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?. General Smedley Butler’s frank book shows how American war efforts were animated by big-business interests. This extraordinary argument against war by an. Major General Smedley D. Butler was a military hero of the first rank, the winner of two Medals of Honour, a true ‘fighting marine’ whose courage and patriotism.

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Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. He gives the reason for his conviction and correctly rackeet a coming war in Europe and Asia, specifically mentioning how the US Navy was provoking Japan with war games in the Pacific. The Administration names a committee — with the War and Navy Departments ably represented under the chairmanship of a Wall Street speculator — to hmit profits in war time.

Yes, they are getting ready for another war.

How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? Or, better yet, he could have attempted to show that Wilson or members of his cabinet had known they would qar profit from the war. How many of amedley were wounded or killed in battle? Defense BudgetMilitaryPentagon. In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription.


One company sold Uncle Sam 12 dozen inch wrenches. The speech and accompanying booklet were so well recieved that he wrote a longer version as a small book.

We acquired outside territory. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Yet he came to believe that the wars in which he and his men had fought and bled and died were all pre-planned conflicts, designed not so much to defend America as to bloat the balance sheets of US banks and corporations.

Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. Instead, he immediately turned them in, pointing out that he had sworn a lifelong oath to support and defend the Constitution.

As far as I have been able to ascertain there is nothing in the scheme to limit a soldier to the loss of but one eye, or one arm, or to limit his wounds to one or two or three. No, we did NOT do this. Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

War is still ‘a racket’

Mar 11, Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it Shelves: Back inwhen Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Butler was a brave man, and he shows us that military veterans, at least in retirement, need not be uncritical of militarism. I have to admit, all of the hype I’d encountered before smedoey getting to this book led me to believe that this would be an articulate and impassioned voice of “right” over “might” from the pen of one the USMC’s mightiest warriors.


It’s an extremely swift read. Listen to Senate Document No. Some of these shoes probably are still in existence. Log In Sign Up. It was a simple manipulation.

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Now let’s look at their average yearly profit during the war years, to It is the only one international in scope. The wrenches were put on freight cars and sent all around America to try and find a use for them. Italy was ready to jump in. At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. Times have changed since as they had from to and beyond.

He wrote this book over sar years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war. This falls under the category of “Must Majir.

Iran – they KNOW this!

War Is A Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler,

Of course, it isn’t put that crudely in war time. Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book. Our media is vulgar and denigrates Americans. Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. Until the Civil War there were no medals.