The replacement of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State by an extreme war hawk like Mike Pompeo, who has made a career out of targeting Iran and is dedicated to sabotaging the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal) signifies a further consolidation of right-wing militarists who dominate the Trump administration. Likewise, the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the CIA is another clear example of the sharp shift to the right in the already ultra right-wing Trump administration. As constituted, this is now the most right-wing administration in U.S. history.
Thus, the danger of new wars and an exponential increase in militarism must be recognized as a grave and real threat. Trump's military parade in the center of Washington, D.C., on Veteran's Day weekend should be understood in this context. The war clouds are gathering and it is of critical importance that a truly massive mobilization of the people take place to say no to the glorification of war and militarism and to reaffirm opposition to any new confrontation with Iran, North Korea, Venezuela or any other targeted country.
People and organizations from all over the country will descend on Washington, D.C., to say NO to Donald Trump’s War Parade on Veterans’ Day weekend.
This is an outrage! It is an obscene glorification of war and a criminal waste of urgently needed money. At this very moment so many working people are unable to pay their medical bills and rent, millions in Puerto Rico still have no electricity, youth unemployment is still staggering, the drug epidemic is worsening, and the country’s infrastructure is crumbling. The United States spends more on the military than the next 10 countries combined. This is an advertisement for spending hundreds of billions more on the Pentagon and to line the pockets of weapons contractors.
The War Parade is aimed at stimulating a new war drive that will bring death and destruction to one (or more) of the countries on the Pentagon hit list, potentially Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela. The over-the-top celebrations of the war machine — in the false guise of “patriotism” — also serve to stifle dissent at home, as Trump has repeatedly shown with his racist attacks on #BlackLivesMatter protesters.
The people of this country, and the world, will not stand for it. We will not be led into the slaughterhouse of war — either as perpetrators or victims — so as to repair a wounded ego or a wounded Empire. Hundreds of thousands will pour into the streets to stop Trump’s agenda of militarism and racism.