US Militarism

Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam’s alignment with Washington

By James Cogan, 10 March 2018

Vietnam’s strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

The CIA Democrats: Part three

From the State Department to Capitol Hill

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2018

The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

By Andre Damon, 8 March 2018

The company’s involvement in the “targeted killing” program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

The CIA Democrats: Part two

Agents and war commanders

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2018

Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington’s threats against the Pyongyang regime.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

The CIA Democrats: Part one

Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.

Foreign “meddling” in elections—Yankee imperialist style

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2018

Amid unrelenting hysteria promoted by the Democrats and the media over alleged Russian “meddling” in the US election, scant attention has been paid to Washington’s own activities south of the US border.

US media airs pretexts for preemptive attack on North Korea

By James Cogan, 3 March 2018

Newspaper articles indicate that a war crime of historic dimensions is being prepared.

Responding to US threats, Russian President Putin proclaims nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2018

In a belligerently nationalistic speech Thursday, Putin boasted about advances in Russia’s nuclear arsenal and played a video depicting a nuclear strike on the United States.

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.

US airstrike kills dozens amid mounting Western war propaganda over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2018

The orchestrated outcry over civilian deaths in Ghouta and chorus of chemical weapons allegations are aimed at preparing a major new imperialist escalation in the Middle East.

Fighting continues in Syria after another UN ceasefire

By Chris Marsden, 26 February 2018

Tensions between the United States, Russia, Iran, and Turkey remained high in the wake of a US attack that killed dozens of Russian troops.

South Korean president holds talks with top North Korean officials

By Ben McGrath, 26 February 2018

North Korea has offered to hold talks with the US, but the Trump administration is insisting that Pyongyang must first demonstrate its willingness to denuclearise.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

The 2018 Munich Security Conference and the emerging conflict between the US and Europe

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018

This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.

Syrian government offensive prompts calls for intensified US military intervention

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2018

US media outlets have seized on the escalation of violence to call for the expansion of Washington’s illegal military intervention.

New York Times exploits Parkland tragedy to escalate anti-Russian campaign

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2018

The New York Times and the broadcast media have sought to exploit the deaths of 17 high school students to justify US military aggression against Russia and promote Internet censorship.

Washington delivers new ultimatum on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2018

The Trump administration is threatening to abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement in order to force the European powers to adopt a hard line against Tehran.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2018

As with the Bush administration’s lies about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” the claim that Russia “attacked” the US by “meddling” in the 2016 elections is aimed at creating a justification for war.

US admiral advocates war footing against China

By James Cogan, 20 February 2018

Admiral Harris’s statement left no doubt that he believes military spending must be ramped up by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

Top US intelligence official declares “decision time” on North Korea coming closer

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2018

Amid speculation about talks between North and South Korea, the US Director of National Intelligence was skeptical that Pyongyang would negotiate away its nuclear weapons.

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia

By James Cogan, 14 February 2018

The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

Israeli attack on Syria heightens danger of wider Mideast war

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2018

Israel attacked 12 of the country’s main air defence sites, which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as “Iranian targets.”

US to expand military deployments as war danger builds in Asia

By James Cogan, 12 February 2018

The United Sates is preparing for “great-power conflict” in the Pacific by massively increasing its military presence in the region.

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

By Eric London, 10 February 2018

The Democratic Party provided the necessary votes to allocate $1.4 trillion for the military.

Falcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration

By Don Barrett and Patrick Martin, 9 February 2018

The new rocket has two purposes, neither of them connected with the advance of science: to boost the wealth of billionaire Elon Musk, and to expand the military arsenal of the Pentagon.

US vice president foreshadows “toughest” sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2018

Pence’s aggressive remarks cut across any attempt by the South Korean president to use the Winter Olympics to create an opening for negotiations with North Korea.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

CNN suppressed leaked DHS report on Super Bowl LII security operation

By Matthew Taylor, 7 February 2018

CNN’s decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media’s role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2018

US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2018

The warplane was shot down as Russian and US military forces face off at close quarters on opposing sides of Syria’s disastrous civil war.

Trump administration presses for more options for war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 February 2018

Even as tensions appear to have eased on the Korean Peninsula with the Winter Olympics about to begin, the US is continuing its preparations for a military strike.

Washington prepares new escalation as Afghanistan unravels

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2018

The inability of Afghan security forces and their US “advisers” to secure even the most heavily guarded zones of Kabul has been underscored in a series of spectacular attacks.

