Stan Goff is a prominent speaker for Veterans Teaching Peace in Schools (VTPS), an anti-war group whose stated goal is “to promote peace by bringing U.S. military veterans into academic environments to share their experiences and discuss alternatives to war.” The group was founded in October 2001 to counter President Bush’s call for veterans to speak in classrooms across the nation following the 9/11 attacks and the start of the War on Terror.Goff was a featured anti-war lecturer at a University of North Carolina “teach-in” in 2002. He has publicly professed his belief that the Bush Administration planned the War on Terror prior to 9/11 in order to steal oil from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I can’t help but conclude that the actions we are seeing put in motion now are part of a pre-September 11th agenda,” says Goff. “I’m absolutely sure of it, in fact. . . . This administration is lying about this whole thing being a ‘reaction’ to September 11th.” Goff has also stated that “the CIA needs the heroin from Afghanistan to fund its global operation.” Goff protested the Bosnian and Serbian Wars in the mid-1990s, during which time he served as a member of the “International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosovic.” He contends that the entire U.S. campaign to depose President Milosovic was unjustified, and that the Srebenica massacre of 1995 was a “giant hoax” concocted by the U.S. government. Goff has stated that “Milosevic is no war criminal,” and that there “was never any coordinated campaign of genocide or ethnic cleansing by Serbs.”
In 2000, Goff wrote and published a book titled Hideous Dreams: A Soldier’s Memoir of the U.S. Invasion of Haiti. In this screed, he describes his attempt to align himself with the pro-Socialist revolution of the Lavala Party while serving as an Army Ranger in Haiti in 1994. “Not only did I openly declare my sympathy for Lavalas and the stated goals of the Aristide government,” writes Goff. “ . . . Not only did I openly declare my apathy for the direction of U.S. foreign policy past and present, I ruled the team with an iron fist, and tried to bend them to the task of supporting a genuine change in Haiti.”
An avowed Marxist, Goff is a writer for The Freedom Road Socialist Organization, a group whose intent is to destroy, “by any means necessary, the whole current social order based on the rights of the wealthy.” Goff was also a member and recruiter for the Communist Party USA, a national organization of anti-capitalist activists advocating a radical revolution of the U.S. working class.