US Militarism

Washington’s secret wars

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2017

The refusal to reveal the level of overseas troop deployments is aimed first and foremost at concealing from the American people the ever expanding global reach of US wars and militarism.

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

The Russian President's pronouncement of a 'victory' over ISIS presages not peace, but an even more direct and aggressive conflict between the US and Russia.

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2017

In the 13 days since North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching large portions of North America, the US has further escalated its war threats.

Further signs of looming US war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2017

Out of the blue, Trump officials have suggested that US athletes might not compete in the Winter Olympics in South Korea due to security concerns.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former dictator, killed in Sana’a

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2017

The death of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, appears to signal the failure of a Saudi-backed plot to overthrow the Houthi-led government.

Australian foreign policy White Paper underscores danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2017

The document reflects the rising anxieties in ruling circles over the breakdown of the post-World War II order and the emergence of “a more competitive and contested world.”

Top US official warns “not much time” to prevent Korean war

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2017

To justify US military aggression, National Security Adviser McMaster grossly inflated the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

Trump administration escalates threat to “utterly destroy” North Korea

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2017

The United States is in the advanced stage of planning some form of military operation against North Korea, which, if carried out, would imperil millions of lives.

Kremlin instructs Russian industry to prepare for war mobilization

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2017

A century after World War I, amid another catastrophic political collapse of world capitalism, countries across Europe and the world are again preparing for total war.

US expands military offensive in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 24 November 2017

The official US military deployment in Somalia has increased to more than 500, the largest contingent of soldiers in the country since 1993.

US bombing of Afghanistan up by 300 percent

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2017

While the media lavished attention on the Pentagon’s claims to have bombed opium production facilities, the latest raids are only part of a tripling of airstrikes this year.

US sanctions against North Korea target China

By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2017

Washington is determined to exploit the confrontation with Pyongyang to undermine China economically and strategically.

US-backed Saudi blockade deprives 2.5 million Yemenis of clean water

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2017

The lack of clean water threatens to compound the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, even as millions confront famine.

Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2017

Trump’s decision is another step towards a catastrophic war that would not only kill millions on the Korean Peninsula but could potentially draw in major powers such as China and Russia.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the Saudi military as it carries out a siege of Yemen that could claim the lives of millions.

Senate hearing considers threat of an unprovoked US nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2017

The hearing heard the former head of the US Strategic Command raise the prospect of the military refusing a first strike order, creating what he called an “interesting constitutional situation.”

Murder of US Green Beret by Navy Seals in Mali exposes criminal military operations in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 15 November 2017

Reports from unnamed US officials indicate that the two murder suspects were stealing cash from a “slush fund” set aside for the purpose of paying informants.

Trump’s Asia visit: Growing US economic isolation to fuel military push

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2017

Trump’s tour has underscored the mounting problems US imperialism confronts globally.

Saudi crisis threatens wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2017

The mass arrests in Saudi Arabia, combined with the kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister and the escalation of the war against Yemen, point to immense instability.

“Time is quickly running out”

Trump threatens China over North Korea and trade

By James Cogan, 10 November 2017

Three aircraft carrier battlegroups are positioned off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and will rehearse for war this weekend.

NATO summit escalates preparation for war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2017

NATO is planning for a major land war in Europe against Russia, which fields the world’s second-largest nuclear arsenal after the United States.

The colossal cost of Washington’s unending wars

By Bill Van Auken, 9 November 2017

According to Brown University’s latest “Costs of War” report, the Pentagon has squandered nearly $6 trillion over the past 16 years of US invasions, occupations and military interventions.

In wake of US threats against North Korea, China heaps honors on Trump

By James Cogan, 9 November 2017

The strategic orientation of the Chinese regime is to avoid an open clash with Washington for as long as possible.

In Seoul, Trump delivers war ultimatum to North Korea

By James Cogan, 8 November 2017

The casualties and horrors of a second Korean War, in 2017, could make those of nearly 70 years ago pale in comparison.

US airstrikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2017

The air war has been stepped up as the International Criminal Court reviews potential war crimes charges against the US military and CIA in Afghanistan.

