US Militarism

Trump’s threat to tear up nuclear pact with Russia met with alarm in Europe, silence from Democrats

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2018

The sole criticism from the Democratic Party is that Trump has failed to articulate a clear strategy for confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers.

Another US provocation against China: Two warships sail through Taiwan Strait

By Peter Symonds, 23 October 2018

The naval operation follows an inflammatory speech by US Vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month criticising China on all fronts.

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2018

Under conditions of mounting social opposition and escalating plans for military conflict, the US political establishment is moving to ever more brazenly implement internet censorship.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Trump says US will withdraw from Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2018

As it targets Russia, China and other major powers, Washington is scrapping the entire framework of nuclear arms control that emerged from the Cold War.

Australian government backs far-right “OK to be white” motion in Senate

By Mike Head, 19 October 2018

The government’s embrace of the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, has a far-reaching significance.

Trump administration accelerates war drive against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2018

Since Vice President Mike Pence’s denunciations of Beijing two weeks ago, the anti-China drumbeat from top US officials has increased.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2018

While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist’s killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.

A reply to French daily Libération

Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for “total war.”

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder

Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

By Jordan Shilton, 13 October 2018

The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers

By Clara Weiss, 13 October 2018

Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to “retool” US society for “great power conflict.”

Murder in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2018

The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2018

The leading Democratic Party-aligned newspaper joined the Republican president in gushing over the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

Among the many students who oppose the school’s partnership with the CIA is a medical student who told the IYSSE, “The CIA is the greatest terrorist organization in the world, and now it wants its tentacles on our campus.”

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

New York University’s DC campus, heavily funded by the Department of Defense and military-affiliated philanthropists, operates as a conference hall and recruitment center for the intelligence agencies and armed forces.

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2018

The threat by the US envoy Kay Bailey Hutchison to “take out” Russian missiles raises the specter of a nuclear Third World War.

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2018

Any misstep or accident in East Asia’s sea and airspace now threatens to trigger a full-scale war between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2018

Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

The following article is part of a series of articles dedicated to exposing the militarization of schools and universities.

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2018

The US media has all but ignored the escalating slaughter in the two countries as well as the clear evidence of Washington’s war crimes.

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

US sells arms to Taiwan, confronts China

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2018

The $330 million arms sale comes as the Trump administration is intensifying the US confrontation with China on all fronts—diplomatic, economic and military.

Against backdrop of UN General Assembly

Trump to intensify economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 25 September 2018

The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.

Beijing cancels trade talks with Washington after US sanctions China for weapons purchases

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The moves mark a further escalation of trade and military tensions between the US and China.

America: The garrison state

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2018

As the victims of Hurricane Florence were told no government money was available to help them rebuild their homes, the Senate quietly forked over $675 billion to the US military.

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2018

The aid group Save the Children warned that the US-Saudi war threatens to kill “an entire generation of Yemen’s children.”

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down

By Kumaran Ira, 20 September 2018

Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

The militarist component of Trump’s trade war

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2018

While China is at present the prime target, the Trump administration sees the US as being involved in an economic war against the rest of the world.

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Report shows that US police militarization does not reduce crime

By Erik Schreiber, 19 September 2018

The results of the study directly contradict the assertions of law enforcement officials across the country.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

By Alex Lantier, 15 September 2018

Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

By Andre Damon, 12 September 2018

On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new Syrian offensive in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces.

Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2018

While the US ruling establishment promotes aggression against Russia with claims of election “meddling,” it plots the overthrow of elected governments and military invasions.

US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2018

Washington’s involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian “meddling” by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2018

The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

Mass social unrest leaves Iraq’s oil capital in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2018

After 15 years of devastation wrought by the US war against Iraq, anger over social conditions has led to an eruption of mass struggles.

Mistrial in case of formerly convicted Blackwater mercenary

By Jacob Crosse, 8 September 2018

Key testimony of the Nisour Square Massacre was called into question due to a brain injury sustained by an eyewitness.

India expands anti-China “strategic partnership” with Washington

By Keith Jones, 8 September 2018

New Delhi signed onto a “foundational” military cooperation agreement aimed at transforming India into a front-line state in the US offensive against China.

CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!

By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018

The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.

Pompeo visits Pakistan to demand “reset” in support for Afghan war

By V. Gnana and Athiyan Silva, 7 September 2018

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford staged a four-hour visit to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Report by Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media undermines claims of chemical attack in Douma

By Paul Bond, 6 September 2018

In the face of the orchestrated attack on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media as “Apologists for Assad,” the careful work by Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason, David Miller and Piers Robinson is all the more noteworthy.

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2018

Claims of “humanitarian” concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the “rebels.”

