80 Years later… The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same. Maj. Gen. Butler and the MIC.

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


(Above photo is courtesy of: War is a Racket By Major General Smedley Butler


To say that  General Smedley Butler knew war would be an understatement of enormous proportions. After proving himself on the field of battle, rising to the highest rank attainable at that time, what made him change? What led to the book  War is a Racket?

An Excerpt:

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.  

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.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.  

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

Major General Butler saw war for what it really is. It has NOTHING to do with democracy, patriotism or justice. War was then, as it is today, a way for the few to control the many. The banking elite, the corporate giants, they want to possess it all. The food you eat, the land, the water…the air you breathe. Agenda 21, Codex Alimentarius , and many more things that “rational” people consider conspiracy theory have been proven to be fact. Some say that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had little to do with spreading freedom and democracy and were more likely intended as ways to secure resources and control their prices on the global market. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. But I do know what I saw and did as a young sailor in the waning days of the Cold War, and after finally learning of General Butler and his writings and lectures recently, this man was, and still is, correct on so many levels.

It is acknowledged that his ideas on defense beginning 200 miles from the border are unworkable in today’s technological age, aircraft were still covered cloth and atoms had yet to be split. But he was dead on target concerning the economics of war,  the affect it has on those fighting, and on those left behind waiting for their return.

It is worse today than he could have ever comprehended. Governments spend trillions to devise ways to kill millions at the push of a button, or develop slow “soft kill” strategies through GMO foods and other “sustainable” schemes. Science has developed more ways to kill than there are colors in a rainbow. We should be looking at ways to get off this rock and search for new horizons, instead of more efficient ways to “cull the herd”.

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