Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute of which he is a Fellow. He is also consulting editor for Metropolitan Books and the co-founder of its American Empire Project series. He is the author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, The End of Victory Culture (University of Massachusetts Press), which has just been thoroughly updated in a newly issued edition that deals with victory culture's crash-and-burn sequel in Iraq and a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, about a world he inhabited for thirty years. His latest book, coauthored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Tomdispatch.com began in November 2001 as Tom Engelhardt’s unnamed e-list of commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as “a regular antidote to the mainstream media.” It now posts Tom Engelhardt’s regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, and Elizabeth de la Vega. Nick Turse (who also writes for the site) is its part-time associate editor and research director.
Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works. It also has regular interviews with thinkers and doers Engelhardt admires. These are now collected in Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters (Nation Books, October, 2006).
Since defense secretaries are in the news, let's talk about them.
Never in memory have so many unjust or simply despicable rulers felt quite so nervous in the presence of unarmed humanity. And there has to be joy and hope in that alone.
There’s a perfectly obvious path toward that Republican goal of $100 billion in cuts: change our thinking about making war.
With cries for “democracy” and “freedom” sweeping Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, the Bush-era’s now-infamous “democracy agenda” is nowhere in sight.
In my childhood, the aliens were commies. Now, it's certainly Muslims or jihadists or Islamo-fascists.
For a country embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, once you begin down the path of invasion and occupation, turning back is as difficult as an addict going cold turkey.
Under Obama, the American war dead have, it seems, like the war they are now fighting, generally gone into the dustbin of news coverage.
Taking off the gloves (and then everything else).
In Afghanistan, Petraeus has proven himself a master of the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.
His was an all-American odyssey, and in his final decades he was a man on a mission.