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Smedley D Butler, Maj.Gen USMC Retired Deceased was twice awarded the CMOH His actions taken during the First World War were unquestionably brave, and this makes for a mild understatement to the truth I ve seen this sort of thing however over the course of my own life and military experience In reflection of the horrors of war the person of notoriety takes a different stance and has a change of heart, is this something that came with age or his Quaker background I cannot say for certain Major General Butler died less than 1 year and 6 months before the attack on the U.S Naval docks at Pearl Harbor, the U.S Army Schofield Barracks, and U.S Army Air Forces Hickam Air Field in Hawaii on the 7th of December 1941 In this manner I believe he would have had his feelings and beliefs changed back to where they were at the time before he wrote this book through the end of his life then again maybe not His speeches and writings in 1939 also reflect a further solidification to the isolationist pacifist he became at the near end of his career and life However, there are truths to some of his emotional statements but not enough fact to ensure a complete mindset of turn around for these statements and personally held beliefs to become warranted in action as he had called for at the time.Following the Second World War and considering that conscription ended in 1945 it was only for a short time in 1947 the U.S realized that it had to implement the draft again as the Cold War was well underway Isolationism was a product of an era that had long left the station with the attack at Pearl Harbor The brilliant farewell speech by President Eisenhower some 20 years after the death of General Butler was a similar reaction to age and a change of heart as to what the then President observed what they both seem to have in common is the fact of the current events as they were posed did not have full consideration of what was out of both of their hands President Eisenhower should have known better based upon his position of President and what he was receiving daily in briefs from his National Security team Consider, General Butler s statements both on the eve of and during the beginning of the Second World War with President Eisenhower s farewell address on 17 January 1961 with statements of the Military Industrial Complex For Butler, the Japanese were already raping China and for Eisenhower the Soviets had already launched Sputnik, all the language used by Butler on no attack in the USA will come and for Eisenhower the American space program was in its infancy born in a time based need as even he himself could see the horizon of issues with the USSR the space program was created with Allied agreement in order to protect the Western Hemisphere Meanwhile the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain were forced to develop nuclear armaments together in order of making the world a safer place President Eisenhower had also known that Vietnam was on the rise, confirmed later by President Kennedy and greatly increased by President Johnson with the Gulf of Tonkin resolution of 1964 What the Military Industrial Complex failed to draw attention toward was the increased risk of the other side what Butler failed to realize is that Corporal Hitler was going to have to be stopped eventually General Butler never witnessed the Declaration of War by Germany upon the USA and his assumptions never take this into consideration anythan the other side of the globe where the military build up in Japan would lead to technology able to hit the USA by aircraft via a determined Imperial Navy General Butler fails miserably in this book I use the reference to the farewell speech by President Eisenhower here because there are many parallels but in a less emotional manner to General Butler s opinion 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.When I think of Smedley Butler I think of a Camp on Okinawa Japan that is one of many Marine Bases on the Island I also think of one 1st Lieutenant Dale Dye who chewed me out for not saluting him my eyes were facing down looking at paperwork as I was gently walking to the Lieutenant s credit he didn t chew me out that badly in reflection at the time I was mostly embarrassed as a young Lance Corporal Times have changed since 1981 as they had from 1918 to 1935 and beyond The next time I would see Dale Dye was when I was in a movie theatre and heard that distinctive voice in the movie Platoon where he played an Army Captain he also played the crusty old Colonel in Band of Brothers.In conclusion I did not care for the modern day introduction nor conclusion The pages within and between that represented this book in 1935 was simply off base time would prove this The world in the end can thank none other than Sir Winston S Churchill for his fortitude of strength and that of the British people who fought this Second World War alone for 2 years before the Russians were forced to enter the war Had Corporal Hitler not attacked the USSR, the UK would have been forced to fight for nearly another 6 months Operation Barbarossa began one year and one day after the death of General Butler Three stars is generous in my view but would rather give this book a 2.5 so I will round up. Is War a Racket For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket I have been told This was the war to make America safe from Terrorism No mentioned to us , as we marched away, that our going and our dying would mean huge war profits.As a soldier I have to agree