Tom Engelhardt: Fog of Intelligence

The Fog of Intelligence (Or How to Be Eternally “Caught Off Guard” in the Greater Middle East) 1,500. That figure stunned me. I found it in the 12th paragraph of a front-page New York Times story about “senior commanders” at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) playing fast and loose with intelligence reports to give their air …

SchwartzReport: Pope & Tom Engelhardt Agree: Weapons Kill

Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian In U.S., Domestic Terror, Cop Killings and Violent Gun Deaths with Suicides, Dwarf Anything “Jihadis” Have Produced Phi Beta Iota: It’s not about guns. It’s about culture and the lack of honest governance. We are “out of control” and the population is going crazy with pain from …

Tom Engelhardt: Failure is Success – How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century PLUS Robert Steele on Steps President Obama Could Take…

Failure Is Success: How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century “While taxpayer dollars flowed into your coffers, no one considered it a problem that the country lacked 17 overlapping outfits bent on preventing approximately 400,000 deaths by firearms in the same years; nor 17 interlocked agencies dedicated to safety on our roads, where more …

Tom Engelhardt: The Great Fragmentation – America Impotent

The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation? Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch, 18 September 2014 EXTRACTS Could there be any question that dominance, or even as the U.S. military liked to put it, “full-spectrum dominance,” was the obvious, uncontested, and only possible result? A Jihadist Paradise on Earth As the present chaos across large swathes of our …

Tom Engelhardt: New World Disorder

Missing in Action What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet? By Tom Engelhardt EXTRACT Driving With the Lights Off So an imperial era is on the wane, war in absentia, and no rising great power contenders on the horizon.  Historically speaking, that’s a remarkable scorecard in an otherwise appalling world. …

Owl: Tom Engelhardt Rogue Superpower –From Tragedy to Farce?

“Sooner or later, the architecture will determine the acts”: The Resurrection of the Totalitarian Beast in Washington D.C. This is a long article well worth reading entirely, but if you have only for a small amount of timet, here’s two key takeaways worth pondering: “Consider, for instance, a superior piece of recent reporting by Eric …

Berto Jongman: Tom Engelhardt on Terracide by Terraists — Legalized Crime Destroying Earth & Humanity — Beyond Genocide, Beyond Ecocide

Terracide and the Terrarists  Destroying the Planet for Record Profits  By Tom Engelhardt We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group: genocide.  And one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment: ecocide.  But we don’t have a word for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live …

SchwartzReport: Tom Engelhardt — No Longer in Search of Enemies — We Have Created Them and Turned the World Against the USA

Here is a brilliant essay on the endless wars that enrich the few, and destroy the lives of many, and drain our treasury of the money we should be using to prepare our society for the world that is coming. We are destroying ourselves because we cannot mount the political will to demand life affirming …

Tom Engelhardt: Tough Love Indictment of the US Intelligence Community — Global Trends 2030 as Poster Child for Expensive Idiocy

BOTTOM LINE ON GLOBAL TRENDS 2030: “As a portrait of American power gone remarkably blind, deaf, and dumb in a world roaring toward 2030, it provides the rest of us with the functional definition of the group of people least likely to offer long-term security to Americans.” Part I:  The Visible Government [Supersizing Secrecy] How …

Caitlin Johnstone: US Foreign Policy Is a War on Disobedience

US Foreign Policy Is A War On Disobedience In an excellent new essay titled “We’re Not the Good Guys — Why Is American Aggression Missing in Action?“, Tom Engelhardt criticizes the way western media outlets consistently describe the behavior of disobedient nations like Iran as “aggressions”, but never use that label for the (generally antecedent …

Zero Hedge from TomDispatch: William Astore on Ending the Pentagon’s Long Con

Ending the Pentagon’s Long Con: Six Ways to Curb America’s Military Machine By William J. Astore In short, the U.S. spends staggering sums annually, essentially stolen from a domestic economy and infrastructure that’s fraying at the seams, on what still passes for “defense.” The result: botched wars in distant lands that have little, if anything, to do …