Tom Engelhardt


Tom Engelhardt, creator of and author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, discusses Tomdispatch writer Nick Turse’s updated estimate of just how many US foreign military bases exist; how the official DOD tally omits bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and most of the Persian Gulf; why, in the age of billion dollar embassies and $130 million fuel depots, the US “empire of bases” is not economically sustainable; and how your stimulus dollars are being used for building police forces (in Afghanistan).

MP3 here. (18:10)

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. His newest book is The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s.

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  1. I watched a documentary about the Vietnam war last night. Thousands of villages burnt to the ground, people slaughtered indiscriminately, young girls gang raped and then murdered in front of their families and it was all SOP -standard operating procedure as one soldier described it. 'Kill everything that moves' was the order of the day, every day. From 3 to 5 million Vietnamese were murdered. We will never know the number. We talk about nazism as if it was a 'German' thing. The American soldier has been a Nazi. A soldier serves his country heroically and rapes and kills shamefully. With every public honor of war there is the secret shame of war, the hidden shame behind the wall of medals and ribbons. If war is hell the soldier is always represented as the angel within that hell. Yet without him that hell could not be possible. Generals testify before Congress, their uniforms covered with medals and decorations although none of them has ever done anything but sit behind a desk giving orders. Every one of those decorations is a mark of shame. War is a series of atrocities, cruelties, injustices, poison, lies, deceptions and destructions.

    1. If people knew the unimaginable genocidal US bombings of North Korea which left totally destroyed cities with only chimneys left errected, with dead bodies of women holding their childred…The most savage carpet and fire bombardments of all German and Japanese cities (over 66 cities in Japan), and premeditatedly keeping 4 cities in Japan to experiment 2 different types of A-bomb (one made with plutonium and the other with enriched uranium). How many "US civilians" have or had been killed by any country? A military base in the middle of Pacific ocean in US occupied Kingdom of Hawaii -called "pearle harbour"- which was suffocating Japan by embargo, deserves such savageries? There is a clever way by US establishment to dismiss all of these crimes by only highlighting and admitting one event in each country – like "My Lai" Massacre or Abu Ghraib prison etc- and dismissing constant and every day crimes which US commits in all of its wars and uses other countries as weapon test sites…Add to that the genocides and ethnic cleansings of natives etc etc… what does one conclude?

  2. Dear Mr.Horton is not blocked in Australia, it is an interesting website and I am glad that the
    usa cannot block it in other countries. I always enjoy your interviews. Kind regards Hanna Jones

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