present moment in the U.S., you should.)
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Ann Jones: Can the Age of Trump Spur Medicare for All? In the Trumpian moment, can we change course on a state-by-state basis? Ann Jones, "Scandinavia in Maryland?, Medicare for All in One State"
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Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, Monster Wanted Birds are the only free beings in this world inhabited by prisoners. They fly from pole to pole, powered by food alone, on the route they choose and at the hour they wish, without ever asking permission of officials who believe they own the heavens.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Contemplating an Unfounding Father In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we've grown accustomed to the impermanence of things. Whatever is here now will likely someday vanish, possibly sooner than we imagine.
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Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, "We Can't Undo This" While describing the warming, ever more acidic waters around Alaska and the harm being caused to the marine food web, he recalled a moment approximately 250 million years ago when the oceans underwent similar changes and the planet experienced mass extinction events "driven by ocean acidity. The Permian mass extinction where 90% of the species were wiped out, that is what we are looking at now."
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Tomgram: Harris, Stimpson, and Freeman, The Military-Industrial Jobs Scam A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it's not a movie star; it's Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation's top defense contractor and the largest weapons producer in the world.
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Bush Era Horrors Will Haunt Us Until We Truly Face Them Given the last eight years of disaster piled on catastrophe, who in our American world would want to look backward? The urge to turn the page in this country is palpable. Perhaps the greatest fantasy of the present moment is that there is a choice here. We can look forward or backward, turn the page on history or not. Don't believe it. History matters.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa and That Continent Goes Down the Drain Things are not exactly going well militarily 15 years after 9/11. The Obama administration will hand over at least seven wars and conflicts across the Greater Middle East and Africa to the next administration and from Afghanistan to Libya, Somalia, and Nigeria, things are just getting worse.
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Thank Football For Donald Trump Because everything is so Trumpian these days, there's less air or space for the only other mass entertainment that promotes tribalism and toxic masculinity while keeping violence in vogue: football.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Eisenhower's Worst Nightmare When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the "unwarranted influence" wielded by the "military-industrial complex," he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin. In a good year, it now receives up to $50 billion in government contracts, a sum larger than the operating budget of the State Department.
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Andrew Bacevich: Daydream Believers Inside the Beltway, policymakers, politicians, and pundits take Iraq's existence for granted. Many can even locate it on a map. They also take for granted the proposition that it is incumbent upon the United States to preserve that existence. To paraphrase Chris Hedges, for a certain group of Americans, Iraq is the cause that gives life meaning. For the military-industrial complex, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
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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.
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Tomgram: William D. Hartung, 2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in "bigly" in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the continuation and expansion of Washington's post-9/11 wars.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, A Mother Thinks the Unthinkable We can't say it, but we are increasingly afraid of the future, of tomorrow, afraid for our children in ways that, in themselves, are frightening to bring up. It's as diffuse as "anything can happen" and as specific as we are running out of ______ [fill in the blank: clean water, fossil fuels, space for people, arable land, cheap food stuffs, you name it].
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John Feffer, Trump, China, and the Unsettled Future of Asia Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what's to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo.
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Tomgram: Allegra Harpootlian, Droning the World We're only a few days into the new decade and it's somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called "the most important decapitation strike America has ever launched."
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Michael Klare, A New Cold War in Asia? The Obama administration's new campaign to "contain China" based on a fresh analysis of the global energy equation, and why it will fail.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Is There a Chinese Missile Crisis in Our Future? America's pundits and politicians have largely concluded that a new Cold War with China -- a period of intense hostility and competition falling just short of armed combat -- has started. "Rift Threatens U.S. Cold War Against China," as a New York Times headline put it on May 15th, citing recent clashes over trade, technology, and responsibility for the spread of Covid-19...
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Ultimate Brexiteer Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer. Back in August 2016, in the midst of his presidential campaign, he proudly tweeted, "They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!" On the subject of the British leaving the European Union (EU) he's neither faltered nor wavered.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, How to Decide the Fate of the Planet At its best, the Earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good. Thanks to climate change, this metaphor no longer works. Our planet is now more like a lifeboat that's sprung a major leak. People onboard are beginning to panic and the clock is ticking.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The President as Pimple Donald Trump's tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months. However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that's gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Rise of the Right and Climate Catastrophe Today, consider what TomDispatch's invaluable energy expert Michael Klare has to say about the rise of versions of The Donald globally and what, in climate-change terms, that means for the health of our planet.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Donald in Blunderland There can be no question about it. Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll's Queen of Hearts. "Off with his head!" was the president's essential suggestion for -- to offer just one example -- a certain whistleblower who fingered him on that now notorious Ukrainian phone call.
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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Tick... Tick... Tick... It's no small horror that, on this planet of ours, humanity continues to foster two apocalyptic forces, each of which -- one in a relative instant and the other over many decades -- could cripple or destroy human life as we know it.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Welcome to the Post-American World Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet's indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Living on a Demobilized Planet As I turn 75, there's no simpler way to put it than this: I'm an old man on a new planet -- and, in case it isn't instantly obvious, that's not good news on either score.
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Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, Could Covert War With Iran Become Overt Before November 3rd? Was Donald Trump's January 3rd drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the simmering Cold War between the United States and Iran into a hot war in the weeks before an American presidential election? Of course, there's no way to know, but behind by double digits in most national polls and flanked by ultra-hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump is a notoriously impetuous and erratic
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Dahr Jamail: The Navy's Great Alaskan "War" I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, "the great one." During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state's highest peaks.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Bases, Bases, Everywhere, and Not a Base in Sight They called it Castle Black, an obvious homage to the famed frozen citadel from the HBO series Game of Thrones. In the fantasy world of GoT, it's the stronghold of the Night's Watch, the French Foreign Legion-esque guardians of the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms. This Castle Black, however, was all too real and occupied by U.S. Special Operations forces, America's most elite troops.
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Rebecca Gordon, Those Who Do Not Remember History... The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and pronouncements of the new administration, it becomes ever harder to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week, or last month.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, How to Read a Broken Body Do you remember July 8, 2011? Where you were? What you did? Whom you talked to? Anything at all? [...] Maybe you remember it because it was the day NASA launched the Space Shuttle on its 135th and final mission...
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Andrew Bacevich: The Eternal War? Twelve and a half years after Congress didn't declare war on an organization of hundreds or, at most, thousands of jihadis scattered mainly across the backlands of the planet, and instead let President George W. Bush and his cohort loose to do whatever they wanted.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Nixon's Children "[Petraeus] hooked his thumbs into his flak vest and adjusted the weight on his shoulders. 'Tell me how this ends,' he said. 'Eight years and eight divisions?' The allusion was to advice supposedly given the White House in the early 1950s by a senior Army strategist upon being asked what it would take to prop up French forces in South Vietnam. Petraeus's grin suggested the comment was more droll quip than historical assertion.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, America's Sinkhole Wars Fifteen years of "milestones," turning points, landmarks -- the "liberation" of Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and most recently the drone-killing of the leader of the Taliban -- and still America's failing wars go on.
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Laura Gottesdiener: Another Round of Detroit Refugees? Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Non-Stop Ops in Africa For the last several years, Nick Turse has been covering the expansion of U.S. Africa Command and the quiet, under-the-radar-screen growth of U.S. operations on that continent at TomDispatch. Today, Turse offers a revealing look at the quickening pace of U.S. military operations in Africa as the Pentagon prepares for future wars, and the destabilization and blowback it is already helping to sow on that continent.
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Exceptional Pain Dispensed by the Indispensable Nation Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, So Long to American Exceptionalism Remember the song "Over There"? [...] Maybe not, since it was popular so long ago, but it was meant to inspire American troops saying goodbye to their country on their way to a Europe embroiled in World War I. Written by George M. Cohan, the song paid homage to an American wartime urge to do good in the world, to take what was precious about this country and spread it to less fortunate, endangered peoples elsewhere.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Commandos of Everywhere The tabs on their shoulders read "Special Forces," "Ranger," "Airborne." And soon their guidon -- the "colors" of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group -- would be adorned with the "Bandera de Guerra," a Colombian combat decoration.
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Tomgram: William Astore, We Have Met the Alien and He Is Us When we go to the movies, we identify with the outgunned rebels, the underdogs, the liberators, against the alien invaders, the imperial stormtroopers, the Terminators. Here, however, is one retired Air Force lieutenant colonel's hard won realization that we -- the U.S. military in particular -- may be the invading "aliens" in much of the world.
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Andrew Bacevich: Uncle Sam, Global Gangster If all goes as planned, it will be the happiest of wartimes in the U.S.A. Only the best of news, the killing of the baddest of the evildoers, will ever filter back to our world.
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Tomgram: Greenberg and Dratel, The Gitmo Era In January 2002, the Guanta'namo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror. Within 100 days, 300 of them would arrive, often hooded and in those infamous orange jumpsuits, and that would just be the beginning. At its height, the population would rise to nearly 800 prisoners from 59 countries.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Annals of Rehabilitation George W. Bush is hardly the first disgraced Republican president and war criminal to worm his way back into American esteem. Richard Nixon remains the leader in that department. He spent his later years being celebrated as an elder statesman and a master of realpolitik in international relations. In the process, he managed to shake off the dust of Watergate.
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Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, America's Real War Along rivers prone to overflowing, people sometimes talk of preparing for a 100-year flood -- a dangerous surge of muddy, debris-filled water so overwhelming it appears only once a century.
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Hail to the Duffer in Chief From TomDispatch this morning: a devastating anatomy of the sport that's central to Donald Trump's plutocratic vision of his presidency and the promotion of the Trump brand -- Robert Lipsyte, "The Sport of Plutocrats, Golf Is Trump"
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The First Two Weeks Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency. Assume as well that he genuinely intends to repair the damage our country has sustained since we declared ourselves history's "Indispensable Nation," compounded by the traumatic events of 2020 that demolished whatever remnants of that claim survived.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, One Cheer for the Deep State This seems like a strange moment to be writing about "the deep state" with the country entering a new phase of open and obvious aboveground chaos and instability.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Normalizing Nukes Maybe you thought America's nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong.
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Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost -- or Found? In the Finger Lakes, an area of New York State you may never have heard of, Cantarow offers a glimpse of the small-scale, local ways in which Americans are standing up to Big Energy corporations. She describes how they are doing their inventive best to seize the day and ensure that our children and grandchildren remain on a planet capable of supporting them. This is inspiring stuff. Don't miss it! Tom
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Pepe Escobar: Sinking the Petrodollar in the Persian Gulf These days, with a crisis atmosphere growing in the Persian Gulf, a little history lesson about the U.S. and Iran might be just what the doctor ordered. Here, then, are a few high- (or low-) lights from their relationship over the last half-century-plus:
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Nomi Prins, In Washington, Is the Glass(-Steagall) Half Empty or Half Full? Remember when "draining the swamp" was something the Bush administration swore it was going to do in launching its Global War on Terror? Well, as we all know, that global swamp of terror only got muckier in the ensuing years. (Think al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, think ISIS.) Then, last year, that swamp left terror behind and took up residence in Washington, D.C.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Ignoring the Costs of War When Donald Trump wanted to "do something" about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million).
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Tomgram: Ryan Summers and Ben Freeman, Of, By, and For Them (Not Us) Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour. From the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's request that a foreign power investigate a political opponent to the indictment of associates of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, the nation has been transfixed by news of illegal foreign influence in the political process.
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Rebecca Solnit: The Longest War The Republican "war on women" helped define 2012. Its main offensives are well known, including the assertion that you can't get pregnant from rape; the obstruction of the Violence Against Women Act because it would have given Native American courts more jurisdiction over domestic violence; demonizing a woman who dared to assert that all women, rich and poor, deserve access to contraception and laws limiting access to abortion
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Trump's Own Military Mafia Every West Point class votes on an official motto. Most are then inscribed on their class rings. Hence, the pejorative West Point label "ring knocker." (As legend has it, at military meetings a West Pointer "need only knock his large ring on the table and all Pointers present are obliged to rally to his point of view.") Last August, the class of 2023 announced theirs: "Freedom Is Not Free."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2019
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Confronting "Alternative Facts" In one of the Bible stories about the death of Jesus, local collaborators with the Roman Empire haul him before Pontius Pilate, the imperial governor of Palestine. Although the situation is dire for one of them, the two engage in a bit of epistemological banter. Jesus allows that his work is about telling the truth and Pilate responds with his show-stopping query: "What is truth?"
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media. The common theme: you know you can't trust him, but trust us to keep dogging him on your behalf.
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Peter Van Buren, The Military-Industrial Complex in Iraq "You can't have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can't create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Tomgram: James Carroll, The 12 Days of Bombing That Never End (for Me) Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group -- the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers -- suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian Gulf, heading for the waters off Iran.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The De-Trumpification of America Let's assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that's a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump's reelection prospects could improve greatly.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Breathless Moment in America They were relegated to the protest equivalent of a ghetto. Their assigned route shunted them to the far fringes of the city. Their demonstration was destined for an ignominious demise far from any main thoroughfare, out of sight of most apartment buildings, out of earshot of most homes, best viewed from a dinghy bobbing in the Hudson River.
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Tomgram: Christian Parenti, Staff of Life, Bread of Death Reporter Christian Parenti is just back from the global borderlands where soaring food and oil prices, climate chaos, other kinds of chaos, and resource scarcity add up to a challenging brew of trouble (as world leaders have begun to notice).
