"War Is A Racket" by Major General Smedley Butler

"War Is A Racket" by Major General Smedley Butler

Wow. I just stumbled upon this book by Major General Smedley Butler. The General is possibly the most decorated soldier ever to wear a US uniform.

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 (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.
— Wikipedia

He wrote this book in 1935 and it is as brilliant in in its analysis as it is surprising in its source. A few quotes that caught my eye on an initial read:

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one
international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the
losses in lives.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new
millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That
many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war
millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench?
How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of
them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun
bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were
wounded or killed in battle?

The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies.
Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its
attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and
sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits — ah! that is another matter — twenty, sixty,
one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent — the sky is the limit. All
that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let’s get it.

These are just some snippets. I highly recommend reading the whole piece. It is not a long read, only 14 pages. But along with Eisenhower's warning of the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex in his farewell address, this may be the most astounding and astute warning ever issued by a high ranking US military man. 

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