US push for sanctions of China over treatment of Uyghur minority

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2018

Washington’s spotlighting of abuses has nothing to do with defending democratic rights but is aimed at stirring anti-Chinese sentiment and encouraging separatist movements in China.

US report on Chinese “United Front Work” seeks to whip-up hostility towards China

By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2018

The report contains justifications for mass spying on Chinese nationals and warns against cultural exchange programs that leave Americans with positive views of China

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

By Joseph Kishore, 1 September 2018

The American media and political establishment are in the middle of a five-day exercise in moral hypocrisy, cant and myth-making surrounding the death of US Senator John McCain.

US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018

Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.

US ambassador praises New Zealand’s Pacific “reset”

By John Braddock, 30 August 2018

Brown’s comments are an enthusiastic endorsement of Labour’s strengthening of New Zealand’s support for Washington’s drive to war against both China and Russia.

US threatens North Korea with resumption of war games

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2018

Trump’s decision to halt talks with North Korea and resume joint military drills with South Korea could rapidly lead to the renewal of extreme tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Is Washington on the brink of a major attack on Syria?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Threats against the Assad government over the use of chemical weapons have set up the pretext for a sharp escalation of US military intervention.

US-backed Saudi air strikes massacre dozens of Yemeni children for second time in two weeks

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2018

A week before the latest massacre, CNN research revealed that the 500 pound bomb that killed 40 children on 9 August was produced by Lockheed Martin.

Trump cancels secretary of state’s trip to North Korea one day after its announcement

By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2018

The US president has directly linked his pressure on North Korea with the trade war with China, exposing the fraudulent nature of the “peace talks” with Pyongyang.

Pentagon report targets China’s “expanding global influence”

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2018

While the report focusses on China’s growing military capabilities and international reach, its build-up is dwarfed by the US military and its world-wide system of alliances and bases.

Japan: Tens of thousands on Okinawa denounce US base relocation plan

By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2018

Given that Okinawa is a major staging pointing for US military action in Asia, opposition to the base is intimately bound up with the struggle against militarism.

Taliban attack on Afghan city deepens crisis of US puppet regime in Kabul

By Jordan Shilton, 18 August 2018

Driven by the mounting instability of the Afghan regime and the threat that regional rivals Russia and China could expand their involvement in the country, Washington has quietly reopened direct talks with the Taliban.

Pentagon chief promotes anti-China agenda in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2018

Mattis’ four-nation tour was aimed at countering China’s influence and building up ties between the US and Latin American military commands.

White House and Pentagon advance plan to create a Space Force

By Trévon Austin, 11 August 2018

Vice President Mike Pence announced steps would be taken to create the United States Space Command.

Canada and Saudis in raucous diplomatic spat over Ottawa’s posturing over human rights

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2018

The events of the past week notwithstanding, Canada—as attested by its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh—is a staunch ally of the absolutist Saudi regime.

US complicit in air strike that murdered dozens of children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2018

The slaughter of at least 43 children riding a bus is for Washington only a minor incident of “collateral damage” in its drive to war against Iran and hegemony over the Middle East.

US media, retired officers tout youth fitness as necessary to boost military recruitment

By Warren Duzak, 10 August 2018

Newspaper columns are proposing the creation of a pool of potential recruits for the US military as an important physical educational goal.

Trump menaces the world over Iran sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2018

Under the banner of “peace,” the US is preparing for trade war and war—not only against Iran, but against all potential rivals, including its European and Asian allies.

US launches economic war on Iran, roils Mideast and world geopolitics

By Keith Jones, 7 August 2018

Trump signed an executive order Monday re-imposing sweeping US economic sanctions against Iran that were suspended in 2016 as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

US aggression on Korea, trade overshadows Southeast Asian meetings

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the occasion to warn Russia, China and others against any breach of US-led sanctions that North Korea still faces.

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

Sixty dead, over 100 wounded in Saudi air strikes on Yemeni port city

By Alec Andersen, 4 August 2018

The willful bombing of a Hodeidah fish market and hospital by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition is the latest war crime in the near-genocidal onslaught on Yemen.

US Senate backs $708 billion military authorization

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2018

The 87-10 vote, with 41 Democrats joining 46 Republicans in support, represents final congressional approval for the record-breaking war spending.

Lafarge investigation exposes US-French collusion with ISIS in Syria

By Francis Dubois, 3 August 2018

Former Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius claimed to know nothing about it, but ties between terrorist groups and the former Socialist Party government are rapidly coming to light.

US promotes Taiwanese submarine program, stoking further tensions with China

By Robert Campion, 30 July 2018

The Trump administration, backed by the Democrats and Republicans, is ramping up pressure on China through closer US involvement with Taiwan’s military.

House Democrats vote for record US military spending

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2018

The Trump White House hailed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the resources for US military aggression around the world.

