The Worker, September 18, 2019
Published by the Workers Party, USA
P.O. Box 25716, Chicago, IL 60625

Road of the Party

Creating a New Political Unity

In the U.S. for several generations, an important thing which has been advancing successfully is the recognition of the necessity for a greater portion of the new values created in the country to go to the workers as a class, whose labor creates all the material blessings.

In the face of the anti-social offensive of the bourgeoisie the workers have been coming out in struggle after struggle, on both the economic and political fronts, to demand greater investments in social programs in the name of preventing any reduction in the proletariat’s share of the national income, i.e. the aggregate social product and aggregate wealth produced in the country in a definite period of time.

Such achievements as the establishment of social security, a nation-wide system of public education, prohibitions establishing the 8-hour day, trade union rights, unemployment compensation, medicare and medicaid, and public housing, etc., all represent victories for the political economy of the working class. These victories serve to make continual inroads to lessen the burden experienced by the workers as a result of the anarchy and disintegration of present-day capitalism.

Through these and other victories, the workers forced the social system and government to recognize that everyone was entitled to at least a minimal standard of existence. These victories have nothing in common with the growth of state-monopoly property – property belonging to the capitalist class as represented by the capitalist state which is used to take tax money to convert it into private capital. Rather, the achievements mentioned insisted on the creation and expansion of the public sector of the economy and helped to insure that at least a portion of the total social product was set aside and devoted to guaranteeing the economic needs of the people. They are part of the ongoing assertion by the workers and people that human beings are not mere beasts of burden to be exploited by the capitalists, but are entitled to be the creators and shapers of the human and social environment.

In asserting their rights the workers created barriers against their unbridled exploitation and created a floor which helped raise the general price of labor-power.

These struggles stand in sharp contrast to the political economy of state monopoly capitalism, or imperialism. State monopoly capitalism, which is the form of monopoly capitalism in the U.S., is a coalescence which essentially combines the power of the capitalist state with the power of the monopolies and banks which have emerged on the basis of a high level of concentration of capital and production.

One of the main features of state monopoly capitalism is decay which is manifested in, amongst other things, the incapacity of monopoly capital to use the available productive forces to provide jobs for millions of unemployed and load the productive facilities to full capacity. So too, this imperialist system expresses its class interests by the forcible destruction of the productive forces – through the wiping out of smaller capitalists by bigger capitalists and the “downsizing” of productive capacity.

In the stage of imperialism, the capitalist state regulates economic life in the country primarily for the purpose of boosting the earnings of big monopoly capital and ensuring it the best conditions for attaining monopoly-high profits. Imperialist, or state monopoly regulation is aimed first to bolster the positions of the monopolies on the national market and second, expand their influence in the world capitalist economy. The capitalist state works to ensure a guaranteed market for sales on terms advantageous to the monopolies.

So too, the award to private companies of contracts for the supply of goods and services is one of the most important instruments of state-monopoly regulation. Government expenditure on private contracts has, as a rule, increased steadily from year to year in the United States.

Apart from advantageous government contracts, the monopolies are given easy government credits, notably for the development of new products. Sizeable funds are spent from the state budget to finance basic and even many applied research projects in the high-tech, aerospace, nuclear and other industries. Government assistance rids the monopolies of the financial risks involved in the development of new lines of production, and this enables their owners to pocket the results of the research funded by the taxpayers’ money. State-monopoly regulation also exerts an active influence on the development of the infrastructure. This includes the productive infrastructure such as transport, transport construction, energy, communication, water supply, etc., and the social infrastructure such as veterans affairs infrastructure, academic institutions, medical services, entertainment and recreational facilities, etc. In the United States, the infrastructure is an object of especially active government regulation. For U.S. state-monopoly regulation has a direct effect on national economic development and on the amount of profit garnered by the monopolies on the national market. A part of the production infrastructure is owned by the state, while the other is maintained by constant government subsidies and subventions. The state takes over from the monopolies large and often unproductive expenditures in developing the infrastructure, thereby enabling them to invest their capital in the most profitable sectors of the economy at home and abroad.

