Stories by Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement in his book We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. A TomDispatch regular, he writes about current events at his blog, We Meant Well. Van Buren’s next book, Ghosts of Tom Joad, A Story of the #99Percent, is due out in March 2014. subscribe to Peter Van Buren's feed

Posted on: Jul 28, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The United States and Iran have come to a turning point away from an era of outright hostility.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

When at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Iran should send America a fruit basket to thank it for setting the stage so perfectly for its ascent.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2015, Source: Tom Dispatch

Mainstream war movies trot out the same simplistic propaganda over and over again.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Meet Team America's sales force!

Posted on: Nov 9, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Four months into our latest war the cracks are already showing.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

What could go wrong in our battle against ISIS? So many things.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

It's beyond belief that Washington has again plunged into the swamp of the Sunni-Shia mess in Iraq.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

The Fourth Amendment no longer seems to apply.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

America has entered the post-constitutional era.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

How the 1% willfully misunderstands the 99%.

Posted on: May 1, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

This land isn't your land; this land is the 1 percent's land.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Innocence is a poor defense in post-constitutional America.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

The executive branch is seeking unprecedented power to conceal its secrets and punish those who reveal them.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Is this goodbye to the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights?

Posted on: Jan 12, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear," and so on... It’s time to face these government slogans and lies, directly.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source:

George Orwell's dystopian "memory hole" isn't just the stuff of science fiction novels.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

John Kerry is a figure of his times (and that's not a good thing).

Posted on: Sep 12, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Giving new meaning to the day after 9/11

Posted on: Aug 4, 2013, Source:

The Manning trial began on 9/11—that's when the U.S. began to change.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

A whistleblower shares the experience of taking state secrets to the public.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

The government comes down hard on brave whistleblowers.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Ten years ago, George Bush made a decision that this country will regret for a very long time.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

New Film 'Zero Dark Thirty' doesn't force us to confront one America's own private nightmare.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

Our governmental officials now have extraordinary new freedoms to kidnap, torture, abuse, murder, surveil, and assassinate (including American citizens).

Posted on: Jun 12, 2012, Source:

The United States rains Hellfire missiles down on its enemies, with the president alone sitting in judgment of who will live and who will die by his hand.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2012, Source:

Given what we left behind in Iraq, it remains beyond anyone, even the nasty men who started the war in 2003, to claim victory or accomplishment or achievement there.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2012, Source:

From Manning to Kiriakou, critics are aggressively targeted as the White House turns a blind eye to abuses.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2011, Source:

A lawsuit being heard this month will likely define the free speech rights of federal employees and so determine the quality of people who will make up our government.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2011, Source:

A chicken-killing plant in Iraq funded by American tax dollars? An inside look at what our money paid for as part of the "war on terror."

Posted on: Sep 27, 2011, Source:

An insider explains how he was swept up in the backwards security policies and scapegoating of the State Department.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source:

If we were to really leave when we promised to leave, the U.S. might have a passing shot at launching a new narrative in a Middle East already on edge over the Arab Spring.

Posted on: May 15, 2011, Source:

To understand these men and women and the tasks they are set to, we need journalists who do real reporting, not just pass on their own wet dreams to a gullible public.