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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Murderous Police in the City of Love

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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Washington's Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

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In October 2001, the U.S. launched its invasion of Afghanistan largely through proxy Afghan fighters with the help of Special Operations forces, American air power, and CIA dollars. The results were swift and stunning. The Taliban was whipped, a new government headed by Hamid Karzai soon installed in Kabul, and the country declared "liberated."

Tomgram: William Astore, Spoiling The Pentagon

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Here's my little joke of the month: How do you spell Pentagon? M-O-R-E.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, "The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World"

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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda 
The U.S. Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century 
By Tom Engelhardt

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The Peace Movement's War Story

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How to Avert Real Change in Election 2016

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Tomorrow's News Today

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, How to Succeed at Failing, Pentagon-Style

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Tomgram: Bill McKibben, The Real Zombie Apocalypse

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Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, How to Resolve the ISIS Crisis

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Tomgram: David Vine, Enduring Bases, Enduring War in the Middle East

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Tomgram: Rick Shenkman, How We Learned to Stop Worrying About People and Love the Bombing

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Torturers, rapists, murderers: for more than a decade as I researched my history of the Vietnam War, Kill Anything That Moves, I spent a good deal of time talking to them, thinking about them, reading about them, writing about them. They all had much in common. At a relatively young age, these men had traveled thousands of miles to kill people they didn't know on the say-so of men they didn't know, and for a mere pittance -- all of it done in the name of America.

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, American War Crimes, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Fate of Our Earth

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It’s time to panic!

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, "Are They Going to Kill Me?"

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Fear? Tell me about it. Unfortunately, I’m so old that I’m not sure I really remember what I felt when, along with millions of other schoolchildren of the 1950s, I ducked and covered like Bert the Turtle, huddling under my desk while sirens howled outside the classroom window. We were, of course, being prepared to protect ourselves from the nuclear obliteration of New York City. But let me tell you, I do remember those desks and they did not exactly instill a sense of confidence in a child.

Tomgram: Matthew Harwood, Welcome to Cop Land

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Shadow War and an American Drone Unit Under Wraps

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, World Without Context

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Sometimes what matters most takes up every inch of space in the room and somehow we still don't see it. That's how I feel about our present media moment.

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Who Will Fight the Islamic State?

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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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