US and Australian ministers agree to intensify military integration against China

By Mike Head, 26 July 2018

The joint AUSMIN statement reaffirmed a “steadfast and enduring” alliance dating back to World War I.

Trump threatens Iran with a catastrophic war

By Keith Jones, 24 July 2018

Trump’s tweet was no idle bluster. His administration is pursuing a provocative and reckless drive for regime change in Iran that threatens to ignite a catastrophic war that would set the entire Middle East ablaze.

The Yellow Birds: Damaged or destroyed by the Iraq War

By Joanne Laurier, 20 July 2018

The Yellow Birds is based on the 2012 novel of the same title by Kevin Powers. The story revolves around three American soldiers and the devastating impact of the Iraq War on their lives and psyches.

Tensions over Syria deepen following Helsinki summit

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2018

The Trump administration has signaled that US troops will remain in Syria to confront Iran.

After Helsinki, Democrats incite “deep state” action against Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2018

Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki unleashed a wave of denunciations from Democrats and the media, with former top intelligence officials calling for his ouster.

New Zealand foreign minister: “Great Power competition is back”

By John Braddock, 17 July 2018

Peters’ speech underscored the strengthening alliance between the Labour-led government and the US in confronting China across the Asia-Pacific.

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2018

The Amnesty report documents forced disappearances, torture and other crimes carried out by UAE forces as part of the US-backed war on Yemen.

Trump denounces Germany and Europe at NATO summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 July 2018

A month after the collapse of the G7 economic summit, diplomatic and military ties between Washington and the European Union are rapidly disintegrating.

Iraq war contractor ran US detention centre for immigrant children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 12 July 2018

MVM, a private contractor that supplied guards for CIA prisons in Iraq, ran a secret detention site for immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona.

US-Europe conflicts erupt in run-up to NATO summit in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2018

A month after the G7 summit in Quebec broke down over Washington’s trade war measures, Trump and EU officials exchanged threats before today’s summit.

More inconsistencies in account of second UK novichok poisoning

By Thomas Scripps, 11 July 2018

The theory advanced by the government is that “Russia has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen.”

US provocatively sends two warships through Taiwan Strait

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2018

The naval transit coincided with the escalating trade war between the US and China, marked by the implementation of the Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports.

Allies no more: Trump escalates threats against Europe

By Andre Damon, 10 July 2018

This week’s NATO summit, planned as a showcase of European rearmament, has been overshadowed by increasingly unbridgeable divisions between the US and Europe.

After nuclear talks, North Korea denounces Washington’s “gangster-like” demands

By Peter Symonds, 9 July 2018

The lack of progress towards any agreement between Washington and Pyongyang threatens a rapid slide back towards confrontation and war.

Assault on port of Hodeidah resumes as US escalates Yemen intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2018

Fighting over the weekend killed at least 165 people in the US-backed offensive against the port city that serves as the only lifeline for three quarters of Yemen’s population.

US defense secretary demands UK hike military spending

By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2018

The parliamentary Defence Committee said that military spending must rise by 50 percent—an additional £20 billion per year—to protect Britain’s position within NATO.

The ISO’s Socialism 2018 Conference: Socialist phraseology in the service of American imperialism

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 July 2018

The International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) annual Socialism conference this weekend features several speakers who support the US-led regime-change war in Syria.

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

Facing a popular outcry against inhumane treatment of immigrants, Pence pressed for policies that will only exacerbate the desperate conditions pushing thousands to flee north.

Trump under pressure from US intelligence agencies over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2018

The Washington Post, citing unnamed US intelligence officials and undisclosed “evidence,” claimed that North Korea was planning to deceive the US over its pledge to denuclearise.

Tensions continue as US defence secretary visits China

By Peter Symonds, 28 June 2018

While both sides sought to put a positive spin on the trip, relations have deteriorated as a result of Washington’s confrontational stance toward Beijing.

Amid Trump’s war on immigrants and social programs

Democrats back massive Pentagon budget for war and repression

By Andre Damon, 23 June 2018

Democrats voted overwhelmingly for a bill to vastly expand the US nuclear arsenal, authorize Trump’s planned military parade, and keep the Guantanamo Bay prison camp open.

Battle rages for Hodeidah as Yemen faces threat of mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2018

With 8 million already on the brink of famine and 22 million dependent upon food aid, the paralysis of Hodeidah threatens to claim millions of lives.

Trump announces plans for “Space Force” as new military branch

By Tom Hall, 19 June 2018

Trump’s announcement comes out of preparations for war with Russia and China, amid concerns that the United States’ military supremacy in space is eroding.

The siege of Hodeidah, Washington’s war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2018

The near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen represents one of the greatest war crimes since the end of World War II.

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2018

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Pentagon is working directly with Saudi and UAE forces in selecting targets in the Red Sea port city.