Tom Dispatch

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour...

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

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

They called it Castle Black, an obvious homage to the famed frozen citadel from the HBO series Game of Thrones...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

There can be no question about it. Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Let us stipulate at the outset that Donald Trump is a vulgar and dishonest fraud without a principled bone in his corpulent frame...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Think back to the last time you cried at work...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Some anniversaries are less about the past than the future. So it should be with November 9, 1989...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soaring overhead...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

On September 26th, President Donald Trump's White House announced that, in 2020, refugee admissions to the United States will be limited to 18,000, drastically lower than any yearly ceiling over the past 40 years...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

“We are in a new era to which I do not belong,” ex-President Calvin Coolidge confided to a close friend on a cold December day in 1932 when the country and the world were already in the depths of the Great Depression. A few weeks later, he punctuated that melancholic thought by dying......

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, “I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer...

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

GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo -- The boy was sitting next to his father, as he so often did...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-08 - Original post - cached version

There is blood in the water and frenzied sharks are closing in for the kill. Or so they think...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-03 - Original post - cached version

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...

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

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-29 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left)...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

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?”

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-22 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

I’ve never been to Afghanistan, but I am the mother of two young children...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

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?... 

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

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

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. 


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