US Militarism

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.

Washington boasts of military buildup against China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s speech in Singapore underscored the recklessness of US imperialism’s bid to maintain hegemony over the Asian Pacific region by military means.

US defense secretary menaces China at Singapore forum

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2014

Hagel’s speech was an open and unequivocal statement that the US intends to maintain its undisputed dominance in Asia.

Pentagon pressures South Korea to join anti-missile system

By Ben McGrath, 2 June 2014

The incorporation of South Korea into the existing US “missile defence” with Japan would further inflame regional tensions.

US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines to Libyan coast

By Barry Grey, 31 May 2014

Washington is deeply involved in the civil strife wracking Libya, backing a rebel general and long-time CIA asset who is seeking to carry out a coup.

Obama’s West Point speech: A prescription for unending war

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2014

The speech must be taken as a warning that the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is only setting the stage for a far more explosive eruption of US imperialism.

Obama defends global US interventionism in West Point speech

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2014

In a speech riddled with lies and evasions, the US president put forward a rationale for continued US aggression in every corner of the planet.

US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

The US and Thailand’s military coup

By Peter Symonds, 26 May 2014

While the US has announced a token suspension of aid, the Pentagon’s close collaboration with the military will continue unabated behind the scenes.

Guantanamo: US Government forced to reveal that it recorded forcefeeding

By Gabriel Black, 24 May 2014

A federal court ordered the US Government to reveal the fact that it has kept video footage of the force-feeding of Guantanamo inmates.

New Zealand, Australian governments complicit in US drone attacks

By John Braddock, 24 May 2014

Both New Zealand and Australia, through signal intercepts and spy activities, are directly involved with the US assassination program.

US deploys Air Force troops to Chad

By Thomas Gaist, 23 May 2014

The military deployment, focused on bolstering ongoing drone operations in Nigeria, is part of a broader effort to strengthen US influence in West Africa.

Terror bombing kills 118 in Jos, Nigeria

By James Cogan, 21 May 2014

The twin bombings were designed to maximise the death toll from the atrocity in the working-class Terminus Market district.

White House promises CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to spy

By Gabriel Black, 21 May 2014

After the killings of 56 health workers in retaliation for the CIA’s fake vaccination program in Pakistan, the CIA is pledging to stop using vaccinations as a front for its operations.

US judge’s ruling on force-feeding of prisoner further exposes torture methods at Guantanamo Bay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 May 2014

The ruling comes on the heels of a large-scale hunger strike by the base’s detainees in 2013, protesting the conditions of their ongoing detention.

US military basing deal in the Philippines: A step towards neocolonial rule

By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2014

The US basing deal in the Philippines, part of a drive to militarily encircle China posing the risk of global war, creates the legal framework for neocolonial US rule over its former colony.

After Indian elections, US to press for greater support for “pivot to Asia”

By Keith Jones, 16 May 2014

Washington intends to use the coming to power of a new Indian prime minister to harness India more tightly to its anti-China “pivot to Asia.”

US-aligned Human Rights Watch indicts Syria for gas attack

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2014

The claims by HRW serve to provide a fresh pretext for imperialist intervention against Syria.

Blackwater mercenaries direct Kiev regime’s crackdown in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2014

Hundreds of US mercenaries are directing the repression of pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine by the NATO puppet regime in Kiev, according to German media reports.

Attorneys for accused Boston bomber move to suppress statements taken by FBI

By Ed Hightower, 12 May 2014

The Obama Justice Department refused to allow Tsarnaev to have a lawyer present during the questioning.

Mariupol killings: US backs Ukrainian regime’s reign of terror

By Mike Head, 10 May 2014

After tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavily armed troops were unleashed on unarmed civilians in Mariupol, the Kiev regime claimed to have killed some 20 people.

Protests force Condoleezza Rice to skip Rutgers University commencement speech

By Philip Guelpa, 10 May 2014

The selection of Rice sparked a strong reaction in the university community due to her role in the launching the Iraq war and the torture policies of the Bush administration.

US military intensifies training for a war with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2014

RIMPAC is above all aimed at familiarising the navies of other countries with how they would function as part of a US-commanded fleet.