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James Carroll: The Pentagon as President Obama's Great White Whale President Obama had been in office only three months when, boldly claiming his place on the world stage, he unequivocally committed himself and his country to a nuclear abolition movement that, until then, had at best existed somewhere on the distant fringes of power politics.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, I Had an Abortion and Now I'm Not Ashamed I have never said this publicly before, but in December 1974 I had an abortion. I was 22 years old, living in a cold, dark house in Portland, Oregon, spending my days huddled in front of a wood stove trying to finish my undergraduate senior thesis. I did not want to have a baby. I didn't know what would come next in my life, but I knew it would not include raising a child.
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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, The Perfect Military Wife I'm Not (But Who Is?) As each of my husband's Navy submarine deployments came to an end, local spouses would e-mail me about the ship's uncertain date of return. They were attempting to sell tickets to a raffle in which the winner would be the first to kiss her returning sailor.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Some Notes on War Watching TRIPOLI, Libya -- Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind. This early morning -- in al-Yarmouk on the southern edge of Libya's capital, Tripoli -- it was a mix of both.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Silver Lining in the Global Pandemic Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise. The result: a greener, less climate-degrading system. In this future, fossil fuels would be overtaken by renewables, while oil, gas, and coal would be relegated to an increasingly marginal role in the global energy equation.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Are Resource Wars Our Future? Officially known as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the 1992 treaty that designated that phenomenon a threat to planetary health and human survival), the Paris summit will be focused on the adoption of measures that would limit global warming to less than catastrophic levels.
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Rebecca Solnit: Casino Capitalism, Nevada-Style As TomDispatch regular Rebecca Solnit explains in a haunting new piece, in the late 1990s, the bright-lit casinos of Las Vegas's strip yielded pride of place to a new, far more breathtaking national gambling scheme. The bet would be on luxury housing developments, even though, as Solnit explains, the one thing those in Las Vegas should have known was "that the house always wins."
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Ira Chernus, The Great Israeli Security Scam Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel" ("For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word 'Israel,' you must also say the word 'security' and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel's security"") These all add up to an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Stamping Out War There is no significant anti-war movement in America because there's no war to protest. Let me explain. In February 2003, millions of people took to the streets around the world to protest America's march to war against Iraq. That mass movement failed.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, War Making in the Age of the Imperial Presidency "It does not take any courage at all for a congressman or a senator or a president to wrap himself in the flag and say we are staying in Vietnam, because it is not our blood that is being shed."
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Nan Levinson: America's New Military Mystique Let's face it: we live in a state of pervasive national security anxiety. There are various possible responses to this low-grade fever that saps resolve, but first we have to face the basis for that anxiety -- what I've come to think of as the Big Dick School of Patriotism, or (since anything having to do with our present version of national security, even a critique of it, has to have an acronym) the BDSP.
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Tomgram: William Astore, The Self-Defeating Military The expression "self-licking ice cream cone" was first used in 1992 to describe a hidebound bureaucracy at NASA. Yet, as an image, it's even more apt for America's military-industrial complex, an institution far vaster than NASA and thoroughly dedicated to working for its own perpetuation and little else.
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John Dower, Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories. When it comes to the nation's wars, however, he was not entirely on target.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Tomgram: Juan Cole, Iran and the U.S., An Irony of Curious Affinity This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism -- this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini's Iran and Donald Trump's America.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Rising Tide of the Populist Right In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the "pink tide" of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just plain corruption. And forget about the Middle East.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, History, Memory, and Donald Trump I know you won't believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does -- any tweet, any insult at any rally -- is the news of the day, any day. But he won't be remembered for any of the things now in our headlines.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival Not so long ago, it was science fiction. Now, it's hard science -- and that should frighten us all. The latest reports from the prestigious and sober Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) make increasingly hair-raising reading, suggesting that the planet is approaching possible moments of irreversible damage in a fashion and at a speed that had not been anticipated.
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Pepe Escobar, Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos On the Eurasian continent, something seems to be shifting, potentially in a big way, and Escobar is, as ever, on the scene. Consider today's essay part two (here's part 1) of his wide-ranging look at a potentially tectonic set of commercial and power shifts, centering on China, that could change the way the world works (or, of course, simply descend into Cold War 2.0).
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Donald Trump Is Losing His Tech War with Xi Jinping For the Trump administration's senior officials, it's been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president's blame game about "the invisible Chinese virus" as it spreads wildly across the U.S. When it comes to China, in fact, the ever more virulent criticism never seems to stop.
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William Astore, Back in the USSR I had long had a feeling that, of the two superpowers of the Cold War era, one had left the stage in a rush, while the other was slowly inching its way toward the exits enwreathed in self-congratulation and an overwhelming sense of triumphalism.
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Noam Chomsky, The Fate of the Gaza Ceasefire Is there nowhere on the face of the Earth where opinion polls aren't taken? In the wake of the 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza, parts of that tiny strip of land now look, according to photographs, like a moonscape of destruction. At least 10,000 homes were obliterated and thousands more damaged; at least 175 major factories were pummeled into the dust.
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Barbara Ehrenreich: Looting the Lives of the Poor Gordon Gekko, the infamously cutthroat capitalist and lead character in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, captured the heady years of the 1980s with a single, indelible line: Greed is good. Today, it is Edward Conard, a friend and former colleague of Mitt Romney's at the private equity firm Bain Capital, who has offered a new mantra for the 1%, a cri de coeur for the Gekkos of the twenty-first century: Inequality is good.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Grim Inheritance While so much about the War on Terror turned Global War on Terrorism turned World War IV turned the Long War turned "generational struggle" turned "infinite war" seems repetitious, the troops most associated with this conflict -- the U.S. Special Operations forces -- have seen changes galore.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Donald Trump Naked as a Jaybird Recently, I did something rare in my life. Over a long weekend, I took a few days away and almost uniquely -- I might even say miraculously -- never saw Donald Trump's face, since I didn't watch TV and barely checked the news.
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, You, Sir, Are No Alexander Hamilton Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin doesn't exactly come across as the guy you'd want in your corner in a playground tussle. In the Trump administration, he's been more like the kid trying to cop favor with the school bully. That, at least, is the role he seems to have taken in the Trump White House.
President Nixon with Prime Minister Chou-Enlai - TT Nixon vi Th tdegreesng Chu n Lai - 1972, From FlickrPhotos
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Tomgram: John Feffer, Avoiding War with Pyongyang The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Memo to the Publisher of the New York Times Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation's -- and arguably, the world's -- most influential publication. It's the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn't exactly qualify as a surprise. Even so, the responsibility for guiding the fortunes of a great institution must weigh heavily on you, especially when the media landscape is changing so rapidly and radically.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2020
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, A Rendezvous with Destiny? Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring to new heights in this country are still with us, it's become abundantly clear that the economic disaster brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has already left the initial shock of that crisis in the dust.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis At this point, it's no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small t
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 10, 2020
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Unexpected Past, the Unknown Future Let me be blunt. This wasn't the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can't claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I'm 76 now. True, if I were lucky (or perhaps unlucky), I could live another 20 years and see yet a newer world born.
Oil Spill, From FlickrPhotos
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Michael Klare, "The Battle Lines of the Future" In this context, consider Klare's analysis of what a Trumpian new world order, organized around his own fossil fuel fixation, might look like and what it might mean for us all.
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Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Prioritizing the Pentagon in a Pandemic In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has initiated its largest spending binge in history. In the process, you might assume that the unparalleled spread of the disease would have led to a little rethinking when it came to all the trillions of dollars Congress has given the Pentagon in these years that have in no way made us safer from, or prepared us better to respond to, this predictable threat...
Endless war, From FlickrPhotos
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Greg Grandin, Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener.
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Engelhardt: Tomorrow's News Today 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, is the fog of human life.
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David Bromwich: American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents American exceptionalism? Honestly, who could deny it -- other than TomDispatch regular David Bromwich, author most recently of Moral Imagination, who explores the special immorality of imagining yourself as the most exceptional of lands.
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Tomgram: Susan Southard, Under the Mushroom Cloud -- Nagasaki after Nuclear War Southard follows five teenagers, who survived the second use of a nuclear weapon, from the moment a B-29 appeared over the city to the first devastating moments after the blast. It's an unforgettable account of one city's destruction and a reminder of the dangers our world, filled with nuclear weapons so much more powerful than the one that obliterated Nagasaki, still faces.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 16, 2019
Tomgram: Hashem and Allen, Lobbying for War A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
Tomgram: Lawrence Weschler, A New Mount Rushmore for a World on the Brink? The news that President Trump is planning to stage a "massive fireworks display" before a sizeable crowd on Independence Day eve at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial (notwithstanding the prospect of both wildfires in the tinder-dry surroundings and the further spread of Covid-19) has left me mulling over once again the possible creation of another such epic-scale monument.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 12, 2016
Tomgram: Bill Moyers, Money and Power in America Bill Moyers on how the U.S. became a 1% society -- and why democracy and plutocracy don't mix.
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Peter Van Buren, How the American Taxpayer Got Plucked in Iraq Today, TomDispatch provides a hilarious (yet painful) account of what the "reconstruction" of Iraq actually meant at ground level. It's a tale of the funding of the building of a modern plant for killing, plucking, and producing chicken for the Iraqi diet (and jobs for Iraqis) - and it couldn't be wilder (or funnier).
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 17, 2019
Tomgram: Susan Southard, Against Forgetting Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear annihilation of this city 73 years ago -- within, that is, their own lifetimes or those of their parents or grandparents.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 13, 2014
David Vine: A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War The sad irony is that any legitimate desire to maintain the free flow of regional oil to the global economy could be sustained through other far less expensive and deadly means. Maintaining scores of bases costing billions of dollars a year is unnecessary to protect oil supplies and ensure regional peace -- especially in an era in which the United States gets only around 10% of its net oil and natural gas from the region.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 30, 2019
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, With Friends Like These... American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military interventions than it can reasonably handle, the Trump team recently picked a new fight -- in Latin America.
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Shamsi and Harwood: An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance As Hina Shamsi and Matthew Harwood of the ACLU point out, the web of watchlists on which Americans might now find their names circulating is staggeringly, redundantly vast and still expanding. It essentially adds up to a post-9/11 secret system of identification, they write, that once would have boggled the American imagination but is now just an accepted part of the American way of life.
A Syrian refugee boy., From FlickrPhotos
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Tomgram: John Feffer, On the Verge of the Great Unraveling Let me start with a confession. I'm old-fashioned and I have an old-fashioned profession. I'm a geo-paleontologist. That means I dig around in archives to exhume the extinct: all the empires and federations and territorial unions that have passed into history. I practically created the profession of geo-paleontology as a young scholar in 2020. (We used to joke that we were the only historians with true 2020 hindsight).
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ToTomgram: Robert Lipsyte, How the Worst Values of Sports Are Taking Over America A half-century ago, the sporting Cassandras predicted that the worst values and sensibilities of our increasingly corrupted civic society would eventually affect our sacred games: football would become a gladiatorial meat market, basketball a model of racism, college sports a paradigm of commercialization, and Olympic sports like swimming and gymnastics a hotbed of sexual predators. Mission accomplished!
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Take Your (Tiny) Fingers Off the Button Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us -- especially the people of Asia -- ever nearer to catastrophe.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 11, 2019
Tomgram: Michael Klare, It's Always the Oil It's always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince's role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support "Sentinel."
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Tomgram: Juan Cole, How Muslims Became the Enemy These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell's 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia?
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Noam Chomsky: "The Most Dangerous Moment," 50 Years Later Here was the oddest thing: within weeks of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on a second Japanese city on August 9, 1945, and so obliterating it, Americans were already immersed in new scenarios of nuclear destruction.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tomgram: Ann Jones, Beware the Viking Hordes In the past couple of weeks, thanks to the president's racist comments about Haiti and African countries he can't even name -- remember "Nambia"? -- as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants from Norway, we've seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate country.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Victory in Our Time What would "victory" in the war on terror even look like? What, in fact, constitutes an American military victory in the world today? Would it in any way resemble the end of the Civil War, or of the war to end all wars, or of the war that made that moniker obsolete?
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The Pentagon Budget as Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers Imagine for a moment a scheme in which American taxpayers were taken to the cleaners to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars and there was barely a hint of criticism or outrage...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2018
Danny Sjursen, Wrong on Nam, Wrong on Terror Vietnam: it's always there. Looming in the past, informing American futures. A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still alive and well and still being refought by one group of Americans: the military high command. And almost half a century later, they're still losing it and blaming others for doing so.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Is Anything the Moral Equivalent of War? Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a "war on terror." Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands.
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Tomgram: Allegra Harpootlian, Ending the Forever Wars? When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Americans took to the streets all across the country to protest their instantly endangered rights. Conspicuously absent from the newfound civic engagement, despite more than a decade and a half of this country's fruitless, destructive wars across the Greater Middle East and northern Africa, was antiwar sentiment, much less an actual movement.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Remind Us How This Ends... Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Gitmo's Living Legacy in the Trump Era Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guanta'namo's First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that "detention facility" will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it, and everything it represents, will become a true, if grim, legacy of twenty-first-century America.
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Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The King Is Dead! Laura Gottesdiener, who has been traveling fossil-fuel ravaged America from the fracking fields of the West to the coal industry's mountain-top removal in West Virginia, offers a powerful look at what's left behind when Big Energy is done.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, Our Country Under Censorship Every month, it seems, brings a new act in the Trump administration's war on the media. In January, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exploded at National Public Radio reporter Mary Louise Kelly when he didn't like questions she asked -- and then banned a colleague of hers from the plane on which he was leaving for a trip to Europe and Asia.
