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Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Americans are facing “A Spring Unlike Any Before.” So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-22 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying U.S. commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Every month, it seems, brings a new act in the Trump administration’s war on the media...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

However ambitious President Barack Obama's domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Whether you’re invested in the stock market or not, you’ve likely noticed that it’s been on a roller coaster lately...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Bizarrely enough, the spate of phone calls from recruiters began a couple of years ago...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-05 - Original post - cached version

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......

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Here’s the truth of it: I’d like a presidential pardon...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version

In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we’ve grown accustomed to the impermanence of things...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

There is no significant anti-war movement in America because there’s no war to protest...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

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?

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

My first question is simple enough: After 18-plus years of our forever wars, where are all the questions?

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-11 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-06 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

The expression “self-licking ice cream cone” was first used in 1992 to describe a hidebound bureaucracy at NASA...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-03 - Original post - cached version

The plight of impoverished children anywhere should evoke sympathy, exemplifying as it does the suffering of the innocent and defenseless...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-28 - Original post - cached version

“YES!” he yelled, thrusting his fist in the air. “We get to live in the mayor’s house!” ...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-27 - Original post - cached version

Let me betray my age for a moment. Some of you, I know, will be shocked, but I still read an actual newspaper...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-23 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-21 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

In January 2002, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Yes, our infrastructure stinks, our schools are failing, this country’s a nightmare of inequality,and there’s a self-promoting madman in the White House, so isn’t it time to take pride in the rare institutional victories America has had in this century? Arguably, none has been more striking than...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

On February 4, 2002, a Predator drone circled over Afghanistan’s Paktia province, near the city of Khost...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version

One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-17 - Original post - cached version

For a decade and a half, the U.S. Army waged war on fierce tribal Muslims in a remote land. Sound familiar?

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-16 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-12 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-10 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-05 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-03 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-12-02 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-26 - Original post - cached version

French king Louis XV reputedly said, “Après moi, le déluge”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

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......

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history...

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