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Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Maybe you thought America’s nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t just stay up north...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin doesn’t exactly come across as the guy you’d want in your corner in a playground tussle...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

On September 1, 1970, soon after President Nixon expanded the Vietnam War by invading neighboring Cambodia, Democratic Senator George McGovern, a decorated World War II veteran and future presidential candidate, took to the floor of the Senate...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

By day, the sun guides them. By night, the stars...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Honestly, if there’s an afterlife, then the soul of Osama bin Laden, whose body was consignedto the waves by the U.S. Navy back in 2011, must be swimming happily with the dolphins and sharks...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-23 - Original post - cached version

In George W. Bush’s home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the mandatory sentence is either life in prison or the death penalty...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-19 - Original post - cached version

Millions of football fans must have felt grateful to President Trump for provoking the entire National Football League into a goal line stand last month...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-17 - Original post - cached version

It took 14 years, but now we have an answer...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

“This... thing, [the War on Drugs] this ain't police work... I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors... 

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

Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle?

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-08 - Original post - cached version

Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts.  First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven.  Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. 

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

We were already roaring down the road when the young man called to me over his shoulder...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains...

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

Back in 1992, a certain New York real estate mogul told a reporter from New Yorkmagazine that you have to treat women “like shit”...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-26 - Original post - cached version

For the past 50 years, American leaders have been supremely confident that they could suffer military setbacks in places like Cuba or Vietnam without having their system of global hegemony, backed by the world’s wealthiest economy and finest military, affected...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly emphasized that our country was run terribly and needed a businessman at its helm...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

It’s January 2025, and within days of entering the Oval Office, a new president already faces his first full-scale crisis abroad...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-14 - Original post - cached version

The organizers of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville last month knew just what they were doing when they decided to carry torches on their nocturnal march to protest the dethroning of a statue of Robert E. Lee...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-12 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to the “world’s greatest military,” the news has been shocking...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Not quite a century ago, on January 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-09-05 - Original post - cached version

It was bloody and brutal, a true generational struggle, but give them credit...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-24 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-22 - Original post - cached version

The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-17 - Original post - cached version

Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours...

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Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Winning! It’s the White House watchword when it comes to the U.S. armed forces...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version

Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

While waiting for Trump to jump the tracks, let’s savor the day when his inevitable train wreck first passed through a critical safety switch...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-08-01 - Original post - cached version

You may have noticed that quite a few of the formerly united states of America have been choosing to go their own way...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-25 - Original post - cached version

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I testified before the great assembly of our land...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The superhighway to disaster is already being paved...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States?

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which also hit TV screens in a storm of publicity...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

I don’t tweet, but I do have a brief message for our president: Will you please get the hell out of the way for a few minutes?

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