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).
From the point of view of peace or de-escalation, 2010 will be a year of no significance.
Despite the seeming specificity of the president's West Point speech on the Afghan War--30,000 new troops at a cost of $30 billion--Americans got little sense of just how big and how expensive this surge is likely to be.
How Obama's Afghan speech turned the Commander-in-Chief into the Commanded-and-Chief.
What if the president actually decided to take an "off-ramp" from the Afghan War?
Armed drone aircraft in Afghanistan and Pakistan are only the latest wonder weapon to promise us the world.
Why do America's leaders always opt for "more" in counterinsurgency disasters rather than cutting their losses?
Will today's US-armed ally be tomorrow's enemy?
Should President Obama and General McChrystal read the 111-year-old novel, The War of the Worlds?
Are we heading for a Petraeus Moment in the Afghan War, along with a titanic civilian-military clash of wills?
The United States is coming ever closer to a state that matches the Orwellian slogan from 1984: war is peace.