US Militarism

Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war

By J. L'Heureau, 7 December 2018

The Council on Foreign Relations’ forum on “Do Nuclear Weapons Matter” was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

The passing of the 41st US president has evoked not the slightest sadness in the American population, despite the massive effort to present George H. W. Bush as a sympathetic and historic figure.

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2018

While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism’s real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

Faculty protest hits NYU’s coverup for UAE in Matthew Hedges case

By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018

Faculty and PhD students at New York University have demanded that NYU President Andrew Hamilton condemn the imprisonment of UK academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates.

Ukraine’s provocation in the Azov Sea

By Clara Weiss and Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

The Ukrainian military, with the support of high-level figures within the US state, has instigated a major international crisis ahead of this week’s G20 summit.

US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 November 2018

The strikes were part of a surge in US bombings aimed at terrorising the population.

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2018

The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

At least 85,000 child deaths in Yemen highlight Saudi-US war crimes

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

Washington is intent on asserting US dominance over the oil-rich and strategically-critical Middle East, regardless of the terrible human cost.

The political fraud of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal”

By Will Morrow, 23 November 2018

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, as with her entire politics, is characterized by a massive political fraud.

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2018

Following an anti-caravan demonstration on Sunday in Tijuana, Border Patrol closed down the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday morning, leaving tens of thousands in panic, in an effort to stoke up anger and confusion.

At APEC, PM puts Australia on frontline of US confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2018

Australian Prime Minister Morrison lined up with US Vice President Pence at the recent APEC meeting, as China’s policies were denounced across the board.

US vice president beats war drums in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2018

Mike Pence in effect issued an ultimatum to China: either accept a subservient, semi-colonial status, or confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

US vice president steps up confrontation with China at APEC summit

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2018

For the first time in APEC’s 29-year history, the summit did not issue a final communique after the United States and China failed to agree on its wording.

US has spent almost $6 trillion on wars since 2001

By Trévon Austin, 17 November 2018

The Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria wars cost $5.6 trillion alone, not including future interest on money borrowed that will total at least $8 trillion.

Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for “horrendous,” “devastating” war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 16 November 2018

A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress has provided the Democrats’ rubber stamp to the Trump administration’s plans to prepare for war between “great powers.”

Civilian death toll mounts as US escalates offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2018

The so-called campaign against ISIS is aimed at carving out a US-controlled zone in eastern Syria and ultimately overthrowing the Damascus government.

US imposes limited sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi’s murder

By Mike Head, 16 November 2018

The announcement’s timing points to the White House seeking to shore up the latest Saudi version of the events, which protects Crown Prince Mohammed.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

US threats dominate Indo-Pacific summits

Trump’s envoys issue ultimatums to China and other Asian countries

By Mike Head, 15 November 2018

Washington’s representatives, Pence and Bolton, effectively sought to veto any agreements struck with China by the region’s governments.

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

The armistice of November 11, 1918 and the lessons for today

By Nick Beams, 12 November 2018

The silencing of the guns 100 years ago was not the end of the bloodshed and carnage but was simply the conclusion of the first phase of what was to become a thirty-year international war between the major capitalist powers.

US, Japan conclude massive war games targeting China

By Ben McGrath, 10 November 2018

The Keen Sword exercises have placed additional pressure on China while further militarizing the western Pacific.

US-North Korean talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2018

While the US said the meeting was merely postponed, the cancellation is another sign of an impasse in negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program.

US, Turkey risk direct military clash as they escalate war in Syria

By Barış Demir, 8 November 2018

Ankara is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria, which could provoke a direct clash with US forces.

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2018

Washington’s supposed demand for a ceasefire has only produced a sharp escalation in the world’s most murderous war.

US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2018

Speaking like a mafia don, Pompeo offered Iran “a choice” between making a “180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action” and seeing “its economy crumble.”

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Washington imposes new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018

Bolton’s speech on the Trump administration’s policy toward Latin America amounted to a demand for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

By Mike Head, 3 November 2018

The measures Washington outlined yesterday are tantamount to a declaration of war.

Washington calls for Yemen ceasefire as Saudis escalate siege of Hodeidah

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2018

The hypocritical “peace effort” advanced by Washington places full blame for the genocidal war in Yemen on the Houthi rebels and Iran.

