US Militarism

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.

US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament

By Clara Weiss, 23 January 2015

Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the Boston Globe on Monday.

2015 and the rising tide of war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2015

On virtually every continent, US imperialism is engaged in reckless militarist interventions that threaten to provoke a new world war.

Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015

The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

German city plans to accommodate refugees in former concentration camp

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015

The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015

An article in the New York Times backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks.

Military contractor pleads guilty in US Navy corruption scandal

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2015

Systemic corruption is a feature of US military engagements throughout the world.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

By Tom Carter, 14 January 2015

The fact that Washington’s ally was the principal financier of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls into question the entire official “war on terror” narrative.

Obama to host global terrorism summit

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2015

The announcement of the White House summit appeared to be an effort to reassert a leading role for US imperialism in the development of anti-democratic methods worldwide.

US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

Tensions rise over Arctic after Denmark lodges territorial claim

By Roger Jordan, 7 January 2015

Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite.

North Korea condemns new US sanctions

By Ben McGrath, 6 January 2015

Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

As 114th Congress convenes

Washington resumes work on right-wing agenda

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015

The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home.

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015

If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”

US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack.

The global scale of US militarism

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

The US military is engaged in, deployed for combat or preparing for combat in more than 50 countries around the world, including nearly the entire territory ranging from West Africa to Central Asia.

Australia to be maintenance base for controversial F-35 jet fighter

By James Cogan, 3 January 2015

The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

By Niles Williamson, 31 December 2014

While Washington quickly assigned blame to Pyongyang for the hacking attack, independent cyber security investigations point to an inside job.

Report reveals poor performance by UK academies and free schools

By Tania Kent, 31 December 2014

New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children.

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war.

Reports reveal scale of destruction of Syria’s world historic heritage

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2014

The destruction of Syria’s patrimony means its history can never be studied and made available to future generations.

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014

It is entirely fitting that The Interview has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014

Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2014

The current US propaganda campaign against North Korea follows a familiar template: the demonization of countries and leaders targeted by Washington over the past two decades.

US pushes for trilateral anti-missile cooperation in North East Asia

By Ben McGrath, 18 December 2014

Washington is pressing South Korea and Japan for defense collaboration as it continues its military build-up in Asia aimed against China.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014

The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.

Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2014

The Obama administration wants a resolution that will permit the use of US combat troops in Iraq and Syria and set no time limit to the war.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014

The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism.

Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2014

Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014

The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014

Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2014

The danger that the NATO powers’ military threats against Russia could erupt into open warfare is growing by the day.

Obama envisions “circumstances” requiring US ground troops in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2014

The US president’s remark came as the top uniformed commander carried out an unannounced visit to Iraq.

Top general says US troops may be needed to retake Iraqi cities

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2014

The Pentagon is “certainly considering” sending US ground troops into Iraq, as the Obama administration debates escalating campaign for regime change in Syria.

Canada deeply implicated in US anti-China “pivot”

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 November 2014

The Conservative government is integrating Canada ever more fully into Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2014

A London think tank report shows that NATO’s militarization of Eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis has set armies worldwide on a hair trigger, risking nuclear war.

Obama doubles US troop strength in Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2014

Obama made the announcement three days after an election in which there was virtually no discussion of the war in Syria and Iraq.

Why is the media silent on the continuing shakeup in the US nuclear command?

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2014

Since the original report carried by the Associated Press on the unprecedented firing of nuclear missile commanders, no major media outlet has pursued the story.

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2014

The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.

Obama’s letter to Iranian leader complicates nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2014

Whatever the exact circumstances behind the revelation of the secret letter, the outcome is likely to be a harder line from Washington toward Iran.

Republicans win control of Senate in US congressional elections

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2014

The result is a debacle for the Democratic Party and the Obama administration and presages a further shift to the right in official Washington.

Another shakeup hits US nuclear missile command

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2014

The firing of two commanders and the administrative punishment of a third follow a long string of crises and scandals in a command whose job is nuclear annihilation.

Washington-backed “rebels” surrender US arms to Al Qaeda in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2014

The collapse of the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria comes as the Pentagon is attempting to rebuild the Iraqi army for an anti-ISIS offensive next year.