Trump encourages Japanese militarism against North Korea and China

By James Cogan, 7 November 2017

Trump displayed complete indifference to anti-war sentiment in Japan, as he strutted alongside right-wing nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe.

NATO intensifies its preparations for war with Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 7 November 2017

Against the backdrop of US aggression against North Korea, NATO is intensifying its preparations for war with Russia, the world’s second largest nuclear power.

Trump in Asia: On the eve of war

By James Cogan, 6 November 2017

Trump personifies the decay of American imperialism and the calculation of its strategists that it can arrest its decline by military means.

Lebanese crisis bound up with war drive against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2017

Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, echoing the virulent anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Saudi monarchy.

Trump begins 12-day visit to Asia to build war coalition against North Korea

By James Cogan, 4 November 2017

The visit symbolically began with a visit by the president to the Pearl Habor naval base, where war between the US and Japan for dominance over Asia began in December 1941.

Bowe Bergdahl sentenced to dishonorable discharge, avoids prison in court-martial for desertion

By Shelley Connor, 4 November 2017

U.S. army soldier Bowe Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years in brutal conditions, gaining his freedom as part of a prisoner swap in 2014.

Trump demands death penalty in New York City attack

By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2017

There are no fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats in the bipartisan “war on terror.”

“They are waging war when necessary”

Niger defense minister exposes US military role in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 2 November 2017

Washington has claimed that the 800 US special forces personnel stationed in Niger are restricted to providing training and surveillance assistance.

Tillerson touts US-India partnership on South Asian tour

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 November 2017

The US secretary of state made clear that New Delhi is central to Washington’s aggressive strategy against China.

General lets slip US escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017

The general’s “slip of the tongue” served only to further expose the military escalation being carried out behind the backs of the American people.

Pentagon halts release of information on Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017

The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.

Mattis, Tillerson testify before Senate committee

Bipartisan push for new US force resolution to rubber-stamp expanded war

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The principal focus of the hearing was how to provide a pseudo-democratic fig leaf for the launching of new wars.

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2017

The Trump administration is threatening a war not just with conventional weapons, but with nuclear bombs—directed against North Korea and any other power that joins the conflict.

US, India push anti-China campaign at Sri Lankan maritime conference

By Naveen Devage and K. Ratnayake, 30 October 2017

Senior military figures from Washington and New Delhi warned against any threat to the US-dominated “rules-based order” in the Indo-Pacific.

UN Ambassador Haley visits Africa amid US military escalation, social catastrophe

By Eddie Haywood, 28 October 2017

The tour happened against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s expansion of US military operations on the continent.

Tillerson delivers stern warning to Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 28 October 2017

In a visit of just four hours, Tillerson spelled out Washington’s demand Pakistan join the US in dramatically escalating Afghan war violence or brace itself for reprisals.

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2017

American imperialism is preparing to inflict upon the African continent the levels of carnage that it has already wrought upon the Middle East, where entire societies have been shattered.

Trump: US “totally prepared” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2017

The US military preparations take place amid bitter infighting in Washington fuelled, in part, by fears an American attack on North Korea could be imminent.

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2017

As details of the botched operation trickle out, there is a growing drumbeat for Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

Documents show US participation in 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 25 October 2017

Up to one million workers, peasants and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party were murdered, in one of the greatest imperialist crimes of the 20th century.

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2017

Amid a standoff with North Korea and tensions with Russia and China, Washington is preparing to return its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.

Tillerson calls for “dramatic deepening” of Indo-US alliance

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 October 2017

An enhanced Indo-US alliance, Tillerson told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is vital to counter a rising China that refuses to heel to the US-led world order.

Behind the New York Times’ concern about Washington’s “forever wars”: Plans for new war authorization and conscription

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2017

The roiling public debate surrounding the deaths of four special forces troops in Niger has threatened to lift the lid on the unbridled power of the Pentagon and the drive toward world war.

US threatens Iran after fall of ISIS “capital” of Raqqa

By James Cogan, 23 October 2017

The end of ISIS control has not ended the carnage in Syria and Iraq, but opened up a potentially even bloodier stage.

