US Militarism

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

By Eric London, 20 September 2017

The bill increases the military budget by $80 billion from 2016 and includes major allocations to prepare the US nuclear arsenal for war.

Japanese PM backs US “military option” against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2017

Abe’s conclusion that “dialogue will not work with North Korea” amounts to a menacing threat to deal with Pyongyang either through regime change or war.

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2017

The American president publicly threatened to unleash a genocidal war, declaring that he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.

UN General Assembly convenes under shadow of war

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2017

On the eve of the opening session of the UN General Assembly, top US officials have reiterated threats of a “military option” on the Korean peninsula that could lead to nuclear war.

Pentagon to fortify Kabul for unending Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017

The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.

Trump threatens North Korea with “effective and overwhelming” military force

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2017

Senior Trump officials insisted that the US had a “military option” and warned that time was running out for any diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

North Korea tests missile in response to sanctions

By James Cogan, 15 September 2017

Washington is pushing the besieged regime in North Korea into a corner from which it could escape only by a complete capitulation to US demands.

NATO launches war games in advance of Russian exercise

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2017

The dueling military exercises are unfolding as relations between Washington and Moscow are more tense than at any time since the height of the Cold War.

UN Security Council imposes severe sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2017

Far from easing tensions in North East Asia, the UN resolution sets the stage for further US provocations and heightens the danger of military conflict.

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

The media has largely blacked out new revelations of the direct role of Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest Mideast allies, in preparing the attacks.

As US threatens North Korea, NATO chief warns of “more dangerous world”

By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2017

The danger of catastrophic war in Asia is provoking deep fears in Europe and exacerbating divisions with Washington.

As US threatens war against North Korea, China appeals to European powers

By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2017

China has called on Germany and France to coordinate sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear test and prevent US escalation on the Korean Peninsula from leading to war.

US completes anti-missile deployment in South Korea amid heightened war danger

By Ben McGrath, 8 September 2017

Under pressure from Washington, South Korean President Moon has moved away from his previous calls for dialogue with North Korea and toward increasingly hawkish positions.

US and India use Indian Ocean Conference to reinforce their strategic interests

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 8 September 2017

The geo-strategic conference gave another indication of US and Indian preparations for war against China.

UN chief warns against the march to world war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2017

The comparison of the reckless ratcheting up of tensions on the Korean peninsula to the events that sparked the First World War has gone virtually unreported in the US media.

UN head warns Korean crisis could spiral into world war

By James Cogan, 7 September 2017

Sharp divisions exist between the US, China and Russia over Washington’s demands that the UN impose a total trade embargo on North Korea.

The logic of imperialist aggression:

Will US threats against North Korea yield a global catastrophe?

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2017

With each ratcheting up of threats to unleash a nuclear conflagration on North Korea, the question is posed with increasing force: Will Washington go to war to make good on its war rhetoric?

Danger of global war over Korea shakes Europe

By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2017

By threatening North Korea, Washington is launching a military standoff with Russia and China, which could engulf Europe in nuclear war.

The US faces off against China and Russia over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2017

In a provocative speech in the UN, US ambassador Nikki Haley not only targeted North Korea over its nuclear test, but also threatened China and Russia.

Trump, North Korea and the danger of world war

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2017

While North Korea’s nuclear test certainly compounds the risk of conflict, the prime responsibility for pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war rests with US imperialism.

Pakistan boycotts talks with US, rejects role for India in Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 September 2017

US President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has provoked an angry reaction in Islamabad.

UN says 27 dying each day in US-led siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2017

The mass killing in the Syrian city of Raqqa is part of an arc of US slaughter, stretching from the Horn of Africa through the Middle East and into South Asia.

Another war threat: Trump rules out talking to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2017

If negotiations are not an option, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the US is preparing to attack North Korea militarily.

Trump threatens North Korea with war

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2017

By declaring “all options are on the table,” Trump effectively ruled out strong hints last week that a peaceful solution to the standoff could be found.

Amid high tensions, North Korea fires intermediate-range missile over Japan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017

US and South Korean military commanders reportedly agreed to an early, tough response, including “military measures,” to demonstrate “the alliance’s strong will.”

