Another “Authorization” of Another Endless War

Feb 22, 2015

We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL,” President Obama declared in a speech he gave February 11. It was a speech filled with fake bravado, asking Congress to authorize another war.

Authorization? Why? The U.S. has already been carrying out a bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq against ISIL (usually called ISIS, or Islamic State) for six months!

No, the “authorization” Obama asked for was not about legalities. It was a declaration of intent: the U.S. intends to wage war where it wants, when it wants, for as long as it wants. And Obama said it directly.

Of course, Obama “promised” this war would not be an endless war. Presidents always lie when they take the nation to war.

Didn’t Bush say “mission accomplished” just seven weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003? Didn’t Obama announce “the end” of that war four years ago? In recent months the U.S. has sent thousands of troops into Iraq again, for the third time since 1991.

Even in this same speech, Obama acknowledged that U.S. wars are endless: “This strategy of taking out terrorists ... is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

Yes, for years already. And in several countries not yet designated. And without “authorization”!

The U.S. has been fighting wars all over the world for decades – under Obama, Bush, and all the presidents before them. And with the support of both Republicans and Democrats, usually without any “authorization” from Congress. Without Congress even noticing!

Just as U.S. capitalism wrings out profit from the workers it exploits in this country, so it attempts to do in countries all over the world, exploiting people’s poverty to pay them less, robbing the countries of their natural resources.

This theft of the whole world’s wealth is what’s behind the wars the U.S. carries out. To steal from others, a thief needs muscle and weapons to back him up. That’s what the U.S. military is: muscle for a thief! The biggest thief in the world.

The U.S. today possesses the mightiest military machine known to history. It uses the deadliest, most horrifying weapons yet developed, terrorizing and uprooting hundreds of thousands of people, destroying their homes and livelihoods, throwing them into refugee camps and into misery.

Wars the U.S. started destabilized entire regions of the world, created new wars, and produced nests of terrorists around the world.

War is at the root of this capitalism we live under. It’s a system first of all based on class war, waged by the capitalist class against the working class, to squeeze more profit out of every worker. It’s a system that throws the world into one economic crisis after the other.

War is the only answer the capitalist class has for the crises it creates. The “Great Recession,” which has proved to be endless for the working class, has been accompanied by endless war abroad – just like the Great Depression of the 1930s was followed by World War II in the 1940s.

We are in another world war, a third one if you will. Except that now, unlike 75 years ago, there is only one big power trying to dominate and control the rest of the world.

Some people in this country may live in a little cocoon – for now. Just as some people don’t notice the economic crisis we are living through. But for humanity as a whole, the only perspective that capitalism has to offer is a world at permanent war and the extermination of peoples. It is the only future – UNTIL the working class roots out the capitalist class and replaces the capitalist system that requires war and impoverishment.