a true classic
a true classic
From the page: "War is just a racket. 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.
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."
Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."
War is a racket, pure and simple.
From the page: "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."
Even back then then he knew it...
This is from the 1930's. General Butler died before WW2, but what he said is as relevant now as ever.
"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. War for any other reason is simply a racket."
Sounds about right to me.
He was linked to this and outed Prescott Bush and the other political and big-business criminals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot
War is a racket only now it's not so hidden. Thanks, Cheney and Haliburton
Everyone American should read this. It is crucial to understanding why wars are fought.
"War is a Racket" by Major Smedley Butler, USMC.