War Is a Racket

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    Kudos to Major General Smedley Butler for exposing war for what it really is. A racket.

    War Is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC



    There's more in the link. It's all spot on and relevant even in 2011.
     
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    Butler is a perfect example of how a courageous and honorable Military general could become a very bad politician and perhaps a tool of the socialist movement which was popular in the early 3o's. His testimony before a congressional committee regarding a so-called "business plot" is sufficient cause to dismiss his entire civilian speaking career. Butler alleged that he was approached by "wealthy industrialists" to lead a half a million WW1 Veterans in a military coup of the FDR administration. The allegations were proven unfounded. Butler also alleged that the American Legion was controlled by "wealthy bankers". It's a shame that Butler's left wing rantings would tarnish his 34 year service in the Marines but it is an example that heroism on the battlefield does not always translate to logical thinking in civilian life.
     
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    To his comment about nations acquiring additional territory, the only land the U.S. has ever asked for is enough in which to bury its dead.
     
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    The Philippines made a pretty big cemetery.
     
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    Tell that to the Philippines.
     
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    Of course war is bad, who in their right mind think there is anything good in it. It has alway been about one group forcing its will on another and how to profit from it. The big mistake we make is to assume that we know what is best and send in the troops to make it happen. Witness the Middle East. Was Sadam bad, you bet, was it any of our business, NO WAY. The minute we leave it will be back to business as usual. The people in that part of the world have not gotten along for over 2000 years and George Bush, Bill Clinton or Obama are not going to change a thing.
     
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    Butler was a hero who revealed the Business Plot and (temporarily) stopped an outright fascist coup in the US
     
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    We are spending billions in Iraq and Afghanistan and have very little to show for it, so how is war good for the economy? we should all be living it up from our occupations if this was true right?
     
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    There are a lot of profits being made in Iraq, it just not any of us.
     

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