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Most decorated US Marine General: Purpose of all US wars is billions for insiders profits


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Smedley Butler (and here) was the most honored man in Marine Corps history. He wrote and spoke that the purpose of US wars is millions and billions in profits for America’s leading “bankers, industrialists, and speculators.” War is a “racket:” a deception whereby its purpose of blood money from American taxpayers to “insiders” is always disguised as noble and necessary ventures to keep Americans propagandized into paying again and again.

General Butler in his summative book, War is a Racket, on the costs of war to ordinary Americans: 
 
“This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations….
 
But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.
 
If you don't believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran's hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men – men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.
 
Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to "about face"; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.
 
Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another "about face"! This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers' aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn't need them any more. So we scattered them about without any "three-minute" or "Liberty Loan" speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final "about face" alone.”
 
…Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and tossed sleeplessly – his father, his mother, his wife, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.
 
When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his mind broken, they suffered too – as much as and even sometimes more than he. Yes, and they, too, contributed their dollars to the profits of the munitions makers and bankers and shipbuilders and the manufacturers and the speculators made. 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.
 
And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally broken and those who never were able to readjust themselves are still suffering and still paying.”
 
General Butler on war propaganda:
 
“Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."
 
…At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington (and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists. And they are smart. They don't shout that "We need a lot of battleships to war on this nation or that nation." Oh no. First of all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For defense purposes only.
 
Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For defense. Uh, huh.”
 
His recommendation to end war is to remove its profit motive:
 
“Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted – to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.
 
Let the workers in these plants get the same wages – all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers – yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders – everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!
 
Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.
 
Why shouldn't they?
 
They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are!
 
Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket – that and nothing else.”
 
The ChannelofLiberty’s Channel provides the below 8-minute artistic video from General Butler’s work.
 
It’s time.
 
It’s time for our men and women in government and military to choose: either stand with the US Constitution you’ve sworn to support and defend against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC, or remain complicit in ongoing Wars of Aggression, mass murder of our soldiers and our fellow humans in other lands and throwing trillions of our tax dollars to do so, pushing the world ever-closer to an apparently planned and desired nuclear Third World War (and here), and guilty of what Dr. Martin Luther King called “Silence is Betrayal” before the US government assassinated him according to the only trial conducted for his murder.
 
It’s time for our men and women in the military and government to refuse all orders associated with our unlawful wars and preparation for unlawful war with Iran over one gram of medical isotope worth $75,000 in 20% enriched nuclear fuel. It is hard to imagine a more ridiculous case for war.
 
It’s time for our men and women in the military and government to refuse all orders associated with our unlawful wars and preparation for unlawful war with Iran and stand with the American public who declare in a ratio of 9 to 1 that our government no longer represents them under the US Constitution.
 
It’s time: exercise your 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and press, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Please provide this article to all Americans if you find it helpful to stop current and future unlawful wars.
 
Over 5,000 US soldiers have been killed so far as pawns of the civilian and military brass tyrants. Multiples more have been crippled physically and emotionally. There is no end in sight to current wars; indeed, the US is expanding them into Pakistan and Yemen and threatening more war with Iran. The dead are comforted by God; their families are devastated by the loss of their loved-ones. The crippled and their families face a range of challenges; many so severe that a total of 6,000 US veterans commit suicide every year. One-third of all US homeless men are veterans.
 
Our military was duped into these wars with calculated "Big Lies;" our trusting young men and women took an Oath to support and defend the US Constitution that supersedes the Nazi insert of “placing the mission first.” The Claus von Stauffenberg faction of US military and government must act to end this soulless mass-murdering; this loveless series of unlawful wars and unlawful orders, if we want a future we’re proud to build.
  
This choice is up to our men and women in uniform and government for leadership. I provide:
 
 
And, our men and women in uniform must take action as they see best; as will our men and women in government and citizenry. As a teacher of government and law, I conclude our government leadership is guilty of treason against the American public, and guilty of mass murder against our soldiers.
 
Choose well; our collective future, and your future, depend upon it.
  
