Tomgram: Engelhardt, Forever War

Posted by Tom Engelhardt

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: And I do mean readers! A TomDispatch “library” of four popular new books is taking shape for fall 2010. The first is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… Whoops, sorry… I meant, of course, my own thriller, The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, which the U.S. military has been insistent about publicizing these last months (see below); the second, Chalmers Johnson’s Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope, has just gotten a superb review in Foreign Policy Journal; the third, Nick Turse’s The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan lays out the option that’s never on the table when “all options are on the table” in Washington (see below again); and the fourth is Andrew Bacevich’s bestselling Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. All four are connected, some more intimately than others, to this site. All four add up to a view of how our Pentagon-heavy American world now works. All four should be on your bookshelf. And by the way, every time you click on a TomDispatch book link and buy something at, we get a small cut of your purchase (at no cost to you). It’s a great way to support this website. While I’m at it, let me offer a deep bow to all TomDispatch readers who have become recurring contributors to this site. Your regularly arriving donations are a real factor in our survival. I wish I could thank each of you individually, but consider this my thanks to all of you at once! Tom ]

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