War Is A Racket, Says Late USMC Major General

Smedley Butler is a famous anti war activist, at the same time he is known  for being the most Decorated Marine of US Military. He revealed ...

War Is A Racket, Says Late USMC Major General

Smedley Butler is a famous anti war activist, at the same time he is known  for being the most Decorated Marine of US Military. He revealed a lot of shocking statements regarding the true nature of modern warfare. He is famous for his booklet titled War Is A Racket, it contains several statements that revealed that war is mainly profit driven.

War Is A Racket, Says Late USMC Major General

According to Butler:  “In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War….How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle?....The general public shoulders the bill. And what is this bill? …Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds…For 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 gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.”


During his post retirement days, he became active in revealing several secrets regarding the dark side of warfare. Many Americans thought that he is a Communist sympathizer when he wrote 5 articles in Common Sense magazine. His most subversive statement is from his article published in Common Sense magazine around 1934

He said:
"I helped make Mexico and 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 benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purifly Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested... . Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents."

War Is A Racket, Says Late USMC Major General
His statements have emanations that could still be felt in our modern world. People around the world should be aware that modern warfare is very different from the historical wars fought in the earlier turbulent periods of human history. Since the Industrial Revolution, wealthy bankers and industrialists have their pockets full every time a war broke out the gears of the military industrial complex turn ad infinitum. In the words of Albert Einstein:The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

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