US Militarism

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014

In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.

Obama uses Ebola crisis to “surge” 3,000 troops into West Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2014

The response to the Ebola epidemic underscores the reliance of US imperialism on its residual military superiority in the second “scramble for Africa”, which pits it against China.

California residents speak out against militarization of Davis police department

By Evan Blake and Juan Verala Luz, 16 September 2014

Residents of the California town turned out in large numbers to demand the local police department’s return of a newly-acquired Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Malaysia offers its military facilities for US spy planes

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2014

If US military aircraft do begin to operate from Malaysia, the move would mark a significant shift by Kuala Lumpur toward Washington.

San Diego school district acquires a military assault vehicle

By Jake Dean, 16 September 2014

Militarization of the police is now being fully integrated within public schools.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014

Using the pretext of attacking ISIS militias, the US has revived its plans directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.

US Congress to vote to fund Syrian “rebels”

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2014

The House will act on Monday, followed shortly by the Senate, with both parties expected to provide top-heavy majorities for stepped-up US intervention in the Syrian civil war.

US and EU expand economic sanctions against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 13 September 2014

Banks affected by the new economic restrictions include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank.

The war for regime-change in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014

The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.

Obama administration asserts unlimited powers for new war in Iraq, Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2014

The White House designated military operations in Iraq and Syria as a “war,” even as it insisted that it did not need congressional authorization.

US to rapidly expand war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014

While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.

Obama’s speech on ISIS: Perpetual war in Iraq, Syria and beyond

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2014

In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, Obama outlined a program of perpetual war, with ISIS a convenient pretext.

NATO steps up anti-Russian moves as ceasefire begins in Ukraine

By Jordan Shilton, 6 September 2014

Demonstrating NATO’s renewed focus on Eastern Europe, Poland announced it would host the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2016.

US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014

The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.

At NATO summit, US and Europe threaten Russia, plan military action against ISIS

By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014

The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.

Obama and the financial aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 5 September 2014

The wave of reckless speculation in the US financial system and the drive to war have a common root: the domination of the financial oligarchy over society.

Obama assures Baltic states of NATO’s “eternal” assistance

By Christoph Dreier, 5 September 2014

Obama’s statements in Estonia provided a blank cheque for any kind of military provocation against Russia.

New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014

While Democratic Party speakers urged faith in Obama, a section of the protest broke away to demonstrate at the local police station.

US and Europe escalate provocations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2014

This weekend’s EU summit in Brussels marked a major escalation of threats against Russia, raising the specter of full-scale war between Russia and NATO.

US steps up Mideast military intervention

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2014

In bombing ISIS targets in Iraq around the town of Amerli, the US carried out its first military action in coordination with Shi’ite militia forces.

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014

The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

The development of sophisticated crowd control doctrines by the military is an expression of the far advanced preparations of the US elite for dictatorship.

White House threatens Russia over alleged incursion into eastern Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 29 August 2014

The White House is strongly backing the Ukrainian government as it carries out a brutal war against predominantly Russian-speaking cities in the east.

NATO steps up military preparations against Russia

By Kumaran Ira, 28 August 2014

NATO is preparing to deploy troops to new bases in Eastern Europe and sending war ships into the Black Sea.

Australian government ready to join US air war in Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2014

While Abbott and his ministers claim “no decision has been made,” preparations for Australian military involvement are well advanced.

More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen

US “errors” and the debacle in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014

The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.

US military to initiate operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 26 August 2014

Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.

Thousands gather in St. Louis for Michael Brown’s funeral

By Niles Williamson, 26 August 2014

The principal speaker at the funeral was Democratic Party politician Al Sharpton, who has worked in coordination with the White House to suppress anger over the police killing of Brown.

Class and race in US police killings: A further comment

By Alan Gilman, 26 August 2014

From 1999 to 2011, police killed more than 5,000 people in the United States, a majority of them white.

Compton, California, school police to carry assault rifles

By Kevin Martinez, 26 August 2014

News that Compton school police will be armed with AR-15 assault rifles has angered many in the impoverished area, where schools are starved for funds, unemployment is high, and the social infrastructure is crumbling.

Fears of “a new cold war” and conflict in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2014

The increasingly volatile situation in Asia is provoking a degree of nervousness in Washington, including among those directly responsible for creating it.