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I appreciate your attention to these facts and encourage your further study and action consistent with your own self-expression. My recommendations:
 
Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:  
  1. Understand the laws of war (and here). These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. The current US wars are not even close to being lawful and are legal treason against the US. Those involved with US military, government, and law enforcement have an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution. To fulfill their oath they must immediately refuse all orders associated with unlawful wars and military-related constant violation of treaties, and arrest those who issue unlawful orders. The Oath of Enlistment to the US Constitution supersedes the fascist insertion of Nazi propaganda to "always place the mission first" of blindly following unlawful orders.
  2. Employ the obvious and simple solutions to end our economic controlled demolition and evolve to a civil economy. End poverty through global cooperation to achieve the UN Millennium Goals by developed countries investing 0.7% of their income (not that the UN is serious for their accomplishment, but the goals are what we should invest to produce). Support global security through cooperation, dignity, justice, and freedom. Create a US Department of Peace to help.
  3. Communicate. Trust your unique, beautiful, and powerful self-expression to share as you feel appropriate. Understand that while many people are ready to embrace difficult facts, many are not. Anticipate that you will be attacked and prepare your virtuous response in the spirit of competition, just as you do in other fields.
  4. Prosecute the war leaders for obvious violation of the letter and spirit of US war laws and constant lies to engage in further wars. Because the crimes are so broad and deep, I recommend Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) to exchange full truth and return of stolen US assets for non-prosecution. This is the most expeditious way to understand and end all unlawful and harmful acts. Those who reject T&R are subject to prosecution.
 
Local perspective: Part of my professional duties as a teacher of economics and government is to produce competent adult citizenry. This includes realization that our nation’s policies and money are managed at a broad community level, and these issues have tremendous local impact. Of course, we all want human beings to be individually successful and enjoy their unique, beautiful and powerful self-expressions. Concurrently, we recognize our commitment to local success is strongly dependent upon the success of the community, and that government policy and economics are drivers.
 
Our status in early 21st Century human history is that we suffer from a long history in government and money of human interrelationship well-described as vicious antagonism. Governments frequently use war as a foreign policy, despite its illegality and dependent upon public ignorance, with horrific consequences. Economic policy is still created within a “Robber Baron” paradigm to concentrate money to an elite few families. Two examples:
 
1. National taxes effect you dearly, especially the tax to pay interest on the national debt. This costs the American public over $400 billion every year. This is $4,000 per year for every $50,000 of income. Do the math to understand your household’s tax burden for a monetary policy invented by banks for banks to create our money supply as debt. Your competence in this area contributes to our collective voice to simply shift monetary policy to easily pay the national debt, enjoy full employment, collectively save us over a trillion dollars every year, and finally realize what our brightest American minds have been advocating for centuries beginning with Benjamin Franklin. This would have unprecedented local benefits, and requires collective power to accomplish.
 
2. Ending poverty everywhere on our planet would cost just 0.7% of our income and save a million children’s lives every month. This human accomplishment will cause unimaginable joy at our local level.
 
To consider:
 
"If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in the world. Now the judgment of God is upon us and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools."
 --Inscription on Dr. Martin Luther King’s statue, Moorehouse College, Atlanta
 
"The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution." -- poet Federico García Lorca
 
Comments policy: I welcome questions and comments that are civil and pertain to the article topic. Impolite and impertinent comments are subject to deletion. You are a guest here. It is not censorship if you violate the rules and your comment is deleted.
 
Please consider that I’m among hundreds of writers who have documented our own government’s disclosure of propaganda programs to support their wars. I suspect my articles are under such propagandistic attack from comments that use typical rhetorical fallacies to distract readers from the facts. I invite readers to sharpen their ability to discern such propaganda. They are characterized by a combination of: never addressing the facts, lying about verifiable facts, diverting attention through unsubstantiated belief in an alleged expert, irrelevant data, straw-man attack that distorts the facts, ad hominem attack of insults to the messenger, vile comments to repulse readers, and lies of omission and commission.
 
I will use such comments to point-out the propaganda or delete them at my discretion. Again, all relevant and polite questions, and factually accurate comments are welcome. As a professional educator I’m in agreement with my experience and research: we learn best from multiple perspectives in mutual commitment to understand the facts, see those facts from diverse points-of-view, and consider various policy proposals of what we should do.
 
For those involved in support of US government-sponsored disinformation, I invite you to consider the quality of human relationships you wish to work toward. National security and a brighter future is not a function of fear, manipulation, and control. Our best security follows cooperation, justice under the law, dignity, and freedom. Working for your best imagined self-expression of virtue may include a unique contribution from the inside of your agency. Public attraction to the stories of Star Wars and the Harry Potter books/movies recognize that our society’s jump to civilized relations for all of us might require support from people within the “dark side” acting as covert agents for building a brighter future. Another option is becoming a whistle-blower; Project Camelot is a popular venue for people in sensitive positions. Ultimately, I recommend a Truth and Reconciliation process to exchange full truth for no prosecution, explained in detail at the link. Please consider the wisdom of your own “Scrooge conversion” to act for the benefit of all humanity rather than your self-proclaimed controlling, manipulating, and loveless “masters.”
 
“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”
 
 
 

Comments

  • Greenlink 4 years ago

    As usual, another great article!!!

