Tom Dispatch

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

It turns out that walls can’t always be seen...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

“Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked “like a war zone”...

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

Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-07 - Original post - cached version

I’ll never forget the first time I saw my own menstrual period start...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his “great, great” border wall without having to go through Congress...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-04 - Original post - cached version

Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that’s hiding in plain sight...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Hilel Garmi’s phone is going straight to voicemail and all I’m hoping is that he’s not back in prison...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

The 2016 elections awakened Americans to a startling reality: the country’s political system is ripe for foreign interference...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-19 - Original post - cached version

In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the “Global War on Terror”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-18 - Original post - cached version

In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

What dreamers they were...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to pony up $5.7 billion to build the “great, great wall” he promised his base during the 2016 election campaign...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

The way personnel spin through Washington’s infamous revolving door between the Pentagon and the arms industry is nothing new...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma campaign, which ended in a resounding victory over Japan...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

As I approach 75, I’m having a commonplace experience for my age...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

I’m standing atop Rush Hill on Alaska's remote St. Paul Island...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The point was less to actually build “the wall” than to constantly announce the building of the wall...

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

In one of the Bible stories about the death of Jesus, local collaborators with the Roman Empire haul him before Pontius Pilate, the imperial governor of Palestine...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-08 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-20 - Original post - cached version

I grew up in New London, Connecticut, watching many a military ship float by my window...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-17 - Original post - cached version

You know the story: the globalists want your guns...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-10 - Original post - cached version

Breaking News! -- as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Evil days. The midterms were bearing down on us like a runaway train with Donald Trump in the driver’s seat and the throttle wide open, the Presidential Special hell-bent for the bottom...


Tom Dispatch - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

As Washington’s leadership fades more quickly than anyone could have imagined and a new global order struggles to take shape, a generation of leaders has crowded onto the world stage with their own bold geopolitical visions for winning international influence...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

You’ve probably had your fill of the media coverage, punditry, tweets, and wisecracks surrounding President Trump’s controversial trip to Paris, officially undertaken to honor the Allied soldiers, especially the Americans, who perished in France during World War I...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version

I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan.

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Here’s a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington’s goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful...


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