As sanctions tighten, Washington threatens Iran with “military might”

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2018

The US is dramatically escalating its illegal, economic war against Iran, with the aim of crashing its economy and imposing a pro-US regime in Tehran.

Chinese president tells military to prepare for war

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2018

Xi Jinping’s speech was a response to the Trump administration’s aggressive actions in intensifying trade war and overtly readying for military conflict with both China and Russia.

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

By Eric London, 30 October 2018

The White House, deploying thousands of troops to the border, is seeking to to whip up a climate of right-wing chauvinist hysteria on the eve of the November 6 midterm elections.

US armed forces deployed to Mexico border in preparation for expected closure

By Norisa Diaz, 29 October 2018

A violent clash is being prepared on the US-Mexico border as Washington readies emergency powers to close the border.

“Trident Juncture” manoeuvres begin: NATO rehearses for war against Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 25 October 2018

The month-long manoeuvres in Norway heighten the danger of war between NATO and Russia.

In racist, anti-immigrant diatribe, Trump declares, “I am a nationalist”

By Barry Grey, 24 October 2018

In speeches in the run-up to the November 6 mid-term elections, Trump has seized on the Central American caravan to step up his appeal to fascistic elements in the Republican base.

US missile treaty withdrawal: “Prepare for nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2018

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the INF treaty has put the world closer to nuclear annihilation than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

Trump’s threat to tear up nuclear pact with Russia met with alarm in Europe, silence from Democrats

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2018

The sole criticism from the Democratic Party is that Trump has failed to articulate a clear strategy for confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers.

Another US provocation against China: Two warships sail through Taiwan Strait

By Peter Symonds, 23 October 2018

The naval operation follows an inflammatory speech by US Vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month criticising China on all fronts.

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2018

Under conditions of mounting social opposition and escalating plans for military conflict, the US political establishment is moving to ever more brazenly implement internet censorship.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Trump says US will withdraw from Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2018

As it targets Russia, China and other major powers, Washington is scrapping the entire framework of nuclear arms control that emerged from the Cold War.

Australian government backs far-right “OK to be white” motion in Senate

By Mike Head, 19 October 2018

The government’s embrace of the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, has a far-reaching significance.

Trump administration accelerates war drive against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2018

Since Vice President Mike Pence’s denunciations of Beijing two weeks ago, the anti-China drumbeat from top US officials has increased.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2018

While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist’s killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.

A reply to French daily Libération

Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for “total war.”

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder

Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

By Jordan Shilton, 13 October 2018

The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers

By Clara Weiss, 13 October 2018

Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to “retool” US society for “great power conflict.”

Murder in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2018

The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2018

The leading Democratic Party-aligned newspaper joined the Republican president in gushing over the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

Among the many students who oppose the school’s partnership with the CIA is a medical student who told the IYSSE, “The CIA is the greatest terrorist organization in the world, and now it wants its tentacles on our campus.”

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

New York University’s DC campus, heavily funded by the Department of Defense and military-affiliated philanthropists, operates as a conference hall and recruitment center for the intelligence agencies and armed forces.

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2018

The threat by the US envoy Kay Bailey Hutchison to “take out” Russian missiles raises the specter of a nuclear Third World War.

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2018

Any misstep or accident in East Asia’s sea and airspace now threatens to trigger a full-scale war between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2018

Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

The following article is part of a series of articles dedicated to exposing the militarization of schools and universities.

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2018

The US media has all but ignored the escalating slaughter in the two countries as well as the clear evidence of Washington’s war crimes.

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

US sells arms to Taiwan, confronts China

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2018

The $330 million arms sale comes as the Trump administration is intensifying the US confrontation with China on all fronts—diplomatic, economic and military.

Against backdrop of UN General Assembly

Trump to intensify economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 25 September 2018

The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.

Beijing cancels trade talks with Washington after US sanctions China for weapons purchases

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The moves mark a further escalation of trade and military tensions between the US and China.

America: The garrison state

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2018

As the victims of Hurricane Florence were told no government money was available to help them rebuild their homes, the Senate quietly forked over $675 billion to the US military.

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2018

The aid group Save the Children warned that the US-Saudi war threatens to kill “an entire generation of Yemen’s children.”

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down

By Kumaran Ira, 20 September 2018

Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

The militarist component of Trump’s trade war

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2018

While China is at present the prime target, the Trump administration sees the US as being involved in an economic war against the rest of the world.

