US Militarism

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.

US military strategy for world domination targets Russia and China

By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2015

The 2015 National Military Strategy made public Wednesday outlines a shift in US planning from targeting terrorist groups to waging war against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

Russia suspends natural gas shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 2 July 2015

The delivery of Russian natural gas to Ukraine was halted after Kiev refused to accept Russia’s proposed price.

Turkey, Jordan discuss moves to seize territory in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2015

Turkish and Jordanian military forces are on the brink of intervening in Syria to establish occupation zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.

Iran nuclear talks to go past June 30 deadline

By Keith Jones, 29 June 2015

The US is threatening to walk away from the talks unless Tehran capitulates to its demands for further sweeping concessions.

US, NATO powers intensify preparations for nuclear war

By Thomas Gaist, 26 June 2015

NATO officials revealed plans for a more aggressive nuclear strategy to counter “Russian aggression,” just days after US war planners called for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

By Niles Williamson, 25 June 2015

The decision to expand the size of the NATO Response Force to 40,000 troops can be understood only as part of preparations for war with Russia.

US Senate vote clears path for anti-China trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2015

The vote to revive the “fast-track” bill, only a week after its defeat in the House, demonstrates the decisive power of big business and the military-intelligence establishment.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

The US contemplates partitioning Iraq

By James Cogan, 22 June 2015

The Obama administration has signalled that it is indifferent to Iraq’s sovereignty and even its existence.

NATO rapid reaction force exercises in Poland target Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015

Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.

American militarism and the Charleston killings

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2015

The wave of mass shootings in the United States can be understood only in the context of the unending violence perpetrated by the US government around the world.

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

As efforts to train new Iraqi army flounder

US secretary of defense threatens breakup of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2015

Washington increasingly seeks to rule Iraq through a network of tribal-based sectarian proxy forces, reinforced by thousands of US “advisers.”

Russia threatens response to US military buildup in Eastern Europe

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

Russia’s response makes clear that US plans to deploy troops and military equipment throughout Eastern Europe has increased the danger of war between nuclear-armed powers.

US House approves measure blocking training of neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

The passage of the amendment to the House’s Pentagon budget bill restricting support for the Azov Battalion is a further confirmation of the leading role played by fascist forces in Ukraine.

US drone strike in Yemen kills AQAP leader

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2015

The second US targeted assassination in as many days has brought AQAP under the control of a new leader with reported ties to the US-backed Saleh dictatorship.

US war planes bomb alleged militants in Libya, killing dozens

By Thomas Gaist, 16 June 2015

The bombing is the latest in a series of illegal targeted assassinations and kidnappings carried out by US forces in Libya.

Pentagon seeks network of new US military bases in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 June 2015

The new US bases will be manned by hundreds of newly deployed US troops, over and above the 450 additional US soldiers approved by the White House earlier this week.

US Army simulates gun battles, sets off explosives in Flint, Michigan

By Thomas Gaist, 12 June 2015

The military drills come as US special operations forces prepare to conduct “Realistic Military Training” in American cities, towns and rural areas throughout the South and West.

One year since the fall of Mosul: More US troops headed to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2015

The catastrophe of its own making is drawing US imperialism into an escalating military intervention in the Middle East.

G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2015

Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil.

Washington’s death squads

By Bill Van Auken, 9 June 2015

Whatever the newspaper’s intentions, the New York Times article on Seal Team 6 exposes a US government that is ever more dependent on the operations of death squads.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

More labs received live anthrax from US military

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2015

Pentagon officials told a press conference Wednesday that the scale of the distribution of deadly toxins might be far greater than previously suggested.

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 4 June 2015

The Philippines is playing a crucial role in Washington’s ratcheting up of military pressure on Beijing.

The US arming of ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015

Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2015

Acting on Washington’s behalf, Canberra is drawing up plans to challenge China by flying a military aircraft into what Beijing considers its territorial airspace.

With US air war in 10th month, ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 June 2015

According to one estimate, the Islamist militia now controls territory across Iraq and Syria roughly equivalent to the size of Italy.

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 1 June 2015

If a Chinese aircraft carrier was in the Gulf of Mexico, Washington would be denouncing China’s flagrant aggression and acts of war.

Russia scrambles jets against US destroyer in Black Sea

By Alex Lantier, 1 June 2015

Escalating NATO deployments along Russia’s borders and in neighboring waters are placing the world on the verge of a shooting war between nuclear-armed powers.

US defence secretary challenges China at Singapore security forum

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2015

Ashton Carter demanded that China halt its “unprecedented” land reclamation in the South China Sea and declared the US would continue its provocative overflights.

US preparing direct military intervention in Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2015

The US Defense Department may soon deploy military teams, including advisers and intelligence and logistics personnel, to Africa’s leading economy and largest oil producer.

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2015

The report that a US military lab sent live samples of anthrax, a deadly bioweapon, to facilities in nine US states and to a US military base in South Korea, raises many questions.

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.

Turkey says US agrees to provide air cover for anti-Assad “rebels” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 26 May 2015

The provision of air cover by the US for its proxy forces on the ground in Syria would follow the pattern of the 2011 US-NATO air war in Libya.

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.