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Tomgram: Palumbo and Draper, Knockout in Washington It was a bare-knuckle brawl of the first order. It took place in Washington, D.C., and it resulted in a KO. The winners? Lobbyists and the defense industry. The losers? Us. And odds on, you didn't even know that it happened. Few Americans did, which is why it's worth telling the story of how Saudi, Emirati, and Qatari money flooded the nation's capital and, in the process, American policy went down for the count.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2020
Tomgram: John Feffer, Survivor-in-Chief? Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements.
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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Criminalization of Immigrants From Clinton to Trump Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his "great wall" and stop Mexican "rapists" from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump's ire.
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Rebecca Solnit: The War Is Over (If You Want It), Feminism and Men And here's what it all means: the winds of change have reached our largest weathervanes. The highest powers in the country have begun calling on men to take responsibility not only for their own conduct, but for that of the men around them, to be agents of change.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War I offer what I hope is a unique 9/11 retrospective for the 15th anniversary of that nightmare: a look at what's been at the heart of events since that morning -- a set of air wars that have gone on fruitlessly and destructively for 15 years and show no signs of ever ending.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Year of the Child (in Trouble) Halfway through 2018, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump. How, during the very weeks when the headlines were filled with grim news of child separations and suffering at the U.S.-Mexico border, she asked, could the first daughter and presidential adviser be so tone-deaf as to show herself hugging her two-year-old son?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 16, 2015
Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The Angel of Death When people ask me what my new job is like, I tell them that I wake up very early and count the dead. When I say "very early," I mean a few minutes after four a.m., as the sky is just softening to the color of faded purple corduroy. By "the dead," I mostly mean people across the world that my government has killed or helped another nation's government kill while I was sleeping.
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Tomgram: David Vine, Trumping Democracy in America's Empire of Bases The critics generally ignored the far more substantial and long-standing bipartisan support U.S. presidents have offered these and dozens of other repressive regimes over the decades. After all, such autocratic countries share one striking thing in common.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2020
Tomgram: Erin Thompson, Breaking the Bronze Ceiling On August 26, 2020, Alice in Wonderland will get some company. She will be joined in New York City's Central Park by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth, the first statues there of women who, unlike Alice, actually existed. The monument is a gift to the park from Monumental Women, a non-profit organization formed in 2014.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, My Pandemics The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2018
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Jared Kushner, You're Fired! Here we are a little more than a year into the Trump presidency and his administration's body count is already, as The Donald might put it, "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 23, 2017
Tomgram: Erik Edstrom, Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point On October 19th, George W. Bush traveled to the United States Military Academy, my alma mater, to receive the Sylvanus Thayer Award at a ceremony hosted by that school's current superintendent and presented on behalf of the West Point Association of Graduates.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Gunrunning USA American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they've accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It's hard to imagine things getting much worse -- or better, if you happen to be an arms trader -- but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Doing Bin Laden's Bidding The question was: With such limited resources, what kind of self-destructive behavior could he goad a triumphalist Washington into? The key would be what might be called apocalyptic humiliation.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Taking War Off Its Pedestal Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America's new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally.
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Tomgram: Barbara Ehrenreich, America to Working Class Whites: Drop Dead! The white working class, which usually inspires liberal concern only for its paradoxical, Republican-leaning voting habits, has recently become newsworthy for something else: according to economist Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the winner of the latest Nobel Prize in economics, its members in the 45- to 54-year-old age group are dying at an immoderate rate.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, "There Will Be Hell to Pay" Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have long been -- there's no denying it -- a privileged group. When the blessings of American freedom get parceled out, WHAMs are accustomed to standing at the head of the line. Those not enjoying the trifecta
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Tomgram: Erik Edstrom, The Betrayal of the American Soldier "Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy." That meme, from the moment when Edward Norton's character in Fight Club offers a 1,000-yard stare at an office copy machine, captures this moment perfectly -- at least for those of us removed from the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. Isolated inside a Boston apartment, I typically sought new ways to shake the snow globe, to see the same bubble -- the same stuff -- differently.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, "The Skies Are Emptying Out" The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago.
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Engelhardt: Walking Back the American Twenty-First Century? I never fail to be amazed -- and that's undoubtedly my failing. I mean, if you retain a capacity for wonder you can still be awed by a sunset, but should you really be shocked that the sun is once again sinking in the West? Maybe not. The occasion for such reflections: machine guns in my hometown.
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Tomgram: Andy Kroll, The Face of An American Lost Generation One strangeness of our moment is that any U.S. Army commander going into an Afghan village can directly pay locals to, say, fix some part of that country's destroyed infrastructure. That's considered a winning-hearts-and-minds counterinsurgency strategy. On the other hand, here in the U.S., it's other hearts and minds that are targeted.
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Andy Kroll: How the Wisconsin Uprising Got Hijacked The post-mortems and prognostications began just minutes after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recall election victory, and they're still flooding in. His win, goes one talking point, bodes well for Mitt Romney's efforts to flip Wisconsin red for the first time since 1984. Bummed-out Democrats, suggests another, spell trouble for President Obama in November.
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Noam Chomsky: The Eve of Destruction It didn't take long. In the immediate aftermath of the dropping of the "victory weapon," the atomic bomb, on two Japanese cities in August 1945, American fears and fantasies ran wild. Almost immediately, Americans began to reconceive themselves as potential victims of the bomb.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Now You See It, Now You Don't The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs. In the first, two men are standing side by side, a Czech nationalist later executed for his views and the country's Communist ruler. In the second, the dissenter is gone, airbrushed out.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Beating the War Drums... Again You couldn't make this up, could you? Just before Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia, a genuinely despotic land with an extreme ideology and lacking elections, Iran's moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, was swept back into office. It was an exuberant election campaign in which he trounced a hardline fundamentalist opponent, winning 57% of the vote. Voter turnout was reportedly close to 73% which by the way beat...
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Tomgram: Jen Marlowe, The Freedom Reading List This is a remarkable piece for our Middle Eastern moment. Unlike most of the rest of us, Jen Marlowe was not surprised to see a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future sweep through Tunisia and Egypt, heading for other autocratic states in the Arab world.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Tweeting While Rome Burns As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration: Washington's corps of foreign policy experts.
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Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Bricks in the Wall The point was less to actually build "the wall" than to constantly announce the building of the wall. "We started building our wall. I'm so proud of it," Donald Trump tweeted. "What a thing of beauty." In fact, no wall, or certainly not the "big, fat, beautiful" one promised by Trump, is being built.
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, No Trump Towers for Poor Kids The plight of impoverished children anywhere should evoke sympathy, exemplifying as it does the suffering of the innocent and defenseless. Poverty among children in a wealthy country like the United States, however, should summon shame and outrage as well.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Anniversaries That Never Will Be We're already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding -- and, after a fashion, perhaps it was. On October 7, 2001, George W. Bush launched the invasion -- "liberation" was the word often used then -- of Afghanistan.
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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, The Boot Camp of American Life Recently, in this Black Lives Matter protest moment, my five-year-old son looked at me and asked, "Mommy, where did all the brown people go? Did the police here shoot them?"
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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, Road Rules, or Rediscovering My Country from Cuban Soil I'll tell you up front that my personal vehicle has crowns of rust on the rear wheel wells and an interior that smells vaguely of dog puke. It's a 2006 Mazda3 with 150,244 miles on it and it gets me around my modest world well enough, but I sure never considered it the stuff of headlines -- until I went to Cuba, an experience that tuned up my feelings about several American phenomena.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Thinking About the Unthinkable (2020-Style) The phrase "thinking about the unthinkable" has always been associated with the unthinkable cataclysm of a nuclear war, and rightly so. Lately, though, I've been pondering another kind of unthinkable scenario, nearly as nightmarish [...]
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Creating an Empire of Graveyards? At the Circus with Donald Trump Who could deny that much of the attention he's received has been based on the absurdity, exaggeration, unsettling clownishness of it all, right down to the zany crew of subsidiary clowns who have helped keep him pumped up and cable newsed in the Oval Office?
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Whistling Past the Graveyard (of Empires) If you're in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we're at it, thinking a little about America's wars? Nothing particularly ambitious, mind you, just -- if you're up for it -- a stroll to the corner.
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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Living in a World of Trauma Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women's March in Washington, D.C., a few miles from my home, I was at a karate dojo testing for my first belt. My fellow practitioners, ranging in age from five into their seventies, looked on as I hammered my fist through a two-inch piece of wood. The words of one of the black belts there echoed in my head. "Imagine the board is Trump,"
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Tomgram: William Astore, Living Through Coronavirus Hard Times My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina. One of my dad's first memories was seeing his sister's tiny white casket. Another sister was permanently marked by scarlet fever.
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Tomgram: Stephanie Savell, The Hidden Costs of America's Wars Today, I know -- and care -- more about the devastations of Washington's post-9/11 wars than I ever imagined I would. And judging from public reactions to our work at the Costs of War Project, my prior detachment was anything but unique. Quite the opposite: it's been the essence of the post-9/11 era in this country.
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Studs Terkel on Death and Forgiveness in America Studs Terkel, who put oral history on the American map with one spectacular book after another, was a small man who had a knack for making everyone around him feel larger than life. He taught me the first significant lesson I learned as a book editor -- and he didn't even know it.
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Tomgram: William Astore, America's Forever Wars Have Come Home From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and demanded that people go inside their houses. When some of them didn't obey quickly enough, the order -- one heard so many times in the streets of Iraqi cities and in the villages of Afghanistan -- was issued: "Light 'em up."
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Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, Iraq Redux? There's a meme that appears now and then on Facebook and other social media: "Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it."
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Artificial (Un)intelligence and the U.S. Military With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as "autonomous weapons systems," include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. ..
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Big Oil in Retreat In his latest fascinating dispatch, Klare takes us through the ins and outs of an oil industry that suddenly looks to be on the ropes. "Most of us are used to following the ups and downs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a shorthand gauge for the state of the world economy. However, following the ups and downs of the price of Brent crude may, in the end, tell us far more about world affairs on our endangered planet."
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, An All-American Urge to Offer Corporate Welfare To say that these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century. Even as the United States became the latest target of Hurricane COVID-19, in "hot spots" around the globe a continuing frenzy of health concerns represented yet another drop down the economic rabbit hole.
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Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, A Recipe for Disaster Call it a colossal victory for a Pentagon that hasn't won a war in this century, but not for the rest of us. Congress only recently passed and the president approved one of the largest Pentagon budgets ever. It will surpass spending at the peaks of both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity It's the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. What better place to celebrate than that fabled era's epicenter, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum has mounted a dazzling exhibition, chock full of rock music, light shows, posters, and fashions from the mind-bending summer of 1967?
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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Challenges of 2016 A half-century after Noam Chomsky wrote so memorably about the American war in Vietnam, he continues to write with the same chilling eloquence about the war-on-terror version of a similar American nightmare.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War "We don't know exactly where we're at in the world, militarily, and what we're doing," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger.
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Eduardo Galeano, The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer Over the next few weeks, we will see all that is beautiful and all that is damned in soccer at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Hundreds of millions will swoon at the sight of the gods of the global game plying their exquisite trade across the newly built or expensively refurbished stadiums on which Brazil, according to the Wall Street Journal, has spent $3.6 billion over the last few years.
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Tomgram: Jeremy Scahill, The Fantasy of a Clean War The foreign leaders are dropping like flies -- to American surveillance. I'm talking about serial revelations that the National Security Agency has been spying on Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, two Mexican presidents, Felipe Calderón (whose office the NSA called "a lucrative source") and his successor Enrique Peña Nieto, at least while still a candidate, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, The End of War As We Know It? Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America's most malignant policies at home and abroad.
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Rajan Menon, What Would War Mean in Korea? Here's a reasonable question to ask in our unreasonable world: Does Donald Trump even know where North Korea is? The answer matters and if you wonder why I ask, just remember his comment upon landing in Israel after his visit to Saudi Arabia. "We just got back from the Middle East," he said. In response, reported the Washington Post, "the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, put his forehead in his palm."
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Tomgram: David Bromwich, The Neoconservative Empire Returns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu, and a bevy of congressional Republicans as well as Republican presidential candidates, go after President Obama and play what he calls "the long game on Iran." They are, that is, not just looking toward shooting down the agreement now, but making sure that the next president will feel tremendous pressure to do so and to take on Iran militarily in 2017.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, How the Roof Fell In Class of 2020, wherever you are, I had planned to address you on this graduation day. But how can I? Yes, I know that former President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks all took part in elaborate online graduation ceremonies, offering commentary, advice, and encouragement in our now campus-less world, but I'm a hapless old guy with a flip phone from another age...
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths topped 135,000. Home to just over 4% of the global population, the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all fatalities from Covid-19, the disease produced by the coronavirus.
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Tomgram: Ann Jones, "I Didn't Serve, I Was Used" At TomDispatch today, a powerful piece on how, from Big Pharma to the Koch brothers, vets coming home from America's wars have been taken to the cleaners.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Fate of Our Earth It's time to panic!
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Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and "duck and cover" drills.
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Bill McKibben: How You Subsidize the Energy Giants to Wreck the Planet Just in case you're running for national office, here are a few basic stats to orient you when you hit Washington (thanks to the invaluable Open Secrets website of the Center for Responsive Politics). In 2011, the oil and gas industries ponied up more than $148 million to lobby Congress and federal agencies of various sorts.
