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Monday, June 13, 2005

Who is General Smedley Butler?

I doubt many people have heard of General Smedley Butler.

In short, General Butler is one of the United State's most decorated generals of all-time. He served over thirty (30) years in the United States Marine Corps. In that time, he won two (2) Medals of Honor. He was so beloved, General Douglas MacArthur named a miltary base after him in Okinawa, Japan. To this day, the base is still named after General Butler.

But, the military doesn't like to talk about something General Butler said after he retired. In 1935, General Butler said:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I helped make Mexico and 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 benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on 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.


These days, the United States military still acts as the "high class muscle man" for Big Business. Bechtel. Halliburton. The oil companies. All of the American business interests that are now flocking into Iraq. We aren't fighting for "freedom", we are fighting to make more money! If "freedom" should be a side effect, thats just swell. If not, thats just swell too.

If you believe the War in Iraq isn't about American money, you need your head checked.

Is anybody as disgusted as I am?

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