US, Europe issue new threats after elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2014

Kiev is signaling its readiness to renew its military offensive against the region on the grounds that the November 2 vote violated the fragile peace deal signed with the separatists in September.

Poland to send troops to eastern border

By Sonja Bach, 4 November 2014

The historic realignment of military forces is part of NATO’s escalation against Russia.

US military’s Defense Clandestine Service to deploy hundreds of international spies

By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2014

Launched in 2012, US military’s new in-house intelligence agency is developing a global network comparable to that of the CIA.

Top US general calls for “advisers” in Iraq combat zone

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2014

Gen. Dempsey’s proposal would put US troops in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, where ISIS controls roughly 80 percent of the territory.

Turkey allows Kurdish reinforcements into Syrian town of Kobani

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2014

The US is seeking to forge closer ties with the Kurdish militia groups as it pursues its broader aims of regime-change in Syria.

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2014

There is a mounting drumbeat from Washington’s vast military and intelligence apparatus for stepped-up bombing and US “boots on the ground” in both Iraq and Syria.

Right-wing nationalist parties dominate Ukrainian parliamentary elections

By Andrea Peters, 27 October 2014

The vast majority of the electorate in eastern Ukraine did not participate in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

Blackwater, torture and US imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2014

The reason for the White House’s determination to cover up the crimes of the Bush administration is clear enough. In the words of Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

College police across the US armed with military-grade weaponry

By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2014

The Defense Department has provided at least 117 college police departments with military hardware.

Blackwater mercenaries convicted for role in 2007 Iraq massacre

By Thomas Gaist, 23 October 2014

The crimes of the Blackwater mercenaries were a product of the illegal invasion of Iraq by the US government, for which the entire political and military establishment is guilty.

US boosts air war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2014

As the US seeks to consolidate its presence in Iraq and further plans for regime change in Syria, the logic of the military situation points to a further escalation of the war.

CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2014

The intelligence agency concluded on the basis of decades of experience that its arming of US-backed insurgents seldom proved successful.

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

By Peter Symonds, 13 October 2014

Top US general Martin Dempsey has again suggested that American military advisers will be needed in a frontline combat role.

Toxic fallout from US war produces record child birth defect rates in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

Two decades of US military bombardment have saturated Iraq with genotoxic compounds, leading to historically unprecedented rates of birth defects and child cancers.

US, Turkey at odds over Syria intervention

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2014

Obama and Erdogan are in conflict over the methods to achieve their common goal, the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.

The Ben Affleck-Bill Maher-Sam Harris dispute: Anti-Muslim bigotry and American imperialist policy

By David Walsh, 9 October 2014

The argument that erupted on the October 3 edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was revealing.

Biden’s admission: US allies armed ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2014

Responding to a question at a Harvard forum, the US vice president said Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates supplied arms to the Islamic fundamentalist group the US is now bombing.

US exploiting West Africa Ebola outbreak to establish military foothold

By Niles Williamson, 4 October 2014

More than 7,000 have fallen ill and more than 3,300 have died in the current epidemic, the most widespread outbreak since the disease was first identified 28 years ago.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Galle, Gampaha and Hatton

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

Marines in Kuwait; Turkey joins US coalition

New steps to wider war in Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2014

Despite Obama’s pledge of no boots on the ground, more than 17,000 US ground troops in Kuwait could be quickly deployed in the new war in Syria and Iraq.

Washington partially lifts ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam

By Joseph Santolan, 3 October 2014

The announcement marks a significant escalation of Washington’s war drive against China.

US war against the people of Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2014

The White House said Tuesday that restrictions on drone missile strikes meant to limit civilian casualties would not apply to operations in Syria and Iraq.

US Secret Service director resigns amid mounting security scandals

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2014

Julia Pierson stepped down after bipartisan demands for an independent probe of lapses in security surrounding the White House and the president.

US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2014

Statements from top US officials are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to prepare public opinion for full-scale war in the Middle East.

The escalating US war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2014

In less than two months, Obama’s phony “humanitarian mission” to protect the Yazidis in Iraq has become a full-blown war across two countries.