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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Confederates in the attic.

Our nation cannot start an offensive war if its ships can’t go further than miles from the coastline. But when the war was over Uncle Sam has a matter of 25, pairs left over.

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

Power begets more money. The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labour before the nation’s manhood can be conscripted. Once in China, Butler was initially deployed at Tientsin. So capital won’t permit the taking of the profit out of war until the people — those who do the suffering and still pay the price — make up their minds that those they elect to office shall do their bidding, and not that of the profiteers.

For instance the coal companies made between per cent and 7, per cent on their capital stock during the war. To fight the enemy? After Congress adjourned, bonus marchers remained in the city and became unruly.


War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier by Smedley D. Butler

The New York Times. Open Preview See a Problem? I use the reference to the farewell speech by President Eisenhower here because there are many parallels but in wad less emotional manner to General Butler’s opinion. But there wasn’t any American cavalry overseas!

In the initial moments of the assault his first sergeant was wounded. For instance, they sold Uncle Sam 35, pairs of hobnailed service shoes. Is War a Racket? Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another “about face”! The author also mentions several cases of companies who sold the US Government totally useless items.

France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. WELL, it’s a racket, all right. A few profit — and the many pay. Back inwhen Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan.

Butler participated in a series of occupations, “police actions” and interventions by the United States in Smeldey America and the Caribbeancommonly called the Banana Wars because their goal was to protect American commercial interests in the region, particularly those of the United Fruit Co.

But there is a way to stop it. Butler and his family were living in Panama in January when he was ordered to report as the Marine officer of a battleship squadron massing off the coast of Mexiconear Veracruzto monitor a revolutionary movement. Did their profits jump — or did wa let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? God is on our side. Still another had the brilliant idea that colonels shouldn’t ride in automobiles, nor should they even ride on horseback. Illustration EditorCharles J.


I encourage anyone who just want to hear how war is viewed by a man who fought it and lead others to their deaths. For butle conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April It really is a simple book, and a clear explanation of who benefits and who loses in war. They aren’t running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. These interventions started with the Spanish—American War smedlye and ended with the withdrawal rzcket troops from Haiti and President Franklin D.

The War Department suddenly decides it has a wonderful plan to spring. Today, we all know – they are all lying Twunts.

Vanderbilt’s story of the Mussolini incident was as follows: Again they are choosing sides.