Smedley Darlington Butler. Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, ; Educated: Haverford School; Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler Contents Chapter 1: War Is A Racket Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits? Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills?. Brigadier General Smedley Butler, Major General War is just a racket. A racket is best War for any other reason is simply a racket. From a speech.

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Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. And it went to a very few. It really is a simple book, and a clear explanation of who benefits and who loses in war. With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views. Everyone else could bargain, but the soldier couldn’t. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, Awarded two congressional medals of honor: There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability.

It always has been. Perhaps the raclet tragedy is that such a short, cogent argument by one of the most decorated soldiers in history is not considered required reading. They, too, bought Liberty Bonds and contributed to the profit of the bankers after the Armistice in the hocus-pocus of manipulated Liberty Bond prices.

Smedley Butler

So the leather people sold your Uncle Sam hundreds of thousands of McClellan saddles for the cavalry. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington and there are always a lot of them are very adroit lobbyists. Our President refused to aid their quest for those weapons of mass destruction.


Lejeune to prepare for his return to the Marine Corps. Even so, it has had some effect.

I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. And Michael Collins Piper.

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I will take a squad of Marines and dig up that spot to prove you wrong! Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money. But war-time profits — ah! To kill the Germans. There are 40, men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making. To fight the enemy? I suppose the boys were expected to put it over them as they tried to sleep in muddy trenches — one hand scratching cooties on their backs and the other making passes at scurrying rats.

Smedley Butler was only one of two Marines and nineteen Americans to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice.

For instance the coal companies made between per cent and 7, per cent on their capital stock during the war. A little increase in profits of approximately per cent. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 Veterans smeddley Peace”. But don’t forget — the soldier paid part of the dollars and cents bill too.

This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. But when the war was over Uncle Sam has a matter of rcaket, pairs left over.


War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier

The rest of us pay dearly. Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly? Included in this book is his Amendment For Peace, which details three things we should amend to the constitution and why we should have never left our shores looking for a fight.

There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the war. In the government hospital in Marion, Indiana, 1, of these boys are in pens! The FBI, then known as the United States Bureau of Investigation, checked its fingerprint records to obtain the police records of individuals who had been arrested during the riots or who had participated in the bonus march. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gneeral bullets? Though the media ridiculed the allegations, a final report by a special House of Representatives Raxket confirmed some of Butler’s statements.