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Tomgram: Barbara Ehrenreich, On Americans (Not) Getting By (Again) It was at lunch with the editor of Harper's Magazine that the subject came up: How does anyone actually live "on the wages available to the unskilled"? Barbara Ehrenreich investigates!
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary.
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Nick Turse, AFRICOM Becomes a "War-Fighting Combatant Command" Nick Turse follows the U.S. military ever deeper into Africa (the first of two back-to-back pieces on Africa at TD this week). Turse joined a “webinar” run for top Defense Department engineering contractors whose focus was the U.S. military on that continent. He was the only reporter and so got to hear what AFRICOM spokespeople say when they’re speaking bluntly.
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Beating Back the Bad Boys Slowly, I've come to a realization I probably should have had long ago. It's men like me, the bystanders, who enabled them. However righteous we may feel as they're exposed and punished, the truth is we're the problem, too.
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Tomgram: William deBuys, Entering the Mega-Drought Era in America TomDispatch regular William deBuys offers an eye-opening look at bone-dry, blazing California and ways in which that state is leading us all into a grim future. Today's droughts, bad as they are, will be put in the shade by the predicted mega-droughts of tomorrow, and the problem of water in the American West is only going to deepen -- or do I mean grow shallower?
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Afghanistan on Life Support From TomDispatch today: A shocking report on the toll the American war has taken on ordinary Afghans, no matter what aspect of everyday life you choose to measure -- Nick Turse, "How Much 'Success' Can Afghans Stand? The American War and Afghanistan's Civilians"
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Greatest Generation We Are Not The 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender in May 1945 ought to prompt thoughtful reflection. For Americans, V-E Day, as it was then commonly called, marked the beginning of "our times." The Covid-19 pandemic may signal that our times are now coming to an end.
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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian, A World in Peril Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Trump Wins (Even If He Loses) Nomi Prins turns to the billionaire who has taken possession of us all. Her focus: his frenetic version of "You're fired!" this election season and how that's played out with the Republican establishment, without whom (and without whose money) she doubts he can make it to the Oval Office.
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Tomgram: Ann Jones, When Will They Ever Learn? Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so many motorists trapped on a rotary with no exit.
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Best of TomDispatch: John Dower, Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories.
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October Surprise? Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There's only one problem: the world. These days it's threatening to be a bizarrely uncooperative place for a president who wants to rest on his Osama-killing foreign-policy laurels.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Mad Policies for a Mad World In March 1906, on the heels of the U.S. Army's massacre of some 1,000 men, women, and children in the crater of a volcano in the American-occupied Philippines, humorist Mark Twain took his criticism public. A long-time anti-imperialist, he flippantly suggested that Old Glory should be redesigned "with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones."
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Tomgram: William Hartung, What Makes Us Safer? Think of it as a war system that's been coming home for years. The murder of George Floyd has finally shone a spotlight on the need to defund local police departments and find alternatives that provide more genuine safety and security. The same sort of spotlight needs soon to be shone on the American military machine and the wildly well-funded damage it's been doing for almost 19 years across the Greater Middle East and Africa
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, On Leaving the U.S. Army I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go.
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Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19? Seventeen years ago, against the advice of my parents, I decided to become a public school teacher. Once I did, both my mother and father, educators themselves, warned me that choosing to teach was to invite attacks from those who viewed the profession with derision and contempt. They advised me to stay strong and push through when budgets were cut, my intellect questioned, or my dedication to my students exploited.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Unquiet Flows The Don I certainly learned a lesson that November. During the previous months of campaigning that election season, I never wrote a piece at TomDispatch that didn't leave open the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency. In the couple of weeks before that fateful November day, however, I got hooked on the polling results and on Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website and became convinced that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in.
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Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Can Obama Ever Stand Up to the Oil Industry? Recently, "good" news about energy has been gushing out of North America, where a cheering crowd of pundits, energy experts, and government officials has been plugging the U.S. as the "Saudi Arabia" of the twenty-first century. You know, all that fracking and those luscious deposits of oil shale and gas shale just waiting to be pounded into shape to fill global gas tanks for an energy-rich future.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Last Men Standing It was bloody and brutal, a true generational struggle, but give them credit. In the end, they won when so many lost.
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Tomgram: Erin Thompson, Curating Guantanamo Of the roughly 780 people once imprisoned there, he is one of 41 prisoners who remain, living yards away from the Caribbean Sea. Captives from the Bush administration's Global War on Terror began to arrive at that offshore prison in January 2002.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, American Proxy Wars in Africa This morning, Nick Turse, who just won a prestigious Izzy Award for his independent reporting, continues his superb journalistic work on the U.S. military’s ongoing, remarkably under-the-radar move into Africa. In his latest post on the subject, he documents (quite literally) the Pentagon’s newest tactic for that continent: refight the colonial wars there in partnership with the French.
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Tom Engelhardt: The Four Occupations of Planet Earth An end of the year look back at the four "occupations" that made our world what it is, in misery, chaos and hope, over the last two decades
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Pseudo-Election 2016 Andrew Bacevich takes a trip back to his childhood -- to the 1956 election between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson and offers a particularly clear-eyed look at how, over six decades, American politics at the national level descended into the pathological election campaign of the present moment.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Real Disuniting of America The nation's motto of e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is in serious danger of being turned inside out.
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Ann Jones, Out With Monstrous Men As I read now of women he preyed upon year after year, I feel the rage that's bubbled in the back of my brain for decades reaching the boiling point. I should be elated that Toback has been exposed again as the loathsome predator he's been for half a century. But I'm stuck on the fact of elapsed time, all these decades that male predators roamed at large, efficiently sidelining and silencing women.
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Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, Time to Stop Bankrolling War and the Wealthy The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew "yovel," meaning a "trumpet blast of liberty." It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram's horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City, while protests continue here, even amid a pandemic...
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Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Arm a "Volatile" Planet So here's this morning's puzzle for you: two major U.S. industries make things that go boom in the night: Hollywood and the arms business.
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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.
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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.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Rule Number One in Warfare: Know Your Enemy What does President Trump's recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing -- and arguably quite a lot.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation's endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and most unforgiving jobs there is. The pay may be decent (at least if your gig is with one of the major papers in New York or Washington), but the pressures to perform on cue are undoubtedly relentless.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, America Terrorized Americans are facing "A Spring Unlike Any Before." So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times. That headline, however hyperbolic, was all too apt. The coming of spring has always promised relief from the discomforts of winter. Yet, far too often, it also brings its own calamities and afflictions.
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Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Bailing Out the War State At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and mortal consequences of the coronavirus would be asking, "What can we do to help?" [...] Unfortunately, when it comes to the top officials of the Pentagon and the CEOs running a large part of the arms industry, examples abound of them asking what they can do to help themselves.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Disappearance, a Body, and What It Takes to Make the News We were already roaring down the road when the young man called to me over his shoulder. There was a woman seated between us on the motorbike and with the distance, his accent, the rushing air, and the engine noise, it took a moment for me to decipher what he had just said: We might have enough gas to get to Bamurye and back.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Amnesia in Washington As I approach 75,'m having a commonplace experience for my age[...] It's turned my mind to, and made me something of an instant expert on, one aspect of twenty-first-century America: the memory hole that's swallowed up parts of our all-too-recent history. In fact, I've been wondering whether aging imperial powers, like old men and women, have a tendency to discard what once had been oh-so-familiar.
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Social Democracy for Dummies Ann Jones offers a dazzling look at what "social democracy" -- now, thanks to Bernie Sanders, actually a topic of discussion in this country -- really means. Having spent the last four years in Norway, Jones offers a vivid comparison between how social democracy works there and how what's increasingly the democracy of the 1% works here.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Little Big Man Into the Whirlwind He's huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America. Never has a president been quite so big. So absolutely monstrous. Or quite so small. He's our Little Big Man.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, The No-Trust World I don't trust you. Don't take it personally. It doesn't matter whether you're a friend or a stranger. I don't care about your identity or your politics, where you work or if you work, whether you wear a mask or carry a gun. I don't trust you because you are, for the time being, a potential carrier of a deadly virus.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Twenty-First-Century Armageddons Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone It's been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I'm still struggling to move on. As talk turns toward the impending midterms, I find myself mentally pushing back against the relentlessness of the news cycle as it plows on, casting a spell of cultural amnesia in its wake.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 17, 2011
Tomgram: Chip Ward, Fire's Manifest Destiny From TomDispatch tonight: A stunning portrait of a West ablaze and what "the new world" now means to an America facing weather extremes --Chip Ward, "How the West Was Lost, The American West in Flames."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 18, 2017
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, The Human Price of Trump's Wars "My guilt will never go away," former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. "There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2013
Pepe Escobar, The Tao of Containing China Yes, the predictions are in. By 2016 (or 2030?), China will have economically outpaced the U.S. So say the economic soothsayers.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2020
Tomgram: Ann Jones, Getting Trumped by Covid-19 Donald Trump is not a president. He can't even play one on TV. He's a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he's been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tomgram: David Bromwich, What It Means to be "Great" on a Planet Going Down More and more, we look into our screens and gizmos. And this helps us -- almost as if they were made for that purpose -- not to think about the weather outside. Kept busy "curating" our own lives, we are regularly spared evidence of the coming catastrophe.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Can Obama Seize the Energy Moment? How many times in recent weeks have you read a headline like this: "Oil Nears Florida as Effort to Contain Well Hits Snag"?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Bill McKibben: Why the Energy-Industrial Elite Has It In for the Planet Two Saturdays ago, I was walking with a friend in a park here in New York City. It was late January, but I was dressed in a light sweater and a thin fall jacket, which I had just taken off and tied around my waist. We were passing a strip of bare ground when suddenly we both did a double-take. He looked at me and said, "Crocuses!" Dumbfounded, I replied, "Yes, I see them."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Tomgram: John Dower, Body Count for the American Century On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled "The American Century." The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 26, 2018
Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Normalizing Nukes, Pentagon-Style If you're having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who... you're not alone. But don't despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market. It has no chemically induced side effects and, best of all, will cost you nothing, thanks to the Department of Defense. It's the new Nuclear Posture Review,or NPR, among the most soporific documents of our era.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Brett Kavanaugh, Raised by the Power of the Pack Brett Kavanaugh's hellish Supreme Court fraternity pledge week offered many lessons, but the most powerful, if least noted, was about the raising of boys in America -- all boys, not just the groomed Georgetown elite from which the judge emerged.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Red Scare in the Gray Zone "They are very concerned about their adversary next door," said General Raymond Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), at a national security conference in Aspen, Colorado, in July. "They make no bones about it." The "they" in question were various Eastern European and Baltic nations. "Their adversary"? Vladimir Putin's Russia.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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.
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Ellen Cantarow: The New Eco-Devastation in Rural America When workers drilling tunnels at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, began to die, Union Carbide had an answer. It hadn't been taking adequate precautions against the inhalation of silica dust, a known danger to workers since the days of ancient Greece. Instead, in many cases, a company doctor would simply tell the families of the workers that they had died of "tunnelitis," and a local undertaker would be paid $50 to dispose of each
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tomgram: Thomas Frank, Worshipping Money in D.C. Thomas Frank takes us on an eye-opening tour of the lobbying industry in Washington, a dimly lit corner of "corruption-free America," a completely legal and remarkably unethical world that comes with its own guidebook: Influence, a newsletter chronicling daily dalliances involving money, alcohol, and political influence.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2018
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Cooking the Books in the Trump Universe Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed America's most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 20, 2014
Laura Poitras and Tom Engelhardt: The Snowden Reboot Call me moved. I recently went to the premiere of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras's engrossing new film on Edward Snowden, at the New York Film Festival. The breaking news at film's end: as speculation had it this summer, there is indeed at least one new, post-Snowden whistleblower who has come forward from somewhere inside the U.S. intelligence world with information about a watchlist (that includes Poitras).
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 12, 2017
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Embracing Our Inner Empire I can remember both so well. 2006: my first raid in South Baghdad. 2014: watching on YouTube as a New York police officer asphyxiated -- murdered -- Eric Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street corner not five miles from my old apartment. Both events shocked the conscience.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 12, 2015
Michael Klare: A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016 Keep in mind that President Obama understands well the dangers of global warming. His sideline moves -- increasing vehicle fuel efficiency, reducing coal-powered plants in the U.S., setting aside parts of Alaska's Arctic seas as no-drill areas -- reflect an often repeated "commitment" to bringing climate change under control.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2016
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 14, 2014
William Astore: America's Hollow Foreign Legions Why do the armies that the U.S. has formed, armed, and trained in lands where we're at war and on which endless billions of dollars have been lavished always appear so ghostly and, in the end, fight so much less effectively than the forces opposing them?
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Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the Edward Snowden Story It's true that, as Glenn Greenwald and others have written, the American media has focused attention on the supposed peccadillos of Edward Snowden so as not to have to spend too much time on the sweeping system of government surveillance he revealed.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Donald J. Trump, or Osama bin Laden's Revenge It's July 2020 and I'm about to turn 76, which, as far as I'm concerned, officially makes me an old man. So put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn't going to start this piece with Donald J. Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly white nationalist and pro-Confederate positions...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 26, 2010
The Opposites Game: All the Strangeness of Our American World in One Article Various congressional representatives are upset over the lack of a buy-American plan when it comes to the Afghan air force. The Pentagon has been planning to purchase dozens more of the Mi-17s over the next decade, and that, it seems, is what's worth being upset about when perfectly good American arms manufacturers aren't getting the contracts.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 12, 2018
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Militarizing America's Energy Policy From the onset of his presidency, Donald Trump has made it clear that cheap and abundant domestic energy derived from fossil fuels was going to be the crucial factor in his total-mobilization approach to global engagement.
