US Militarism

US prepares harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2016

Washington and its allies are escalating a dangerous confrontation with Pyongyang following its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

The budget’s proposed increases in domestic spending are empty election-year posturing, but the increases in military and security spending will almost certainly be enacted.

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2016

Roger Cohen’s hysterical column expresses rage within sections of the military and intelligence apparatus over the fate of the US regime-change operation.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016

Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2016

The deployment of Saudi troops on the pretext of fighting the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq would inevitably be aimed at toppling the Assad government.

North Korea announces satellite launch

By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2016

The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia.

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s preview of the Pentagon budget spelled out Washington’s advanced preparations for war against both Russia and China.

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2016

The talks have been postponed for at least three weeks amid an upsurge of fighting between US and Russian-backed forces.

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2016

The opening of the talks was overshadowed by a vicious bombing attack on a Shia shrine outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Washington to escalate US Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2016

The Obama White House is set to approve Pentagon demands for more troops in Iraq and another US military intervention in Libya.

Pentagon prepares another war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2016

Having first devastated Libya in the name of “human rights,” Washington is now about to attack it again on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.

US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 28 January 2016

Kerry threatened to expand the US military presence in Asia unless Beijing took tough measures in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades”

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016

The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the Washington Post.

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016

The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.

On eve of Syria “peace talks,” Washington threatens escalation across region

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2016

Top US officials have declared that they are prepared to seek a “military solution” in Syria, put “boots on the ground” in Iraq and launch another US-NATO war in Libya.

Australian prime minister visits US military commander in Hawaii

By Mike Head, 23 January 2016

Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Japan heightens its profile in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016

Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.

Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War

Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq—an enduring contribution to waging war on war

By Eric London, 21 January 2016

In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order.

Obama thanks Australian prime minister for war efforts

By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016

While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.

BAYAN’s phony opposition to the US basing deal in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 16 January 2016

The Maoist-dominated BAYAN has called for the armed defense of the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea and has led repeated demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy.

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2016

US Republicans seized on yesterday’s incident to repeat their charge that Obama is “appeasing” Tehran and demand a renewed campaign of economic sanctions and military threats against Iran.

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016

Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.

Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016

The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China.

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2016

The calls from within the military envision a struggle with China over domination of the hemisphere.

The US in 2016: No money for social programs, cash to burn for the military

By Andre Damon, 12 January 2016

The US will spend hundreds of billions of dollars this year on warships, nuclear warheads and supersonic fighters, even as there is “no money” for vital social programs like food stamps.

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2016

The US-supported Saudi coalition destroyed two separate MSF facilities during the final months of 2015, before deploying cluster bombs against residential areas in Sanaa during the first week of 2016.

The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016

The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.

US flies B-52 strategic bomber close to Korean border

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2016

Washington has seized on the latest North Korean nuclear test to accelerate its military build-up in the region against China as part of the US “pivot to Asia.”

US, China tensions sharpen after North Korean nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2016

China is caught in a bind: not wanting North Korea to trigger an arms race in North East Asia, but also seeking to stave off a collapse of the unstable regime.

US, South Korea discuss deploying “strategic weapons”

By Ben McGrath, 8 January 2016

The stationing of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula would be a major escalation of the US military build-up in Asia, directed primarily against China, not North Korea.

North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016

The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.

On the threshold of the New Year

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 31 December 2015

It is characteristic of a period of crisis that more and more the essential nature of capitalism—a system of exploitation, inequality, war and repression—comes into alignment with the everyday experiences of broad masses of people.

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2015

The US-backed government’s security forces have proven incapable of holding back an ongoing offensive by the Taliban.

US military to expand global operations in 2016

By Thomas Gaist, 29 December 2015

US imperialism is expanding its global Special Forces network, preparing new deployments of combat forces to confront Russia and China, and flooding every region of the world with advanced weaponry.

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

By James Cogan, 29 December 2015

Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation.

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2015

The latest death toll from the US bombing campaign came as Iraqi troops and militias entered the ISIS-held city of Ramadi.

Six US soldiers killed as Taliban overruns Helmand district in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2015

The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan.

US, European powers prepare new air and ground operations against Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 21 December 2015

Led by the US, Britain and France, the Western powers are preparing a new military onslaught on Libya, including the deployment of commando teams, hundreds of conventional ground troops and yet another bombing campaign.

The US terror scare

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2015

The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Australia, Japan “strongly support” US, amid rising tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015

As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.

UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2015

The resolution adopted Friday left open the future of Assad and the distinction between opposition and terrorist groups.

Obama responds to terror scare over San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2015

The propaganda campaign over San Bernardino aims to shift US politics even further to the right and overcome popular opposition to expanded military operations in the Middle East.

Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs

By George Gallanis, 19 December 2015

While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped.

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2015

US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings.

Los Angeles shuts down entire school district after email terror threat

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2015

The message which apparently prompted the closure of more than 1,000 schools had been determined to be a hoax by early Tuesday afternoon.

Obama vows expanded war in Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2015

In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria.

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2015

A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation.

US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

By David Brown, 15 December 2015

The vitriol coming from Army officials and politicians towards Bergdahl expresses deep fears about the impact of future imperialist adventures on the discipline of the armed forces.

Saudi-orchestrated gathering of Syrian “rebels” ends in disarray

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2015

The collection of Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians brought together in Riyadh represent not the Syrian people, but rather the various regimes that finance them.

Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases

By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2015

The expanded US basing arrangements will include at least four new large-scale bases in East Africa, West Africa and Afghanistan.

Amid terror scare, US House passes new restrictions on visa-free visits

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2015

The bill, passed with near-unanimous bipartisan support and backed by the White House, is an attempt to use the Paris and San Bernardino attacks to expand state repression.

US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2015

As the bombing of Syria intensifies, Saudi Arabia is assembling Islamist militias and exile politicians in Riyad as part of a US-backed policy of regime change.

US to base spy planes in Singapore

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2015

The basing of P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft in Singapore foreshadows further provocative US activities against China in the South China Sea.

Public meetings in Detroit and New York

The roots and political implications of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino

9 December 2015

On December 9 and December 12, the IYSSE is holding meetings on the attacks in France and the US, and the way they are being used by the ruling class.

Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces

By Thomas Gaist, 8 December 2015

Reports of the first direct US strikes against Syrian government forces come as hundreds of Turkish forces massed in Iraq in defiance of Baghdad’s call for their withdrawal.

Obama’s San Bernardino speech and the rightward lurch of US politics

By Barry Grey, 8 December 2015

The drumbeat for military escalation is the result of a calculated decision to utilize the San Bernardino killings to overcome growing popular disaffection and opposition to war.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

By Joseph Kishore, 7 December 2015

The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.

Obama’s crisis speech on San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2015

Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria.

Upgrades transforming US military bases on Guam

By John Braddock, 3 December 2015

The tiny Pacific island is being turned into a “maritime strategic hub” to prepare for war against China.

US announces expeditionary force for combat in Syria

By Niles Williamson and Thomas Gaist, 2 December 2015

Under the pretext of a “war against ISIS,” Washington is embarking on open-ended ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria.

New York Times covers up US responsibility for ISIS surge in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015

A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.

US and European powers prepare military escalation in Iraq, Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 November 2015

The US-led war in Syria and Iraq is rapidly evolving into a regional proxy war drawing in all of the world’s major powers.

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.