Whether the issue is interest rates, militarization of the economy, or the struggle of the workers for job security, we see the government using its power to put our country’s entire economic life at the disposal of big business while suppressing the struggles of the workers and people.

This system of imperialism seeks to insure the domination over every pore and cell of the society by the big monopolies and the financial oligarchy, i.e. the banks, concerns, trusts and corporations which amass the bulk of the country’s wealth and dominate all its vital spheres.

In the U.S., it is well known that there is a “revolving door” through which representatives of big capital continually move back and forth between their corporate suites, the Pentagon, the federal bureaucracy, Congress, etc. Today more than 1/3 of our country’s economy is directly linked to the state; in addition to completely financing the specific alliance between the arms monopolies, military and state bureaucracy, the government strengthens the role of the entire monopoly capitalist class and ensures it the greatest possible profits by providing it with hundreds of billions in investment capital through infrastructure expenditures, “research and development grants,” etc.

The political climate in the U.S. is created by the monopoly capitalist class and its people in the state apparatus. Back in 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson said that the masters of the U.S. administration were the allied U.S. financiers and monopolists and that every page of Congressional documents and the history of White House conferences made it clear that the economic policy plans in the country sprang from one source, not from many. At that time, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class and financial oligarchy had already surfaced and imperialism had already emerged. Nothing has changed about that source other than the fact that it has contracted in size and concentrated an even greater lion’s share of the social wealth in its own hands.

Thus, American society is rent with acute social contradictions because the interests and aspirations of the class with political power and the various classes and social groups that are locked out and excluded from that decision-making power differ sharply from each other and are often antithetical.

The class antagonism between the capitalists and the workers is the main class antagonism of the capitalist society in the United States. Their interests are directly antithetical to each other which is why their relations tend to assume the form of sharp struggle. Thus, the monopoly capitalist class seeks by every means to put down any expression to the workers’ discontent. In addition to maintaining a blockade of silence and disinformation about the struggles of people, the capitalist state is used for calling in the police and the army and resorting to courts and prison cells for that purpose. While deadly violence is often enough resorted to, what is seen more often these days is dispersal of protest demonstrations, mass police violence, heavy fines and prison terms, black-listing and individual terrorism against working-class organizers.

So too, the class antagonisms are given sharp expression in the field of ideas. The think tanks and media outlets of the imperialist bourgeoisie try to conceal the class character of their ideas and to present them as supra-class and non-party. However ideas always reflect social relations between people and actively influence the evolution of social life. No “non-party” ideology exists in an objectively class-divided society.

In fact, the bourgeois ideology promoted today in the U.S. insists that anyone who doesn’t “make it” in this “best of all possible worlds” has only himself or herself to blame. Labels are used to dismiss the struggles of not only the working class as a whole or in one or more branches of the economy, but also various social groups such as the youth who are branded as “trouble-makers” and the poor who are branded as “lazy.”

This all-sided retrogression being imposed by state-monopoly capitalism on the whole of society must be opposed. The demand that every individual must fend for herself or himself is simultaneously the demand that only monopoly capital can make claims on society; it represents the attempt of the capitalist class and its government to deny any concept of social responsibility and to impose the social-Darwinist law of the jungle on society.

Today, in response to the necessities of the times, more and more people are coming forward to learn from the example of their own collective experience. From the very emergence of capitalism, the workers and people have fought against the political economy of capitalist exploitation which looks upon the workers only as a seller of the commodity labor-power and which is based on the morbid dream of eternally perpetuating the contradiction between social production and private capitalist appropriation of the products of labor. Amongst other things, the working class has organized itself into trade unions. An important lesson is that today the unions remain not only as centers of resistance to capitalist exploitation but also have potential as very important levers through which the workers can assert their leading transformational role.

So too, the working class has organized its own political party to lead the fight for the political power of the working class.

