General Smedley Butler’s- “War Is A Racket”

“We could all learn a thing or two maybe three from this American Hero, General Smedley Butler. What your about to read & see is undisputed historical fact… but just keep thinking to yourself this kinda thing couldn’t happen today… to us?  Just assume that the globalist power elite control freaks, (of today), who run this country have all of our best interests in mind. Just assume these elite bankers don’t run our “Federal” Reserve, (which is a “private” company there’s nothing “Federal” about it). Just assume that hard working Americans tax dollars numbered in the trillions is not going straight in the pockets of these bankers with all of these “bailouts & stimulus’s.” Just assume that the Federal Reserve does not refuse to even tell members of our Congress were these trillions of bailout dollars are actually going. Just assume that Bloomberg isn’t suing the Fed to find out who’s getting the bailout cash. Just assume Obama has no idea any of this is going on & he’s here to stop these guys. Just assume that the Obama administration is hell bent on taking law abiding Americans guns away to protect us, not because they are scared shitless about Americans “awakening” to what is really going on in this country. Just assume I am the crazy one. Nothing to worry about. Just zone out on that TV and assume our liberty and freedoms are not at stake.”

And don’t assume, (if you accept the truth of what is really going on in this country), there’s nothing you can do about it. Assume you can change the world. Because you can. You are on the good side.

I don’t mean to be preachy it’s just tough love. Enjoy:

-F.F. 2/25/09

General Smedley Butler




















In 1934, General Butler exposed a plot for a fascist coup that originated on Wall Street aimed at giving American bankers and corporations total control of government (reminds you something?). It involved the Rockefellers, the DuPonts and … George Dubya’s grandfather — Senator Prescott Bush! The son and grandson of a fascist shitheel hope to be more successful now…

The following is Chapter 5 of General Smedley Butler’s book War Is A Racketoriginally printed in 1935. Notice how relevant it is now!

To Hell With War!

I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war.

Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a platform that he had “kept us out of war” and on the implied promise that he would “keep us out of war.” Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?


An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President. The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:

“There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters) five or six billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the United States we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money … and Germany won’t.

So …”

Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were concerned, and had the press been invited to be present at that conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the proceedings, America never would have entered the World War. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a “war to make the world safe for democracy” and a “war to end all wars.”

Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars.

Yes, we have had disarmament conferences and limitations of arms conferences. They don’t mean a thing. One has just failed; the results of another have been nullified. We send our professional soldiers and our sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to these conferences. And what happens?

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.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. Even this, if it were possible, would not be enough.

The next war, according to experts, will be fought not with battleships, not by artillery, not with rifles and not with machine guns. It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases.

Secretly each nation is studying and perfecting newer and ghastlier means of annihilating its foes wholesale. Yes, ships will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.

But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists.

If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war — even the munitions makers.

So … I say,



One Response to “General Smedley Butler’s- “War Is A Racket””

  1. Don Dileo Says:

    More people should know about Smedley Butler. American corporations have ruined the working class in this country and have abused labor throughout the world. Unless the American people are willing to rely on themselves more than the government to make decisions for them, all is lost. Take charge of your country Americans and make your voices be heard.

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