Russian-backed Syrian peace talks reach deal on constitution as US discusses escalating conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2018

A day after the conclusion of the talks, the Trump administration raised new and unsubstantiated claims that the Assad regime is developing chemical weapons.

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

The degeneration of the State of the Union as an institution is connected to the mounting crisis of American capitalism.

CIA director brands China “as big a threat to the US” as Russia

By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018

Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.

Investigators now claim Hawaii employee who sent false alert thought attack was real

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2018

The message read out to workers at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on the morning of January 13 included the words, “This is not a drill.”

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The military assault marked a turning point in the Vietnam War, demonstrating the enduring power of the popular revolutionary struggle and crippling the Johnson administration.

The Economist: Humanity teeters on the brink of world war

By James Cogan, 30 January 2018

The latest issue of the London weekly declares that the past quarter century of bloody conflicts is just the prelude to an even more horrific future.

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018

Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

The media’s guilty silence on Hawaii nuclear war alert

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2018

Little more than two weeks after Hawaii’s 1.5 million people received a false alert of impending nuclear disaster, the media has quietly shelved the story.

Will there be a US nuclear sneak attack on North Korea?

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2018

Amid a feverish US military buildup, Washington rolled out a new round of sanctions aimed at strangling North Korea’s economy.

Fighting rages as Turkey advances on Syrian Kurdish enclave

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2018

The Turkish military incursion into northern Syria has exacerbated deepening tensions within the NATO alliance and between the US and Europe.

Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 22 January 2018

The Turkish invasion points to a historic breakdown of the NATO alliance, of which the United States and Turkey are both members.

US destroyer intrudes into waters around Chinese-controlled islet

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2018

The latest “freedom of navigation” provocation came on the eve of a meeting of top naval commanders in India where US Admiral Harry Harris condemned China as “a disruptive force.”

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

The document presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis confirms an open shift by US imperialism toward preparations for a third world war.

False alarm of incoming missile in Japan

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2018

The false alert, coming days after a similar incident in Hawaii, highlights the advanced preparations by the US and its allies for war with North Korea.

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

The terror unleashed upon the population of Hawaii cannot be understood outside of the myriad exercises being conducted by the Pentagon in preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

US to set up 30,000-strong “border force” in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2018

Having proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, Washington is determined to prosecute its goal of ousting the Iranian- and Russian-backed Syrian regime.

The missile alert in Hawaii

Thirty-eight minutes of chaos

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2018

A false warning of impending nuclear attack terrorized millions on Saturday.

Trump emphasises hostile stance on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 15 January 2018

The latest fracas underscores the erratic character of the Trump administration’s stance toward North Korea.

US AFRICOM blacklists reporter Nick Turse as “not a legitimate journalist”

By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018

The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.

Washington prepares to deploy “usable” nuclear weapons

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2018

A policy review to be released later this month calls for the development of new low-yield nuclear weapons for use against Russia.

Two Koreas hold talks amid continuing acute tensions

By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2018

The meeting produced an agreement for North Korea to participate in the Winter Olympics, but did nothing to end the dangerous standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons.

US President Trump backs meeting between two Koreas

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2018

Trump suggested the possibility of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even though he had threatened North Korea with nuclear annihilation just days earlier.

Talks between North and South Korea to proceed

By Peter Symonds, 6 January 2018

The meeting will take place under conditions of extreme tension as a result of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Chinese president orders troops to be “ready to fight”

By Mike Head, 5 January 2018

Like the US and other governments around the world, the Chinese regime is resorting to nationalism and militarism.

Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2018

Trump’s “nuclear button” remark is aimed not just at North Korea, but any country that poses a challenge to American global hegemony.

US president accuses China of illegal oil transfer to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 December 2017

Trump’s tweet declaring Beijing was “caught RED HANDED” smacks of a contrived provocation aimed at ramping up tensions with China and North Korea.

Over 700 Yemeni civilians killed and wounded by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in December

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017

The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.

Pentagon admits presence of US troops in Yemen as cholera cases top one million

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017

Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.

UN imposes harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2017

The latest measures, drawn up by Washington, represent a last-ditch attempt to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Trump authorizes $41.5 million sale of lethal US weaponry to Ukraine

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2017

The decision to allow Kiev to purchase “lethal defensive weapons” portends an escalation in the nearly four-year-old war against pro-Russian separatists entrenched in the country’s eastern provinces.

US will “compel” North Korea to denuclearise

By Peter Symonds, 21 December 2017

Trump’s National Security Adviser McMaster said the president had ordered him to “to continue to refine a military option should we have to use it.”