The workers must continue to demand greater social investments in the public sector of the economy which guarantees such rights as the right to Social Security, education, etc. So too, we must prepare for the inevitable sharpening of the economic problems as the capitalist offensive of downsizing and restructuring, wage cuts and concessions contracts, the bipartisan program of assaults on labor legislation, privatization and defunding of social programs are bound to continue intensifying.

Make no mistake – the positions of imperialism are being weakened. The objective conditions are rotten ripe for revolution. However, the subjective conditions necessary to consolidate the political independence and organization of the workers are lagging behind. To strengthen the authority of the working class and its vanguard role in the struggle for the working people’s class interests, its own aims and agenda must be elaborated and brought to center stage.

From the Anti-Imperialist News Service

Broad Front of Anti-Colonial Opposition Continues to Undermine the Endurance of the U.S.-NATO Invaders

September 10, 2019 – President Trump's attempt to deal with the widescale opposition of the American people to the war in Afghanistan by proposing Camp David peace talks with the forces of national liberation is attracting no less scrutiny than any other development in that war. The suffocating delay of U.S. imperialism's surrender to the forces of national liberation is getting harder and harder to bear for the American and Afghan people, who are being made to pay in death and taxes for a criminal war to make the rich richer.

U.S. imperialism does not want to stop using Afghanistan as a base from which it can oust its competitors and bully the entire region. However, the last nineteen years of occupation have added nothing but one failed military and political battle after another to the historical record of U.S. imperialism's war program. The character of all the events of the war goes to show only that U.S. imperialism has absolutely nothing to offer that the people of Afghanistan want.

Nor is the unabashed contempt of the two U.S. parties towards the American people's demand for unconditional withdrawal from Aghanistan gaining them any great success. The American people are taking their place in the worldwide struggle to end the U.S. war program.

For its part, U.S. imperialism is pushing to change the situation in the world by modeling an earlier period when the big Western powers could more freely overcome limits to the export of capital by carving the map of the world into spheres of colonial and neo-colonial domination and denying the vast majority of humanity its sovereignty. Today, U.S. imperialism openly declares that it must have a say about which countries are entitled to sovereignty and which are not.

In order to advance the struggle against war and imperialism we must give wholehearted expression to our support for the national liberation struggle of the people of Afghanistan as well as the national liberation struggles of all the oppressed nations and peoples who have been placed under the thumb of the aggressive war program of the two parties of war.

The final limit to U.S. dictate in Afghanistan will only be reached when any U.S. role as an overlord over the peoples' affairs there is put to an end.

To Bring Nicaragua Under the Thumb, U.S. Promotes “Economic Security” Program

July 28, 2019 – Nicaragua is among several countries with policies generally opposed to austerity that Washington has targeted on its hit list of “national security threats.” According to the White House statement for the record, “When Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history.”

This is part and parcel of the bipartisan program, embraced by both the Republicans and Democrats, of knocking down any and all barriers to the “free flow of goods and capital” throughout the “global marketplace.”

In order to “keep all of its options on the table,” Washington also sends some $1 billion/year to finance its aggressive military alliances such as the Organization of American States and the Rio Pact. So too, as part of keeping Latin American militaries under control, the Pentagon trains tens of thousands of Latin American soldiers and officers every year, directly integrating an upper caste of them into the Pentagon's command structure.

Through the program of militarization, “globalization” and “neo-liberalism,” the U.S. monopolies are stepping up their demands that all the resources of the continent be put at their disposal. It has long been for the aggressive, colonial aim of “protecting” its empire against the movements of the people for national liberation and social emancipation that U.S. imperialism has pursued militarization of Latin America and waged war against the peoples in order to suppress any opposition to its domination.

Last month, the Trump-Pence administration also invoked H.R.1918 – Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 – in order to impose several new sanctions on Nicaragua. In November the 115th Congress passed the bill, introduced by Robert Mendez (D-NJ), which was signed into law in December.