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Tomgram: Bill McKibben, The Great American Carbon Bomb How does anyone react upon discovering that his or her way of life is the crucial problem, that fossil fuels, which keep our civilization powered up and to which our existence is tethered, are playing havoc with the planet?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The American War in Yemen It's the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore.
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Andrew Bacevich: The Golden Age of Special Operations They have a way of slipping under the radar, whether heading into Pakistan looking for Osama bin Laden, Central Africa looking for Joseph Kony, or Yemen assumedly to direct local military action against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. I'm talking, of course, about U.S. special operations forces. These days, from Somalia to the Philippines, presidential global interventions are increasingly a dime a dozen.
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Tomgram: Fraser and Freeman, Taps for the Unemployed It's also a tale of how unemployment became a "natural" feature of the American landscape, how a deep American horror over the phenomenon faded, and how the unemployed themselves subsided into acquiescence.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Election From Hell Consider this post my attempt to make some sense of what we're still calling an "election campaign," although it has by now become more like an all-encompassing way of life and, despite its many "debates" (that now garner National Football League-sized audiences), is also what I label "the tao of confusion."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Engelhardt, The Making of a Pariah Nation In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it's almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president's wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for the history books. He was, after all, the candidate who sensed it first.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Andrew Bacevich: Even Dumb Ideas Have Consequences It came and went in a flash and now it's long forgotten, buried in the rubble heap of history. But maybe, given recent events, a little excavation is in order. After all, as the author of Constantine's Sword, James Carroll, wrote in 2004, looking back on the 9/11 moment, "A few days after the assault... [s]peaking spontaneously, without the aid of advisers or speechwriters, [George W. Bush] put a word on the new American pur
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 20, 2018
Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Moments of Truth It's easy -- and not wrong -- to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American history. So is his consistent refusal to back down when a statement is proven false. In Trump's world, those who expose his lies are the liars and facts that show he was wrong are "fake news."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2016
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.
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Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, You Only Get What You're Organized to Take In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City, a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia. About 40 families had taken up residence in tents, shacks, and other makeshift structures. Among them were people of various races, ages, and sexual orientations, all homeless and fighting for the right to live.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Turning Victory Into Defeat America's Afghan War began in 2001 with what was essentially a punitive raid against the Taliban, part of which was mythologized last year in 12 Strong, a Hollywood film with a cavalry charge that echoed the best of John Wayne. That victory, however, quickly turned first into quagmire and then, despite various "surges" and a seemingly endless series of U.S. commanders (17 so far), into a growing sense of inevitable defeat.
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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Love Trumps Domination (Without the Combover) You could hear the deep sadness in the preacher's voice as he named "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government." With those words, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., launched a scathing indictmentof America's war in Vietnam. It was April 4, 1967.
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Tomgram: William Astore, The End of Air Power? air power alone can't be blamed for the sorry fates of the lands of the Greater Middle East, increasingly descending into chaos and terror, but let's just say -- as retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore does in his new post -- that it has proven startlingly incapable of producing any positive results.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 7, 2017
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Whose Side Are You On? I used to command soldiers. Over the years, lots of them actually. In Iraq, Colorado, Afghanistan, and Kansas. And I'm still fixated on a few of them like this one private first class (PFC) in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2011.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, America's Wars, A Generational Struggle (in the Classroom) We already sensed that, with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House, the attacks would mean war. But like the rest of the world, we didn't yet have the faintest idea how long that war would last. And 16 years on, we still don't know.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Secret War in 135 Countries It was an impressive effort: a front-page New York Times story about a "new way of war" with the bylines of six reporters, and two more and a team of researchers cited at the end of the piece. "They have plotted deadly missions from secret bases in the badlands of Somalia. In Afghanistan, they have engaged in combat so intimate that they have emerged soaked in blood that was not their own..."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 16, 2020
Tomgram: John Feffer, Trump Rex In retrospect, it's no surprise that, after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, dystopian fiction enjoyed a spike in popularity. However, novels like George Orwell's 1984 and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which soared on Amazon, would prove more horror stories than roadmaps. Like so many ominous sounds from a dark basement, they provided good scares but didn't foreshadow the actual Trumpian future.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 25, 2017
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, In Donald Trump's Washington, The House Always Wins Now, give him credit. As president, The Donald has done just what he promised the American people he would do: run the country like he ran his businesses. At one point, he even displayed confusion about distinguishing between them when he said of the United States: "We're a very powerful company -- country."
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Unintended Consequences You want to see "blowback" in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google Search works. Then type into it phrases like "warmest years," "rising sea levels," "melting ice," "lengthening wildfire season," or "future climate refugees," and you'll find yourself immersed in the grimmest of blowback universes.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 29, 2018
Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, Making Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty.
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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Fight Over the Criminalization of Immigrants The immigration debate seems to have gone crazy. President Obama's widely popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offered some 750,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children a temporary reprieve from deportation, is ending... except it isn't... except it is...
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, No Football, No Trump As controversies about the "reopening" of America loom over our lives, nothing seems as intrinsically irrelevant -- yet possibly as critically important -- as how soon major spectator sports return.
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Engelhardt: Feeling Insecure in 2015 From the point of view of the national security state, each failure, each little disaster, acts as another shot of fear in the American body politic, and the response to failure is predictable: never less of what doesn't work, but more. More money, more bodies hired, more new outfits formed, more elaborate defenses, more offensive weaponry.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity Here's my version of why, in war and peace, bombing and politics, the stories out of this country these days should boggle our minds.
SHARE More Sharing        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!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2018
Tomgram: William Astore, The Pentagon Has Won the War that Matters As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this time with Iran.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2011
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Goodbye to All That In 1991, when the Soviet Union disappeared and the United States found itself the last superpower standing, Washington mistook that for a victory most rare. In the years that followed, in a paroxysm of self-satisfaction and amid clouds of self-congratulation, its leaders would attempt nothing less than to establish a global Pax Americana.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chip Ward, Leave It to Beaver(s) If you want to be unnerved, just pay a visit to the U.S. Drought Monitor and check out its map of the American West with almost all of California stained the deep, distressing shades of red that indicate either "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In other words, it could hardly be worse.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Nomi Prins: All in the Family Trump President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren't just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that's not the most useful way to think about what's happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Three Administrations, One Standard Playbook I remember the day President Obama let me down. It was December 1, 2009, and as soon as the young president took the podium at West Point and -- calm and cool as ever -- announced a new troop surge in Afghanistan, I knew. There wasn't a doubt in my mind. In that instant, George W. Bush's wars had become Barack Obama's.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 10, 2011
Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon's Planet of Bases India, a rising power, almost had one (but the Tajiks said no). China, which last year became the world's second largest economy as well as the planet's leading energy consumer, and is expanding abroad like mad (largely via trade and the power of the purse), still has none.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, American Paths, Chosen and Not (1989-2018) The present arrives out of a past that we are too quick to forget, misremember, or enshroud in myth. Yet like it or not, the present is the product of past choices. Different decisions back then might have yielded very different outcomes in the here-and-now. Donald Trump ascended to the presidency as a consequence of myriad choices that Americans made (or had made for them) over the course of decades.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 8, 2018
Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Misremembering Vietnam Here's a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington's goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2018
Tomgram: Rory Fanning, Will the War Stories Ever End? I'm here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet sometimes it seems to me as if it were yesterday, or even tomorrow, and anything but thousands of miles distant.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military's Drug of Choice 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)...
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Pepe Escobar: New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century A specter haunts the fast-aging "New American Century": the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let's call it the BMB. Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, Circling the Ruins My mom contracted polio when she was 14. She survived and learned to walk again, but my life was deeply affected by that virus. Today, as our larger society attempts to self-distance and self-isolate, my family has texted about the polio quarantine my mom was put under: how my grandma fearfully checked my aunt's temperature every night because she shared a bedroom with my mom...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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.
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Tomgram: James Carroll, An American Reckoning America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began with him, think again.
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Tomgram: Jen Marlowe, "They Demolish and We Rebuild" Nasser Nawaj'ah held Laith's hand as, beside me, they walked down the dirt and pebble path of Old Susya. Nasser is 33 years old, his son six. Nasser's jaw was set and every few moments he glanced over his shoulder to see if anyone was approaching. Until Laith piped up with his question, the only sounds were our footsteps and the wind, against which Nasser was wearing a wool hat and a pleated brown jacket.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2012
Subhankar Banerjee: Shell Game in the Arctic Think of it as a shell game of the worst sort, and we're the ones being taken for a ride. Thanks to the burning of the fossil fuels that oil giants like Royal Dutch Shell are increasingly eager to extract from some of the most difficult environments on the planet, the vast quantities of carbon dioxide being sent into the atmosphere, and the way the oceans to absorb CO2, offshore waters are in the process of acidifying.
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Tomgram: David Bromwich, George W. Obama? In a vivid annotated list of Barack Obama's advisors -- "the saved and the sacked" -- Bromwich shows just how the president created an airless world of conventional comforters around him and so doomed his presidency to repeating that of his predecessor.
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Tomgram: William Astore, The Death of Peace "Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 -- with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 22, 2014
Greg Grandin: How the Iraq War Began in Panama As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington's post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 2, 2014
Rebecca Solnit, #YesAllWomen Changes the Story From Rebecca Solnit this evening, a beautiful, especially strong and thoughtful post-Isla Vista piece on the power of words to challenge and remake our world and, most recently, on the power of a hashtagged phrase (#YesAllWomen) to do the same. In the process, she also explains how the word "mansplaining" came about and the power of such phrases as "rape culture" and "sexual entitlement"to reshape our thinking and our lives.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 11, 2017
Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, How the Pentagon Snatched Innovation From the Jaws of Defeat Not quite a century ago, on January 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It offered the country its first images of space-age death rays, atomic explosions, and inter-planetary travel.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tomgram: Engelhardt, American Election Exceptionalism In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 20, 2012
Rebecca Solnit: The Archipelago of Arrogance One evening over dinner, I began to joke, as I often had before, about writing an essay called "Men Explain Things to Me." Every writer has a stable of ideas that never make it to the racetrack, and I'd been trotting this pony out recreationally every once in a while.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 23, 2019
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, What Illinois Bikers Know That Washington Doesn't Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about. Lest there be any confusion, let me be more specific. I am not referring to Marseilles (mar-SAY), France, [...] No, my destination was Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ), Illinois, a small prairie town with a population hovering around 5,000.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home "Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren't just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief." So I wrote back in June 2012, with a presidential election approaching.
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William Astore, The Remoteness of 1% Wars In his latest post, TomDispatch regular and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore takes on our "remote wars," those 1% wars of choice, and just what our remoteness from them means. In our present wars of choice, he points out, "99% of Americans have no stake. The 1% who do are largely ID-card-carrying members of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower so memorably called the "military-industrial complex' in 1961.
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Knowledge Is Crime; Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in DC I’m not sure that anyone has put a genuine rundown of the crimes of the national security state and its denizens together in one place in recent years. Today, I do so, considering seven key areas of criminal activity for which we are all but guaranteed that no one will be held accountable.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Coming Year in Special Ops "During the Obama administration the use of Special Operations forces increased dramatically, as if their use was a sort of magical, all-purpose solution for fighting terrorism," William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, pointed out. "The ensuing years have proven this assumption to be false.
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Tomgram: William Astore, Enabling Armageddon Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber? Don't blame yourself if you didn't, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren't privy to the details.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, To Boldly Go Nowhere? On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a "Space Force" that would give the U.S. "dominance" in that realm...
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Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, Was Oslo Doomed From the Start? It was the era of dialogue. Many Palestinians stood witness to Israeli trauma rooted in the Holocaust. Groups of Israelis began to understand the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when 750,000 Palestinians fled or were driven out of their homes during the creation of Israel in 1948...
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow's Blowback Today Here’s the second in Nick Turse’s latest series on the U.S. military’s “Africa creep.” Today, he explores a new Pentagon scheme to train a force for the Libyan government whose recruits will be drawn from already existing and often notorious militias in that strife-torn land. It’s one of those plans that may sound sensible in Pentagon briefings but has “cockamamie” written all over it.
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Lewis Lapham: Going the Way of the Great Auk If you walk through the painting collection of a great museum like the Metropolitan in New York City, heading from the twentieth century into the past, one thing may strike you sooner or later: animals and birds, domestic and wild, appear ever more frequently on canvas. This, no doubt, reflects how much closer to nature and a wilder world we all once were.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Arresting Our Way to "Justice" More than 2.3 million people are in American jails and prisons at any moment, more than 11 million cycling through them each year.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A "China First" and "Russia Second" Foreign Policy? If there's a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump's strategic vision, it's this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of "America First," with this country's vital interests placed above those of all others.
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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.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How Extrajudicial Executions Became "War" Policy in Washington Rebecca Gordon's new post is an eye-opening look at how two American administrations changed the nature of war, using the drone to bring extrajudicial executions -- presidentially ordered assassinations -- into the heartland of American foreign policy.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Mind the Gaps These days, teaching graduating college seniors has me, as the Brits would say in the London Underground, "minding the gap." In my case, however, it's not the gap between the platform and the train I'm thinking of, but a couple of others: those between U.S. citizens and our government, as well as between different generations of Americans.