Trump’s National Security Strategy: The return of “great power” military conflict

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2017

The new US National Security Strategy and Trump’s speech Monday constitute a grim warning to humanity that US imperialism is firmly embarked on a road that leads to a nuclear third world war.

Trump unveils “America First” national security strategy

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017

Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.

US secretary of state issues new ultimatum to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2017

If North Korea does not give up its nuclear arsenal, the US is not only demanding an international economic blockade, but preparing to attack Pyongyang.

AFRICOM envisions two years of open-ended warfare in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 16 December 2017

The announcement marks a further escalation of Washington’s military offensive in Somalia which has been ramped up over the last year, including the deployment of 500 special forces personnel.

Jens Stoltenberg and Angelina Jolie call for NATO intervention to promote “gender equality”

By Julie Hyland, 16 December 2017

In a modern day-twist to the “white man’s burden”, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and actress Angelina Jolie advocate the fight for “cultural change” and “gender equality” through the barrel of a gun.

Pentagon claims confrontation with Russian warplanes over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2017

The latest report of a hostile encounter between US and Russian fighters comes as Washington prepares to roll out a post-ISIS plan for continuing the war in Syria.

Trump administration scotches suggestion of talks with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s offer of talks without pre-condition was quickly followed by a White House official declaring that “now is not the time.”

Washington’s secret wars

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2017

The refusal to reveal the level of overseas troop deployments is aimed first and foremost at concealing from the American people the ever expanding global reach of US wars and militarism.

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

The Russian President's pronouncement of a 'victory' over ISIS presages not peace, but an even more direct and aggressive conflict between the US and Russia.

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2017

In the 13 days since North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching large portions of North America, the US has further escalated its war threats.

Further signs of looming US war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2017

Out of the blue, Trump officials have suggested that US athletes might not compete in the Winter Olympics in South Korea due to security concerns.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former dictator, killed in Sana’a

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2017

The death of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, appears to signal the failure of a Saudi-backed plot to overthrow the Houthi-led government.

Australian foreign policy White Paper underscores danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2017

The document reflects the rising anxieties in ruling circles over the breakdown of the post-World War II order and the emergence of “a more competitive and contested world.”

Top US official warns “not much time” to prevent Korean war

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2017

To justify US military aggression, National Security Adviser McMaster grossly inflated the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

Trump administration escalates threat to “utterly destroy” North Korea

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2017

The United States is in the advanced stage of planning some form of military operation against North Korea, which, if carried out, would imperil millions of lives.

28 November 2017

Kremlin instructs Russian industry to prepare for war mobilization

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2017

A century after World War I, amid another catastrophic political collapse of world capitalism, countries across Europe and the world are again preparing for total war.

US expands military offensive in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 24 November 2017

The official US military deployment in Somalia has increased to more than 500, the largest contingent of soldiers in the country since 1993.

US bombing of Afghanistan up by 300 percent

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2017

While the media lavished attention on the Pentagon’s claims to have bombed opium production facilities, the latest raids are only part of a tripling of airstrikes this year.

US sanctions against North Korea target China

By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2017

Washington is determined to exploit the confrontation with Pyongyang to undermine China economically and strategically.

US-backed Saudi blockade deprives 2.5 million Yemenis of clean water

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2017

The lack of clean water threatens to compound the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, even as millions confront famine.

Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2017

Trump’s decision is another step towards a catastrophic war that would not only kill millions on the Korean Peninsula but could potentially draw in major powers such as China and Russia.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the Saudi military as it carries out a siege of Yemen that could claim the lives of millions.

Senate hearing considers threat of an unprovoked US nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2017

The hearing heard the former head of the US Strategic Command raise the prospect of the military refusing a first strike order, creating what he called an “interesting constitutional situation.”

Murder of US Green Beret by Navy Seals in Mali exposes criminal military operations in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 15 November 2017

Reports from unnamed US officials indicate that the two murder suspects were stealing cash from a “slush fund” set aside for the purpose of paying informants.

Trump’s Asia visit: Growing US economic isolation to fuel military push

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2017

Trump’s tour has underscored the mounting problems US imperialism confronts globally.

Saudi crisis threatens wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2017

The mass arrests in Saudi Arabia, combined with the kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister and the escalation of the war against Yemen, point to immense instability.

“Time is quickly running out”

Trump threatens China over North Korea and trade

By James Cogan, 10 November 2017

Three aircraft carrier battlegroups are positioned off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and will rehearse for war this weekend.

NATO summit escalates preparation for war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2017

NATO is planning for a major land war in Europe against Russia, which fields the world’s second-largest nuclear arsenal after the United States.