Tom Dispatch

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

What dreamers they were...

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

Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to pony up $5.7 billion to build the “great, great wall” he promised his base during the 2016 election campaign...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

The way personnel spin through Washington’s infamous revolving door between the Pentagon and the arms industry is nothing new...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma campaign, which ended in a resounding victory over Japan...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

As I approach 75, I’m having a commonplace experience for my age...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

I’m standing atop Rush Hill on Alaska's remote St. Paul Island...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The point was less to actually build “the wall” than to constantly announce the building of the wall...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-08 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-20 - Original post - cached version

I grew up in New London, Connecticut, watching many a military ship float by my window...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-17 - Original post - cached version

You know the story: the globalists want your guns...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-10 - Original post - cached version

Breaking News! -- as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Evil days. The midterms were bearing down on us like a runaway train with Donald Trump in the driver’s seat and the throttle wide open, the Presidential Special hell-bent for the bottom...


Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

You’ve probably had your fill of the media coverage, punditry, tweets, and wisecracks surrounding President Trump’s controversial trip to Paris, officially undertaken to honor the Allied soldiers, especially the Americans, who perished in France during World War I...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version

I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan.

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-04 - Original post - cached version

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

It’s been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I’m still struggling to move on...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Dear Senator Warren:

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...


Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

It’s what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year’s election really is as important as it gets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

“I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom...”



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