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War Is A Racket

A Look At Why We Fight From 2 A Time CMH Winner & Marine Commandant

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General Smedley Butler & The Truth Behind The Lies

  • Jun 17, 2010

  At the beginning of the 20th century the United States was becoming a global power. American troops fought the Spanish American war and were operating throughout Central America and the Caribbean. One of the heroes of these incursions was Marine general Smedley Butler who received two Congressional Medals of Honor. In the early 1930’s he fought Washington on behalf of the veterans of WW1 to help them get a promised bonus they desperately needed.
     In 1935 he wrote this slim volume of less than one hundred pages where he laid bare the truth behind the patriotic rhetoric that so many of our wars get cloaked in.  And here I will include a sentence from the book that sums it all up:
“I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism.”
     This then is the heart of Mr. Butler’s story and in it he lays out the facts behind his words. The edition of this book that I have also includes a photo montage from 1932 entitled “The Horror of It / Camera Records of War’s Gruesome Glories”.  It also includes a forward by Adam Parfrey that details how General Butler prevented a coup against the Roosevelt administration in the early 30’s.
     All and all a lot of history is included in this rather short book. One that should be read by anyone who is thinking of entering military service. Peace.
     Also included is a video montage with the words of General Butler along w/ other proud soldiers as they reflect on the true nature of war.  It is from out "Peace Through Courage" YouTube channel that we have also included a link to.http://www.youtube.com/user/Mindsi2

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Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Fighting Quaker" and "Old Gimlet Eye", was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America during the Banana Wars, the Caribbean and during World War I, he served in France. By the end of his career he had received 16 medals, five of which were for heroism. He is one of 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

In addition to his military achievements, he served as the Director of Public Safety in Philadelphia for two years and was an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism. In his 1935 book War is a Racket, he described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.

In 1934 he was involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists had approached him to lead a military coup to overthrow Franklin D. ...

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