“War is a Racket” – Smedley Butler



General Smedley Butler coined the phrase “War is a Racket” in a speech[over] seventy years ago.General Butler, who was involved in various military interventions and so knew what he was talking about, named racketeer bankers and corporations (particularly Big Oil) and even called himself a racketeer for being used to increase their profits.


Smedley Butler said: “Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This [World War I] was the “war to end wars.” This was the “war to make the world safe for democracy.” No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason. 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. …

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