How does the CPUSA feel about current American foreign policy?

BY: Scott Hiley| October 5, 2016
QHow does the CPUSA feel about the current American foreign policy and our large role in NATO and our actions in the Middle East? Why does our government intervene in foreign conflicts and waste American lives and American money that could be used on domestic projects? - Conlan
AThanks for a great question, Conlan.  CPUSA stands for peace and international solidarity, and has a long history of involvement in the anti-war movement.  The foundation of this commitment lies in our understanding that most wars under capitalism occur for the benefit of the ruling class.  War is a primary tool of imperialism: the competition for access to resources, domination of markets, and maintenance of political regimes who will keep profits flowing.  Moreover, war gives a direct financial benefit to the shareholders of defense contractors (like Halliburton, which made over 35 billion dollars on the war in Iraq).

War is a great game for the ruling class because we're the ones who pay its terrible costs.  The capitalist war machine sends the sons and daughters of the American working class to fight working class people in other countries.   When they return home, our veterans' physical and mental wounds are left untreated. They suffer disproportionately from unemployment, homelessness, and suicide. Added to this is, as you mention, the catastrophic financial burden of war: trillions of taxpayer dollars that could be better spent on providing jobs, education, housing, and medical care here at home.  Ironically, it was a Republican (and military leader), President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who spoke most forcefully against the cost of war: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed... The world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

CPUSA is not a pacifist party.  Communists fought heroically against fascism in the Spanish Civil War and in World War II, and we support the right of oppressed peoples to engage in armed struggle for their liberation.  What we condemn, what we organize against, what we fight to end, is a system that squanders the blood and treasure of the working masses to keep the world, not safe, but profitable for the capitalist class.
    Scott Hiley has taught French, literature, history, and philosophy at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels.  A member of CPUSA since 2010, he is active in struggles against austerity and for education justice and labor rights. His articles have appeared in the People's World (US), the Morning Star (UK), and l'Humanité (France). He lives in a rural town in upstate NY.

Comments (11)

Bella Forgione | December 11, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Let’s gain this grain, bröthren.

Gabriel Falsetta | August 15, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Peace, Jobs, Equality; End racism which continues to divide us. This is what the our Party fights for every day….. and of course, an end to Capitalism that is literally killing us and destroying our planet home!

James Battles | July 22, 2018 at 6:26 PM

I’m curious whether the CPUSA recognizes the need for a defensive military or defense force even once the path to Socialism is achieved in the US? There are many nations and states that could prove to be hostile to an America even a true workers nation.

    Paul Perkins | September 26, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    I think your assessment is correct; there will be enemies of such an outcome, both internal and external. And I also that if socialism is achieved in the US that communists would fight to the last man or woman to defend it. I certainly would.

smiley | June 07, 2018 at 5:06 AM

Communists, in defense of violence against the Spanish people, fought heroically against fascism in the Spanish Civil War and in defense against the violence of the German war machine on the innocent of Europe, in World War II, and we support the right of oppressed peoples to engage in armed struggle for their liberation in defense of violence committed against them.

Charles Eaton | February 23, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Every night as I spend time on my articles on VK, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, I hear the terror in the voices of the innocent as I see their fellow countrymen die in the Ukraine. I am told about the basis and sent pictures, which I have verified independently of large amounts of weapons and American advisers training those who were literally the swastika, I have to question what has happened to our morality. As a socialist and a communist I believe that people are more important than profits. It is quite clear here that this is a play politically to influence the distribution of the Russian nation’s natural resources. It is time to end the charade and let the European countries pay for their own defense. It is time to end NATO. Every restore our credibility around the world.
Charles Eaton

srikrishnan | January 08, 2018 at 6:36 AM

//trillions of taxpayer dollars that could be better spent on providing jobs, education, housing, and medical care here at home.// as a logic it may be true. But in theoretically and practically, we need to discuss a lot in this juncture. In the current Economic mode of US/there, we/they cannot stop/rerout this money from war expenditures.

Multi National corporates and Finance Capitalists of America and all other first world Countries (Imperialist countries) have their Business and production roots in the remaining part of the third world (Asia, Africa). Which needs war very essential and inevitable for American Ruling classes. We should discuss this in detail. Also we should discuss alternate production method which should not depend on the wealth and resources of the third world countries for Running American Economy. Unless and otherwise all these discussions will end up as an utopian socialism of 21st century.

Ben Sears | December 07, 2016 at 7:17 PM

On the NATO issue, yes, this is a serious matter for us. At the end of the Cold War, NATO consisted of twelve countries. Now a quarter of a century later, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has 28 member nations, including some that were former Soviet Republics. As some foreign policy analysts have noted, the expansion of NATO eastward is potentially dangerous and could be a destabilizing factor in eastern Europe and our relations with Russia and, and with Ukraine. This has recently gotten little or no discussion in the mainstream media. (For instance, Donald Trump’s only problem with NATO is that some member countries aren’t paying up.) So, yes, here is a concrete foreign policy matter that needs our attention and to which we need to apply our theory.

Jules Rensch | November 23, 2016 at 2:06 AM

war is archaic…a mindset that is exactly opposite of what The Golden Rule suggests…”Do unto others as you would have the do unto you”
respectfully, Observer Jules

Eddy O Lucero Alfaro | November 07, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Let´s remember that war is a tool for those who are hunger for power, the ones who suffer are the working class who due to the economical situation are forced to join the militar forces. Not only in the US but in most of the countries people are in ingnorance on the reason of the wars.

Gary Mueller | October 24, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Tom Hayden has died, I hope he warrants mention in your press.

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