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. General Smedley Butler
Some of us, well let’s face it, probably most of us, Americans that is, still consider war to be a just and legitimate instrument of foreign policy, some even consider it a duty to God to engage in warfare against a brutal, savage enemy which apparently wants your head.
While a tiny proportion is well aware of the reality that war is sham, a hoax, a well-written and performed script for a theater production where the actors are real, and all events have real consequences, far more are ready, willing and eager to follow the politicians and propagandists into the meat grinder to protect our “freedom”.
Soldiers kill those they are told to kill, they obey, and in a very real sense they simply do not understand the overarching goals of the Planners far above them.
The most significant point of it all is that they almost always believe they are doing the right thing. How else would they sacrifice their lives voluntarily?
When films like American Sniper or Lone Survivor, or the multitude of World War 2 films come out and glorify military heroism, sacrifice, and all the rest of those classical military values such as obedience, duty, country, honor etc., recruiting offices get filled.
Fresh meat is cheap to come by when you have hundreds of millions invested in the propaganda campaign and billions at stake, of course let’s not mention world power and the final Grand Masterwork of the one world government.
General Smedley Butler was the highest ranking Marine at his retirement, the most decorated Marine in US history, and only one of nineteen people who has ever received the Medal of Honor award twice. He was promoted to Captain at 19, and he engaged in multiple leadership campaigns in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
His military record was impeccable, but he turned on the establishment after retirement, realizing that what he really fought for was not freedom and democracy, but corporate profit and power:
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.General Smedley Butler
Smedley Butler’s book War is a Racket, published in 1935, clearly intimates that he foresees another world war on the not so distant horizon; a man of his experience and sagacity, he called it by four years.
Butler also quotes Mussolini, as someone who extols what he deems as virtuous consequences of war, and discusses the rearmament of the German Reich, being funded by the west. The following is a particularly important quote:
Back in 1904, when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Then our very generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now the trend is to poison us against the Japanese. Then… we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to war — a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men. Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit — fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well. Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn’t they? It pays high dividends.General Smedley Butler
Here we see that Smedley Butler sees a war with Japan in the works as well. And we thought Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack… It is clear that to people capable of exercising independent thought it was quite obvious what the plans for the world were at the time.
Butler is merely stating a fact: in the 20th century, war has never been a surprise, it is always planned and always benefited the few, the 1%. Only those who understand how the control system works can see the wheels grinding towards the inevitable today.
He continues with a survey of private company profits for a few years before World War 1 and during the four war years, and demonstrates that their profits jumped hundreds of percentage points, and at times thousands. The US government expended 52 billion dollars on the Great War, of which 39 billion went into the direct war effort such as equipment manufacture. Of this amount 16 billion was profit to private companies which did business with the US government.
A commission was set up after the war to limit war costs and expenses. To Butler, although the results of the financials were enlightening, the fact that no commission was established to limit the injuries or deaths of the fighting men was an absurdity worthy of highest incredulity. He goes into the despair and loss created by the business of war:
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. General Smedley Butler
We should familiarize ourselves with the statistics. Our modern wars and the advance of technology, propagated by the unlimited amounts of money poured into the military-industrial-complex, have certainly lowered casualties, but the wounded, maimed, and psychologically disfigured numbers are staggering, in the hundreds of thousands. And the meat grinder is still churning with no end in sight.
We have seen many debacles in the VA, which is merely tasked with taking good care of the bravest among us who sacrifice so much through service to the corporate managed mercenary death machine, and apparently it can’t even do that.
The sorry state of the VA system should tell us something about how much the oligarchy truly cares for the health and well-being of the troops they abuse and sacrifice to further their agenda and reap billions in profits. Far more money is spent on technology of new weapons than on repairing the damage done to our own soldiers’ minds and bodies.
How does the invisible tyranny get our young, loyal and patriotic masses to enlist in the military machine? Since conscription existed in the World War, it wasn’t difficult; people were far more obedient and eager to launch themselves into the storm for the adventure into the “war to end all wars”, and to save the free world. But that sounds a lot like our modern slogans: “they hate us for our freedoms”, doesn’t it?
Propaganda was the order of the day then, and it certainly is today, in more advanced form. Before WW1, US troops received enlistment money and a share of loot which they recovered. This was a reasonable material incentive to join up, if not for the cause of patriotism then money. The rulers realized this was costing them too much, they took away the bonuses and replaced them with medals, and enlistments went up.
WW1 Conscripted troops did not receive bonuses but actually were shamed into buying war bonds on their meager salaries to support their own deaths, and bear the costs of their own injuries.
When the values of the bonds was driven down by the bankers after the war and repurchased below par they pocketed massive sums, and the soldiers bore the costs. In most cases soldiers received no pay at all for their service due to mandatory deductions from their salaries.
Then there was the religion propaganda:
So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill. To kill the Germans. God is on our side… it is His will that the Germans be killed. And in Germany, the good pastors called upon the Germans to kill the allies . . . to please the same God. That was a part of the general propaganda, built up to make people war conscious and murder conscious… 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.General Smedley Butler
Smedley Butler has a solution to cure the greed that runs wars: all the manufacturers, businesses, and bankers receive no more pay than the fighting man in the trenches-$30 a month. He further suggests that only those who will be called upon to do the fighting, and not those who will reap the profits, be permitted to vote on whether a war is actually waged, for if someone has a conflict of interest in that profits will be sewn from the conflict with no risk of bodily injury, then what motive is there for that individual to vote against a war?
He goes further to advocate for legislation to limit all US navy activity to two hundred miles from US shores, and the Army should have no right to leave US soil. As support for his argument he uses examples of provocation for the next big war he sees on the horizon.
Butler describes how the Naval brass continuously seeks new equipment and ships for “defense purposes”, while when they obtain their military hardware, they use it for exercises near the shores of other nations, such as off the coast of Japan, which he sees as the next major “enemy” for which US troops will be called on to sacrifice themselves.
Such exercises are in-your-face provocations intended to knowingly incite hostility from both sides, and this kind of thing goes on regularly today, as conducted by the US and against the US by other nations such as Russia and China.
Such “guns bristling” military actions, whether military maneuvers, exercises, or docking in port close to other potentially hostile powers always elicits great media reactions and patriotic braying. Pay attention next time; these are not accidents, they are well orchestrated publicity events designed to evoke nationalism, fear, and outrage.
Butler next goes into the topic of the staged disarmament and peace conferences, which are always a sensationalized publicity event:
The professional soldiers and sailors don’t want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. Both mean men without jobs. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit armaments. The chief aim of any power at any of these conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more armament for itself and less for any potential foe.General Smedley Butler
That about says it all: we are ruled by a ruthless, coldblooded, bloodthirsty elite which cares absolutely nothing in the human cost of war and itself has no part in the actual fighting. These demonic creatures merely create conflict artificially and sit back to collect the unlimited profits from the ensuing bloodletting.
Smedley Butler was their go to mid-level manager to lead their mercenary forces to enforce corporate prerogatives; surely he understood what he was doing at the time. No matter what his sins were, his conscience finally caught up to him, and he decided to come clean. It is unfortunate that this brief work is not advertised more or studied in public school history courses, or any courses that I’ve ever taken, for that matter.