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Report shows that US police militarization does not reduce crime

By Erik Schreiber, 19 September 2018

The results of the study directly contradict the assertions of law enforcement officials across the country.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

By Alex Lantier, 15 September 2018

Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

By Andre Damon, 12 September 2018

On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new Syrian offensive in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces.

Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2018

While the US ruling establishment promotes aggression against Russia with claims of election “meddling,” it plots the overthrow of elected governments and military invasions.

US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2018

Washington’s involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian “meddling” by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2018

The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

Mass social unrest leaves Iraq’s oil capital in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2018

After 15 years of devastation wrought by the US war against Iraq, anger over social conditions has led to an eruption of mass struggles.

Mistrial in case of formerly convicted Blackwater mercenary

By Jacob Crosse, 8 September 2018

Key testimony of the Nisour Square Massacre was called into question due to a brain injury sustained by an eyewitness.

India expands anti-China “strategic partnership” with Washington

By Keith Jones, 8 September 2018

New Delhi signed onto a “foundational” military cooperation agreement aimed at transforming India into a front-line state in the US offensive against China.

CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!

By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018

The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.

Pompeo visits Pakistan to demand “reset” in support for Afghan war

By V. Gnana and Athiyan Silva, 7 September 2018

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford staged a four-hour visit to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Report by Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media undermines claims of chemical attack in Douma

By Paul Bond, 6 September 2018

In the face of the orchestrated attack on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media as “Apologists for Assad,” the careful work by Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason, David Miller and Piers Robinson is all the more noteworthy.

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2018

Claims of “humanitarian” concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the “rebels.”

US push for sanctions of China over treatment of Uyghur minority

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2018

Washington’s spotlighting of abuses has nothing to do with defending democratic rights but is aimed at stirring anti-Chinese sentiment and encouraging separatist movements in China.

US report on Chinese “United Front Work” seeks to whip-up hostility towards China

By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2018

The report contains justifications for mass spying on Chinese nationals and warns against cultural exchange programs that leave Americans with positive views of China

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

By Joseph Kishore, 1 September 2018

The American media and political establishment are in the middle of a five-day exercise in moral hypocrisy, cant and myth-making surrounding the death of US Senator John McCain.

US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018

Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.

US ambassador praises New Zealand’s Pacific “reset”

By John Braddock, 30 August 2018

Brown’s comments are an enthusiastic endorsement of Labour’s strengthening of New Zealand’s support for Washington’s drive to war against both China and Russia.

US threatens North Korea with resumption of war games

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2018

Trump’s decision to halt talks with North Korea and resume joint military drills with South Korea could rapidly lead to the renewal of extreme tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Is Washington on the brink of a major attack on Syria?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Threats against the Assad government over the use of chemical weapons have set up the pretext for a sharp escalation of US military intervention.

US-backed Saudi air strikes massacre dozens of Yemeni children for second time in two weeks

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2018

A week before the latest massacre, CNN research revealed that the 500 pound bomb that killed 40 children on 9 August was produced by Lockheed Martin.

Trump cancels secretary of state’s trip to North Korea one day after its announcement

By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2018

The US president has directly linked his pressure on North Korea with the trade war with China, exposing the fraudulent nature of the “peace talks” with Pyongyang.

Pentagon report targets China’s “expanding global influence”

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2018

While the report focusses on China’s growing military capabilities and international reach, its build-up is dwarfed by the US military and its world-wide system of alliances and bases.

Japan: Tens of thousands on Okinawa denounce US base relocation plan

By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2018

Given that Okinawa is a major staging pointing for US military action in Asia, opposition to the base is intimately bound up with the struggle against militarism.

Taliban attack on Afghan city deepens crisis of US puppet regime in Kabul

By Jordan Shilton, 18 August 2018

Driven by the mounting instability of the Afghan regime and the threat that regional rivals Russia and China could expand their involvement in the country, Washington has quietly reopened direct talks with the Taliban.

Pentagon chief promotes anti-China agenda in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2018

Mattis’ four-nation tour was aimed at countering China’s influence and building up ties between the US and Latin American military commands.

White House and Pentagon advance plan to create a Space Force

By Trévon Austin, 11 August 2018

Vice President Mike Pence announced steps would be taken to create the United States Space Command.