Memorial Day Rememberance: War is a Racket

Smedley Butler
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Birth name Smedley Darlington Butler
Nickname(s) "Old Gimlet Eye"
"The Fighting Quaker"
"Old Duckboard"
Born July 30, 1881
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 21, 1940 (aged 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Buried at Oaklands Cemetery
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1898–1931
Rank Major General
Unit 2nd Marine Regiment
1st Marine Regiment
Commands held 13th Marine Regiment
Marine Expeditionary Force, China
1st Marine Regiment
Battles/wars

Spanish-American War
Philippine-American War

Battle of Noveleta

Boxer Rebellion

Battle of Tientsin
Battle of San Tan Pating

Banana Wars

Siege of Granada, Nicaragua
Battle of Coyotepe Hill
Infiltration of Mexico City
Battle of Fort Dipitie
Battle of Fort Rivière

Mexican Revolution

Battle of Veracruz

World War I

Western Front

Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor (2)
Marine Corps Brevet Medal ribbon.svg Marine Corps Brevet Medal
Ordre de l'Etoile Noire Officier ribbon.svg Order of the Black Star (Officier)
Other work Coal miner, author, public speaker, Philadelphia Director of Public Safety (1924–1925)

Smedley Darlington Butler[1] (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, 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 and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler is well known for having later become an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, a purported plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler selected to lead a march of veterans to become dictator, similar to other Fascist regimes at that time. The individuals involved all denied the existence of a plot and the media ridiculed the allegations. A final report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed some of Butler's testimony.

In 1935, Butler wrote a book entitled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.
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Remember you're not patriotic if you don't buy a union-made car, regardless of what country the profits go to. Happy Memorial Day!

MikeyA

(glad to see you are a Smedley Butler fan)

This is the beginning of Chapter 5 of "War is a Racket":

"CHAPTER FIVE

To Hell With War!

I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war.

Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a platform that he had "kept us out of war" and on the implied promise that he would "keep us out of war." Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?

Money.

An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President. The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:

"There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters) five or six billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the United States we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money . . . and Germany won't.

So . . . "

Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were concerned, and had the press been invited to be present at that conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the proceedings, America never would have entered the World War. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a "war to make the world safe for democracy" and a "war to end all wars."

Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars. " [end of excerpt]

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"War is a Racket"

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html#c1

(It starts right at Chapter 1 -- so to read from beginning, cursor up to top...)

It's almost a hundred years from WW1 to now. And Butler had it nailed precisely back when he wrote this booklet. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! [other than the names of the American boys & girls uselessly sacrificed on all those battlefields]

All of my American Norwegian great uncles and my maternal grandfather were conscripted for the "Great War". I have all the postcards my grandfather sent from France. My, how those postcards - so pretty - glorified the war back then. The reality was that my grandfather was mustard-gassed in France. And for what? For nothing.

Our last 3-plus-current presidents - liars every last one of them - waged & continued wars for corporate profits, just as Butler claimed way back then. Iraq - all about oil. Afghanistan - all about opium. Ukraine (which bobo is itching to involve the U.S. in) - natural gas and the U.S. dollar being used as the world's reserve currency. ]

It's all about money. I don't know if there IS a solution, prior to Har Megiddo (aka Armagaddon) - because the elites have us battling one another over which creep is creepier than the other party's creep.

Yes war is a racket! The same crap happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not a damn thing was solved other than killing hundreds of thousands of people for the war profiteers. Remember when the wealthy got a tax break in 2003 while we were spending Billions on the credit card. Now we're broke and clowns like McCain are itching to get us into another war while our country needs huge amounts of money put back into its infrastructure.

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if only a Libertarian had been in office...............

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Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life Fred.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iKS0GVvoE9I#t=37
As the number one WSPD flunkie please temper your infatuation with our Industrial Military Complex. Patriotism is good when it works for the majority of Americans. To promote war as a worthy endeavor is a fools errand.

Detroit Free Press: Readers deeply divided over U.S. action on Syria
Sep. 8, 2013
http://www.freep.com/article/20130908/OPINION04/309080031

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I just want to point out that you came on here at almost 1 am to repost a video.

You have a problem. You need to consult help.

MikeyA

oops...

and I should point out that I am not a war enabler, in fact numerous times I've said we had no business in Iraq or Afghanistan. As far as supporting the men and women who serve, voluntarily I might add, I will continue to do that.

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The only thing a radio show host enables is the passage of information across the band.

The President and Congress are actually the only ones who can "enable" a war per the definition of the word enable.

MikeyA

How was the Civil War a racket? A Republican President freed the slaves owned by Southern Democrats, and exactly how do you see a racket here?

The Age of Shoddy, courtesy of Ken Burns's Civil War.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I'm sure you realize that Democrats and Republicans were quite different back then than they are now. For example, the Republicans back then were the ones promoting a stronger federal government that could over ride an individual state's rights (a concept that is mostly attributed to The Left nowadays). The Democrats back then promoted States' Rights (a concept mostly associated with The Right nowadays). It's not really accurate to make the statement “A Republican President freed the slaves owned by Southern Democrats“ without pointing out the difference between the two political parties then and now.

Dixiecrat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixiecrat

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