Tag Archives: Tom Engelhardt
Reining In the Pentagon, by Mandy Smithberger and William Hartung
“It’s estimated that, in the decades to come, more than 1,700 U.S. military installations worldwide may be impacted by sea-level rise. Future rounds of base closings, both domestic and global, should be planned now with the impact of climate change in mind.”
Evergreene Digest | Clinton And Trump, Call Your Office: America’s Bipartisan Policy Of Perpetual War Has Failed To Deliver Peace
This approach (Perpetual War) is based on the belief that Washington is capable of solving every international problem. If only unnamed bright people implemented theoretically brilliant strategies backed by unidentified resolute citizens, terrorism would be suppressed, ISIS would be defeated, Russia would be compliant, Iraq would be successful, Syria would be peaceful, Libya would be […]
Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War
Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]
Tomgram | Peter Van Buren, The Snapchat Version of American Victory: Poof It’s Forgotten
Despite the estimated $26 billion the U.S. spent training and equipping that military between 2003 and 2011, whole units broke, shed their uniforms, ditched their American equipment, and fled when faced with relatively small numbers of ISIS militants in June 2014, abandoning four northern cities, including Mosul. This, of course, created the need for yet more training, the ostensible role of many of the U.S. troops now in Iraq.
Tomgram: Howard Zinn | “I Plead Guilty” (to Insubordination)
Finishing School for Pickets By Howard Zinn (August 6, 1960) By Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings TomDispatch.com March 24, 2015 [The excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings posted at TomDispatch.com are from the Nation magazine’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue on newsstands in April. They appear here with the kind permission of the editors of that magazine.] One afternoon […]
Evergreene Digest: In Whose America?
Machine Guns, MRAPs, Surveillance, Drones, Permanent War, and a Permanent Election Campaign Walking Back the American Twenty-First Century? Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com February 17, 2015 | 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 […]
Evergreene Digest: Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren. Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced […]
Ann Jones: Is This Country Crazy?
if you are an American, you are statistically in less danger of dying from a terrorist attack in this country than from a toddler shooting you. And by the way, you’re 2,059 times more likely to die by your own hand with a weapon of your choosing than in a terrorist attack anywhere on Earth. You’re also more than nine times as likely to be killed by a police officer as by a terrorist.
Tom Engelhardt: How America Made ISIS Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Escalation Follies and America’s own record of terror… By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com September 2, 2014 Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a […]
Tomgram: Engelhardt: A Record of Unparalleled Failure
Don’t Walk Away from War It’s Not the American Way By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com June 10, 2014 The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That’s more […]
Tom Engelhardt: BRIDE AND BOOM!
And were a wedding party to be obliterated on a highway anywhere in America on the way to, say, a rehearsal dinner, whatever the cause, it would be a 24/7 tragedy. Our lives would be filled with news of it. Count on that. By Tom Engelhardt December 21, 2013 truthdig.com This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. […]
Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell — The Case for Hope
The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable. By Rebecca Solnit May 19, 2013 TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Ten years ago, my part of the world was full […]
Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Planet Are We On? Why Washington Can’t Stop — The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts
Today, with the latest scientific estimate of invasion- and war-caused Iraqi deaths at a staggering 461,000, thousands more a year still dying there, and with Syria in flames, it seems something of an understatement. By Tom Engelhardt October 22, 2013 TomDispatch.com [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Thought I might recommend a new little book series from the Nation magazine (everyone’s publishing these […]
The Etiquette of War and Surveillance: Letters to Colonel Manners (Ret.)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Advice from the Colonel By Tom Engelhardt October 10, 2013 tomdispatch.com [Tom Dispatch Editor’s Note: In the sequester and government-shutdown era, the classic military newspaper Stars and Stripes is facing some of the problems of its civilian brethren and sodownsizing its print edition. Among the features to go: Dear Abby. As it happens, TomDispatch is ready to step into […]
Rebecca Solnit> Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire: Google Eats the World
So we know what you may not yet: they are not your friends and their vision is not your vision, but your data is their data, and your communications are in their hands, and they seem to be rising to become an arm of or a part-owner of the government or a law unto themselves, […]
Peter Van Buren> Homeland Insecurity> Seven Years, Untold Dollars to Silence One Man
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, If the Government Does It, It’s “Legal” Posted by Peter Van Buren at 8:22am, May 9, 2013 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 […]