Why U.S. Imperialism Wants War

September 16, 2014

On September 10, President Obama spoke about U.S. “counter-terrorism” strategy. Despite claiming that U.S. missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere have been successful, Obama warned of a growing threat to U.S. interests coming from peoples in the Middle East and North Africa.  According to Obama, when U.S. intelligence projects a potential threat from a country then the U.S. will launch pre-emptive attacks.

For the time being, in Obama's view, “ISIL” is the biggest threat to the world.  Accordingly, “terrorists” in Iraq have been christened “ISIL” and given a broad platform by the monopoly controlled media which has already invested millions of dollars in publishing first-hand video footage and interviews with the leaders of the movement.  Tomorrow, other countries will invent their own acronyms and justify their own preemptive strikes against countries who threaten their “interests.”

In reality, then, it is the extreme aggressiveness of U.S. imperialism that is the biggest hazard to the world today. It is a menace to all of humanity. The Obama administration – in defiance of all of international law – long ago committed to the “preemptive” military doctrine even while demanding that every country actively join with the U.S. or be “treated as terrorist.” U.S. officials have repeatedly admitted that this aggression will not end.

Gaining a perspective on the extent and causes of this war program is one of the decisive practical tasks facing the maturing anti-war movement. Only a clear-cut perspective and scientific theory will empower the people to work out the political strategy and tactics for eliminating the war danger.

In fact, one of the ways in which liberalism and opportunism try to suppress the anti-war struggle is by thwarting genuine political discussion and imposing their subjectivist ideologies on the movement.  For example, the war danger is said to arise only from some “hawkish” imperialists who might be opposed by some capitalist “doves.” This “theory” tries to cover over the cause of war in the capitalist-imperialist system.  War and militarism are inseparable parts of the imperialist system. It is this system which must be fought against.

All-Sided Crisis

The U.S. government's war program – this bipartisan program of Republican and Democratic parties – is a product of the crisis and decay of the capitalist-imperialist system in the U.S. and the world.

Capitalist-imperialism is a human-devouring system. The very social existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is based not only on the exploitation of the American working class but also the superexploitation and enslavement of peoples all over the world.

In relentless, insatiable pursuit of markets, sources of raw materials, economic territory, etc., U.S. capitalism seeks to penetrate every corner of the globe and remove every roadblock or competitor which prevents it from maximizing profit. This social system is a system of exploitation, of colonial domination and subordination of one state to another. As such it can only be built on military force and maintained through war.

What is more, for a number of years, the worldwide system of capitalism has been in a general crisis, a crisis which is the inevitable result of the basic law of monopoly capitalism – the pursuit of maximum profit which requires continually expanding markets.

The need of capitalism to “expand or perish” brings to the bursting point all the basic contradictions of the system. In particular, it sharpens the contradictions 1) within the U.S., between the masses of people on the one hand, and the monopolies on the other; 2) between U.S. imperialism and the colonial peoples; and 3) between the imperialist powers and capitalist states themselves.

For many years, the U.S. monopolies have sought to escape the crisis and “overcome” these contradictions by shifting the burden onto others.

With the collapse of the Soviet empire, U.S. imperialism declared a “new world order” with itself as the “sole superpower.” But to continue and expand this “new world order” it has had to rely on military force.

In other words, U.S. imperialism wants and needs war in order to prevent loss of its profits and empire.

It wants war to redraw the map of the world and grab new markets, sources of raw materials, spheres of economic dominance.

It wants war to reimpose the colonial system and direct U.S. military rule.

It wants war to bring the weaker capitalist states and other imperialist rivals under its thumb.

It wants war to further militarize the U.S. and put the whole of our country's economy at its disposal.

In sum, the “war against terrorism” is U.S. imperialism's blueprint for world domination through force of arms. An objective analysis of the features and causes of this war program confronts the people with 1) the urgent need to continuously mobilize the widest possible sections of the people into struggle and 2) to organize the independent movement of the people in opposition to and struggle against the parties of war and imperialism.

Only the peoples can stop the war program of U.S. imperialism. We Must Do So!