Muted US response to North Korean short-range missile launches

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2017

While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested that talks might be possible, he has continued to stress that the US still has a military option to deal with North Korea.

US massacring hundreds of Syrian civilians every week in Raqqa

By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2017

The horrific slaughter of civilians in Raqqa comes just months after US-backed Iraqi forces, relying on US air power, laid waste to vast swathes of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Mattis in Kiev: US may arm Ukraine with lethal weapons

By Niles Niemuth, 25 August 2017

Under a provocative plan drawn up by officials at the Pentagon and State Department, the Trump administration would deliver Javelin antitank missiles and antiaircraft weaponry.

US threatens Pakistan as part of new Afghan war drive

By Keith Jones, 24 August 2017

Trump’s threats include closer cooperation with Pakistan’s arch-rival India, which has repeatedly boasted of its readiness to mount military raids inside Pakistan even if they risk provoking all-out war.

Pine Gap base automatically involves Australia in US wars

By Mike Head, 24 August 2017

Secret documents show the facility’s role has increasingly shifted from spying to providing “real-time” data for military operations.

The “military-industrial complex” in power

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2017

The ruling elite has used the crisis surrounding the president’s endorsement of the neo-fascist rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia to consolidate the grip of the military over the White House.

US hits China, Russia with punitive sanctions over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2017

The targeting of Chinese companies makes clear that Washington is exploiting the tense standoff with North Korea as part of its wider confrontation with Beijing.

Trump gives military green light to escalate Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2017

The nationally televised address to a military audience sets the stage for a massive increase in bloodshed in a country where the United States has waged war for 16 years.

US naval collision raises questions about morale, training

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2017

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker yesterday morning in waters near Singapore, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

US pushes ahead with provocative war games in South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2017

By proceeding with the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises, the US is once again deliberately inflaming its confrontation with North Korea.

Amid India-China war crisis, Washington boosts strategic ties with New Delhi

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 August 2017

Washington’s intervention in the conflict heightens the danger that an Indo-China border clash could draw in the US and other powers, with catastrophic consequences.

A temporary step back in US-North Korean tensions

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2017

The confrontation on the Korean Peninsula remains on a hair trigger and a mistake or miscalculation could plunge the world into war.

War in Yemen: Half a million stricken in cholera epidemic

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2017

The epidemic, which has claimed more than 2,000 lives since April, is the result of the savage war being waged by Saudi Arabia in alliance with the United States.

As Trump initiates hostile trade inquiry against China

US defence secretary threatens war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 15 August 2017

Mattis’s remarks came in the aftermath of bellicose threats by President Trump last week to engulf North Korea in “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

US remains poised to attack North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 14 August 2017

The very fact that top US officials play down the prospect of an imminent nuclear war indicates that the matter is being actively discussed within the White House.

Miami police expand their use of military-grade vehicles and equipment

By Matthew MacEgan, 11 August 2017

An investigative report provides details about the Miami-Dade Police Department’s expanded and routine use of military-grade vehicles and equipment.

US imperialism and the threat of nuclear war against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2017

The current crisis is the outcome of a policy of naked aggression pursued by US imperialism for the past quarter-century in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and the Balkans.

Trump’s nuclear war threat against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2017

With the staggeringly reckless statements of Trump and his aides, a fuse has been lit that can lead to the eruption of a nuclear war in Asia with incalculable global consequences.

US to launch drone bombing campaign in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 10 August 2017

The US military was involved in the initial attack by Philippine forces that led to the declaration of martial law and US surveillance planes have directed the daily bombing.

Syria charges Washington with war crimes in siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 9 August 2017

Scores of Syrian civilians have been killed in US air strikes, which, according to Damascus, have included the use of banned white phosphorous munitions against a hospital.

US sanctions against Russia intensify conflict with Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017

The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.

US Court of Appeals throws out Blackwater murder conviction

By Matthew MacEgan, 5 August 2017

A US appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of one of the four former Blackwater security guards who massacred 14 unarmed Iraqis in September 2007.

The abandonment of the CIA’s Syrian “rebels” and the pseudo-left accomplices of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2017

The Trump administration’s unceremonious pulling of the plug on the CIA’s billion-dollar regime-change operation has exposed the real role of the pseudo-left promoters of the Syrian “revolution.”

