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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Living in an Imperial World - Part II

Food for thought, from Major General Smedley Butler, USMC on the nature of war:

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.

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 (where have I heard that name before?). 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.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.


Read more in General Butler's book, War Is A Racket, available online.

Relevance, you ask?

With the American and global economies teetering on the brink of what some folks term "the Greater Depression", the powers-that-be might want a little distraction from their own culpability in the mess that is developing. "Nothing like another foreign adventure to distract the masses" is a time-honored creed for the ruling class, for good reason.

Of course, as part of that adventure, certain domestic security measures will have to be taken, to preserve safety and order.

BOHICA, folks....

1 Comments:

Blogger Jennersen said...

Very interesting. I used to think we were defending ourselves before it reached the shoreline. I once heard the phrase in response to a question posed by a friend: Q. why do we have military bases everywhere? A. Cheaper then WWIII isn't it?

It made sense at the time, but the general makes more sense. I guess to defend American interest abroad is exactly just that . . . business.

January 19, 2008 at 6:04 AM  

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