Tom Dispatch

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...

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?

Tom Dispatch - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

The Middle East.  Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea?  Not likely...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-25 - Original post - cached version

The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold...

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

That Donald Trump is a grand disruptor when it comes to international affairs is now a commonplace observation in the establishment media...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Donald, listen, whatever you’ve done so far, whatever you’ve messed up, there’s one thing you could do that would make up for a lot...

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

Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age...

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

Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked recently that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Asia has been the future for more than a generation...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-30 - Original post - cached version

“Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, “you find Iran...”

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-28 - Original post - cached version

He’s huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

I am deeply honored to be invited back to Spelman after forty-two years...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump’s invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose “war on drugs” has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me...

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

When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million)...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches...


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