with almost everything that Gen Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book He wrote this book over 70 years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war I have to say that not much has changed, except how the Racket is achieved Why is the US still currently in Afghanistan Why am I, as a soldier on my third deployment to the Middle East Simply put, Money Yes, the politicians paint the picture that we are here to ensure that Al Qaeda doesn t come back to power, and so that Afghanistan can become an independent nation No, this is not the case, we are still here because there is money to be made. War Is A Racket is an in your face expos about the lies politicians tell American taxpayers to justify their bloodthirsty and psychopathic lust for war.Impressive quotes I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism Front cover.I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914 I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street The record of racketeering is long I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909 1912 I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916 In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested P 10For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it Now that I see the international war clouds again gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out P 24Yes, they are getting ready for another war Why shouldn t they It pays high dividends.But what does it profit the masses What does it profit the men who are killed What does it profit the men who are maimed What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts What does it profit their children What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits Yes, and what does it profit the nation Take our own case Until 1898 we didn t own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America At that time our national debt was a littlethan 1,000,000,000 Then we became internationally minded We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our Country We forgot Washington s warning about entangling alliances We went to war We acquired outside territory At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over 25,000,000,000 Therefore, on a purely financial bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.It would have been far cheaper not to say safer for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit P 26Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die This was the war to end wars This was the war to make the world safe for democracy No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason 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 bullets made by their own brothers here might shoot them down 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 p 35smash the war racket We must take the profit out of war We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes P 42War Is A Racket is a brilliantly written expose on war and why politicians like them.If your stomach is sensitive to horror, avoid looking at the pictures depicting the horror of war.War Is A Racket is a must read It s an extremely swift read Strongly felt, and strongly worded, written by a simple, straightforward, outraged American Justifiably outraged In a nutshell the unholy trio of big business, lobby driven government, and military has only one result vile war profiteering The awarding of military contracts underpins capitalism and has us locked in a vicious cycle which still goes on today Halliburton, KBR, etc.Butler makes a great point after the Civil War but before the age of gunboat diplomacy , before the age of American Imperialism, before we had jingoistic adventures in Japan, China, Tripoli, the Philippines we had a paltry national debt of just 1m After the pattern of foreign wars began, our national debt has never receded Big, powerful companies ever since the rise of the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and DuPonts have raped the American economy for short term profit and left US citizens holding the bag Not to mention American lives that were lost.President Woodrow Wilson got elected on an anti war platform So why did we wind up fighting in WWI Because we had lent 6m to Britain France and they warned us that if we lost, they would not be able to pay it back.Sigh A lot of people today talk of their hatred of socialism, and they label socialism with every epithet and criticism they can think of Yet there is no economic system with as much blood on its hands as capitalism We ve got no high ground to stand on How much blood has Sweden shed in the modern era With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views He had a following, while others considered him to be a loaded firecracker.Smedley Darlington Butler the son of a U.S Congressman grew up in Pennsylvania with Quaker roots He voluntarily chose a career in the Marine Corps quickly rising through the ranks making his mark in history Major General Butler USMC the recipient of two Medals of Honor did not retire quietly One should separate his military service from his active retirement.Upon retirement in the 1930 s with politics in his blood Butler crisscrossed America voicing his opinion of big business and war His issue was not with the defense of America, but with engagements on foreign soil His main theory was Money Wall Street Big Business War Racket He mentions that the way to avoid war is to take away the profit motive The peace movement seeking monetary funding is also labeled a racket.In his day there were Banana Wars and