Obama administration “review” aimed at systematizing transfer of military arms to police

By Andre Damon, 25 August 2014

The White House’s “review” of its programs to arm local law enforcement will serve to intensify, regularize and professionalize the militarization of domestic police.

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.

Top US general suggests lifting ban on arms sales to Vietnam

By John Roberts, 25 August 2014

Ending or easing the US ban on arms sales would be a significant further step in closer US ties with the Vietnamese regime—directed against China.

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Philippine Supreme Court controversy: A revealing glimpse into Washington’s machinations

By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014

The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.

US war drive in Asia continues apace

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014

Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Amnesty International report: Widespread killings of Afghan civilians under Obama administration

By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014

Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.

Texas National Guard deploys to US-Mexico border

By Kevin Martinez, 16 August 2014

In addition to the National Guard, far-right militias armed with guns and military equipment have begun patrolling the border on their own accord.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Washington’s war preparations against China

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

The pseudo-left groups Socialist Aotearoa and Fightback falsely depict China as “imperialist” in order to justify Washington’s war drive.

India and US to further expand military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 August 2014

US Defense Secretary Hagel claimed that Washington is offering India military co-development and co-production deals unlike those the US has “with any other country.”

AUSMIN talks deepen Australian integration into US war plans

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014

From the US-led confrontation with Russia, to the new air war in Iraq and the US “pivot” against China, there was not a sliver of difference between US and Australian ministers.

Political crisis grips Baghdad as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2014

The Obama administration is pursuing contradictory policies, demanding a unity government in Baghdad while arming the Peshmerga militia in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The war cabal in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2014

The United States has gone to war again in Iraq, in defiance of popular opposition and without even a pretense of democratic debate.

No end date for US military intervention in Iraq

By James Cogan, 11 August 2014

The Islamist ISIS movement is threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.

France backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2014

France is supporting the US decision to launch air strikes in Iraq, amid the civil war unleashed by the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Syria.

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014

The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.

Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

Washington plans for world war

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2014

A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.

US spy plane incident raises more questions over MH17 crash

By our reporter, 6 August 2014

Despite the insistence of the US and the European powers that Moscow is responsible for the July 17 crash of Malaysia Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, they have not produced any credible evidence to back up their assertions.

US major general killed in insider Afghan army attack

By Gabriel Black, 6 August 2014

A two-star American major general was killed and many other US soldiers were injured by a member of the Afghan army.

US researcher victimized over article opposing nuclear weapons

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014

The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.

Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

The Libyan catastrophe

By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2014

The catastrophe in Libya is an indictment not only of the imperialist powers, but also of pro-imperialist academics and pseudo-left parties they mobilized to support the war.

US evacuates Libyan embassy

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2014

The abandonment of its embassy in Tripoli is the latest debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Kill Team: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan

By Joanne Laurier, 26 July 2014

The “Kill Team,” the nickname applied by the media to members of a US army unit that committed war crimes in Afghanistan, is also the title of the film by documentarian Dan Krauss.

Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east

By Alex Lantier, 25 July 2014

The far-right Kiev government collapsed yesterday as Kiev's bloody civil war in east Ukraine continued to escalate.

Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014

An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”

US lies and hypocrisy on Gaza and Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2014

The same government that is wringing its hands over the airliner deaths in Ukraine and making the most provocative charges of moral responsibility, is totally complicit in the deaths in Gaza.

European powers seize on flight MH17 crash as pretext for war

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2014

The way the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine is being politically exploited parallels the way the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US was utilized to pursue reactionary aims.

Obama administration added 1.5 million names to US terrorist watch list

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014

The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014

The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.

Cybersecurity bill will expand surveillance powers of US military and intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.

Edward Snowden seeks asylum renewal from Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014

The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.

Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects

New revelations shatter US government lies on illegal surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014

Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.

US troops have secretly been deployed to Somalia since 2007

By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2014

Officials made clear that the US intends to escalate its military intervention in the strategic Horn of Africa.

Syracuse, New York’s Fowler High School to be “reformed”

The militarization of American public schools

By Steve Filips and Don Barrett, 5 July 2014

The high school will be closed and transformed into an academy focusing on training students for the military.

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 2014

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.

