Smedley Darlington Butler. Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, ; Educated: Haverford School; Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler Contents Chapter 1: War Is A Racket Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits? Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills?. Brigadier General Smedley Butler, Major General War is just a racket. A racket is best War for any other reason is simply a racket. From a speech.
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Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit – fortunes would be made. His departure seemed imminent. So by developing the Napoleonic system — the medal business — the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children’s children probably still will be paying the cost of that war.
But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. I’m shocked I had never heard of it till relatively recently. Inhe informed the United States Congress that a group of wealthy industrialists had plotted a military coup known as the Business Plot to overthrow the government. Butler and a group of Marines on board. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits.
Written inthis rings as poignant and true today, even moreso, than it ever has. Our nation cannot start an offensive war if its ships can’t go further than miles from the coastline. They should be the ones to have the power to decide — and not a Congress few of whose members are within the age limit and fewer still of whom are in physical condition to bear arms.
War is a racket. Nov 20, Eat. I have to Is War a Racket? And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. So much for the mentally and physically wounded — they are paying gneral their share of the war profits.
President Woodrow Wilson got elected on an anti-war platform. Therefore to some degree Butler is correct and it is healthy to ask questions, big questions however his conclusions seem too absolute.
My regiment during the war had only one pair to a soldier. He left a plaque on the granite monument marking the burial place of Jackson’s arm; the plaque is no longer on the marker but can be viewed at the Chancellorsville Battlefield visitor’s center. Did their profits jump — or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? Smedley died before WWII and all of the statistics and numbers he gives in this ” I have to admit, all of the hype I’d encountered before finally getting to this book led me to believe that this would be an articulate and impassioned voice of “right” over “might” from the pen of one the USMC’s mightiest warriors.
Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. There is no question that these attempts were discussed, were planned, and might have been placed in execution when and if the financial backers deemed it expedient. There are thousands and thousands of these cases, and more and more are coming in all the time.
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Far less amusingly, Smedley describes how ina delegation from the allies visited President Wilson and bluntly told the president that the allies would lose the war, and thus no be able to repay the six billion dollars they owed to the USA. Considering the profits of meat packers, cotton manufacturers, garment makers, 49 steel plants, and coal producers during the war. Vanderbilt’s story of the Mussolini geenral was as butlee That is the one that holds the turbines at Niagara Falls.
On October 24, rackte, an estimated Cacos ambushed Butler’s patrol of 44 mounted Marines when they approached Fort Dipitie. No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. The Marine Corps sent him to ManilaPhilippines. It can be smashed effectively only by taking teneral profit out of war. It would have been far cheaper not to say safer for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements.
Eight pairs, and more, to a soldier.
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And their profits were as secret as they were immense. Il Duce’s American passenger came forward to corroborate the story. After that, he began to speak out about the real motives behind America’s military actions–profit.
A plebiscite not of all the voters but merely of those who would be called upon to do the fighting and dying. General Butler doesn’t consider the fact of the attack of “Black Tom”, the sinking of the Lusitania, nor the Zimmerman Telegram – these points are fully ignored.
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I was riding with Mussolini, who drove. It came from the worst enemy a nation could have. Marine Corps, an outspoken critic of U. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out. During World War I Butler, then a majorattempted to return his medal, explaining he had done nothing to deserve it. Read this each time some person on the news states the case for another war and you’ll likely see how hollow generql words are and how much weight Butler’s words carry.
Gejeral with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks.
gensral Retrieved 1 July We – our nation, wouldn’t just allow these things to happen. How many of them dug a trench? It wasn’t much, but the du Fonts managed to get along on it.
There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later. Take one of our little steel companies that patriotically shunted aside the making of rails and girders and bridges to manufacture war materials.
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