Tom Dispatch

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

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..."

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version

It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

In 2016, something extraordinary happened in the politics of diverse countries around the world...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s supporters believe that his election will end business as usual in Washington...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-28 - Original post - cached version

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”...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-27 - Original post - cached version

On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John F. Kennedy, prodded by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, welcomed John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, and other march organizers to the...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-23 - Original post - cached version

It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-21 - Original post - cached version

By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-16 - Original post - cached version

If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-14 - Original post - cached version

If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that aired from October 1952 to May 1953...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories -- The Giver, Hunger Games -- like Goths to piercings...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-09 - Original post - cached version

The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation stained with the blood seeping from bullet-ridden corpses left at scenes of “American carnage”...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-06 - Original post - cached version

In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and his administration have done so far is simply an intensification of trends long underway......

Tom Dispatch - 2017-03-02 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-23 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-21 - Original post - cached version

The United States has already lost -- its war for the Middle East, that is...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-16 - Original post - cached version

So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-14 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Forget those “bad hombres down there” in Mexico that U.S. troops might take out...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-09 - Original post - cached version

You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump’s executive orders...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-07 - Original post - cached version

It started in June 2015 with that Trump Tower escalator ride into the presidential race to the tune of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-06 - Original post - cached version

What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-02-02 - Original post - cached version

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-26 - Original post - cached version

I came of age during America's Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-24 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-23 - Original post - cached version

They call themselves the U.S. “Intelligence Community,” or the IC...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-17 - Original post - cached version

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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you’ll have a long list of dismaying scenarios...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Many of the folks I know are getting ready to play serious defense in 2017, and they’re not wrong...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-05 - Original post - cached version

They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Know thyself. It was what came to mind in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory and my own puzzling reaction to it...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office?

Tom Dispatch - 2016-12-20 - Original post - cached version

America has always had a love affair with its generals...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-12-15 - Original post - cached version

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: lift environmental restrictions on oil and natural gas extraction, build the...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are no hot wars: Asia...


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