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Mon May 30, 2016, 01:50 PM

 

MUST SEE MEMORIAL DAY VIDEO: "War is a Racket" by Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler is well known for having later become an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

In 1935, Butler wrote a book entitled War Is a Racket

This is a dramatic reading of his powerful "War is a Racket" speech given before the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1935.










Major General Smedley Butler

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Reply MUST SEE MEMORIAL DAY VIDEO: "War is a Racket" by Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler (Original post)
imagine2015 May 2016 OP
immoderate May 2016 #1
brush May 2016 #2
99th_Monkey May 2016 #4
brush May 2016 #13
99th_Monkey May 2016 #15
brush May 2016 #17
sorefeet May 2016 #3
gordianot May 2016 #10
FairWinds May 2016 #5
imagine2015 May 2016 #6
Mosby May 2016 #7
imagine2015 May 2016 #12
gordianot May 2016 #8
annabanana May 2016 #9
Monk06 May 2016 #11
LiberalElite May 2016 #14
polly7 May 2016 #16
imagine2015 May 2016 #18
sorefeet May 2016 #19

Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 01:58 PM

1. Smedley!

 



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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 02:07 PM

2. A real hero. He's also the one who exposed the coup attempt against FDR . . .

Last edited Mon May 30, 2016, 05:12 PM - Edit history (1)

by the American Liberty League in the 1930s.

Prescott Bush, the Dupont brothers and Alfred Sloan are just a few of the wealthy involved in the plot.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2016, 03:45 PM

4. This attempted coup by ALL is one of the most untold stories of all time

 

I imagine the fact that Prescott Bush, Dupont, et.al. were among the conspirators explains that.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #4)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:11 PM

13. Yes. FDR turned the tables on them by threatening to expose their treason, and that's . . .

what it was plotting to take up arms against the US if they didn't back off of opposing his New Deal programs.

They did, as they could have been publicly shamed, and possibly executed.

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Response to brush (Reply #13)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:47 PM

15. I'm surprised the story hasn't become an HBO or Netflix dramatization.

 

or maybe I'm not surprised.

... that would cut pretty close to the bone with the Bush Crime Family.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #15)

Mon May 30, 2016, 08:36 PM

17. That's exactly what I was going to say. The Bush crime family.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 02:55 PM

3. I think we need a modern day Smedley

right now, because I think there are people in this election trying to pull a coup. Like Trump and the wing nuts.

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Response to sorefeet (Reply #3)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:00 PM

10. I think Smedley would have been at a loss in 2016.

Our potential leaders are not inspiring Butler did not like the rackets.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 03:51 PM

5. Veterans For Peace are very big Smedley fans . .

 

Our great Boston Chapter is called

The Smedley Butler Brigade

BTW, the Vets For Peace "Full Disclosure" has a great
new issue out now that corrects many of the outrageous lies
being re-written into the history of the Vietnam War.

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/vfp-national-projects/vietnam-full-disclosure-campaign/

PAX

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Response to FairWinds (Reply #5)

Mon May 30, 2016, 04:10 PM

6. Thanks for the info!

 

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Response to Mosby (Reply #7)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:06 PM

12. Thank you for the link. I will check it out a little later.

 

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 04:55 PM

8. +100! Greatest Soldier of all time.

For those who claim to be a patriot this man was a patriot.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 04:56 PM

9. Everyone needs to know his story.

It is missing from the textbooks, but it needs to be in the narrative. So I copy, email, tweet and facebook it whenever and wherever it surfaces.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:02 PM

11. Saved for posterity I got called an American hating troll on a thread about NATO romancing

Romania and the Ukraine I repeated Maj Gen Butler's sentaments in this speach

I was called anti Military and and American hater, troll, disruptor you name it

If I hadn't checked my address bar I would have swore I was being piled on at FreeRepublic

I love Butler Probably the only truly honest man in the English speaking world

He was also famously approached by the Duponts and several other rich industrialists to head a coup against Roosevelt in 1933

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot

Among some on DU, I suspect Freeper Trolls, repeating the history of US imperialism in the nineteenth century and during the cold war makes you and American Hater

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:19 PM

14. I learned about Smedley Butler from the late, great Al Lewis

when he had a program on Pacifica station WBAI in NYC. Funny what doesn't get taught in school...

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:52 PM

16. Kick and recommend for a great man. nt.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 02:38 PM

18. For DU'ers who didn't see this on memorial day.

 

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Response to imagine2015 (Reply #18)

Tue May 31, 2016, 03:45 PM

19. Good idea imagins2015

I still think we need another Smedley or two before the election.

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