Author Archives: Tom Engelhardt

Refugees, Rubble, Repeat

In an unpredictable year, the persistence of devastation is a constant.

The Fog of Intelligence

Sprawling spy agencies are focused on the Middle East, but officials are still constantly caught off guard there.

American Terrordome

Fear mongering by government officials and credulous media turns citizens into frightened spectators.

How the U.S. Rewards Intelligence Failures

The constantly surprised multi-billion dollar American spy machine turns every shortcoming into a reason to expand it.

The Big Book of Empire

Global Trends 2030 is a portrait of an aging, overweight intelligence community.

The Invisible Government, Revealed

The intelligence community is a state within a state.

Fifty Shades of Khaki

Before Paula Broadwell, scads of pundits, reporters, and politicians were already in bed with Petraeus.

How Not to Change the World

A do-nothing election means a mandate for the status quo

Disaster on Autopilot

For our foreign policy elites, military action is the default response.

Where You Least Expect Them

Can you answer these three questions about the American way of war? The answers will surprise you.

Afghanistan: Leave It or Lose It

Washington’s drawdown is a myth, but green-on-blue attacks may hasten our exit.

In Afghanistan, an Aurora Every Week

Attacks on U.S. troops by the locals we’re training show how badly the Afghan mission has failed.

Senseless Security

Our post-9/11 defense apparatus is a joke–and the joke’s on us.

Diplomacy at Gunpoint

Washington’s military mindset goes beyond the armed forces.

The Price of Life — Afghan and American

How would we respond to “collateral damage” from terror-war tactics at home?

The Church of St. Drone

The deadly rites of the president and his apostles

How to Forget on Memorial Day

Whistling past the graveyard of empires

The Obama Contradiction

He has few constraints (except those he’s internalized). No one can stop …

The Afghan Syndrome

Vietnam has left town—say hello to the new syndrome on the block.

Data Mining You

How the intelligence community is creating a new American world

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