America’s paramilitary police

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2014

While the political establishment never loses the opportunity to declare there is no money for health care or education, billions of dollars are made available to equip the police with the latest instruments of violence.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2014

The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.

US escalates intervention in Mideast crisis

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2014

On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Blackwater mercenaries on trial in US court for 2007 Iraq massacre

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2014

The September 16, 2007 shootings by Blackwater mercenaries left 14 Iraqis dead and wounded 18 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Region-wide war threatens as Iraqi state disintegrates

By James Cogan, 27 June 2014

Iraq’s prime minister has turned toward enlisting the assistance of Shiite militias, the Iranian Shiite regime and Russia.

ACLU report exposes US federal government’s role in creating “paramilitary police”

By Andre Damon, 27 June 2014

The ACLU report concludes that the “federal government has justified and encouraged the militarization of local law enforcement.”

The Obama drone murder memo

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014

The long-suppressed Justice Department memo released Monday establishes that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in the most calculated and criminal manner, oversaw the murder of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.

Memo on drone killings of US citizens makes case for presidential dictatorship

By Barry Grey, 24 June 2014

The Obama administration memo constitutes prima facie evidence of crimes against international law, the US Constitution, and the democratic rights of the American people.

Kerry affirms US support for Egyptian junta

By Johannes Stern, 23 June 2014

In a show of support for the blood-soaked military regime in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo on Sunday.

Democracy and the debacle in Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 23 June 2014

While divided over tactics in the pursuit of global power, the different factions of the US state and military apparatus are united on at least one issue: they bear no responsibility for anything.

Impact of war and persecution

More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2014

Nearly one-fifth of the world’s displaced people come from a single conflict, the civil war in Syria.

Pakistan military and US drones pound North Waziristan

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014

In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.

Obama orders nearly 300 US troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2014

The order to deploy US forces to Iraq for the first time since the US withdrawal in December 2011 comes amid growing signs of a full-fledged civil war.

Facing a debacle in Iraq, the US turns for help to Iran

By Alex Lantier, 18 June 2014

The spreading civil war in Iraq is a shipwreck of massive dimensions for US foreign policy, with far-reaching political implications.

Washington seeks alliance with Tehran as civil war in Iraq intensifies

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2014

The fact that the United States is publicly asking for Iran’s help is a measure of the desperation of American policy makers as Washington’s decades-long policy in Iraq and the broader Middle East implodes under the weight of its own contradictions.

The US media and the debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014

A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.

Pentagon begins Bergdahl investigation

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014

The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.

Obama responds to Iraq debacle with military escalation

By Patrick Martin, 16 June 2014

Eleven years after initiating the worst bloodbath of the 21st century, American imperialism is preparing to compound its crimes in Iraq.

Militarization of police in America

By Zac Corrigan, 16 June 2014

The Pentagon has been equipping US police departments with military weapons, combat vehicles and other wartime equipment.

The debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2014

The events in Iraq represent not merely a foreign policy failure, but an exposure of the criminal and reckless nature of the US government and the American capitalist ruling elite.

Australian PM intensifies commitment to US war preparations

By Mike Head, 14 June 2014

Tony Abbott’s visit to Washington marks another escalation in the Australian government’s involvement in American militarism.

Washington drives escalating tensions in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.

US air strike kills five special operations troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2014

The latest mass casualty incident involving US occupation troops is indicative of the kind of fighting that will continue in the wake of Washington’s formal withdrawal.

Newly installed President Poroshenko pledges to militarise Ukraine and crush rebellion in the east

By Mike Head, 9 June 2014

While the Western media portrayed it as a powerful performance, the speech only underscored the fact that Poroshenko is nothing but a front man for German and particularly American imperialism.

Right-wing campaign intensifies against family of American POW Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014

There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.

G7 unity shows cracks on Russia sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014

While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.

The US media and the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014

The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.

Obama backs state terror against eastern Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2014

Meeting with billionaire President-Elect Poroshenko, Obama backed the regime’s “anti-terrorism operation” and offered military supplies and training to carry it out.

Obama escalates NATO confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2014

Amid an increasingly bloody offensive by the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine, Obama began talks in Poland Tuesday aimed at ratcheting up military pressure on Russia.

US media campaign targets released Afghan war POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2014

There is little doubt that the primary factor behind the vitriol against the Bergdahls is their antiwar sentiment.