year 2015 will be remembered as a year of expanding global warfare
and militarism. It began with discussions of the possibility of
“total war” against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, saw new
provocations against China in the South China Sea, and draws to a
close amid the escalation of the US and European war in Iraq and
Syria and the spread of conflict to Yemen, Libya and other parts of
imperialist powers are determined to make 2016 an even bloodier and
more dangerous year. Germany and Japan are openly remilitarizing, as
their governments seek to whitewash and rationalize the crimes of the
World War II era. All of the imperialist powers have seized on the
terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino to place their populations
and economies on a war footing.
most dangerous factor is the US drive for global domination. The
United States has its hands in virtually every country, employing
drone assassinations, Special Forces operations and a network of
military bases and agreements aimed at establishing unchallenged
military domination over the planet, along with cyberspace and outer
plans are afoot. Washington is preparing to expand its global basing
system through the addition of a “larger network envisioned by the
Pentagon,” which will include at least four new Special Forces hubs
and numerous new “spoke” bases, according to a New
York Times article
commando network will be centered on Eurasia and Africa but will be
global in scope, according to Pentagon officials. Among the new bases
will be a permanent establishment in Afghanistan, which will function
as “a hub for Special Operations troops and intelligence operatives
throughout Central and South Asia.”
record of the US special units, which have emerged as the spearhead
of the so-called “war on terror” since 2001, makes clear the
murderous nature of the escalating commando war. US Special Forces
have been granted a general license to carry out violence and mayhem
in every part of the world with total disregard for international
law. Thousands of US commandos are already operating in between 85
and 130 countries worldwide, according to varying estimates by US
enlarged Special Forces network is only one element of a broader
strategic escalation by Washington. US weapons manufacturers are
collaborating with the government to channel an expanding war chest
of arms to allied governments and proxy forces, with American weapons
sales surging in recent years. In 2014, total US arms sales jumped by
$10 billion to a total of $35 billion, giving US corporations control
over 50 percent of the world weapons market, according to a
congressional report released last week.
intensified drive for a redivision affects every region of the world.
is pre-positioning military equipment and deploying conventional
forces and military “advisors” and trainers throughout Europe in
preparation for war against Russia.
US Army plans to double the number of tanks it has deployed to
Europe, sending another full armored brigade to the continent,
accompanied by infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons as
well as an additional full Army division dedicated to joint
operations with NATO and European militaries.
Ukraine, US Army forces are training five battalions of active-duty
forces and US Special Forces are partnering with the Ukrainian
military to develop Ukraine commando units.
Korea, a country that has been tapped to serve as a staging area for
US war preparations against China, was the leading importer of US
arms in 2014, purchasing nearly $8 billion worth of American-made
December, the Obama administration approved the sale of $1.8 billion
worth of weapons to Taiwan, including warships previously used by the
US Navy and several advanced missile systems. The sale was the first
weapons transfer to Taiwan in years and was clearly intended as a
provocation against Beijing.
the Pacific, the US Army’s “Pacific Pathways” program is
coordinating joint operations with Asia-Pacific militaries. In the
course of 2015, the program saw the US conduct joint drills with
units from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia,
Mongolia, South Korea and Thailand.
purchasers of US weapons in 2014 included the ultra-reactionary
regimes of Saudi Arabia, which purchased $4 billion worth of TOW
missiles, and Qatar, which purchased $9.8 billion worth of US arms.
Qatar has been a major backer of Islamist forces in Syria in the
US-backed civil war against Assad.
US has spearheaded a new imperialist carve-up of the entire region,
with Britain, France and Germany piling into the wars in Iraq and
Syria toward the end of 2015 and Saudi Arabia leading a US-backed war
arms sales to Africa—particularly in the oil-rich regions—increased
by 50 percent between 2010 and 2014 over the previous five-year
period. Cameroon and Nigeria, which are collaborating with the
growing US intervention in West Africa in the name of the “fight
against Boko Haram,” were among the leading importers of weapons.
Preparations are underway to relaunch military operations in Libya,
already devastated by the US-NATO war that overthrew and murdered
Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
and outer space
cyberspace and outer space are not exempt from the US-led
militarization drive. In November, the US was one of only four
countries to vote against a United Nations resolution, “No First
Placement of Weapons in Outer Space,” which was supported by more
than 120 member states. In a presentation earlier this year, US
Undersecretary of Defense Robert Work outlined Pentagon plans to
deploy a range of space weapons, which Work claimed are necessary to
ensure military dominance over Russia.
experience of the Obama administration has underscored the
impossibility of opposing imperialist war outside of a struggle
against the capitalist system and all of its political
representatives. Having won office in 2008 as an antiwar candidate,
presenting himself as an opponent of the war in Iraq and an antidote
to the militarism of the Bush administration, President Obama has
presided over an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, wars for
regime change in Libya and Syria, and a new war in Iraq.
talk about ending the war in Afghanistan has been exposed by his
decision to keep thousands of US troops in the country and the plans
to establish permanent US bases there. All of his pledges of “no
ground troops” or “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria have
been exposed as lies.
divisions that exist within the US ruling elite and the state over
foreign and military policy concern the focus and methods of US
efforts to dominate the territory and resources of the world, with
the Obama White House arguing for a concentration on the struggle
against China and his opponents demanding a larger commitment of
troops and weapons to turn the Middle East into a de facto US colony.
But there is no “peace faction” within the corporate and
political establishment, or either of the two big-business parties.
side of the global crisis is the slide toward a new world war. The
other is the development of revolutionary struggles by the working
class. Vast resources are allocated to destruction and war, while
growing sections of the US population are pushed into poverty and
forced to struggle for basic necessities such as housing, education,
nutrition and health care.
struggle against war can be conducted only on the basis of the
independent mobilization of the working class in the US and
internationally against imperialism on the basis of a socialist and
internationalist revolutionary program.