US Militarism

Putin accuses US of colluding in downing of Russian plane

By Chris Marsden, 28 November 2015

Washington is responding to the shoot-down of the Russian jet by provocatively escalating its funding of proxy forces fighting Russia.

A portrait of Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood where one-year-old was killed

By Shelley Connor, 27 November 2015

The East Lake neighborhood, one of Birmingham’s oldest, has a reputation for poverty, violence and drug abuse.

Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2015

While the actual report remains secret, the US military offered a summary of its internal findings on the destruction of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by US forces last month.

NZ-US military exercise rehearses for incursion into Pacific

By John Braddock, 24 November 2015

The war games are a sharp warning to the tiny states throughout the Pacific of what is in store if they defy the US-led drive against China.

Russia declares state of emergency in Crimea after blasts leave 1.6 million without power

By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2015

Efforts to repair electrical infrastructure have faced violent opposition from far-right militias allied to the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

US and Turkey planning new military operations along Syrian border

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015

The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.

US planes destroy civilian fuel tankers in raid over Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 17 November 2015

US A-10s and AC-130s launched saturation attacks with 500 pound bombs and 30mm machine guns against a convoy of some 300 trucks allegedly carrying ISIS-produced oil.

Obama backs $607 billion Pentagon bill that bars Guantanamo closing

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2015

Nearly seven years after the US president promised to shut down the infamous prison camp, he is again signing into law a bill that mandates it remain open.

US escalates air and ground operations in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 11 November 2015

The US war in Iraq and Syria requires ground troops to “occupy” and “govern territory,” US Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Tuesday.

Paramilitary police in Miami force passengers to leave plane at gunpoint

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2015

In a pattern becoming increasingly familiar throughout the United States, a minor security incident was used to launch a military/police lockdown at Miami International Airport Monday.

Military maneuvers force LA Airport to reroute flights

By Alan Gilman, 11 November 2015

Military exercises, which began on Friday, November 6, and are expected to continue for about one week, are being conducted over the Pacific Ocean in an area just west of Los Angeles.

US defense secretary threatens Russia and China

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2015

Ashton Carter’s speech, delivered at the Reagan Library in California, was a deliberately staged provocation against the world’s second and third nuclear powers.

US deploys F-15s to Syria, targeting Russian jets

By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2015

The US jets are designed for air-to-air battles against other high-tech fighters and have not been previously deployed to the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria.

The blood on Obama’s hands: Kunduz hospital attack designed “to kill and destroy”

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2015

The attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital was neither an error nor even unique, but rather the outcome of a codified policy of criminality.

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part four

A recipe for total war and military dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 6 November 2015

This is the last of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.

Report reveals massive pro-war propaganda campaign

Military spectacle and American sport

By Eric London, 6 November 2015

According to a US Senate report, the Pentagon has paid over $50 million for hundreds of pro-war, pro-military propaganda events at sports stadiums in the last three years.

Washington prepares for World War III

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2015

Three congressional hearings Tuesday discussed the preparations of the US military for a Third World War against China, Russia or both.

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part three

A recipe for total war and military dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2015

This is the third of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual. The first article was posted November 3, the second on November 4.

US ramps up pressure on Beijing over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015

The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part two

A recipe for total war and military dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 4 November 2015

This is the second of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.The first article was posted November 3.

Who was Ahmed Chalabi?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2015

Ahmed Chalabi, the convicted embezzler who played a leading role in providing the phony “intelligence” used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Baghdad.

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part one

A blueprint for total war and military dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 3 November 2015

This is the first in a series of articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.

Obama orders Special Forces troops into Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2015

Repudiating his repeated rejection of “boots on the ground,” Obama is sending in troops not to fight terrorism, but to counter Russia.

UN Tribunal to adjudicate South China Sea legal dispute

By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015

The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.

Former French President Sarkozy in Moscow proposes closer ties to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015

Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.

NATO reveals plan for deploying 4,000 troops on Russia’s borders

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2015

The proposed escalation of the US-led encirclement of Russia heightens the threat of a military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear-armed powers.

Chinese military warns against continued US operations in South China Sea

By Nick Beams, 30 October 2015

Pressure is set to intensify on Australia to take a direct part in the US naval operations.

Washington’s South China Sea provocation and the spectre of World War III

By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015

The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.

US launches South China Sea military provocation against China

By Nick Beams, 27 October 2015

The brazen and aggressive character of the operation is underscored by the fact that it has been undertaken in the total absence of military activity against the US by China.

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2015

Aided by the media, the US military and the Obama administration are continuing their efforts to cover up and whitewash a war crime.

Clinton testifies before House Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015

The televised circus in Washington covered up the real issue: the alliance of the US government with Al Qaeda forces in regime-change operations in both Libya and Syria.