The “Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act” calls for economic and diplomatic sanctions against Nicaragua with the aim of pressuring it to accept U.S. dictate. The Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act is a dangerous step on the road to yet another U.S. war.

According to the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Committee” from January, Nicaragua is of U.S. interest in the Western Hemisphere along with several other Central American countries. The Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats writes, “We assess that high crime rates and weak job markets will spur additional US-bound migrants from the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – while a political crackdown in Nicaragua dims that country's already bleak economic outlook. Illicit migration northward from the region shows no signs of abating, despite increased messaging by governments to dissuade potential migrants and stepped-up immigration enforcement by Mexico. Many migrants apparently perceive that traveling in caravans on the journey north affords a certain level of security, and the decision to do so appears to result from a combination of individual motivation, encouragement from social media postings, and politically motivated efforts by some individuals and organizations. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's refusal to heed calls for negotiation amid his political crackdown, which has left more than 300 people dead and contributed to allegations of human rights abuses, threatens to deepen a recession in one of the region's weakest economies.”

The Trump administration and Congress know that they cannot simply come in front of the American people and say, “We want your tax monies to organize fascism and war against the Nicaraguan people.” So, the government is again trying to conceal its war program in the name of “human rights.”

The militarization of Latin America and U.S. aggression against the peoples has always been a by-product of U.S. colonialism. Through its branch plants and its banking networks, U.S. monopoly capital has come to own the land and the resources of the dependent and colonial countries and to exploit the labor of the toiling masses.

Rather than being a motor of economic development, the imperialist exploitation is the primary cause of the poverty and relative economic backwardness of the colonial and semi-colonial countries.

For the workers and people of Latin America, U.S. neo-colonialism and its entire program of foreign capital investment, privatization and neo-liberalism – the program of increasing U.S. economic domination – intensifies poverty by way of soaring unemployment and downward pressure against wages, austerity budgets which slash social investments, the loss of economic sovereignty over such vital resources as industrial infrastructure, oil, minerals, and other raw materials, as well as the labor supply.

Today no spot on the earth or in the heavens is excluded from the ravenous appetite of the imperialist superpowers as each strains to project its own economic and strategic interests and extend its spheres of influence. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class, in particular, has always considered Latin America as its “backyard.” As the worldwide crisis of capitalism deepens and the inter-imperialist contention between the U.S. and other superpowers intensifies, U.S. imperialism wants to “maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy” by stepping up its exploitation and plunder of the continent and relying on military might to assert itself as the sole superpower.

The entire ideology of the U.S. government proceeds from the imperial doctrine that the “national interests” of the U.S. capitalist class give it the right to exploit and dominate the peoples of the whole world.

U.S. Admits to the Death of Another Soldier in Iraq

August 12, 2019 – According to an August 10 article in militarytimes.com, there has been another U.S. military casualty in Nineveh province in Iraq. According to the article, military officials told militarytimes.com, "We cannot confirm details of the incident at this time, pending an investigation." Little else is ever given as a response to inquiries about casualties in Iraq.

The consistent refusal of the U.S. military services to bring to light information surrounding the circumstances of fatalities killed during the U.S. military occupation in Iraq reveals the shocking realities of U.S. government's lack of accountability for its overseas operations.

The U.S. declared war against an alleged organization named Daesh on June 15, 2014. The most that has been disclosed to the public about the latest casualty is that he was mobilized as part of this war which is carried out within the theater of the DoD's Central Command.

