Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The Wrath of the U.S. Along the Euphrates River

Burning Raqqa 
The U.S. War Against Civilians in Syria
By Laura Gottesdiener

It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family.

They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh), Tabqa was also under siege by U.S.-backed troops and being hit by daily artillery fire from U.S. Marines, as well as U.S.-led coalition read more

Tomgram: William Hartung, The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

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In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined ?War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.? The two of them ran through the figures for the cumulative annual budget for what we still mysteriously read more

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

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Empire of Destruction 
Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh 
By Tom Engelhardt

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent read more

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Trumping the Empire

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I was 12. It was 1956. I lived in New York City and was a youthful history buff. (I should have kept my collection of American Heritage magazines!) Undoubtedly, I was also some kind of classic nerd. In any case, at some point during the Suez crisis of that year, I can remember going to the U.N. by myself and sitting in the gallery of the General Assembly, where read more

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Resistance is Fertile (Not Futile)

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Dystopian, yes. Unimaginable, no. In fact, a version of our present moment was imagined more than eight decades ago by novelist Sinclair Lewis who wrote a still readable (if now fictionally clunky) novel, It Can?t Happen Here. Its focus: the election as president of a man we might read more

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Aiding and Abetting the Tweeter-in-Chief

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The Insult Wars in Washington 
How They Blind Us to Our Troubles 
By Tom Engelhardt

I don’t tweet, but I do have a brief message for our president: Will you please get the hell out of the way for a few minutes? You and your antics are blocking our view of the damn world and it’s a world we should be focusing on!

Maybe it was the moment, more than a week ago, when read more

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Fighting the War You Know (Even If It Won’t Work)

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In America?s Afghanistan, it?s all history ? the future as well as the past, what?s going to happen, as well as what?s happened in these last nearly 16 years of war. You?ve heard it all before: there were the various ?surges? (though once upon a time sold as paths to victory, not simply to break a ?stalemate?); read more