In the Heart of a Dying Empire

Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis (State Department)

by Tom Engelhardt When you think about it, Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet — about 25,000 miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water. It’s not so… Continue Reading  

What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?

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by Tom Engelhardt I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does — any tweet, any insult at any rally — is the news of the day, any day.  But he won’t be remembered for… Continue Reading  

The War Piece to End All War Pieces

U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan (source: Flickr)

by Tom Engelhardt Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I’m going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America’s second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about… Continue Reading  

America’s Addictions

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by Tom Engelhardt When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more… Continue Reading  

A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

Air Force Academy cadet (Pixabay)

by Tom Engelhardt As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror… Continue Reading