U.S. Central Command offers an umbrella statement about casualties it is responsible for, which reads as follows:

"We follow a rigid targeting process for all of our strikes to ensure strict adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict while attempting to avoid collateral damage. Every accidental loss of life is tragic, and it will remain our goal to take all feasible precautions to avoid putting civilians in danger in our pursuit of a ruthless enemy. In the month of June, CJTF-OIR carried over 159 open reports from previous months and received seven new reports. CJTF-OIR completed 66 civilian-casualty allegation assessment reports. Out of the 66 completed casualty allegation reports, two reports were determined to be credible and resulted in two unintentional civilian deaths. Of the remaining 64 reports, CJTF-OIR assessed 62 reports as non-credible, and two were duplicates of previous reports. One-hundred reports are still open, including one that CJTF-OIR had previously closed but reopened due to the availability of new information. The results of each investigation of an allegation will fall into one of two categories, either 'credible' or 'non-credible.' An assessment of 'credible' means that our team investigated the allegation and determined that, based on available evidence, more likely than not, the death was the result of Coalition action. A 'non-credible' evaluation means that the information we have to assess the allegation, using our available resources, cannot determine, to the standard of more likely than not, that the death was the result of Coalition action. There could be a number of reasons for this, to include no corroborating strikes at that time or that location, there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation, or there is simply insufficient or overly vague data in the allegation itself. It is important to note that while the Coalition has a substantial quantity of data at its disposal to investigate every claim, we welcome any information from any source that will enable us to determine the truth. Furthermore, we routinely reopen closed investigations based on new information that might help us attain more accurate results."

In short, people are not only still told that a certain number of casualties is not "operationally significant," they are also sent away every day without any verifiable information whatsoever about the source of their loved one's injuries or mortality.

U.S. imperialism maintains permanent military bases in Iraq and deploys a foreign army which makes the law and denies the sovereignty of the Iraqi people, but it cannot even be held to account for the most elementary conditions and responsibilities of effective governance.

The brutal and unaccountable methods which characterize the military occupation in Iraq are a result of the same aim which has driven the war from the beginning - the aim of U.S. imperialism to colonize Iraq at any cost.

To defeat the war program of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, the American people must take the question of politics into their own hands and organize their political movement, independent of and in opposition to the political parties of war and imperialism.

UNAMA Gives out Numbers of This Year's Afghanistan War Casualties

August 18, 2019 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegated authority charged with the work of supervising Afghanistan.

After over a decade and a half of operation, UNAMA still doesn't show any signs of wanting to volunteer its victim's names, ages, occupations or other personal details. However its reports through the end of July summarized casualty statistics at 5,312 for the year. It is well known that air strikes and ground operations by NATO forces have resulted in many atrocities, including the killing and wounding of large numbers of minors.

These are casualties of a war that was launched by the U.S. and the UK to drive the Taliban from power in 2001.

Despite the UN's many declarations and resolutions condemning the violation of the sovereignty of countries as a breach of international law and a crime against humanity, despite recognizing the right of oppressed people to rise in struggle using such means as they deem necessary to secure their sovereign rights, despite outlawing the institution of permanent changes of any kind to the political and social system of countries under occupation by a foreign military power, the UNSC made an exception and new model of Afghanistan. This new model was later extended to Haiti, Iraq and Libya. Under the slogan of “nation-building,” the UNSC powers resuscitated the declining “Mandate” system and took on a more active role of legitimizing colonialism.

The so-called “civilizing mission” of the UNAMA in Afghanistan is to provide stewardship in the creation of a new Afghanistan built according to the “universal values” of “open world markets,” “free trade,” and “the development of the private sector.” This not only batters down barriers to the export of capital to Afghanistan, but also enables several of the UNSC powers to begin steps to regain possession of their former position as “mentors” and “advisors” of countries they paint as “unqualified for independence.”

As people witnessed the brutal methods of the UNSC and NATO in Afghanistan, they began from the first moments of the war to ask the question: “What are the real aims of the U.S. war and occupation?” “What are the real aims of the U.S. foreign policy?” The answer to this question has been found by looking at the roots of aggression in the imperialist system and its nonstop drive for profits and empire. For its part, the American proletariat has never sanctioned the brutal method of authorizing their government to launch aggression against another state, to undermine the entire edifice of equity and justice between sovereign states, to punish anyone without evidence and conviction, or to deny fundamental principles of respect for the sovereignty of a country with the pretext of establishing it.