Washington, Ukrainian puppet regime prepare new fascist slaughter in Odessa

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2014

In the wake of Friday’s fascist massacre of pro-Russian protesters in Odessa, the US puppet regime in Kiev deployed National Guard units to the city on Monday.

Halt the drive to war!

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2014

The accelerating drive to military conflict over the Ukraine crisis is a stark warning to the international working class of the dangers of world war.

Appearing with Germany’s Merkel, Obama backs Ukraine crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2014

Using arguments steeped in hypocrisy and lies, the US president escalated threats against Russia and justified the violent suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine.

Kerry warns of “hot confrontation” with Russia

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that the Obama administration is fully aware it is risking the outbreak of nuclear war by pursuing a provocative policy towards Russia.

Wall Street Journal outlines US military options against China

By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014

The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.

As Obama visits Manila: US signs agreement for basing forces in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 29 April 2014

Washington is moving to base US forces in the Philippines as a key step in its drive to militarily encircle China, as part of its ‘pivot’ to Asia.

The US to sign major military pact with the Philippines

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2014

The 10-year agreement to boost American forces in the Philippines will further consolidate the US military encirclement of China.

Does Washington want war with Russia?

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014

The evident desire of Washington to provoke a military conflict with Russia has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic confrontation.

The Boston Marathon and the militarization of America

By Kate Randall, 23 April 2014

The mass police-military operation on display at Monday’s Boston Marathon should serve as a warning of the repressive methods the ruling elite is preparing to defend its class rule.

New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed

By Alex Lantier, 23 April 2014

A day after claiming that it had proof of Russian military intervention in the east Ukraine protests, the Times has been caught in a flagrant fabrication.

Japan to erect new radar base close to China

By John Watanabe, 23 April 2014

On the eve of Obama’s visit to Tokyo, the Japanese government announced the strengthening of its military posture in areas adjacent to China.

US intensifies pressure on Sri Lanka via UN human rights inquiry

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 23 April 2014

Washington uses the threat of war crimes charges to demand a “comprehensive military relationship” with Colombo.

Obama’s tour to reinforce “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2014

Obama’s overriding aim is to signal his intention to press ahead with the “pivot to Asia,” which seeks to ensure US hegemony in the region.

US appeals court orders release of legal memo on drone killings

By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2014

The three-judge panel overturned a lower-court decision favoring the Obama administration and the Justice Department.

Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen

By Tom Peters, 17 April 2014

Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.

US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2014

Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war.

Obama’s empty eulogy for Fort Hood shooting victims

By Jerry White, 10 April 2014

The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.

US targets Syria for stepped-up aggression

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014

US officials say they have a plan to supply the “moderate opposition” in Syria with weapons that are to be channelled through Washington’s regional allies.

New exposé by Seymour Hersh: Turkey staged gas attack to provoke US war on Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2014

Citing numerous US intelligence and military sources, Hersh reports that the Obama administration was prepared to launch massive air strikes against Syria on the basis of lies.

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging drone assassinations of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 7 April 2014

Federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killing of a US citizen, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.

Ft. Hood shooting highlights mental illness crisis in US military

By Jerry White, 4 April 2014

The latest violent rampage at a US military base was carried out by a soldier who was being treated for possible post-traumatic stress disorder.

Congressional report whitewashes government’s role in Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014

The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014

The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014

The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”

Obama’s speech on Ukraine: Propaganda and lies

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014

The US president delivered a speech of pure propaganda, aimed at justifying an aggressive and confrontational policy in Ukraine.

Florida prosecutor’s report whitewashes FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2014

State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton’s report cherry picks facts, ignores conflicting evidence, and weaves a tale of “justified self defense” to exonerate a state murder.

FBI agent to be cleared in killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2014

The FBI has whitewashed every case of an agent killing or wounding a suspect over the last 20 years.

Sexual violence and abuse in the US military

By David Walsh, 22 March 2014

The slap on the wrist administered to US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was predictable and entirely in line with the character and policies of the American military.

Provocative remarks by US Pacific fleet commander fuel disputes with China

By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014

A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.

US Navy SEALs seize tanker carrying Libyan oil

By Jean Shaoul, 20 March 2014

Libya represents yet another catastrophe created by US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.