War Is A Racket: General Smedley Butler - United States Marine Corps ...
Pictured above is the late, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps, a double recipient of the coverted Congressional Medal of Honor.
As startling as it may seem to those whose history lessons have hidden him from them, in 1935 this true American patriot proved for the umpteenth time how perfectly patriotic he really was, in many more ways than one, when he lay it on the line what he'd learned in over 33 years US military service:
" War is just a racket."
But while it's now some 71 years since Smedley Butler spilled the beans on something surely now so self evident -- sadly, some still can't [or won't] accept what Smedley strove so sterlingly, and in all sincerity, to show them.
"A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses."
Witness what else he said, and wonder as we two do, why in the world it's not yet as plain to see as the General's super-plain speaking should have assured it should be. In spite of Iraq - plus perhaps Iran - and possibly Syria - and maybe North Korea - and Venezuela - or Cuba - and/or ... ?
We could carry on. But we won't. So read on.
"I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag."
Then the General went on:
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights."
And he added:
"War for any other reason is simply a racket."
There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its 'finger men' to point out enemies, its 'muscle men' to destroy enemies, its 'brain men' to plan war preparations, and a 'Big Boss' -- Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism."
Learned anything yet that your history teacher didn't tell you? Though to be fair, their own may not have told them -- nor, in all honesty, ever even have known. Such is the stateside system, education-wise.
Well, now you can learn lots more, by reading General Butler's revealingly relevant speech in it's entirety, right here.
Then please pay this brave, honest and true US military patriot a fitting tribute by paying a visit to THE SMEDLEY BUTLER SOCIETY.