Such a world economic system – which can only survive by militarizing the entire globe, spreading a network of U.S. bases throughout the world, and defending the law of the jungle – stands in opposition to everything that makes us human.

In Central Asia, the only alternative to the NATO war is an end to it and the entire UN project of wardship over the illegally appointed Afghan trustee class. So too, it means merging the various currents of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement into one mighty torrent by bringing out the generalized, geo-political character of the entire so-called “war against international terorism.”

U.S. Hostile Policy Towards Venezuela Lassos in Greater Property Interests

August 12, 2019 – Donald Trump recently signed an Executive Order covering a more comprehensively defined area of the Venezuelan economy than previous sanctions by declaring that any Venezuelan property the Pentagon and U.S. State Department could capture would be seized.

According to the August 5 Executive Order, "All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in."

The August 5 Executive Order entitled "Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela," is the latest in a series of increasingly hostile steps taken by successive U.S. administrations against Venezuela, where the Pentagon and U.S. State Department are actively organizing to overthrow the elected, constitutional government. The U.S. hostile, neo-colonial policy aims to trample on the sovereignty of Venezuela, provoke tensions in the world and impose U.S. dictate.

For 20 years, the American people have demanded an end to the aggression of U.S. imperialism against Venezuela. The people of Venezuela have taken a stand against neo-liberal economics and IMF-dictated austerity programs and have built an on-going popular movement which is bringing about important changes in the country's post-colonial economic and political system.

Anti-imperialist politics recognizes the right of nations to organize their societies as they see fit. The U.S. government's illegal and inhuman policy of attempting to squeeze the lifeblood out of the Venezuelan economy must be brought to an end. The U.S. must end its embargo and interference against Venezuela and enter into normal relations with the Venezuelan government and people.

This Summer's Gravely Concerning Hostile Acts Towards Iran Have Been Thwarted

September 3, 2019 – Iran has once again been forced to demonstrate that it is not and will not give way to Anglo-America bigotry and military might.

The country's foreign minister declared at the end of August that Iran's right to "sell oil to any and all buyers" will not be impeded by outsiders. The statement came as high officials of the U.S. executive branch threatened to step up the North American republic's embargo and sanctions on Iran.

On July 4, Britain’s naval forces seized the Grace 1 vessel, an Iran cargo ship in the Strait of Gibraltar. The excuse given was a European Union embargo on crude oil trade with Syria, despite the fact that Iran is not a party to the embargo.

Tehran demanded the return of its ship and denounced the piracy carried out by London with the backing of Washington. The ship was ultimately returned to Iran after the national property was held hostage for more than a month.

Today, all the tensions in the over 4 million square miles of the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility originate in North America unilaterally and through Washington's aggressive military alliance with western powers above the 49th parallel and across the Atlantic.

U.S. Set to Diminish Apologies for Its Nuclear Stockpile

August 5, 2019 – On August 2, Defense Secretary Mark Esper proclaimed the launch of a new phase of sophisticated testing and computerized “simulation” projects which would begin in the near future to more fully develop the U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) arsenal, including its nuclear weapons stockpiles.

According to Esper, since 2017, “The department's initial research-and-development efforts focused on mobile, conventional, ground-launched cruise and ballistic missile systems. Because the United States scrupulously complied with its obligations to the INF Treaty, these programs are in the early stages. Now that we have withdrawn, the Department of Defense will fully pursue the development of these ground-launched conventional missiles as a prudent response to Russia's actions and as part of the Joint Force's broader portfolio of conventional strike options.” In short, Esper expresses happiness to now have the freedom to embark on the next phase of planned investments in research and development.

Esper's announcement followed upon another one, earlier that day, made by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the U.S. decision to withdraw from a 30-year-old accord to do without all land based missiles with a range between 500km and 5,500km, their launch infrastructure and testing. On February 2, the Trump administration announced this planned withdrawal from the so-called Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. With a deadline of August 2, NATO's North Atlantic Council was charged with the task of negotiating a new balance of power with the Russian Federation, using the prospect of permanent U.S. withdrawal from the treaty as a billy club.

