Stories by Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren, a TomDispatch regular, blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during the Iraqi reconstruction in 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 We Meant Well. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent. His next work will be a novel, Hooper's War.  subscribe to Peter Van Buren's feed

Posted on: Jan 17, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

It's just not the threat the presidential candidates are saying it is.

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