US Militarism

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.

US troops arrive at western Ukraine training camp

By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2015

The 290 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will train and equip some 900 Ukrainian National Guard troops, including some publicly linked to neo-Nazi groups.

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”

Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has launched a counteroffensive against Iraqi government positions in Ramadi, capital of Anbar Province.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

Journalist Richard Engel’s 2012 kidnapping account was part of drive to war with Syria

By David Walsh, 17 April 2015

NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2015

This week’s sentencing of four Blackwater mercenaries for the murder of 17 Iraqis only begs the question: Why have no top US officials been held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands?

US government targeted second American citizen for assassination

By Andre Damon, 14 April 2015

In a lead article posted Monday, the New York Times revealed the name of an American citizen who had been placed on the so-called “kill list” for drone assassination.

Australian citizen on US drone “kill list”

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2015

The complicity of the Australian political establishment underscores not only its support for Washington’s crimes but its contempt for democratic rights at home.

Blackwater mercenaries sentenced for 2007 Iraq massacre

By Niles Williamson, 14 April 2015

Four former employees of private security contractor Blackwater were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Monday for their role in the notorious Nisour Square slayings.

US defense secretary promotes “pivot” in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 14 April 2015

Carter made clear that Washington is intent on increasing its overall military presence in the country.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2015

US-backed and Saudi-led military forces bombarding Yemen “will soon take action on the ground,” a Saudi commander vowed this weekend.

NATO rearmament increases risk of war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015

NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.

Obama green lights weapons sales to Egypt, Pakistan

By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2015

The arms transfers are being coordinated to meet the needs of the US-backed, Saudi and Egyptian-led war against Yemen

Report details massive police response to Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 6 April 2015

A new report reveals the extensive mobilization of police and intelligence forces following the April 15, 2013, bombings.

Obama hails Iran deal as US strategic triumph

By Keith Jones, 4 April 2015

The Obama administration calculates that an accommodation with Iran will strengthen US imperialism’s hand against its more formidable geo-strategic rivals, Russia and China.

Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015

Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.

US faces another debacle on Pacific economic treaty

By Mike Head, 4 April 2015

Talks have broken down again on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed US-dominated bloc.

US Army to train Ukrainian fascist militias

By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2015

American commandos will begin training Ukrainian National Guard units, including the notorious Azov Battalion, on April 20.

The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2015

The purpose of the Pentagon’s charges against the former POW is to intimidate soldiers who, like Bergdahl, turn against the savagery of the US wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2015

The crimes, committed under cover of a treaty granting the US military complete impunity, have gone unreported in the mass media.

John Bolton’s call for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2015

The psychotic militarism of the Bush administration’s ambassador to the UN is seen by the political establishment as a legitimate approach to US foreign policy.

US warplanes attack targets in center of Tikrit

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2015

The air strikes followed a direct request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, and the withdrawal of the Iranian official who was directing the ground assault on the city.

US armored convoy: A military provocation in Eastern Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015

A long convoy of US armored Stryker vehicles is traveling from Estonia on a trip transversing Eastern Europe via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and ending in Germany.

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

By Zaida Green, 26 March 2015

Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for nearly five years, could face life in prison if convicted.

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Obama announced his reversal Tuesday of plans to withdraw some 5,000 more troops this year, under conditions of a further deterioration of the situation facing the US-backed regime in Afghanistan.

Judge orders end to Pentagon stalling on torture photos

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2015

The Pentagon has been fighting for more than a decade to keep visual evidence of the torture at Abu Ghraib and other military sites from becoming public.

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

By Joseph Kishore, 21 March 2015

There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.

Obama set to veto any cuts to Pentagon war machine

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2015

The president has made no threat to veto budget proposals imposing spending caps on vital social services.

US to train special police forces in Ukraine

By David Levine, 19 March 2015

Washington is helping Kiev create tactical assault units akin to American SWAT teams.

Divisions emerge between Britain and US over China bank

By Nick Beams, 16 March 2015

The British decision to participate in the Chinese-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was taken largely behind the back of the United States.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015

The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying on China

By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015

The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.

Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

Obama brands Venezuela “threat to national security”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2015

The extraordinary designation of Venezuela as a “threat” signals a sharp escalation of Washington's intervention into the country’s political life.