Although the U.S. announced its complete exit from the treaty on August 2, the U.S. has long been expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal in violation of the INF and other arms treaties. For example, at the Nevada National Security Site, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration has carried out 28 subcritical nuclear tests since beginning the series of tests in 1997. The stated aim of these underground nuclear tests is to carry out a wholesale upgrade of U.S. nuclear systems so they are kept up-to-date and ready for use.

Despite the INF – which was promised as a path to the complete elimination of an entire class of missiles possessed by the two superpowers – as well as several other nuclear arms elimination treaties, the U.S. maintains an inventory of 6,800 nuclear warheads. In 1962, when Cold War disarmament talks began, the U.S. had only 3,500. Anyone with eyes can see that the U.S. imperialists are still rushing ahead with the biggest arms buildup in the history of mankind.

Turning truth on its head about the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the question of who is the remaining superpower, the question of who is the sole world power with the policy of militarizing every situation and tearing down the entire edifice of international law in order to establish a unipolar world under its own dictate, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is trying to paint itself as the victim of nuclear blackmail!

As for the Democrats, they have been working feverishly to help Trump hide imperialism's iron fist in a velvet glove. Backed by a petition campaign spearheaded by United for Peace and Justice, “to tell Congress” that “the INF Treaty is real 'national security,'” Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Edward J. Markey, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen, Kamala Harris, along with 5 other Senators introduced special legislation in January. The bill (S 312) was self-described as one designed “to prevent a nuclear arms race resulting from weakened international restrictions on the proliferation of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles.” It was aimed at preventing division between NATO allies by withholding funding for procurement, flight-testing, or deployment of a U.S. ground-launched or ballistic missile until the executive branch would identify an ally willing to host such a system.

Once again, the Democrats are trying to outdo Trump and are accusing his die-hard militarist cabinet of not doing enough to expand U.S. nuclear supremacy.

Of course, Trump, Congress, and U.S. imperialism are interested in advertising the U.S. withdrawal from the INF treaty as a purely “defensive” measure they were forced into for the “protection” of U.S. satellites in Europe and Asia from outside aggression. But those interests are interests of the capitalists and are antagonistic to the interests of the workers and broad masses of the people in America and throughout the world.

By falsifying history to hide the aggressive aims of imperialism, the two parties of war are not only enabling the U.S. to step up its nuclear weapons modernization plans despite the end of the Cold War and supposed U.S.-NATO mission of “containing communism,” but they are also working to make the U.S. global nuclear arsenal impregnable. The history of Europe has proved, time and again, that the “balance of power” among the big powers has always been a weapon in the hands of the exploiting classes to suppress the national liberation and revolutionary movements. It is the NATO alliance that is primarily responsible for saddling Europe with this oppression in the modern era. Since 1995 and the war in Bosnia, U.S. imperialism has used its NATO military alliance to carry out a frenzied military expansion in Europe. Today, U.S. imperialism's hawks and doves are giving the European workers and people the “honor” of retaining their Cold War position of being the “front line of defense” and likely theater of nuclear war.

The end of the Cold War has not ushered in the era of world peace and prosperity promised by U.S. imperialism and the other Western powers. On the contrary, the so-called “bipolar world” has been replaced by a new period characterized by continuous wars, including the apocalyptic U.S. war, occupation and recolonization of Iraq. Low and high-intensity wars against the national liberation movements carried out under the umbrella of U.S. imperialism's “war against international terrorism” are increasing competition and rivalry not only with the Russian Federation and China but also with U.S. allies such as Japan, Germany, etc.

U.S. imperialism, which works to assert itself as the sole military superpower and overlord in the “advanced” capitalist economies of Europe, and to create tensions and to militarize the entire globe as a part of its program of colonial domination and war, remains the major roadblock to peace.