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Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Trump Tackles the NFL One long-time national sports conscience, Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, declared that Sunday, September 24th, was "the most important sports day since [Muhammad] Ali decided not to fight in Vietnam." From it, he foresaw the possibility of a civic conversation emerging that would create "unity in our communities."
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Alfred W. McCoy: The Unwritten American Rules of the Road "The sovereign is he who decides on the exception," said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation's leader can defy the law to serve the greater good. Though Schmitt's service as Nazi Germany's chief jurist and his unwavering support for Hitler from the night of the long knives to Kristallnacht and beyond damaged his reputation for decades, today his ideas have achieved unimagined influence.
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Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Will an AR-15 Succeed Where the American Dream Failed? So what was it about the Parkland killings that tipped the scale? Why hadn't this happened after Columbine or Newtown? These are among the questions we teachers have been asking one another at my school recently. Perhaps what's driving this moment is fear of the seeming inevitability, the not-if-but-when of it all. As teachers, we are forced to wonder: When will it be our turn?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Rethinking National Security As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will "take a hard look" at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that comment to mean "I'm in."
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Thomas Frank: Why the Tea Party Needs Mitt A stylish and brilliant anatomy of Mitt Romney and the Tea Party movement, and just why they deserve each other.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Guns for Tots Frida Berrigan uses her experiences as a mother with her three young children to explore, in a freewheeling and fascinating way, toy culture, toy guns, the NRA, the weapons industry, and kids (and what we adults can take from such subjects).
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 20, 2010
Tomgram: Max Blumenthal, The Great Fear Moments of imperial and economic decline -- according to a recent poll, 65% of Americans now believe this country to be "in a state of decline" -- can also be periods of cultishness, even of madness incarnate. Such a mood now seems to be spreading through the United States.
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, A Second Korean War? Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of events culminating in catastrophe. That would be true above all for the roughly 76 million Koreans living on either side of the Demilitarized Zone. Donald Trump, though, seems unperturbed.
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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.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Resistance is Fertile (Not Futile) In the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration, George Orwell's 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which also hit TV screens in a storm of publicity. Zombies, fascists, and predators of every sort are now stalking the American imagination in ever-greater numbers and no wonder, given that guy in the Oval Office. Certainly, 2017 is already offeri
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Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence Do you hear that silence? That's the absence of footsteps echoing through our nation's public school hallways. It's the silence of teaching in a virtual space populated with students on mute who lack a physical presence. It's the crushing silence of those who are now missing, who can't attend the classroom that Zoom and Google built.
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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.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, (Un)Reality TV, 2020-Style My partner and I have been fighting about politics since we met in 1965. I was 13. She was 18 and my summer camp counselor. (It was another 14 years before we became a couple.) We spent that first summer arguing about the Vietnam War.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy. "I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action," commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa. "We watch what they do with great concern."
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Michael Klare, Energy Wars 2012 Michael Klare offers a remarkable, if chilling, look at the energy supply chokepoints on the high seas that are going to become ever more contested places of conflict in the years to come.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Trumping Trump? One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president's playground. His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump movement globally (and in the United States as well).
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Living on a Pandemic Planet The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes Covid-19, seemed to emerge from deepest history, from the Black Death of the 14th century and the "Spanish Flu" of 1918. In just months, it has infected more than 1.5 million people and claimed more than 88,000 lives. The virus continues to spread almost everywhere.
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Occupy Earth, By Chip Ward Chip Ward then makes a case for why Mother Nature should be included in the 99% that the OWS movement talks about. As he puts it, "It's not hard for me to understand how environmental quality and economic inequality came to be joined at the hip. In all my years as a grassroots organizer dealing with the tragic impact of degraded environments on public health, it was always the same: someone got rich and someone got sick.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Tomgram: John Feffer, Drowning Liberalism in the Bathtub By the time you read this, the latest brouhaha will undoubtedly be history -- or do I mean "fake history"? -- and largely forgotten. It will have been replaced by an explosion of media coverage about some other nightmarish set of presidential tweets or comments. After all, it's a pattern.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 20, 2010
Tomgram: Michael Klare, China Shakes the World The year 2009 was a bad one for the United States. And no, I'm not talking about unemployment, or poverty, or home foreclosures, or banks too-big-to-fail, or any of the other normal bad news. I'm talking about something serious. As the world's leading maker of things that go bang in the night (and I don't mean Hollywood films), we took a hit last year. A big one.
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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Is Palestine America's Next Vietnam? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't been alone in playing for time when it comes to American policy, that's for sure. (Think, for instance, of our Afghan War commander General David Petraeus.) But Netanyahu played out the pre-election months with some skill and much shuffling of feet, as he officially pondered Obama administration proposals to reinstitute a settlements freeze in return for copious concessions.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A President Made for a Zombie Apocalypse Media World Don't look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you've been doing, just like we've all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I'll tell you exactly why you shouldn't stop.
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Karen Greenberg: Will the U.S. Go to "War" Against Ebola? As TomDispatch regular Karen Greenberg points out today, given an administration already on the ropes over its new war in the Middle East, it would be all too easy for U.S. officials, amid the usual panic, to fall back on that comfortable template of the post-9/11 years, the war on terror, when it comes to Ebola.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Would-Be Strongmen Worldwide In 2016, something extraordinary happened in the politics of diverse countries around the world. With surprising speed and simultaneity, a new generation of populist leaders emerged from the margins of nominally democratic nations to win power.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, The Coronavirus Chronology From Hell Historically, in hyper-crises, local and global systems can change fundamentally. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit first China and then the rest of the globe, the question of whether the American imperial era might be faltering was already on the table, amid that country's endless wars and with the world's most capricious leader.
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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Obama Trapped by Myth Why are we still at war in Afghanistan? In part, because of a very American mythology -- an "us versus them" myth of American national insecurity, writes TomDispatch regular and professor of religious studies Ira Chernus. It's such a powerful myth largely because, he adds, "it always tells us who and what to fear."
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Tomorrow's Terror Today For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida.
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Tomgram: Ariel Dorfman, A Tale of Two Donalds The organizers of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville last month knew just what they were doing when they decided to carry torches on their nocturnal march to protest the dethroning of a statue of Robert E. Lee. That brandishing of fire in the night was meant to evoke memories of terror, of past parades of hate and aggression by the Ku Klux Klan in the United States and Adolf Hitler's Freikorps in Germany.
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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Prioritizing Empire Over Health American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, "The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six weeks as the United States military has emerged as a potential source of transmission both domestically and abroad."
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The End of America's Pacific Century, by John Feffer The world is changing in ways Washington, wrapped up in itself and election 2012, hardly notices. But Asia expert John Feffer has a way of seeing the previously unnoticed. In his latest post, he turns our ideas of just what's on America's Pacific horizon upside down. This country, he writes, has already reached the high-water mark of its Pacific presence and influence and we're going to know that remarkably quickly.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Trump the Flamethrower Once again the country watches in horror as firefighters struggle to contain blazes of historic voracity -- as we watched only a couple of months ago when at least 250 wildfires spread across the counties north of San Francisco. Even after long-awaited rains brought by an El Niño winter earlier in 2017, years of drought have left my state ready to explode in flames on an increasingly warming planet. All it takes is a spark.
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Tom Engelhardt: How the Movies Saved My Life A plunge into 1950s cinema as an explanation for how Tom of TomDispatch became a critic of American wars.
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Engelhardt: Inside the American Terrordome When I left [Iraq] in 2010, the year before the American military finally departed, the truth on the ground should have been clear enough to anyone with the vision to take it in. Iraq had already been tacitly divided into feuding state-lets controlled by Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds. The Baghdad government had turned into a typical, gleeful third-world kleptocracy fueled by American money, but with a particularly nasty twist...
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Van Buren: Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. After all, you don't get a 9/11 every year to refresh those images of the barbarians at the airport departure gates.
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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?
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Message in a Bottle from My Mother [This article] explores the last instance of American war mobilization and implicitly why the U.S. has failed to win another significant war without it -- and does so in the context of my memories, my life, and my mother (copiously illustrated with photos and memorabilia of mine from her life). I hope you find this one both heartfelt and out of the ordinary. Tom
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, What's the End Game? Leaders are routinely confronted with philosophical dilemmas. Here's a classic one for our Trumptopian times: If you make enemies out of your friends and friends out of your enemies, where does that leave you?
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Alien Visitations Tucson and Kabul are on opposite sides of an American planet in more ways than the obvious. In my latest post, I explore various aspects of this strange reality of our moment, asking why Americans don't care about the Afghan innocents they kill and why they care so much about the American innocents who died.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Recognizing the Camel's Nose They are like the camel's nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don't be fooled, though. It won't take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around the world -- in the Middle East, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Africa, even the Philippines -- the appearance of U.S. drones in the sky (and on the ground) is often Washington's equivalent of the camel's nose...
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Fighting the War You Know (Even If It Won't Work) We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn't -- at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province, single file was our best bet.
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Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Global Flames The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea? Not likely. The planet's two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a plethora of ongoing armed hostilities stretching from Syria to Iraq to Yemen. And that was before Donald Trump and his team arrived on
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Flying the Unfriendly Skies of America It was August 2002. My partner Jan Adams and I were just beginning our annual pilgrimage to Massachusetts to visit my father and stepmother. At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The Hidden Meaning of American Decline Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington's once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country's political spectrum who will not mourn its passing.
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Engelhardt: War to the Horizon 2016 is already shaping up as a War Party election all the way. It goes without saying that whichever Republican candidate emerges from the pack will be a war-firster, while the leading Democratic candidate of the moment, Hillary Clinton, is another war-fightin' liberal of the first order.
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Michael Klare, Oil Rush in America Whatever you may imagine, "peak oil" has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for "peak fossil fuels." Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount of oil, natural gas, and coal.
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Bill McKibben: Puncturing the Pipeline "Conventional wisdom has it that the next election will be fought exclusively on the topic of jobs. But President Obama's announcement last week" makes it clear that other issues will weigh in -- and that, oddly enough, one of them might even be climate change."
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Extremists "R" Us Now, for a moment, let's consider the possible extremism of Washington in a more organized way. Here, then, is my six-category rundown of what I would call American extremity on a global scale...
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Retiring the Statue of Liberty It turns out that walls can't always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his "great, great wall," but that doesn't mean he isn't working to wall Americans in. It's a story that needs to be told.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Grandmasters of the Universe As Washington's leadership fades more quickly than anyone could have imagined and a new global order struggles to take shape, a generation of leaders has crowded onto the world stage with their own bold geopolitical visions for winning international influence.
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Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, Health Care That Makes Us Ill On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York's streets is coming from the ambulance I'm in -- on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more alarming. I fell. The pain, its location and intensity, suggests I've probably broken my hip.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it. While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell's infamous Memory Hole.
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Tomgram: John Feffer, Splinterlands 2.0 You've done enough escape rooms to know the drill by now. You are escorted into what seems like an ordinary room. There's a table and a chair. On the table is a book. As soon as you step across the threshold, the door closes behind you. You hear the lock click into place.
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Tomgram: Stephan Salisbury, Being Muslim Is No Crime Alioune Niass, the Sengalese Muslim vendor who first spotted the now infamous smoking SUV in Times Square and alerted police, is no hero...
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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, When a Voice Tells You You'll Never Be Enough Living in such a backward, misogynistic, and violent country as the United States can make strange things happen inside women's heads, as TomDispatch regular Mattea Kramer explains. That's what gender discrimination is meant to do. But at long last it made Hillary Clinton rightfully angry. It makes me angry, too. How about you?
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Living in the 51st State (of Denial) Graduates of the class of 2010, I'm honored to have been asked to address you today, but I would not want to be you...
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Obama Still Hammering Away In his latest TomDispatch post, as the paperback of his bestselling book Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War is published, Andrew Bacevich brilliantly explains why it's time to stop spending so much time on official Washington's motives and look instead to its repetitious methods when it comes to American policy in the Greater Middle East.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Antiwar Vets in the Belly of the Beast It was June 20th and we antiwar vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump's latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country...
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Todd Miller, The Market in Walls Is Growing in a Warming World When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to try to board La Bestia ("the Beast"), the nickname given to the infamous train that has proven so deadly for those traveling north...
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Alfred McCoy, Maintaining American Supremacy in the Twenty-First Century From TomDispatch this morning: A sweeping, provocative, and original look at whether the U.S. can maintain itself as the planet's "sole superpower" in this century.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Will China Be the Next Global Hegemon? As the second year of Donald Trump's presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping's draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker? Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That's right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history...
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Tomgram: William Astore, The Fog of War in America Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched, and people (generally not Americans) are killed, wounded, uprooted, and displaced. Yet here at home, there's nothing real about those wars. Here, it's phony war all the way. In the last 17 years of "forever war," this nation hasn't for one second been mobilized.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Is Washington Out of Gas? Way back then, the signs out on the streets read: "No Blood for Oil," "How did USA's oil get under Iraq's sand?" and "Don't trade lives for oil!" Such homemade placards, carried by deluded antiwar protesters in enormous demonstrations before the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq in March 2003, were typical -- and typically dismissible. Oil? Don't be silly!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2020
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Work in the Time of Covid-19 In two weeks, my partner and I were supposed to leave San Francisco for Reno, Nevada, where we'd be spending the next three months focused on the 2020 presidential election. As we did in 2018, we'd be working with UNITE-HERE, the hospitality industry union, only this time on the campaign to drive Donald Trump from office.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Engelhardt: What, Me Worry? Today, a personal piece of mine about how the young react to the exterminatory dreams and plans of their elders. It's based on an elaborate map I made in perhaps 1959 at age 15 in the back of my American history classroom depicting the Chinese conquest of the world. Jumping more than half a century, I then wonder what sorts of "maps" kids in 2014, facing another kind of exterminatory threat (climate change), are making.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Turning Our Backs on Nuremberg Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone!