US hypocritically denounces Chinese Internet spying

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2015

President Barack Obama harshly criticized proposed Chinese digital surveillance laws that are modeled on NSA and FBI Internet spying.

Washington stokes Middle East bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2015

The top US commander has said that US troops may invade Syria to fight alongside Islamist militias, even as they are waging war against similar forces across the border in Iraq.

US Army Chief of Staff urges increase in British military spending

By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2015

The interview promoted by the Telegraph is part of a concerted campaign to intimidate widespread anti-war sentiment in the face of a significant expansion of militarism.

US and South Korea begin joint military exercises

By Ben McGrath, 2 March 2015

In the past few years, the US has used the war games to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

“Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2015

Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.

Three New York men charged in alleged terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015

As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2015

The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism.

US preparing major ground offensive against Iraqi city of Mosul

By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2015

US advisors and special forces will train and accompany Iraqi combat forces in a drive to retake the largest city currently under ISIS control, threatening a new bloodbath.

US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports

By James Cogan, 16 February 2015

The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.”

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

Senate approves Ashton Carter as new Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2015

The near-unanimous vote shows the lockstep support of both Republicans and Democrats for a policy of militarism and worldwide aggression.

Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2015

The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter.

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015

The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.

Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015

The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.

National Security Strategy document affirms US drive for world domination

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2015

The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.”

German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

NATO doubles combat forces in Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2015

The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Top US diplomat heaps praise on new Sri Lankan government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 February 2015

Washington’s support for Sri Lankan President Sirisena is above all because he is reorienting the country’s foreign policy away from China and firmly towards the US.

US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 2 February 2015

The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers.

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

By Niles Williamson, 31 January 2015

Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

India, US boost military-strategic drive against China

By Keith Jones, 28 January 2015

US President Barack Obama returns from a three-day visit to India with a series of agreements that dramatically enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Crisis talks in London over Islamic State

By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015

The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.

US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament

By Clara Weiss, 23 January 2015

Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the Boston Globe on Monday.

2015 and the rising tide of war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2015

On virtually every continent, US imperialism is engaged in reckless militarist interventions that threaten to provoke a new world war.

Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015

The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

German city plans to accommodate refugees in former concentration camp

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015

The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015

An article in the New York Times backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks.

Military contractor pleads guilty in US Navy corruption scandal

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2015

Systemic corruption is a feature of US military engagements throughout the world.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

By Tom Carter, 14 January 2015

The fact that Washington’s ally was the principal financier of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls into question the entire official “war on terror” narrative.

Obama to host global terrorism summit

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2015

The announcement of the White House summit appeared to be an effort to reassert a leading role for US imperialism in the development of anti-democratic methods worldwide.

US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

Tensions rise over Arctic after Denmark lodges territorial claim

By Roger Jordan, 7 January 2015

Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite.

North Korea condemns new US sanctions

By Ben McGrath, 6 January 2015

Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

As 114th Congress convenes

Washington resumes work on right-wing agenda

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015

The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home.

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015

If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”

US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack.

The global scale of US militarism

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

The US military is engaged in, deployed for combat or preparing for combat in more than 50 countries around the world, including nearly the entire territory ranging from West Africa to Central Asia.

Australia to be maintenance base for controversial F-35 jet fighter

By James Cogan, 3 January 2015

The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

By Niles Williamson, 31 December 2014

While Washington quickly assigned blame to Pyongyang for the hacking attack, independent cyber security investigations point to an inside job.

Report reveals poor performance by UK academies and free schools

By Tania Kent, 31 December 2014

New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children.

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war.

Reports reveal scale of destruction of Syria’s world historic heritage

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2014

The destruction of Syria’s patrimony means its history can never be studied and made available to future generations.

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014

It is entirely fitting that The Interview has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014

Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2014

The current US propaganda campaign against North Korea follows a familiar template: the demonization of countries and leaders targeted by Washington over the past two decades.

US pushes for trilateral anti-missile cooperation in North East Asia

By Ben McGrath, 18 December 2014

Washington is pressing South Korea and Japan for defense collaboration as it continues its military build-up in Asia aimed against China.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014

The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.

Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2014

The Obama administration wants a resolution that will permit the use of US combat troops in Iraq and Syria and set no time limit to the war.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014

The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism.

Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2014

Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014

The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014

Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.