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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...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire...

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...”

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