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Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, The Destruction of a Vast Transnational Nursery? What happens in the Arctic doesn't just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet's climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are warming at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is already being felt planetwide.
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Nomi Prins; Welcome to Panem 2016 (Starring Donald Trump But Not Katniss Everdeen) Fact: too many Republican candidates are clogging the political scene. Perhaps what's needed is an American Hunger Games to cut the field to size. Each candidate could enter the wilderness with one weapon and one undocumented worker and see who wins.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Sense of Trump and His National Security State Critics Rebecca Gordon takes a clear-eyed look at the Republican national security luminaries who recently signed a letter declaring Donald Trump unfit for the Oval Office (and yes, indeed, he is unfit for office).
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Tomgram: Nan Levinson, The Vet Conundrum and America's Wars If you still follow the mainstream media, you're probably part of the 38% of registered voters who knew something about the op-ed Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) published in the New York Times early in June, exhorting the president to use the Insurrection Act to "restore order to our streets."
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, In the Carbon Wars, Big Oil Is Winning Michael Klare offers a powerful and original look at why we’re losing the “carbon wars.” Given that we’ve built our global civilization on the continuing hit of energy that fossil fuels provide and given the interests arrayed around exploiting that hit, the gravitational pull of what Klare calls "Planet Carbon" is staggering. In his latest piece, he shows just why, in three vivid instances, we're losing ground.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, A Mother Confronts a World on Fire As a mother and an activist, here's what I've concluded as 2018 begins: it's getting harder and harder to think about the future -- at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion. You know the song: "I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way..." These days, doesn't it sound quaint and of another age?
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Rory Fanning: Unpacking the War on Terror Make no mistake: whatever the news may say about the changing cast of characters the U.S. is fighting and the changing motivations behind the changing names of our military "operations" around the world, you and I will have fought in the same war.
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Tomgram: William deBuys, How to Hijack an Election Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The United States of Fear It's finally coming into focus, and it's not even a difficult equation to grasp. It goes like this: take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your "safety" will mean your humiliation, your degradation. And by the way, it will mean the degradation of your country, too.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon Makes History the First Casualty In this piece, Turse combines his reportorial skills and his expertise in the Vietnam War to strip the Pentagon’s website commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vietnam of any claim of accuracy. Of course, the real war in Vietnam isn’t the sort of thing that countries like to commemorate when they hand out medals, pump up their populaces, or “remember” their wars.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Invasion of the Democracy Crushers This country is being run for the benefit of alien life forms. They've invaded; they've infiltrated; they've conquered; and a lot of the most powerful people on Earth do their bidding, including five out of our nine Supreme Court justices earlier this year and a whole lot of senators and other elected officials all the time.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Bermuda Triangle of National Security Here’s a conundrum for you. Since 2001, the U.S. national security state has rarely played a card that hasn’t been trumped. (You can do the list yourself: Iraq, Afghanistan, the Global War on Terror, etc., etc.) Yet every disastrous step they’ve taken has only tightened their grip on state power here. It’s given them more money, more areas to control, and so on.
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The Globalization of Misery Consider what I never learned about Mosul my loss, a sign of my ignorance. Yet, in recent months, little as I know about the place, it's been on my mind -- in part because what's now happening to that city will be the world's loss as well as mine.
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Michael Klare: The New Congress and Planetary Disaster Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.
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Lewis Lapham: Machine-Made News A decade ago, I wrote a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, about the world I had worked in for a quarter-century. I already had at least some sense, then, of what was bearing down on the book. Keep in mind that this was a couple of years before Facebook was launched and years before the Kindle, the Nook, or the iPad saw the light of day.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Long War of Attrition In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war[...] Like much current analysis of U.S.-Chinese relations, however, he missed a crucial point: for all intents and purposes, the United States and China are already at war with one another.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 9, 2014
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon? So here we are in a record-breaking “polar vortex” with Florida’s Everglades going on a freeze watch and Minnesota registering wind chills of -60 degrees Fahrenheit. This most extreme of weather systems, which should warm the hearts of climate deniers, may in fact turn out to be climate-change related (thanks to a melting Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet).
SHARE More Sharing        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?
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Fossil Fuels Forever Based on the latest yearly report from the U.S. Department of Energy, while renewable forms of energy are growing far faster than anyone expected, so -- startlingly enough -- is the use of fossil fuels. As a result, it looks like oil, coal, and natural gas will continue to expand and dominate the global energy landscape for decades to come.
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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, Outsourcing the Border Joe Biden entered the White House with some inspiring yet contradictory positions on immigration and Central America. He promised to reverse Donald Trump's draconian anti-immigrant policies while, through his "Plan to Build Security and Prosperity in Partnership with the People of Central America," restoring "U.S. leadership in the region" that he claimed Trump had abandoned[...]
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Buttering Up the Pentagon Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Requiem for the American Century In the immediate wake of 9/11, it fell to President George W. Bush to explain to his fellow citizens what had occurred and frame the nation's response to that singular catastrophe. Bush fulfilled that duty by inaugurating the Global War on Terror, or GWOT. Both in terms of what was at stake and what the United States intended to do, the president explicitly compared that new conflict to the defining struggles of the 20th c.
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Beverly Gologorsky, My Neighbor, War I'm a voracious reader of American fiction and I've noticed something odd in recent years. This country has been eternally "at war" and you just wouldn't know that -- a small amount of veteran's fiction aside -- from the novels that are generally published.
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Andrew Bacevich, Drama from Obama Here is the strangeness of our moment: the U.S. has no rival on the planet. Its global military stance is historically unparalleled and largely uncontested. And yet somehow, in crucial areas of the world, Washington's power to do anything is significantly, visibly lessening.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, Investing in the Military (and Little Else) At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.
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Aiding and Abetting the Tweeter-in-Chief I don't tweet, but I do have a brief message for our president: Will you please get the hell out of the way for a few minutes? You and your antics are blocking our view of the damn world and it's a world we should be focusing on!
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Pyromaniacs, Inc. Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get to my age, it's a subject that can't help but be on your mind.
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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.
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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Climate Change as the End Game for U.S. Global Power Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predicted that, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment that's commonplace today.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2012
Nick Turse: Big Maps, Big Dreams, and the Failure of the Obama Doctrine It wasn't an everyday event, the arrival in TomDispatch's email inbox of a letter of complaint from Colonel Tom Davis, director of public affairs at USAFRICOM. It began, "Greetings from U.S. Africa Command, we read the recent [Nick Turse] article "Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon's "New Spice Route' in Africa' with great interest."
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Astra Taylor, Misogyny and the Cult of Internet Openness The Internet has been hailed for its “openness” and its democratic spirit even as it’s taken real world disparities and inequalities online and often amplified them. TomDispatch gets at this issue in a powerful way via a Rebecca Solnit-introduced piece by documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor, adapted from her new book, The People’s Platform. Today, Taylor explores what’s happened to women online.
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Tomgram: Stephan Salisbury, Politics in the Terrordome, 2011 Here in the United States of Fear, official voices are again rising in a remarkable crescendo of hysteria. My advice: don't even try getting on the subway car filled with American politicians and their acolytes accusing WikiLeaks and Julian Assange of terrorist activity. It's already standing room only.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Not So Great Wars, Theirs and Ours "The United States of Amnesia." That's what Gore Vidal once called us. We remember what we find it convenient to remember and forget everything else.
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Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, The False Case Against "Foreign-Born Terrorists" When you see an immigrant or a foreign visitor, especially from a Muslim country, should your first thought be that you might be looking at a possible terrorist? Clearly, that's how the Trump administration wants Americans to react.
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Todd Miller, The Creation of a Border Security State TomDispatch has once again sent its regular border correspondent, Todd Miller, out to cover the latest in the militarization and up-armoring of those border zones and, in the process, the creation of a border security state. This stuff couldn’t be more important -- and not just to immigration mavens, either. His latest report takes you from Border Security Expo 2014 to the broiling backlands of Arizona.
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Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Alaska in the Crosshairs It's war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I'm talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it's actually mock war -- if, that is, you don't happen to be a fin whale or a wild salmon.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops, Shadow Wars, and the Golden Age of the Gray Zone Don't think the fad for "draining the swamp" began on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. It didn't, although the "swamp" to be drained in the days after the 9/11 attacks wasn't in Washington; it was a global one.
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Engelhardt: The Empire as Basket Case What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally, even in an age in which privacy means ever less to anyone, we wouldn't consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception.
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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.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Who to Become in 2018? A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little household in the wake of Donald Trump's election. That piece was reposted by a wide range of publications. And then, in what at first seemed like a terrible mistake, I read the comments.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo In the spring of 2016, I asked a student of mine to do me a favor and figure out which day would be the 100th before Barack Obama's presidency ended. October 12th, he reported back, and then asked me the obvious question: Why in the world did I want to know?
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Tomgram: William Astore, A Wasteful Weapon for America's Forever Wars How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon's program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-new F-35 jet fighter over its lifetime.
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Nick Turse: Tomorrow's Blowback Today? Only in America: It turns out that we're the sole country on the planet where a majority of people (62%) are sunnily in favor of sending drones across the globe (and across the borders of other countries) to take out terrorists. According to Pew Research's latest polling, that includes 74% of Republicans, 60% of independents, and 58% of Democrats. Nowhere else is such sentiment to be found.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 10, 2012
Jeremiah Goulka: Confessions of a Former Republican Here, to my mind, was one strange aspect of the political convention season just past: since the great meltdown of 2008, brilliantly engineered by various giant financial institutions gone wild, we've seen a collapse in the wealth of middle-class African Americans and Hispanics, and a significant drop in the wealth of middle-class whites. Only the rich have benefitted.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 10, 2014
Peter Van Buren: Iraq and the Battle of the Potomac Karl von Clausewitz, the famed Prussian military thinker, is best known for his aphorism "War is the continuation of state policy by other means." But what happens to a war in the absence of coherent state policy?
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Teflon Wars On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. The first, "Hippie Modernism," an exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s (heavy on psychedelic posters), was appropriately enough at the Berkeley Art Museum.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command Turse explores the way U.S. Africa Command has seemingly massaged its numbers in testimony to Congress and so evidently managed to disappear piles of its missions on that continent, obscuring the expansion of U.S. military operations there.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Hail, Caesar! What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome at its Augustan height in the shade. They imagined a world made for one, a planet that could be swallowed by a single great power. No, not just great, but beyond anything ever seen before -- one that would build (as its National Security Strategy put it in 2002) a military "beyond challenge."
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An All-American Nightmare, By Tom Engelhardt Tom Engelhardt's obituary for a slumping nation in armed denial.
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Bill McKibben: A Movement for a New Planet In his stunningly insightful book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell suggested that there were two world-changing inventions for the twentieth century, nuclear weapons and nonviolence, and described the way their histories and powers were intertwined.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, On the Road to World War III? When it comes to relations between Donald Trump's America, Vladimir Putin's Russia, and Xi Jinping's China, observers everywhere are starting to talk about a return to an all-too-familiar past.
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William Astore: Groundhog Day in the War on Terror Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can't stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here's a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.
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William deBuys: Exodus from Phoenix We're not the first people on the planet ever to experience climate stress. In the overheating, increasingly parched American Southwest, which has been experiencing rising temperatures, spreading drought conditions, and record wildfires, there is an ancient history of staggering mega-droughts, events far worse than the infamous "dust bowl" of the 1930s, the seven-year drought that devastated America's prairie lands.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Do African Famines Presage Global Climate-Change Catastrophe? Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment.
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Washington's Walking Dead When it comes to the national security state, our capital has become a thought-free zone.
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Nick Turse: The Life and Death of American Drones Why America's "wonder weapon," the drone, will not be a game changer in our wars in 2012 or after.
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Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, An Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars As Patrick Cockburn points out in his TomDispatch post today, we have entered "an age of disintegration." And he should know. There may be no Western reporter who has covered the grim dawn of that age in the Greater Middle East and North Africa.
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Rebecca Solnit, The Earthquake Kit This is another classic Rebecca Solnit piece that uses the triple disasters in Japan (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear) to explore how surprisingly we humans react to catastrophe. Think of her latest TomDispatch post as her way of preparing us for disasters to come.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Can the Pandemic Bring Accountability Back to This Country? Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, "I don't take responsibility at all."
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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.
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Tomgram: Andy Kroll, The 60-Year Unemployment Scandal Americans care about them more than any other issue, so every poll tells us. The presidential candidates are already crafting their stump speeches and talking points around them. President Obama has seen the writing on the wall and regularly tailors his message to emphasize how many of them he has created. I'm talking, of course, about jobs.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Tomgram: Ariel Dorfman, The Cages of the Trump Era (That We Don't See) When Donald Trump recently accused "illegal immigrants" of wanting to "pour into and infest our country," there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How at Risk Is the Justice System? The presumption of innocence may be slowly dying in the courtrooms where our terror trials are being held, as Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law School and author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days, points out in today's post.
