$1 Trillion for War

June 14, 2010

The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan surpassed $1 trillion on June 1, according to the National Priorities Project, an organization that tracks federal spending of tax dollars.

The fact is that, as part of its war program against peoples throughout the world, the U.S. government has put the entire economy on a war footing. This cancer of militarism is literally devouring our country and our economy.

At the same time, the gargantuan military budget is a sharp reminder of the fact that the U.S. government is preparing more wars.

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

Over the last 60 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 sovereignty 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.

The U.S. government pours billions of dollars into modernizing its weapons arsenals and tries to militarize every situation because it relies on military superiority and the doctrine of "Might Makes Right" to police the economic investments and spheres of influence of the U.S. monopoly capitalists.

Opposition to the militarism and the entire aggressive foreign policy 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.