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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...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-04 - Original post - cached version

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to relations between Donald Trump’s America, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Xi Jinping’s China, observers everywhere are starting to talk about a return to an all-too-familiar past...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Brett Kavanaugh’s hellish Supreme Court fraternity pledge week offered many lessons, but the most powerful, if least noted, was about the raising of boys in America -- all boys, not just the groomed Georgetown elite from which the judge emerged...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding -- and, after a fashion, perhaps it was...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

It’s been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I’m still struggling to move on...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Dear Senator Warren:

As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month...

 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

It’s what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year’s election really is as important as it gets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

“I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom...”

 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-30 - Original post - cached version

He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-27 - Original post - cached version

When you think about it, the Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet -- about 25,000 miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-25 - Original post - cached version

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-23 - Original post - cached version

During a lifetime of make-believe, Donald Trump has never pretended to be a conventional politician...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

It's easy -- and not wrong -- to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television at home...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-06 - Original post - cached version

I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does -- any tweet, any insult at any rally -- is the news of the day, any day...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-04 - Original post - cached version

4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Now that we know we are surveilled 24/7 by the National Security Agency, the FBI, local police, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, hackers, the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, data brokers, private spyware groups like Black Cube, and companies from which we've ordered swag on the Internet, is...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-19 - Original post - cached version

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a sports fan...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I’m going to repeat myself...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-05 - Original post - cached version

Raids by U.S. commandos in Afghanistan. (I could be talking about 2001 or 2018)...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Here we are in the middle of the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and if there’s one thing we know by now, it’s that the leader of the free world can create an instant reality-TV show on geopolitical steroids at will...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-29 - Original post - cached version

However ambitious President Barack Obama's domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I was always 40 years old; I was, that is, an old young man and a young old one...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The pundits and politicians generally take it for granted that President Trump lacks a coherent foreign policy...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-22 - Original post - cached version

As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-19 - Original post - cached version

My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World”...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-15 - Original post - cached version

For millions of Americans, however, the greatest threat to their day-to-day security isn’t terrorism or North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China.  It’s internal -- and economic.  That’s particularly true for the 12.7% of Americans (43.1 million of them) classified as poor by the government’s criteria...

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