"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street..."
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler
(1881-1940) Major General USMC, "Old Gimlet Eye'' and "Hell Devil Darling", most highly decorated military man from the pre-World War II era.
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If that was the Major General's understanding of capitalism and the perception of the duties he performed (and who he was taking his orders from - or, in behalf of), he should have been tried for treason. Though most all military exercises (U.S. included) from the Major General's time line to the present, have been in the interest of a one world totalitarian's caste plan of domination, it has been my experience that individuals of the U.S. military have been many of the most noble that it has been my privilege to meet.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- AL, DC      
    Interesting viewpoint from the front line of American Imperialism from one it's self confessed enforcers is, I suppose, the alternative view.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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    The March of Industrialism and the Wars for Welfare. Being found to oppose socialism, General Butler though in opposition to FDR's policies, sided with FDR to maintain Order rather than a fascist coup. The untold stories of resistance and contemplation among ruling families in the United States. General Butler was true to Core, not taking the bait of temptation, power and money. To some, the Oath is more than words, and with as much hell that Major General Butler went through, he calls it like he sees it. A Warrior, not a politician. Semper FI and God Bless
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Treason hell. Gen Butler is a legend in the Marines. One of the very few men to have been awarded not one Medals of Honor, but TWO! Camp Butler in Okinawa is named for him. He spoke the truth about the US military being sent to fight wars where there was no threat to the nation's security. It goes on to this very day.
     -- DBlack, Elk, WA     
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    True to Core and Duty, falls neither left nor right. Plumb and Square says the Builder, keep it plumb and square. This the Core Provides for unity and purpose. for that which "Good is". Regardless. By [this] Measure comes Rescue. Cause and effect total dedication. Whole heart proposition. One Eyed , One Treasured in Intent for the Families Sake ! Interesting Mike would make such a presumptuous statement. No Wonder the Marines Hold The High Ground !!
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
    Like Ron Paul, I believe in staying out of military adventurism.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    Read Major General Smedley Darlington Butler's book 'War Is A Racket.' Still is ...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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