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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Going Offshore in the 2016 Election Campaign Nomi Prins, author of All the President's Bankers, uses the Panama Papers moment to take the whole present election campaign offshore. She analyzes just what the leading candidates are likely to do (or more likely not do) about all of the "missing" money flowing out of our lives and into those tax havens in Panama and elsewhere, increasing inequality and destabilizing the planet.
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Pepe Escobar: Obama in Tehran? Imagine, for a moment, a world in which the United States is a regional power, not a superpower. A world in which the globe's mightiest nation, China, invades Mexico and Canada, deposing the leaders of both countries. A world in which China has also ringed the Americas, from Canada to Central America, with military bases.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, What Matters and What Doesn't The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American's daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We're living in TrumpWorld, folks.
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Anand Gopal, How to Lose a War That Wasn't There Here's the mind-blowing news in Anand Gopal's new TomDispatch post and in his just-published book No Good Men Among the Living: the U.S. fought its "war on terror" for almost a year in Afghanistan against - quite literally - ghosts. In the process, it resuscitated a Taliban movement that had ceased to exist and brought back the Harqqqani network as well, only to find itself in a conflict it couldn't win.
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Tom Engelhardt: Lessons from Lost Wars in 2012 A devastating, full-frontal assessment of a decade of disastrous American war-making on the Eurasian continent and what lies ahead this year and beyond.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 24, 2018
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Ringing in a New Year of War As Donald Trump wraps up his second year in the Oval Office, despite sudden moves in Syria and Afghanistan, the United States remains entrenched in a set of military interventions across significant parts of the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2018
Tomgram: Engelhardt, An "Earned Media" Presidency Face it: it's been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it's he or his people who are always the abused ones and they -- the "fake news media" -- are the abusers. But let's be honest. You've been abused, too, and so have I. All of us have and by that same fake news media.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Tomgram: Judith Coburn, On the Mean Streets of America Step aside, Sam Spade. Move over, Philip Marlowe. You want noir? Skip the famed private eye novels and films of the 1930s and 1940s and turn to our present American world and to neighborhoods where the postman doesn't ring even once, but the police are ready to shoot more than once, often on the slightest excuse.
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Occupy Wall Street At Valley Forge, By Tom Engelhardt My latest post offers a personal view of what the Occupy Wall Street movement means (and specifically what it means to me) as the winter of all our discontents bears down on us.
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Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess Borders are cruel. I know this because I've been studying the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 40 years. It features prominently in two of my books, written in different decades. It keeps pulling me back.
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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.
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Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, An American Saddam Hussein? There's a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration has announced that it would add 1,500 additional U.S. troops to its Middle Eastern garrisons.
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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.
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Agents Provacateurs and Informants are Everywhere From personal experience, Todd Gitlin and Tom Engelhardt describe a few of the tentacles of the Federal agencies that sow seeds of violence and hatred in our movements for peace and justice, just to justify prosecution and police brutality against peaceful protests.
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Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Was American History a Conspiracy? News is "faked"; elections are "rigged"; a "deep state" plots a "coup"; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suspiciously in bed with a pillow over his face; aides of ex-president Barack Obama conspire to undermine foreign policy from a "war room"; Obama himself was a Muslim mole; the National Park Service lied about the size of the crowd at the president's inauguration;[...]
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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, A Victory Parade in the Coronavirus Moment Last month, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself playing the fiddle that was labeled "My next piece is called: nothing can stop what's coming." It was clearly an homage to the Emperor Nero who so infamously made music while Rome burned. To it, the president added this comment: "Who knows what this means, but it sounds good to me!"
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A New World Order? I hope my latest post will startle you. If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled, confusing, and often violent, yet at least two things stand out. First, the imperial principle and the great power competition to which it has been wedded are visibly on the wane. Second, war of the traditional sort (global, intrastate, anti-insurgent), which convulsed the twentieth century, seems to be waning as well.
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Engelhardt: Bulding an Escalation Machine You already know the tune: more planes, more drones, more bombs, more special ops forces, more advisers, and more boots on the ground. After 13 years of testing, the recipe is tried and true, and its predictably disastrous results will only ensure far more hysteria in our future.
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Turning 74 in a Failing World Sooner or later, there comes a moment in the history of the experiment when those muscles start to falter, those brain cells begin jumping ship, and in some fashion, spectacular or not, it all comes tumbling down. And that, as they say (or should say), is history. Human history, at least.
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In the Shadow of Donald Trump Breaking News! -- as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that's breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All Eyes on Nevada It's what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year's election really is as important as it gets. Will U.S. voters choose to halt the progress of Donald J. Trump's slow-motion coup? Or will the tide just continue rolling over us? So much depends on what happens in Nevada -- a state that once elected a senator by a mere 401 votes.
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Tomgram: James Carroll, Entering the Second Nuclear Age? It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, One Down, Who Knows How Many to Go? And just like that, arguably the most important American garrison in Syria was (maybe) being struck from the Pentagon's books -- except, as it happens, al-Tanf was never actually on the Pentagon's books...
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The White Ford Bronco Presidency Call it mega-historic, if you wish. Never from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, from the Sun King Louis the XIV to President Ronald Reagan, from George Washington to Barack Obama, has anyone -- star, icon, personality, president, autocrat, emperor -- been covered in anything like this fashion.
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Engelhardt and Turse: The End in Afghanistan? Is it all over but the (anti-American) shouting -- and the killing? Are the exits finally coming into view?
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Revolving Doors, Robust Rolodexes, and Runaway Generals Nick Turse offers a riveting look at what "retirement" means for top commanders in the U.S. military and believe me, if you don't think public service pays big time, think again.
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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Wages of Poverty in America For millions of Americans, however, the greatest threat to their day-to-day security isn't terrorism or North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China. It's internal -- and economic. That's particularly true for the 12.7% of Americans (43.1 million of them) classified as poor by the government's criteria...
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Tomgram: David Bromwich, Superpower Bypassed by History "From Egypt to Pakistan," begins David Bromwich, regular essayist for the New York Review of Books and the Huffington Post, in his latest TomDispatch piece, "February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire."
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, It Can Happen Here (In Fact, It Did!) Know thyself. It was what came to mind in the wake of Donald Trump's victory and my own puzzling reaction to it.
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Rebecca Solnit: Civil Society at Ground Zero Rebecca Solnit on how OWS is a revival of the civil society that rose up to take care of the community in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
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Laura Gottesdiener: Adrift in Oil Country According to residents and oilfield workers, including Fred, there are only two things to do in Williston: work and drink. The reasons are simple enough. Unlike in significant parts of the country, well-paying jobs are easy to acquire in the oil fields. As a result, North Dakota boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, an eye-popping 2.8%.
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Juan Cole, Waiting for the Arab Summer When it comes to pure ineptness, it's been quite a performance -- and I'm sure you've already guessed that I'm referring to our secretary of state's recent jaunt to the Middle East. You remember the old quip about jokes and timing. (It's all in the...) In this case, John Kerry turned the first stop on his Middle Eastern tour into a farce, thanks to impeccably poor timing.
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Fraser and Freeman: Creating a Prison-Corporate Complex As cash-starved state governments scrape their way through this so-called recovery, they might as well hang signs with this message on their capitals: "Everything must go." States are hemorrhaging workers and selling off assets at a startling rate. So dire are the states' economic woes that they've begun offloading a more unusual type of property: prisons.
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Take Our Children! A Modest Proposal for OWS, by Steve Fraser Our preeminent historian of Wall Street offers a proposal for turning the tables on Wall Street with a Jonathan Swift-style "modest proposal": Restore Debtors' Prisons! Take Our Children!
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Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Hope and Turmoil in 2011 "Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be." So begins Rebecca Solnit in her latest, moving exploration of the nature of the revolutionary moment from the French Revolution to the Egyptian one
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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Believe the Autocrat When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars -- under the banner of a "Global War on Terror" -- they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the Obama years, they now appear poised for resurrection.
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Tomgram: Erin Thompson, In Debt to the Law (at $100,000 a Pop) Law school applications are up this year in what some are calling a "Trump Bump," since around a third of applicants were inspired to apply by Trump's election. Nearly half of them identify themselves as members of a minority group.
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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Creating a Perpetual War Machine The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Twenty-First-Century History of Greed Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren't so grim.
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Tomgram: Bill McKibben, The Real Zombie Apocalypse In a dramatic new piece, Bill McKibben offers a riveting vision of a world in peril, and a fossil fuel industry still proceeding in zombie-like fashion with projects which will extend the life of fossil fuels decades into the future and create the perfectly real-world equivalent of a zombie apocalypse.
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Noam Chomsky: Why It's "Legal" When the U.S. Does It Credit the Arab Spring and what's followed in the Greater Middle East to many things, but don't overlook American "unilateralism." After all, if you want to see destabilization at work, there's nothing like having a heavily armed crew dreaming about eternal global empires stomp through your neighborhood, and it's clear enough now that whatever was let loose early in the twenty-first century won't end soon.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Superpower as Victim Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in Washington, Eastern Europe was freed, Germany unified, and the Soviet Union vanished from the face of the Earth? At that epochal moment, six centuries of imperial rivalries ended. Only one mighty power was left.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Washington's America-First Commandos in Africa Al-Qaeda doesn't care about borders. Neither does the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc thinks the same way.
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Engelhardt: Iraq War 4.0? For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there's another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater Middle East. We're talking about full-scale invasions, long-term occupations, and nation-building programs, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq.
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The All-American Occupation: A Century of Our Streets Vs. Wall Street , by Steve Fraser In this groundbreaking piece, Fraser puts the Occupy Wall Street movement in the powerful light of history and helps explain just why the response to a few hundred young demonstrators is shaking the nation. "After an absence of well over half a century," he writes, "Wall Street is back, center stage, as the preferred American icon of revulsion, a status it held for a fair share of our history.
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Nick Turse: The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years Part of a slogan from my hometown past sticks in my mind. "Build we must," it went. Such an American phrase, really. Evidence of a can-do spirit from another country in another age. Now, in can't-do America with its disintegrating infrastructure, "build we mustn't" seems more in the spirit of the times -- with one obvious exception.
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Laura Gottesdiener: A Tale of Two Cities, Post-Bankruptcy In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit's courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city's historic bankruptcy trial, "Commander" Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.
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Tomgram: Jon Else, Eyes on the Prize 2017 Today, with the three branches of government controlled by men intolerant of dissent and hounded by their own dark vision of pluralism, few human rights advocates of any stripe can reasonably expect a hearing in Washington.
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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Donald Trump's Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell Scroll through Donald Trump's campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies
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William Astore, Make Sports, Not War As long as I can remember, I've been a sports fan. As long as I can remember, I've been interested in the military. Until recently, I experienced those as two separate and distinct worlds...
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Peter Van Buren: In Washington, Fear the Silence, Not the Noise No one ever joins the government in order to be a whistleblower. Whistleblowers are created, not born. As Peter Van Buren is happy to admit, before he spent a year on two forward operating bases in Iraq running a State Department provincial reconstruction team, he was "a more or less content Foreign Service Officer." It is perhaps typical of leakers that something they are privy to simply pushes them over the edge.
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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon and Murder in Bahrain This is a startling and timely tale of an underplayed aspect of American relations in the region -- the way Pentagon arms and bases shore up anti-democratic rulers there and help fund and support an "Arab lobby" whose influence in Washington can even overcome presidential desires.
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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?
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Engelhardt, Welcome to Post-Legal America Is the Libyan war legal? Was Bin Laden's killing legal? Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination? Were those "enhanced interrogation techniques" legal? These questions have come up regularly in recent weeks and all of them, I suggest in my most recent post, are irrelevant.
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Tomgram: Jonathan Schell, The War on the Word "War" Nobody seems to have noticed, but in the nearly two and a half years of the Obama administration at least three commonplace phrases of the George W. Bush era have slipped into oblivion: "regime change," "shock and awe," and "imperial presidency." The war in Libya should remind us of just how appropriate they remain.
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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding -- with their bodies and their voices -- that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them. They are insisting that we adults make some sacrifices to keep their planet from becoming uninhabitable.
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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Backfire, a Generation of American Folly He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3rd, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers -- the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train.
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Peter Van Buren: The Ultimate No-Fly List Last week, touching down in India on his way to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta described reality as you seldom hear it in the confines of Washington and, while he was at it, put his stamp of approval on a new global doctrine for the United States. Panetta is, of course, the man who, as director of the CIA, once called its drone air campaign in the Pakistani borderlands "the only game in town."
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Best of TomDispatch: Andrew Bacevich, Pentagon, Inc. A writer who dares to revisit a snarky article dashed off five-plus years earlier will necessarily approach the task with some trepidation. Pieces such as the one republished below are not drafted with the expectation that they will enjoy a protracted shelf life. Yet in this instance, I'm with Edith Piaf: Non, je ne regrette rien.
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Tomgram: Lewis Lapham, The Playing Field as Battlefield Rosenstock-Huessy was a German army officer in World War I, afterward a professor of medieval law in Breslau until the Nazis acquired the franchise in 1933. Signed for the next year's season by Harvard University to teach undergraduates the rudiments of Western civilization, he soon noticed that few of them grasped what he was trying to say, couldn't square the lines of thought with the circle of their emotions.
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Tomgram: David Bromwich, The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him Tonight, a truly magisterial portrait of a failing presidency from David Bromwich, perhaps the canniest portrait painter of the presidential character around. This sweeping character portrait of Barack Obama, the man we’ve never quite come to know, explains why the president’s words can still soar, but the actions he proposes show a remarkably consistent inability to leave the ground.
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