War Is a Racket by Major General Butler


As Butler tells, he began to see war as a racket while still in uniform. I am yet again riveted every time I read this:


My maternal grandfather was mustard gassed in France in the Great War. He did live to the age of 63, but developed cancer in his 50's. A second cousin on my father's side saw a John Wayne war movie, and joined up for WW2 before he could be drafted. First beach landing overseas he saw some of his buddies blown to bits. I once offered to give him some books on WWII. He replied: "I don't want to see ANYTHING about the war... I was there."

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Great post Farmergal. the moneychangers start most wars to profit by it. Do you think
Thump or any of his millionaire merry men have any stock or ownership in any military spending going on ? I do. Cha Ching

Thump, show your taxes.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

prospects of war under Lyin Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like. His opponents both in the Republican Primaries and in the General Election, tried to warn voters that the inexperience of this candidate in world politics would make him a dangerous choice for POTUS, but people liked his tough talk.
I am also sorry for continuing my longish, negative description of our POTUS, but he contributes to this on a regular basis. The latest was his seeming focus upon a piece of chocolate cake he was consuming when he told the leader of China about his ordering the bombing of a Syrian airbase. In a later interview with a Faux News reporter, he forgot that he was bombing Syria, and thought he had ordered a bombing in Iraq, but he knew what type of cake he ate, all righty!
Please check out this link to the farewell address by President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, 56 years ago! http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html
The most often quoted part of this speech is Eisenhower's warning the nation and the world of the growing power of America's "military-industrial complex." I would also note, however, that Eisenhower said this, too: "Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."
In addition, Eisenhower said: "We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love."
Really...does this sound as though it could pass the lips of our current POTUS?

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