The New York Times peddles excuses for Kunduz hospital slaughter

By Thomas Gaist, 23 October 2015

The Times report comes one week after the AP revealed that US Special Forces were scoping out the MSF hospital immediately prior to the attack

NATO begins dress rehearsal for Europe-wide war

By Thomas Gaist, 21 October 2015

The exercises include training scenarios developed in response to the conflict with Russia over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including ballistic missile warfare, hybrid war, and rapid mobilization of NATO’s high-readiness forces.

Massive US-Japanese display of naval force

By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2015

The triennial fleet review staged in seas near Tokyo on Sunday was part of the US-led military preparations for new provocations against China.

Bernie Sanders endorses Obama’s decision to keep troops in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015

The Democratic candidate for president refused to rule out unilateral US military action.

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015

In the wake of the October 3 massacre at the Doctors Without Borders hospital, details have emerged exposing a war crime for which the entire political establishment is responsible.

Leaked documents: vast majority of those killed in US drone strikes not intended target

By Niles Williamson, 17 October 2015

The leaks shed light on the bureaucratized activity of drone assassination and the disturbingly sanitized jargon that government officials use when killing targets.

Obama deploys hundreds of US troops to Cameroon

By Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2015

The drive for enhanced US military-political control over Africa is aimed at countering Chinese economic influence and gaining leverage over Washington’s European “partners.”

Hospital bombing in Afghanistan was premeditated, AP reports

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

US special operations analysts had been gathering intelligence on the Doctors Without Borders hospital days before it was destroyed, a flagrant war crime.

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.

US, Australia talks portend military provocation against China

By James Cogan, 15 October 2015

For the first time, the Ausmin communiqué has explicitly named Chinese activity as the cause of “strong concerns.”

US navy planning provocative “patrols” in South China Sea

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2015

The apparent US decision to go ahead with “patrols” in the South China Sea follows a steady drumbeat from within military circles.

US airdrops arms in Syria as Russia escalates bombing campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2015

Just days after terminating its failed “rebel” training program, the Pentagon has airdropped some 50 tons of arms and ammunition in Syria.

Sanders backs US aggression in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2015

The two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both support US military intervention in the Middle East.

US to give arms, air support to Islamist militias in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2015

The plan floated by the White House could quickly bring US warplanes into direct confrontation with Russia’s forces in Syria.

NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2015

The NATO defense ministers’ meeting seized on Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria as a pretext for escalating the military encirclement of Russia.

Financial Times reports US plans to send warships into waters claimed by China

By our reporter, 9 October 2015

Any action by the US Navy to breach the 12-mile exclusion zone around Chinese claimed islands in the South China Sea would threaten a head-on military confrontation.

US, NATO step up threats to Russia over Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015

A series of incidents along the Syrian-Turkish border have raised the danger of military confrontation between Russia and the US-led imperialist alliance.

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2015

Fourteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of destroying Al Qaeda, the US military continues slaughtering Afghans to keep a corrupt puppet regime in power.

Why are Canada’s politicians mute about the Canada-US military integration plans?

By Roger Jordan, 6 October 2015

Not a single politician or major newspaper has so much as referred to the integration talks, let alone discussed their implications or demanded further information about them.

Canada’s top general discussed fully integrating its armed forces with US military

By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2015

The three options considered were enhancing interoperability, creating a permanent joint Canadian-US foreign intervention force, and the full integration of the two countries’ militaries.

Obama-Putin meeting highlights crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey, 30 September 2015

The twists and turns of US policy reflect massive contradictions in Washington’s Middle East agenda and fierce divisions within the foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment.

Obama, Putin to meet at UN talks on Syria, Ukraine

By Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2015

The talks, the first since 2013, come amid signals by the Obama administration that it is open to a deal with Russia aimed at forging a transitional regime in Syria.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015

The six-month reign of death and destruction spearheaded by Saudi Arabia in Yemen would not be possible without the backing of American imperialism, which is seeking to assert its hegemony over the entire Middle East.

US, Russia discuss possible coordination, political settlement in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2015

Obama administration officials have signaled their willingness to accept a deal with Russia that would leave Syria’s Assad in power, at least temporarily.

New York Times again mocks concerns over Jade Helm domestic military exercise

By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015

The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015

The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.

Poll shows 81 percent of Syrians believe US created ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015

Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.

General Petraeus calls for recruiting Al Qaeda

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2015

Fourteen years after 9/11, the former CIA director and other top US officials are proposing to once again recruit Al Qaeda-linked militias as a proxy force for US imperialism in Syria.

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 15 September 2015

The blood of thousands of Yemenis is on the hands of the Obama administration, which has facilitated the Saudi monarchy’s onslaught.

Clinton pledges to outdo Obama in militarism

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2015

In a speech and question-and-answer session at a Washington think tank, the Democratic frontrunner took an even more hard-line position than the current administration.