The US lurches toward military dictatorship

By Andre Damon, 23 October 2017

Gen. John Kelly’s militarist diatribe at a White House press briefing laid bare an open secret of American politics: behind the façade of democratic rule, the United States increasingly resembles a military dictatorship.

“This anti-Russian campaign is horrible”: An interview with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan

By David Walsh, 23 October 2017

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, has had many bitter experiences with the Democratic Party.

Pompeo vows that the CIA will become a “much more vicious agency”

By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017

Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.

Gen. Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2017

The callous and reactionary response of the Trump White House to the anguish of the family of a US soldier killed in Niger is of a piece with the deep-going militarization of the US government.

US and European military operations in West Africa set the stage for broader war

By Eddie Haywood, 20 October 2017

Underpinning the operations of American, French and German forces in West Africa is the desire to control the region's deposits of uranium, minerals and oil.

Trump, John Kelly and the media firestorm over “disrespecting” the troops

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2017

Trump’s comments to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson were not an aberration, but a crude expression of the callousness of the US ruling elite.

Military industry stocks soar amid growing threat of war

By Gabriel Black, 19 October 2017

While basic social services are being slashed, the ruling elite is pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into more-sophisticated ways to kill people.

US admiral must “imagine the unimagined:” All-out war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 18 October 2017

The comment from Admiral Harry Harris, who is centrally responsible for preparing US forces for conflict with North Korea, is the latest threat against Pyongyang.

Iraqi seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurds risks broader war

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2017

While the US military and corporate media sought to downplay the scale of the clashes Monday, the Iraqi army’s advance will have explosive consequences for the entire region.

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Bergdahl pleaded guilty out of concern that he would not receive a fair trial after President Donald Trump declared him a traitor and called for his execution multiple times.

Transatlantic antagonisms deepen after Trump threatens withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 16 October 2017

Transatlantic relations have deteriorated throughout 2017 as Trump has resorted to “America first” nationalism and the major European powers, above all Germany, have advanced their own imperialist ambitions.

US open to diplomacy with North Korea “until the first bomb drops”

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2017

Far from offering any reassurance of a peaceful solution, Tillerson’s remarks underscore the advanced state of US preparations for a war with North Korea.

Denouncing Iran as a terrorist state, Trump refuses to recertify nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2017

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washington’s satisfaction.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

By Eddie Haywood, 14 October 2017

The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret.

Sri Lankan government enforces UN sanctions against North Korea

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 14 October 2017

Colombo has increasingly integrated Sri Lanka behind Washington’s war preparations against China and North Korea.

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup”

By Joseph Kishore, 13 October 2017

There is growing speculation of secret discussions among cabinet members and high-level staff about forcing Trump out of office.

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2017

As Trump faces a mounting political crisis at home, the US president may see a war with North Korea as a means of shoring up his administration and crushing domestic political opposition.

Trump to light fuse under Iran nuclear deal, as part of more aggressive anti-Iran strategy

By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2017

In addition to certifying Iran as non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump is said to be preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organization.”

US defence secretary calls on military to be ready for war against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 October 2017

President Trump has repeatedly dismissed efforts to start talks with North Korea and to end the dangerous confrontation on the Korean Peninsula.

Surrounded by generals, Trump remarks on “the calm before the storm”

By Peter Symonds, 7 October 2017

Trump’s menacing comment—almost certainly directed against North Korea—is another warning that the US is on the brink of launching a catastrophic war.

Killings of four elite soldiers in Niger highlight vast scale of American military operations in Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 7 October 2017

The deployment of troops to Niger is an element of the “scramble for Africa,” which was commenced by Obama and is being continued under Trump.

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

Trump administration crisis worsens amid war drive against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2017

Notwithstanding concerted efforts to downplay any breach, Tillerson has been publicly at odds with Trump—most sharply over the US confrontation with North Korea.

US pushes for closer Sri Lankan involvement into war drive against China

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 October 2017

The US is planning to slash foreign aid to Sri Lanka this year apparently to underscore its displeasure about the Colombo government’s recent investment deals with China.

Trump rules out negotiations with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2017

Trump’s crude tweet branded Tillerson’s efforts as “a waste of time” while also targeting Chinese leaders, with whom the US secretary of state had just held talks.