China rejects Trump’s accusations over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2017

Beijing’s determination not to be bullied into tougher action against North Korea sets the stage for an escalating US confrontation not only with Pyongyang, but also China.

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2017

Amid a mounting domestic political crisis and a breakdown of long-standing alliances, the United States is simultaneously escalating its military threats against nuclear-armed Russia and China.

Trump slams China over North Korean missile

By Peter Symonds, 31 July 2017

Trump’s tweets are another sign that the White House is actively considering far more aggressive methods, including military strikes against North Korea.

Putin confirms expulsion of US diplomats from Russia

By Nick Beams, 31 July 2017

Speaking Sunday on state television, Putin indicated that the sanctions and Trump’s decision not to block the legislation represented a tipping point in relations with the US.

New US provocation in Persian Gulf as Washington expands Iran sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2017

The strategy of the Trump White House and Pentagon is to provoke Iran either into abrogating the nuclear accord, or into an outright military clash with the US.

US generals discuss “military options” after North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2017

Yesterday’s launch of a long-range missile will only heighten the clamour in Washington for action, including military strikes and regime-change operations.

US military declares “time is running out” before war with North Korea

By James Cogan, 28 July 2017

The situation is rendered even more volatile and dangerous by the besieged character of the Trump presidency.

US-trained Iraqi troops ordered to “kill anything that moves” in western Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2017

Two weeks after the Iraqi government hailed Mosul’s “liberation,” the criminal nature of the mass slaughter there continues to emerge.

FBI arrests US Army Sergeant in ISIS sting operation

By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2017

On July 8, the FBI arrested Sergeant First Class Ikaika Erik Kang in a sting operation involving agents posing as ISIS recruiters.

Trump announces ban on transgender people in the US military

By Josh Varlin, 27 July 2017

President Donald Trump announced the discriminatory and anti-democratic policy via Twitter Wednesday morning.

Canadian warships join “freedom of navigation” exercises in South China Sea

By Roger Jordan, 27 July 2017

The Canadian navy is joining exercises mounted by the US and its principal Asia-Pacific allies with the aim of threatening and preparing for war with China.

Dropping the mask: A war of plunder in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2017

The long stalled plan for reviving the nearly 16-year US war in Afghanistan is being promoted in the Trump White House on the basis of profit and corporate plunder.

US accuses China of unsafe mid-air encounter

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2017

The incident involving a US spy plane and Chinese fighters highlights the acute tensions generated by Washington’s repeated threats to attack North Korea.

US Congress overwhelmingly passes sanctions bill targeting Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2017

The new sanctions, combined with measures that restrict the Trump administration’s ability to remove them, expose the essence of the anti-Russia campaign spearheaded by the US intelligence agencies.

US squanders billions on new aircraft carrier

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2017

Donald Trump’s plans to vastly expand military spending will do nothing to offset the persistent decline of American capitalism, of which his administration is itself a malignant manifestation.

Trump threatens Iran, plots to scuttle nuclear accord

By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017

Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.

South Korea extends deadline for talks with the North

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2017

Seoul has reassured Washington that its proposal is not meant to undermine the larger demand for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Trump pulls plug on CIA’s Syrian “revolution”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2017

The ending of the CIA’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda-linked “rebels” signals not an end to conflict or rapprochement with Moscow, but is part of the preparations for wider war.

Indian-US-Japanese naval exercises in Indian Ocean target China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2017

India’s hosting of the Malabar exercises is part of its integration into the US military-strategic offensive against China.

One week after Mosul’s “liberation,” horror of US siege continues to unfold

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2017

While the bulk of the US media has moved on, after proclaiming “victory” over ISIS in the Iraqi city, evidence of war crimes and collective punishment is mounting.

Trump administration signs law stripping job protections from Department of Veterans Affairs employees

By Nick Barrickman, 14 July 2017

The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act marks a deepening of the attack on federal workers.

US commander predicts weeks more of fighting in “liberated” Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2017

The top US general in Iraq signaled that US forces will remain deployed there long after ISIS is defeated.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

New York Times voices moral outrage over profiteering military contractors ... in Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2017

The Times editorial board, which has helped sell every US war of aggression for the past 25 years, is outraged that a Russian military contractor is profiting from the war in Syria.

