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Date: Thu, 03 Jul 1997 20:00:53 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: War is a racket (fwd)

>Major General Smedley Butler also has a book by the same name. It's quite
>good. In fact, check out anything by this old hero. Butler was an amazing
>character, and his books are well worth finding and reading.
>Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General
>Smedley Butler, former Commandant USMC.
>War is just a racket.  A racket is best described, I believe,
>as something that is not what it seems to the majority of
>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 masses.
>I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing
>else.  If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight.
>The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns
>6% over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to
>get 100%.  Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers
>follow the flag.
>I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some
>lousy investment of the bankers.  There are only two things
>we should fight for.  One is the defense of our homes and
>the other is the Bill of Rights.  War for any other reason is
>simply a racket.
>There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military
>gang is blind to.  It has its "finger men" to point out
>enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain
>men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss"
>It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a
>comparison.  Truthfulness compels me to.  I spent thirty-
>three years and four months in active military service as a
>member of this country's most agile military force, the
>Marine Corps.  I served in all commissioned ranks from
>Second Lieutenant to Major-General.  And during that
>period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-
>man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.
>In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
>I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.  Now I am
>sure of it.  Like all the members of the military profession, I
>never had a thought of my own until I left the service.  My
>mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I
>obeyed the orders of higher-ups.  This is typical with
>everyone in the military service.
>I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American
>oil interests in 1914.  I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent
>place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.  I
>helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics
>for the benefits of Wall Street.  The record of racketeering is long.
>I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of
>Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name
>before?).  I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American
>sugar interests in 1916.  In China I helped to see to it that Standard
>Oil went its way unmolested.
>During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would
>say, a swell racket.  Looking back on it, I feel that I could have
>given Al Capone a few hints.  The best he could do was to
>operate his racket in three districts.  I operated on three continents.
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Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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