  • yuti 4 years ago

    We have read oabout Smedley Butler FOR YEARS. Please reseach new manterial.

  • mhstahl 4 years ago

    Yuti,

    Is there a need for new research? Butler made a great case-worth mentioning....have you ever actually read it? What would you add? Or are you simply looking for entertainment?

  • Carl Herman (LA County Nonpartisan Examiner) 4 years ago

    Yuti:
    I bet youve also read for years how to spell about, research, and material yet you fail to do it.

    You need to accomplish something before moving on; not just for a few people to have read it.

    And mhstahl is correct: your purpose is something other than accomplishing the end of wars for profit that destroy millions of lives.

  • Virtual Reality 4 years ago

    Another guy who best decribed war was Joe McDonald of Country Joe and The Fish.
    In his son:"I feel like i'm fixing to die rag" he sanged at Woodstock.
    Go to youtube and type up the band name and song.
    and
    Listen to the words he says

  • michael mazur 4 years ago

    Two things in the context of what you write in this piece Carl are crucial for the banksters to make sure doesn't happen. First is that the 0.7% of the developed world's income does not go to alleviate hunger, and second is that defence budgets remain gargantuan.

    Maintenance of both objectives does do not enrich the banksters, as they can, and do, at a computer keystroke accord themselves yet more trillions, but what these two objectives do achieve is a necessary perpetual destabilisation of both the poor and developed worlds.

    Why necessary ? Banksters cannot allow the elimination of hunger in the poor world, or have the burden of militarism lifted off the backs of the people in the developed world, because the resultant stability would allow comfortable and at leisure people everywhere to think about how money is created, and soon realise that it is all as a result of legalised counterfeiting - whether it be direct or by the fractional reserve.

  • Ooopsie 4 years ago

    "Smedley Butler (and here) was the most honored man in Marine Corps history."

    Guess you never heard of Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller? And didn't bother to check your claim?

    Such hyperbolic claims so easily proven incorrect call into question anything you write.

  • Carl Herman (LA County Nonpartisan Examiner) 4 years ago

    Ooopsie:
    Liar and distractor: Smedley Butler was the most honored man in Marine Corps history, just like Babe Ruth was the person with the most career homeruns, George Bush was President of the United States, and all of us were teenagers.

    Readers: this person is a pathetic Operation Mockingbird asset, exactly as I warn against. He lies to distract from the central facts of the article and then tries to dismiss the entire article.

    This oopsie person dishonors the message of General Butler and its lesson for today. Be wary of oopsies popping-up as fascist sycophants.

    And oopsie: better choose your future carefully; youll have the leadership you most desire.

  • Veteran 4 years ago

    In 1932, thousands of out-of-work WWI veterans- The Bonus Marchers-hitchhiked, walked, or hopped trains to Washington to demand immediate and much needed payment of a bonus that had promised to each of them by Congress- only to be put upon by tear gas and dogs, their miserable quarters set afire- all on Hoover's authority. The same hypocrites walking the halls of Congress with lapel flag pins firmly in place are always ready for the photo op or the Veteran's Day Parade- the actual homeless
    have no lobbyists. Butler, who appears on You tube at a D.C. rally in support of the Bonus Marchers understood this- and in his day, such colossal sink-holes of wealth, such as the billion-dollar B-2 bomber did not even exist.

  • Snark 4 years ago

    You rather take Butler's diatribe about World War I, the Banana Wars and the mistreatment of the troops somewhat out of context, but claiming he was 'most honored' is simply inaccurate.

    Any Marine would tell you his record pales compared to Chesty Puller; even Butler's two Medals of Honor were awarded under the old, lower criteria - today, he'd have been lucky to get a Navy Cross for his actions; more likely a Silver Star.

    But really, Carl - Babe Ruth???? You've never heard of the great Hank Aaron? (Bonds gets an asterisk at best - Aaron is still the King.)

  • Carl Herman (LA County Nonpartisan Examiner) 4 years ago

    Snark:
    You dishonor the man who was the most honored Marine in history, up to his death, by slurring his expert analysis as diatribe. You belittle his achievements as the most decorated Marine of US history at the time of his statements. I guess you really disrespect the ordinary men in service under him.

    You cant read, Snark. The word was is past tense; and even my comment to help you by saying George Bush was President, we all were teenagers, and yes, Babe Ruth WAS the leading single-season and career homerun hitter, should have made that clear.

    Readers: remember Snarks name wherever he comments. He distracts from the topic by attacking expert testimony and accomplishment, pretends intelligence with BS baseball distraction, and never, ever, ever, ever will address the topic of the article and General Butlers point: the purpose of wars as profits.

    Interested readers can read Butler's book with documentation of war profits. What about the missing $2.3 trillion today?