other skirmishes that had no real connection to the defense of our nation Therefore to some degree Butler is correct and it is healthy to ask questions, big questions however his conclusions seem too absolute I favor free market capitalism but without checks, balances and consequences graft and corruption can take place The 21st Century is a global society and as nice as isolation might be, life today is not that simple on plant earth At times there isto worry about than a potential racket as true evil also exists I m thankful for America s freedom of speech and freedom of press where Butler could openly express his views to others Most of all I appreciate the selfless dedication of those who defend such freedom. Written in the 1930 s by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past 100 years has been Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his military sevice was nothing but a high class muscle man for big business, for wall street and the bankers He exposes how these wars are ferminted, who is behind them and who profits from them He also talks about his own isolationalist political ideas that I can agree with most of his points on There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life Butler was a great American that should be admired and honored but sadly few people have a clue as to who he is and what he did. War pays The copper industry loves it, the textile industry loves it, and the weapon industry is so obviously enamoured by it that they won t let so small a thing as treason stop them selling guns to the enemy too The only ones who don t get paid are the soliders, except in pennies, which is immediately leached back off them to pay for their own supplies.Butler is incredibly sarcastic throughout, but can you really blame him when he tells you all of the above And, really, nothing s changed We still fetishise our military, create charities for our heroes who die and kill for other s profits, and the companies who lobby to send them away don t give any of the blood money back, unless a charitable donation works nicely for their tax margins The people invaded bury family and friends and get loans to rebuild their own homes, thus opening up a new foreign market and few extra numbers added to the stock market computers Nothing has changed, we ve merely digitised and automated much of it, that s all. Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement.What s interesting about Smedley is that he s not against war in a general sense He s against the kind of war that had become common in the early 20th century which is the model for all wars now To put it a different way he was not against war, but he was against imperialism.Smedley dissects WWI in quick and simple ways that are sort of a cost benefit analysis Who benefits from war Who pays the burdens of war Smedley answers these two questions, but also tells you how much the profiteers profited and how much the soldiers paid for the privilege of losing their lives or getting brutalized, both mentally and physically, in the grind of war.Indispensable reading, really I m shocked I had never heard of it till relatively recently Or, I m not shocked, because this is exactly the kind of book that powerful people don t want you to read But still, it s strange to know this book has existed for 80 years and I had never heard of it It really is a simple book, and a clear explanation of who benefits and who loses in war.The TL DR version is you lose, and soldiers lose .Banks and arms dealers make big. This falls under the category of Must Read Butler s argument is that the wealthy elite benefit financially from war while everyone else suffers, either through fighting in the wars or else from paying for the war that the rich get richer from Part of what makes the book so powerful is Butler s history he fought in WWI and was the most decorated soldier of his lifetime when he wrote this For me, that gives him credibility that can never be matched by a politician who probably never fought in a war going on TV and giving reasons for yet another conflict Read this each time some person on the news states the case for another war and you ll likely see how hollow their words are and how much weight Butler s words carry. `READ DOWNLOAD ⇔ War is a Racket ⇱ Major General Smedley D Butler Was A Military Hero Of The First Rank, The Winner Of Two Medals Of Honour, A True Fighting Marine Whose Courage And Patriotism Could Not Be Doubted Yet He Came To Believe That The Wars In Which He And His Men Had Fought And Bled And Died Were All Pre Planned Conflicts, Designed Not So Much To Defend America As To Bloat The Balance Sheets Of US Banks And CorporationsWar Is A Racket Is The Title Of Two Works, A Speech And A Booklet, By Retired United States Marine Corps Major General And Two Time Medal Of Honor Recipient Smedley D Butler In Them, Butler Frankly Discusses From His Experience As A Career Military Officer How Business Interests Commercially Benefit From WarfareAfter His Retirement From The Marine Corps, Gen Butler Made A Nationwide Tour In The Early S Giving His Speech War Is A Racket The Speech Was So Well Received That He Wrote A Longer Version As A Small Book With The Same Title That Was Published InBy Round Table Press, Inc Of New York The Booklet Was Also Condensed In Reader S Digest As A Book Supplement Which Helped Popularize His Message In An Introduction To The Reader S Digest Version, Lowell Thomas, The As Told To Author Of Butler S Oral Autobiographical Adventures, Praised Butler S Moral As Well As Physical Courage