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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Six Mistakes on the Road to Permanent War

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In the muddled midst of last week's mass killing in San Bernardino, California, a few words skittering across my Twitter feed gave me pause. "On this awful shooting: Is U.S. culture evil? Enemy of our civilization? Must all Americans apologize? Should we bar U.S. tourists as dangerous?" asked Simon Kuper, a columnist with the Financial Times.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Apocalypse When?

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Corruption U.S.A.

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Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, The New Great Game Between China and the U.S.

In Washington, voices are rising fast and furiously. “Freedom fries” are a thing of the past and everyone agrees on the need to support France (and on more or less nothing else). Now, disagreements are sharpening over whether to only incrementally “intensify” the use of U.S. military power in Syria and Iraq or go to “war” big time and send in the troops.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security State's Incestuous Relationship with the Islamic State

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Empire of African Bases

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Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The Angel of Death

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Here’s a little thought experiment: imagine that we’re in Kansas (without Toto) and a bridal party in three rented limos is heading down a highway toward a church where a wedding is about to take place. Suddenly, a small out-of-control plane plummets into those limos killing the bride, the mother of the bride, and five of the seven bridesmaids; 15 others are wounded. Bear with me here, if this particular method of wedding slaughter seems a little farfetched. After all, we don’t (yet) have drones armed with Hellfire missiles patrolling American skies that could take out such a caravan.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Roads to Nowhere, Ghost Soldiers, and a $43 Million Gas Station in Afghanistan

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Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S.  The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003.  Essentially dumped into the void that had once been the Iraqi state, at least $1.2 to $1.6 billion of it was stolen and ended up years later in a mysterious bunker in Lebanon.  And that’s just what happened as the starting gun went off.

Tomgram: John Feffer, On the Verge of the Great Unraveling

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Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria

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Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Are Resource Wars Our Future?

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Campaign 2016 as a Demobilizing Spectacle

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Tomgram: William Astore, Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Success, Failure, and the "Finest Warriors Who Ever Went Into Combat"

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Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, The Great War in the Middle East

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. Created Middle East Mayhem

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Tomgram: Jo Comerford and Mattea Kramer, Dealing With the Syrian Quagmire

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Vietnamization 2.0

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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, How Trump Became Trump and What That Means for the Rest of Us

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Superpower as Victim

Three Exceptional Facts About America
It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.
By Tom Engelhardt

Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Henry of Arabia

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Secret War in 135 Countries

It was an impressive effort: a front-page New York Times story about a "new way of war" with the bylines of six reporters, and two more and a team of researchers cited at the end of the piece. "They have plotted deadly missions from secret bases in the badlands of Somalia. In Afghanistan, they have engaged in combat so intimate that they have emerged soaked in blood that was not their own.

Tomgram: Krushnic and King, The Corporate Nuclear Complex

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Flying the Unfriendly Skies of America

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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Star Trek Fallacy

We were both experiencing the Sixties, Captain Kirk and I.  Admittedly, I was still in the 1960s and the captain was somewhere in  the 2260s.

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Maintaining American Supremacy in the Twenty-First Century

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Tomgram: David Vine, Our Base Nation

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

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