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America's Got the #1 Military in the World — and It's Increasingly Useless
Posted on: Jul 2, 2015, Source: TomDispatch
The U.S. faces a major superpower conundrum.
One of Largest Transfers of Public Wealth to Private Hands: Our Staggering War Economy
Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
The cost of our massive military and endless wars is almost beyond comprehension, and non stop.
Why Americans Are Hysterical Over Things Unlikely to Hurt Us
Posted on: Nov 4, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
In 2015, you’re going to hear far more about protecting Americans from everything that endangers them least.
Welcome to the Terrordome! Why Our ISIS Panic Is Way More Dangerous than ISIS
Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch
We're all listening to a daily soundtrack of hysteria.
The Massive Failure of American Intelligence
Posted on: Sep 30, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
It has a terrible record of getting anything right in a timely way.
Why ISIS Is the Spawn of Washington
Posted on: Sep 2, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for the group.
Thoughts on Turning 70, America's Decline, and About a Dozen Shocking Developments I Never Saw Coming
Posted on: Jul 21, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
We may be hardwired for prediction. But we're terrible at it.
America's Dangerous Stumble Back Into Iraq
Posted on: Jun 24, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
This is quite a development for a president who took special pride in getting us out of Iraq.
The Bowe Bergdahl Lesson: There's No Room for Conscience in American-Style Warfare
Posted on: Jun 10, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
Walking away from failed, immoral wars is just not the American way.
Congratulations Internet Class of 2014: Big Brother is Watching This and Everything Else You Do, Virtually
Posted on: May 29, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
There's no escaping the national security or corporate surveillance state.
Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
Posted on: May 22, 2014, Source: TomDispatch.com
Is climate change a crime against humanity? Let's go with... Yes.
What It's Like to Grow Up Among the First Generation Facing Human Extinction
Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
As a school boy, I knew the world could end. I just never thought it would be at our own hands.
Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
Posted on: Apr 20, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch
The only crime that makes it to court is revealing the national security state's secrets.
Cable News Is Reporting in an Alternate Universe
Posted on: Apr 4, 2014, Source: TomDispatch.com
Obsessed with missing planes and a "new Cold War," TV news people are missing the stories right under their noses.
Putin and Flight 370 Are Mere Distractions—America's Foreign Policy Has Been Hijacked
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
'No, Virginia. Flight 370 was not commandeered by aliens. And Vladimir Putin is not Joseph Stalin's younger brother.'
Col. Manners Takes Your Top Secret Questions on CIA Practices, Invasion Etiquette and More
Posted on: Mar 19, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
Our man on the inside gives advice too secret to ignore.
Is This the Golden Age of Journalism for Readers?
Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: TomDispatch.com
There's so much choice out there.
A Dash of Cold Weather Is No Excuse to Argue That Extreme Climate Change Won't Happen
Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
The 'polar vortex' is giving insane climate change deniers more reason to do nothing as planet burns.
Militarization of America: Campus Cops Get Armored Vehicle Built to Withstand IEDs and Mines
Posted on: Dec 9, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
The battle field has embedded itself chillingly in our civilian world.
Col. Manners Answers Etiquette Questions on War and Surveillance
Posted on: Oct 10, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
"Hacking into your partner's email is, by definition, bad manners."
The Kenya Mall Attack Did Not Come Out of the Blue—Al-Shabab is Joined to Washington at the Hip
Posted on: Oct 3, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
Our covert actions in Africa will have lots of unintended consequences.
We Destroyed Afghanistan: Americans Can't Remember, Afghans Will Never Forget
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
12 years in Afghanistan, down the memory hole.
8 Most Exceptionally Dumb American Achievements of the Twenty-First Century
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
Obama is just the latest U.S. politician to tell the world just how exceptional we are.
The Dictionary of the Global War on You
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
Study up! There will be a test.
Feet to the Fire: Time to Hold the Big Energy Villains Who Kill the Earth While Making a Killing Accountable
Posted on: May 23, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
We've heard plenty about terrorists. Time to talk about the 'terrarists' and make them pay for their crimes.
Nuclear Weapons Will be Used -- If We Don't Do Something to Get Rid of the Damn Things
Posted on: May 13, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
The spread of nuclear weapons has continued unabated since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Why America May Be the Last Empire
Posted on: May 7, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
America may very well be the last empire, because the planet can't sustain any more.
The Book That Exposes How America's Imperial Global War on Terror Makes Life Much More Dangerous for Us at Home
Posted on: Apr 26, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
Jeremy Scahill's 'Dirty Wars' chronicles the assassination squads, private armies, and drone attacks that have turned America into a kind of Murder, Inc.
As the Newspaper Fades, Are We Entering a New Age of Conglomerated Chaos?
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
In an age of news staff cutbacks and dropping revenue, it’s so much cheaper to focus attention at where the eyeballs are going to be.
America Has Turned a World Without Serious Enemies into the Most Threatening Place in the Universe
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
The U.S. is in less danger from external enemies than at any moment in the last century. So our security state demands we invent some.
Big Anniversaries That Remind Us of America's Dark Side -- Abu Graib, USA Patriot Act, My Lai Massacre -- Slipped by Too Easily
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
We must strain to civilize ourselves and this country, and that means remembering our crimes against humanity.
Where Is Everybody? Why It’s So Tough to Get Your Head Around Climate Change
Posted on: Mar 3, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
“There is no planet B.” That is why hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, should be out in the streets demanding that our leaders begin to attend to climate change before it’s too late.
From Vietnam to Afghanistan: The War Victims We Forget
Posted on: Jan 11, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
Civilian suffering is the one way the “Vietnam analogy” really does apply to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Intelligence Community's Supposed Big Thinkers Share Their Fantasy Vision of a Still Mighty USA in 2030
Posted on: Jan 2, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
The new "Global Trends 2030" report reads as though the world will continue to be America's plaything for a few more decades -- what a bunch of dreamers.
America, the Sort of Country Your Mother Brought You Up to Avoid
Posted on: Dec 18, 2012, Source: TomDispatch
Last week, the European Court of Human Rights concluded for the first time in a court of law that “the CIA's rendition techniques amounted to torture."
The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012, Source: TomDispatch
History, farce, and David Petraeus.
Does Anyone Remember That Our 'Enemies' in Afghanistan Were Once Friends and Allies of America?
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch
It's all to easy for the media to forget.
The Debate Subject for Humanity -- Will We Destroy Ourselves, or Change the Way We Live
Posted on: Oct 11, 2012, Source: TomDispatch
Climate change isn’t either a domestic or a foreign policy issue. It’s the whole ball of wax. The total thing.
How the American Military Machine Endangers the Whole World
Posted on: Jul 5, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
Americans may feel more distant from war, and yet the militarization of the U.S. and the strengthening of the National Security Complex continues to accelerate.
How Memorial Day Glosses Over the Real Horrors of War
Posted on: May 27, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
It's likely that few Americans have spent time thinking about what the “memorial” in Memorial Day is about.
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