Bigger Army Means More Wars

January 20, 2007

On January 11, the Pentagon announced plans to expand the size of the U.S. army by nearly 100,000 with special emphasis on increasing combat and ground troops.

The announcement came as no surprise since over the last year and more, the military high command has repeatedly demanded more troops claiming that the army is "overextended." Last December, George Bush officially gave the Pentagon the go-ahead for the troop increase.

The program of increasing the U.S. military is supported by both the Republicans and Democrats. For example, when Bush first announced the plan, Senator Jack Reed, a Democratic leader of the Senate Armed Services Committee said: "I am pleased President Bush has finally recognized the need to increase the overall size of our military. I have been calling for such an expansion for several years."

The American people must make no mistake about what these plans mean. They mean that the U.S. government is preparing more wars.

The U.S. military is an imperialist army — an army devoted to protecting and expanding the world empire of the U.S. capitalist class.

Today, the U.S. military is waging full-scale aggressive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is occupying Haiti and waging counter-insurgency war in Colombia. It is threatening Syria, Iran, North Korea and scores of other countries.

Over the last 50 years, the U.S. army has waged hundreds of aggressive wars and interventions — in Korea and Vietnam, in Lebanon and Iraq, in El Salvador and Panama, etc., etc.

U.S. warplanes and nuclear-armed submarines fill the skies and prowl the oceans. U.S. troops are stationed in 130 countries, undermining the sovereingty of the peoples, propping up the most repressive regimes and constituting bases from which new wars can and will be launched. The deployment of the U.S. army follows the flag of the U.S. multinational corporations; some 3,000 U.S. monopolies have set up 25,000 branch plants to steal the resources and superexploit the labor of peoples throughout the globe.

For the American people, this imperialist army is a cancer devouring our country. Tens of thousands of our daughters and sons have already been killed or wounded in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands have been used has cannon fodder by the rich in their wars of aggression. The expansion of the U.S. army brings with it the danger of a new military draft.

In addition, the military budget drains our resources. While the Pentagon spends more than $6,000/year for every American family, the government keeps slashing such vital social programs as education, Medicaid and Medicare, income-support for the poor, etc.

Opposition to the militarism and aggression of the U.S. capitalist class is a fundamental part of the democratic program of the American people. We demand an end to U.S. aggression and intervention in all its forms, the withdrawal of all U.S. military forces stationed abroad, the complete dismantling of the aggressive military machine and the de-militarization of our country.