No “good guys” in South Sudan war

April 2014

Two contending world powers, the U. S. and China, are behind the fighting in South Sudan. Their aim is to control access to huge oil reserves there. The U.S. military also wants to increase its presence in Africa, where it is already involved in 49 countries. The conflict also has roots in the colonial era…. Read more »

Fundamentalist onslaught in Iraq: made in USA

August 2014

Ali supported the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein and worked for “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” All the more reason for his outrage at the destruction unfolding in Iraq. Now living in the Seattle area, he says, “I lost family! I lost my country! And all for this?” In mid-June, the Al Qaeda split-off, Islamic State in… Read more »

An Israeli-born scholar discusses war hysteria and peace activism

October 2014

Raya Fidel, born and raised in Israel, is a retired professor of Information Science at the University of Washington. She was interviewed by Tamara Turner in August 2014. Tamara Turner — What is the situation in Gaza? Raya Fidel — It is gut-wrenching. The UN calls the level of destruction in Gaza “without precedent.” The… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Obama declares war … on civilians

October 2014

President Obama reassured the nation in his special press conference on Sept. 10 that no U.S. “boots on the ground” would be used to “degrade and destroy” ISIS — just bombers. So therefore, this country is not at war. What a pack of lies. Actually, “targeted military airstrikes” is exactly how imperialists make war in… Read more »

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

The US role in the world: myth and reality

December 2014

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th Century and the 18th Century and the 19th Century,” he wrote, “this continent teemed with manifold projects and magnificent purposes…. Read more »

The “American Centuries” and what they have wrought

December 2014

Shortly before the U.S. started bombing Iraq again, President Obama made a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to build support for the new war. He heaped praise on the leaders of this major command center, which oversees U.S. warfare in the Middle East. He gave prominent salutes to MacDill’s Special Operations… Read more »

Guns versus butter: Why tanks trump food stamps in the federal budget

June 2015

Though hardly front-page news, the proposed federal budget for 2016 boosts funding for the Department of Defense. Obama earmarked $534 billion to these U.S. warlords. Their base budget in 2000 was around $300 billion. His proposal keeps baseline “defense” spending at its typical 20 to 30 percent of the total budget. This $534 billion does… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion — Military chic: selling the brand

August 2015

A recent article in The New York Times gushed about a new fashion line featuring military surplus clothing “reworked for the soldier in us all.” The $200 (!) jumpsuit pictured with the article looks like something you’d wear to work on your car, but no matter. It got us thinking about military chic and selling… Read more »

War and other acts of terrorism; Defending refugees

February 2016

French President François Hollande lost no time declaring a state of emergency following the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Paris this past November, which killed 130 people. Within hours the ink was dry. Two days later, French pilots were bombing ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria. “We must face up to a war against terrorism, against jihadism,… Read more »