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War Is A Racket

As my dear, departed Father used to intone, “I used to be young and foolish – I’m not young anymore!”

When I was younger, I supported The War Police Action in Vietnam.  The rationale seemed simple.  Our allies (the South Vietnamese) were under attack by the (Soviet Russian and Red Chinese communist supported) North Vietnamese.

It seemed to be a way to make The Cold War hot, without actually fighting Russia and China directly.

And we must not only defend out allies, but oppose communism wherever it rears it ugly head.

This was similar to the Korean War Police Action Conflict a few years earlier.

(And we know how well THAT worked out!)

And I was prepared to voluntarily go and fight for my Country.

Except, with a fused hip, the military changed my draft status to IV-F.  And I sat on the sidelines.

And we saw how well Vietnam worked out…

Since that time, there was Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Panama, the Balkans, then Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan (in part).

And there was always a rationale proposed by the government regarding why we needed to go to war.  You may agree with some.  You may disagree with some.

But, as I age, I am beginning to question governmental motives more.

YES, I do believe it was appropriate for us to fight the Nazis and the Japanese Empire in WWII.  And I am still an anti-communist.

Vietnam, Germany, Italy and Japan are now trade partners.

And Red China rules our financial future.  Whether we like it or not.

War for petroleum?  Or to stop WsMD?  That debate will probably continue.

We should defend our national interests.  But, if we are being played by government (or corporate interests) to leap to that defense…(?)

The military-industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about does exist.  The question is how much of government is enmeshed in it?

War Is A Racket

 Re-post from NamSouth 2009 and FNC 2011/2012

Here richly, with ridiculous display,

The Politician’s corpse was laid away.


While all of his acquaintances sneered and slanged, I wept:


For I had longed to see him hanged.


–Hilaire Belloc

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

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Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881June 21, 1940), nicknamedThe Fighting Quaker andOld Gimlet Eye “, was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death,the most decorated Marine in U.S. history

During his 34 years of Marine Corps service, Butler was awarded numerous medals for hero ism including the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (the highest Marine medal at its time for officers), and subsequently the Medal of Honor twice. Notably, he is one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, and one of only three to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.
 
In addition to his military career, Smedley Butler was noted for his outspoken anti- interventionistviews, and his book War is a Racket. His book was one of the first works describing the workings ofthe military-industrial complex and after retiring from service, he became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.
 

The instantaneous Internet news cycle doesn’t help with our decision-making.  ANYONE can post their ‘facts’ as news, making thoughtful political reasoning nearly impossible.
And EVERYONE seems to have an agenda!
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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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5 thoughts on “War Is A Racket

  1. Of course it’s a racket. The question then as now is always, “Who benefits?” Follow the money; find the answer to that question, and then … and then, maybe, you’ll have the answer.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | October 26, 2015, 8:26 am
  2. as I age, I am beginning to question governmental motives more

    Having the best government money can buy means you shouldn’t question it. The Powers That Be have done all the thinking for you, (because they’re so much better at it) so just trust them like you would a gentle grandparent.

    I think it goes something like…”Shut up and get in the boxcar!”

    Posted by KM | October 26, 2015, 9:49 am
  3. It’s always been a racket… sigh We’re just the cannon fodder!

    Posted by Old NFO | October 26, 2015, 12:38 pm

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