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Blogger Profile: Nick Turse

Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com. He is the editor of The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Verso, 2010), the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2008) and has written for The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Adbuster, GOOD magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique (English- and German- language), In These Times, Mother Jones and The Village Voice, among other print and on-line publications.  His articles have also appeared in such newspapers as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Contra-Costa Times, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Hartford Courant, The Indianapolis Star, The Knoxville News Sentinel, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Tampa Tribune, among others.

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Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

March 17th, 2014

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa: America’s New Model for Expeditionary Warfare

Crossposted from TomDispatch Lion Forward Teams? Echo Casemate? Juniper Micron? You could be forgiven if this jumble of words looks like nonsense to you.  It isn’t.  It’s the language of the U.S. military’s simmering African interventions; the patois that goes with a set of missions carried out in countries most ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

January 12th, 2014

America’s Black-Ops Blackout: Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military

Crossposted from TomDispatch “Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me. More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

July 11th, 2013

The Classic Military Runaround: Your Tax Dollars at Work Keeping You in the Dark

There are hundreds, possibly thousands of U.S. personnel -- the military refuses to say how many -- stationed in the ochre-tinted country of Qatar.  Out in the searing heat of the desert, they fly fighter jets or fix them.  They equip and arm troops headed to war.  Some work in ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

May 13th, 2013

Nuclear Terror in the Middle East: Lethality Beyond the Pale

In those first minutes, they’ll be stunned. Eyes fixed in a thousand-yard stare, nerve endings numbed. They’ll just stand there. Soon, you’ll notice that they are holding their arms out at a 45-degree angle. Your eyes will be drawn to their hands and you’ll think you mind is playing tricks. ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

January 31st, 2013

The Hagel Hearings: The Last Best Chance for the Truth About a Lost War and America’s War-Making Future

Crossposted from TomDispatch He’s been battered by big-money conservative groups looking to derail his bid for secretary of defense.  Critics say he wants to end America’s nuclear program.  They claim he’s anti-Israel and soft on Iran.  So you can expect intense questioning -- if only for theatrical effect -- about ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

October 25th, 2012

A Failed Formula for Worldwide War: How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature

They looked like a gang of geriatric giants. Clad in smart casual attire -- dress shirts, sweaters, and jeans -- and incongruous blue hospital booties, they strode around “the world,” stopping to stroke their chins and ponder this or that potential crisis. Among them was General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

August 9th, 2012

Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War The Election Year Outsourcing that No One’s Talking About

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn the 1980s, the U.S. government began funneling aid to mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan as part of an American proxy war against the Soviet Union. It was, in the minds of America’s Cold War leaders, a rare chance to bloody the Soviets, to give them a taste of ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

July 29th, 2012

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa: An Exchange between Colonel Tom Davis and Nick Turse

Crossposted from TomDispatchFROM:  Colonel Tom Davis Director, U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany TO:  Mr. Tom Engelhardt, Editor   Dear Mr. Engelhardt, We read the recent article “Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon’s ‘New Spice Route’ in Africa” with great interest. It is clear ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

July 12th, 2012

Obama’s Scramble for Africa: Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon’s “New Spice Route” in Africa

Crossposted from TomDispatchThey call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today’s “spice road” has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks.  Instead, it’s a superpower’s superhighway, on which trucks and ships shuttle fuel, food, and ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

June 14th, 2012

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

It looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie.  In the inky darkness, men in full combat gear, armed with automatic weapons and wearing night-vision goggles, grabbed hold of a thick, woven cable hanging from a MH-47 Chinook helicopter.  Then, in a flash, each “fast-roped” down onto a ship ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

May 31st, 2012

A Drone-Eat-Drone World: With Its “Roadmap” in Tatters, The Pentagon Detours to Terminator Planet

Crossposted from TomDispatchU.S. military documents tell the story vividly.  In the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa, an unmanned mini-submarine deployed from the USS Freedom detects an “anomaly”: another small remotely-operated sub with welding capabilities tampering with a major undersea oil pipeline.  The American submarine’s “smart software” ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

April 28th, 2012

Wars of Attrition: Green Zones of the Mind, Guerrillas, and a Technical Knockout in Afghanistan

Crossposted from TomDispatchRecently, after insurgents unleashed sophisticated, synchronized attacks across Afghanistan involving dozens of fighters armed with suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms, as well as car bombs, the Pentagon was quick to emphasize what hadn’t happened.  “I’m not minimizing the seriousness of this, but this was in no ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

February 12th, 2012

450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet

In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence.  The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

January 16th, 2012

The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare

Crossposted from TomDispatchAmerican fighter jets screamed over the Iraqi countryside heading for the MQ-1 Predator drone, while its crew in California stood by helplessly.  What had begun as an ordinary reconnaissance mission was now taking a ruinous turn.  In an instant, the jets attacked and then it was all over.  ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

December 21st, 2011

The Drone That Fell From the Sky

Crossposted from TomDispatchThe drone had been in the air for close to five hours before its mission crew realized that something was wrong.  The oil temperature in the plane’s turbocharger, they noticed, had risen into the “cautionary” range. An hour later, it was worse, and it just kept rising as ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

December 13th, 2011

Making Repression Our Business

Crossposted from TomdispatchAs the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region, building up military ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

October 16th, 2011

America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases

Crossposted from TomDispatchThey increasingly dot the planet.  There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

September 18th, 2011

Obama’s Arc of Instability

Crossposted from TomdispatchIt’s a story that should take your breath away: the destabilization of what, in the Bush years, used to be called “the arc of instability.”  It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the ... continue reading

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

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