The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A Fake Debate over War Strategy

Oct 26, 2009

The top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, publicly said that he needs 40,000 more troops for the war. Secretary of State Robert Gates–again publicly–responded, saying that a decision to send more troops would not be made until a “legitimate” government is in place in Afghanistan.

War chiefs discussing how many troops to send to war? Sure they would–but in public? There is every reason to think that this open “debate” about war strategy is a show–intended to lead Americans, grown weary of this war, to think that the Obama administration is considering changes in its war policy.

But actions speak louder than words. The Obama administration continues to spend billions of dollars to expand military bases in Afghanistan–proving it has every intention to continue the war for years to come!

The U.S. ruling class wants this war for its own purposes–to control more parts of the world. But American workers have no interest in this war, in which they sacrifice their lives and limbs–and foot the war’s huge bill too.