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).
When it comes to terrorism, Americans are officially considered 100 percent scared, and so 100 percent in need of protection.
In terms of what used to be called “foreign policy,” and more recently “national security,” the United States is now a post-legal society.
How is the war going ten years later in Afghanistan? Take a look now and you could easily believe the news came from a previous year of the war.
In every way that matters, bin Laden will fight on, barring a major policy shift in Afghanistan, and it’s we who will ensure that he remains on the battlefield of the global war on terror.
Back before 9/11, China was, of course, the favored future über-enemy of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and all those neocons who signed onto the Project for the New American Century and later staffed George W. Bush’s administration.
How often do empires end well, really? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out.
Why we can’t bring ourselves to discuss the worst that could happen at the Fukushima nuclear complex?
These days, we need a new set of terms to explain what US air power actually does.
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.