US Militarism

US defence secretary sets stage for confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2015

Ashton Carter declared that the Pentagon would continue its “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 May 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly receive a briefing within two weeks on military “options” to challenge China’s territorial claims.

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015

The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.

US-China tensions escalate over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 27 May 2015

The Obama administration is preparing to step up the war of words against China at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

Protests in Japan denounce US military presence

By Ben McGrath, 27 May 2015

Numerous rallies have been held recently, on Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan, against the planned relocation of a US Marine base on the island.

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015

In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.

NATO begins anti-Russian air drill in Arctic

By Patrick Martin, 26 May 2015

The Arctic Challenge Exercise involves warplanes from the US, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-NATO members Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.

China warns of war with US in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 May 2015

Through its reckless actions, the US has placed the world on the precipice of war between nuclear-armed powers.

US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2015

The unprecedented presence of a CNN news team on a US navy surveillance flight this week was aimed at ramping up pressure on China over the South China Sea.

US intelligence and media fail to debunk Seymour Hersh on bin Laden

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has suddenly, after four years, released documents allegedly obtained during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2015

The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets.

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2015

The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East.

US secretary of state berates North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 May 2015

Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea.

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2015

No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China.

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

Jeb Bush’s “gaffe”: A revealing comment on the Iraq war

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015

The younger Bush’s “gaffe” was that he spoke the truth about the warmongering by both imperialist parties, Democrats as well as Republicans.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty

CIA-embedded Hollywood liars and their lies

By David Walsh, 15 May 2015

We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.

US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.

The bin Laden assassination and the lies of the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2015

The latest exposure by Seymour Hersh dismantles the official story of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, exposing systematic lying by the US government and the media.

Seymour Hersh exposes official lies about Bin Laden killing

By Niles Williamson, 12 May 2015

An article by the Pulitzer Prize winner, published Sunday in the London Review of Books, exposes the entire official narrative of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden as a concoction of lies.

Ex-CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling sentenced to three years in prison

By Thomas Gaist, 12 May 2015

Sterling allegedly provided details of covert operations conducted by the CIA against Iran to journalist James Risen.

Ex-Guantanamo child detainee Omar Khadr released on bail

By Carl Bronski, 12 May 2015

The Conservatives have gone to extraordinary lengths to prolong Khadr’s ordeal since he was repatriated, fighting to ensure he remains behind bars.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015

The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.

The cost of military domination

By Jeff Lusanne, 8 May 2015

The US federal government’s expenditures on roads, bridges, and education research is a mere fraction of what it spends maintaining the world’s deadliest military.

Kerry visits Colombo to deepen US ties with Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 7 May 2015

The US secretary of state’s trip was aimed at placing Sri Lanka firmly in line with the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia against China.

US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2015

Ten thousand troops are participating in the US-led “Eager Lion” war games in Jordan, in preparation for stepped up intervention in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Two gunmen killed outside anti-Islam provocation in Texas

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2015

The violence outside the Mohammad cartoon contest had been sought and was welcomed by its organizers.

US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015

The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.

US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2015

The US Central Command justified sending naval forces to patrol the strategic waterway as a response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship earlier this week.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015

Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.

The new global arms race

By Thomas Gaist, 1 May 2015

Spurred on by the global war drive of US imperialism, governments around the world are purchasing armaments and militarizing large areas of the globe at a terrifying speed.

US Congress applauds Japan’s militarist prime minister

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2015

Abe’s address to the US Congress was pitched at cementing US-Japanese military collaboration in Asia against an unstated enemy—China.

US and Japan tighten military ties in stepped up war drive against China

By Nick Beams, 29 April 2015

China was not directly mentioned by name following the signing of a new military agreement between the US and Japan, but there is no doubt it is the target.

The New York Times deploys to Nepal

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2015

From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the war for regime change in Syria and the fascist-led coup in Ukraine, the New York Times has served as a propaganda arm for Washington.

Anger mounts over government response to Nepal earthquake disaster

By W.A. Sunil, 29 April 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people lack rudimentary facilities and are cramped in makeshift camps or sleeping in open spaces.

US-Iran tensions over seizure of cargo vessel

By Thomas Gaist, 29 April 2015

The incident comes against the backdrop of a redoubling of the US-backed aerial bombardment of Iranian-allied militias in Yemen.

Obama gave CIA free rein for drone assassinations in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015

Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.

Bureaucratized murder and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 April 2015

An article that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday describes a drone assassination program that has become bureaucratized and institutionalized and enjoys the support of the entire political establishment.

Former CIA head Petraeus gets wrist-slap sentence for leaking classified material

By Tom Hall, 27 April 2015

While Petraeus received two years’ probation, whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning face the full wrath of the state for leaking state secrets.

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.