War is a racket for the benefit of the banking and oil cartels


“It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

ButlerMajor General Smedley Darlington Butler, one of the most colorful officers in the Marine Corps’ long history, was one of the two Marines who received two Medals of Honor for separate acts of outstanding heroism. General Butler was still in his teens when, on 20 May 1898, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps during the Spanish-American War. In the early part of the last century General Butler led assault troops in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Haiti. He was a regimental commander in France during World War I and later served in China. On 1 October 1931, he was retired upon his own application after completion of 33 years’ service in the Marine Corps. Major General Butler died at the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, on 21 June 1940, following a four-week illness.

“I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our 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 for capitalism. I suspected I was part of a racket all the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service.”
Smedley D. Butler (1881-1940)

After his retirement General Butler wrote a book WAR IS A RACKET, which begins as follows:

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the 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 very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

And in a speech delivered in 1933 [watch video above], General Butler said:

“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.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich:   “War takes the money from the American people and puts it into the hands of arms manufacturers, war profiteers, and private armies. The war in Iraq, based on lies: $3 trillion will be the cost of that war. The war in Afghanistan; based on a misreading of history; half a trillion dollars in expenses already. The war against Libya will be $1 billion by September [2011]. Fifty percent of our discretionary spending goes for the Pentagon. A massive transfer of wealth into the hands of a few while the American people lack sufficient jobs, health care, housing, retirement security.”

Web site: The Smedley Butler Society


All Wars are Banker’s Wars

And as more and more soldiers wake up, more of them are committing suicide than are dying in action.

2 responses to “War is a racket for the benefit of the banking and oil cartels

  1. None of this will ever change as long as we elect people to represent us, because there will always be those who can outbid us for their services. WHY DO WE NEED THEM ANYMORE? When our revolution was hijacked and our constitution written to reserve power to the wealthy, when congress and especially the senate were designed to prevent too much democracy, it was a day’s ride on a good horse just to the county seat. Now I can be in Sodom–uh–Washington D.C–as fast as I can boot up my P.C.

    We would need to educate ourselves as to the responsibilities of a citizen of a real democracy, foster a news media independent of both capitalism and government, pay attention, and vote. But we could write our own laws, prevent the theft and squandering of our resources to the benefit of the few (the oil companies want to start selling unrefined Bakken crude overseas, not just the diesel and gasoline they do now. That will increase the number of petro-bomb trains through our cities and towns 100 fold, and bring back scarcity and high prices and war for other peoples’ oil that much sooner–because the people who “own” the oil own the weapons manufacturers, too), hold presidents accountable when they start unnecessary wars, fund schools and clinics before aircraft carriers and joint strike fighters that don’t work. It all starts when we take control of–and responsibility for–our lives.

    Replace your congressman with your computer!

  2. Somehow I don’t think this man died of natural causes. It is very sad that his name and book aren’t given the wide exposure his contribution deserves. This, together with Confessions of an Economic Hitman (different agenda of author, though) sums the whole bag of rats up succinctly. Only those who hate wombmankind would devise that death, disability, addiction and a meaningless life ensure ever greater power and profits. All down to ‘the chosen ones’ psychopathological condition.

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