The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

The 18-hour documentary series on PBS combines gripping images of the US war, an exposure of the lies and crimes of the Johnson and Nixon administrations, and a narrative that seems intended to block any serious understanding of American imperialism.

Taliban attack greets US Defense Secretary Mattis in Afghanistan

By Keith Jones, 29 September 2017

Mattis’ South Asia trip was focused on implementing Trump’s new, more aggressive Afghan war strategy and further integrating India into the offensive against China.

Trump makes another reckless threat against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2017

By declaring that military action is not only an option but could be imminent, Trump is relentlessly pushing the world toward the precipice of a calamitous war.

North Korea warns that Trump’s threats are a declaration of war

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2017

Washington’s constant drumbeat of threats and military provocations is aimed at forcing Pyongyang to unconditionally capitulate or goad it into action that can be seized on as the casus belli for a war of annihilation.

South Korea backs Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2017

The Moon Jae-in administration in Seoul is deepening its military cooperation with the US while continuing to posture as an advocate of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

US-Russian tensions flare in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2017

The death of a Russian general and claims by US-backed Kurdish forces of Russian air strikes have brought Washington and Moscow to the brink of an armed clash.

As Trump threatens North Korea, most Americans oppose war

By Peter Symonds, 25 September 2017

An opinion poll revealed the majority of Americans oppose a US attack on North Korea, fear it will lead to a wider war and do not trust Trump as commander-in-chief.

Trump provokes North Korean counter-threats and heightens war danger

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2017

North Korea has clearly concluded that the US is intent on destroying its government and is developing its nuclear arsenal in a desperate bid to counter the US threat.

Trump announces aggressive sanctions against trade with North Korea

By Mike Head, 22 September 2017

Trump’s executive order is clearly aimed primarily at China, but can also threaten other countries.

Trump’s UN tirade and the logic of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2017

The absence of any serious evaluation of the implications of war reflects the aggressive militarism and recklessness that prevails within the political establishment.

Fears of nuclear war grow after Trump’s threat to annihilate North Korea

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2017

The ruling elite internationally is in a state of perplexity, terror and denial in the face of the danger that Washington will launch nuclear war.

Australian establishment endorses Trump’s fascistic UN speech

By James Cogan, 21 September 2017

The Turnbull government is stepping forward to serve as an international mouthpiece for Washington.

US initiates plan to blow-up Iran nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined Washington’s demands for the “renegotiation” of the Iran nuclear accord at a meeting yesterday of its signatories.

US media response to Trump’s fascistic UN tirade ranges from complacency to concurrence

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2017

The US media response to a speech that could have been delivered by Hitler largely fails to rise above quibbling over tactics and style.

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

By Eric London, 20 September 2017

The bill increases the military budget by $80 billion from 2016 and includes major allocations to prepare the US nuclear arsenal for war.

Japanese PM backs US “military option” against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2017

Abe’s conclusion that “dialogue will not work with North Korea” amounts to a menacing threat to deal with Pyongyang either through regime change or war.

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2017

The American president publicly threatened to unleash a genocidal war, declaring that he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.

UN General Assembly convenes under shadow of war

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2017

On the eve of the opening session of the UN General Assembly, top US officials have reiterated threats of a “military option” on the Korean peninsula that could lead to nuclear war.

Pentagon to fortify Kabul for unending Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017

The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.

Trump threatens North Korea with “effective and overwhelming” military force

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2017

Senior Trump officials insisted that the US had a “military option” and warned that time was running out for any diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

North Korea tests missile in response to sanctions

By James Cogan, 15 September 2017

Washington is pushing the besieged regime in North Korea into a corner from which it could escape only by a complete capitulation to US demands.

NATO launches war games in advance of Russian exercise

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2017

The dueling military exercises are unfolding as relations between Washington and Moscow are more tense than at any time since the height of the Cold War.

UN Security Council imposes severe sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2017

Far from easing tensions in North East Asia, the UN resolution sets the stage for further US provocations and heightens the danger of military conflict.

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

The media has largely blacked out new revelations of the direct role of Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest Mideast allies, in preparing the attacks.