US probes former Sri Lanka president’s alleged assets

By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015

Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

As Yemen assault continues, US announces billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia

By Niles Williamson, 5 September 2015

While the deal is ostensibly aimed at easing Saudi concerns over the US-Iran nuclear deal, it also facilitates the escalation of the Saudi monarchy’s bloody assault on Yemen.

India invites Japan for naval exercises with US

By Arun Kumar, 5 September 2015

The decision by Prime Minister Modi to hold trilateral naval games involving India, the US and Japan has been encouraged by Washington as part of its aggressive “pivot” against China.

Trident Juncture 2015: NATO’s biggest manoeuvre since 2002

By Marianne Arens, 3 September 2015

The manoeuvres will be held in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean with 36,000 soldiers from all 28 NATO partner countries and five other allies.

US military continues build-up in North East Asia

By Ben McGrath, 1 September 2015

The conclusion of war games saw the largest-ever joint live-fire drill between the US and South Korea.

The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015

ISIS and the current bloodshed across Syria and Iraq are the direct products of acts of sociocide on the part of US imperialism.

Tensions deepen on the Korean Peninsula following ultimatum by Pyongyang

By Ben McGrath, 22 August 2015

The underlying conflict between the US and China dramatically amplifies the dangers of any military clash on the Korean Peninsula.

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

Abadi announces reforms aimed at “decentralization” of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.

Pentagon manual justifies war crimes and press censorship

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2015

The 1,165-page document elaborates a legal rationale for mass killings, detention of civilians and persecution of journalists, among other criminal actions.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2015

Through all its dizzying contradictions and the mass of lies employed to sell it, the war’s only consistent features are the predatory aims and methods of US imperialism.

Over 450 civilians killed by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria

By Will Morrow, 5 August 2015

The real death toll is undoubtedly far higher, because the US and its allies cover up all evidence of civilian deaths.

Obama authorizes escalation of US war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2015

Under the pretense of protecting a handful of US-trained mercenaries, the American president has approved air strikes against Syrian government forces.

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalate despite Modi-Sharif meeting

By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015

India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

US defense secretary visits Iraq as Pentagon prepares new offensive in Anbar

By Thomas Gaist, 24 July 2015

Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is escalating efforts to reassert its military and political stranglehold over Iraq while fomenting sectarian divisions in the country.

US and NATO engage in unprecedented military exercises in Europe

By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015

Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.

Obama promotes militarism and murder

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015

In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.

Wesley Clark’s internment proposal: The specter of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2015

In advocating mass internment of “radicalized” Americans, Clark speaks for powerful layers within the state and ruling oligarchy who fear the growth of social opposition.

Seven US states to arm National Guard following Tennessee shooting

By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2015

National Guard members have been authorized to carry weapons at recruitment centers and other facilities.

Pentagon ramping up US military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2015

US air and drone strikes in Afghanistan more than doubled in the month of June, according to DOD statistics.

US political infighting begins over Iran nuclear deal

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2015

Congress has a total of 82 days to take action to block the lifting of sanctions against Iran, which would require overriding a presidential veto.

Obama promotes “historic” nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 15 July 2015

US President Obama gave a lengthy speech yesterday, insisting that the deal with Tehran served US “national-security interests,” that is, it advanced the strategic interests of US imperialism.

US preparing new drone deployments to North Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2015

The US military’s Africa Command is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa.

Report urges closer US-Australian military collaboration against China

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2015

The joint US-Australian think tank report documents the extent to which Australia has already become a major base of operations for the US military in Asia.

The American Psychological Association, torture and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

By Tom Carter, 13 July 2015

A 542-page independent report made public Friday implicates the American Psychological Association in the CIA torture program.

Military officials declare Russia the “greatest threat” to US interests

By Niles Williamson, 10 July 2015

The Obama administration’s campaign of military pressure against Russia is increasingly fraught with the danger of war between the world’s two largest nuclear armed powers.

Iraq-Syria war could fragment both countries, top US general says

By Thomas Gaist, 9 July 2015

The Iraq-Syria war will require a “generational” and “trans-regional” commitment of US forces, General Martin Dempsey said Tuesday.

Pentagon chief outlines plans for space war versus China and Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 8 July 2015

The Pentagon is developing new space war capabilities and modernizing its nuclear arsenal to prepare for “great power struggles” against China and Russia.

Obama at the Pentagon: No end to ISIS war

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2015

Flanked by a phalanx of military officials and commanders, Obama outlined a perspective of endless war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Dozens of civilians killed in US-backed airstrikes on markets in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 7 July 2015

The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, is in the fourth month of a campaign of daily airstrikes and an economic blockade against the poorest country in the Arab world.

Japan joins US-Australian rehearsal for conflict with China

By James Cogan, 7 July 2015

For the first time, Japanese forces will participate in the biennial joint Australian and US “Talisman Sabre” exercise.