The police murder of Iraq War veteran Brian Easley

By Eric London, 10 July 2017

The murder of Easley exposes the establishment’s ritual worship of veterans as nothing more than propaganda, aimed at building support for wars fought by the poor to enrich the wealthy.

US strategic bombers conduct provocative drill near North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2017

The military exercise involving US B1-B bombers just before the G20 summit, was aimed at pressuring all countries, especially China, to take tough action against North Korea.

Iraqi prime minister claims “liberation” of devastated Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2017

The “liberated city of Mosul” has been largely reduced to smoking rubble littered with decaying corpses.

US B-1 bombers challenge Chinese claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2017

The bomber flight is the latest US provocation ahead of the G20 summit aimed at pressuring China to take stronger action against North Korea.

Trump escalates US drone war in Somalia

By Timotheos Gaist, 8 July 2017

Calls are growing in US ruling circles for wider war in the desperately impoverished, immensely strategic Horn of Africa nation.

Australian government lines up behind US threats to North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 6 July 2017

Canberra’s statement closely echoed Washington’s assertions that North Korea now constitutes a threat to the entire world.

US police out in force for Fourth of July holiday

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 July 2017

The police mobilizations throughout the country, justified by citing the possibility of a terror attack, marked another effort to expand the power of the state in anticipation of social unrest.

Ahead of G20 summit

US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

By James Cogan, 6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren joins push for US escalation in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2017

Appearing in Kabul alongside Republican John McCain, Warren joined in calling for President Donald Trump to advance a new strategy for the nearly 16-year-old US war.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

Defence Minister says Britain will back any US action in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2017

The UK is already up to its neck in the US-led operation to topple the Assad regime, including covert and illegal military operations on the ground.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

US warship intrudes into Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2017

The US naval provocation, following the approval of a large arms deal with Taiwan and US sanctions on Chinese companies, heightens the risk of war with China.

South Korean president aligns with US war plans against North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2017

With his election out of the way, President Moon sought to reassure Washington that he remained committed to the military alliance.

US provocatively approves major arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 1 July 2017

Together with US sanctions on Chinese entities, the arms deal signals a more aggressive stance toward Beijing.

US threatens war with North as South Korean president arrives in Washington

By James Cogan, 30 June 2017

Moon Jae-in, far from seeking to curb Washington’s threats, has fallen into line with the steady build-up toward confrontation with North Korea.

US air strike kills scores of civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2017

The deadly strike on Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province Monday is bound up with Washington’s increasingly aggressive military intervention in the region.

Trump’s Syrian chemical weapons claims: A house of cards

By Andre Damon, 28 June 2017

The spurious White House claims that the Syrian government is preparing to use chemical weapons have yet again gone unquestioned in the US media.

US, UAE operate network of torture chambers in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 27 June 2017

The brutal torture regime began during the Obama administration and continues under President Donald Trump.

Ex-CIA chief calls for “firm” Australian action against China

By Mike Head, 26 June 2017

David Petraeus’ appearance at the Liberal Party dinner was the latest intervention into Australian politics by visiting senior figures within the US military-intelligence complex.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017

The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.

US-backed forces on verge of recapturing Iraqi city of Mosul

By James Cogan, 23 June 2017

The destruction yesterday of the 900-year-old minaret of the historic Al Nuri mosque symbolises the devastation that has been inflicted on Mosul.

Megan Leavey: Oblivious to Iraqi suffering

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2017

Set during the Iraq war in 2006, Megan Leavey deals with the relationship of a female Marine corporal and her military dog companion. It is an unvarnished pro-war film.

Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria

NATO warplane buzzes jet carrying Russian defense minister over Baltic Sea

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017

Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

South Korean president tries to smooth disagreements with Washington

By Ben McGrath, 22 June 2017

Seoul has suggested reaching out to Pyongyang as the US ramps up pressure on North Korea.

Escalating threat of US-Russian confrontation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2017

In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian jet, Moscow has announced it will treat any US aircraft flying over the western part of Syria as a hostile target.