- Subject: Bob Kerrey
- Date: 5-1-1
- From: Ace
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Medal Of Honor
- First, i would like to say that i have never won one.
and by the grace of god, though i was USMC, i was never put into
where i could have won one. that having been said, i think it important
to discuss medals.
- there are those who can discuss them better
than i: siefried
sassoon, rupert brooke, for instance. but i should like to say this, the
medal of honor may not signify that a recipient was a man of honor for
the activities that earned him the citation.
- i think of a two-time medal of honor winner[one of the
last, by the way] by the name of SMEDLEY DARLINGTON BUTLER. this
as a major general of the USMC. he penned a book entitled WAR IS A RACKET
in his later years, after he became honorable. in that book, he identified
himself, in the actions that earned him the medal of honor, and the USMC,
as gangsters in the service of US corporations, specifically Brown Bros.
Harriman, City Bank, Chase Manhatten, United Fruit, et alia.
- here is what he had to say in 1933...
- "War is just a racket. A racket is best described,
I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority
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
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 percent over here, then
it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the
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
- 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
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
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." ____
- Possibly what awakened BUTLER to a notion of true honor
was what happened to him in 1933. As he testified to the US Congress, he
was approached by JJRASKOB[ceo of Dupont and the representative of a number
of like-minded plutocrats/industrialists] attempting to engage his services
to assassinate the president of the united states, franklin
- Butler went semi-public with the details of the
conspiracy, but none of his hirers were ever jailed, nor charged with the
crime of committing a conspiracy to murder. and for most citizens
this historical event has been buried. but it really happened. you can
look it up. and maybe you can find it. what i found in the
library of congress
thirty years ago was that anything concerning this event had been removed:
- it is sort of what happened to DAVID SHOUP. he became
a non-person after he resigned his office and commission in protest to
LBJ's decision to land marines in Danang.
- imagine, a member of the JCS (joint chiefs of staff),
he was commandant of the USMC, resigned in protest. yet, this resignation
went down virtually unnoted in the press.
- now, who was david monroe shoup? well, as a colonel in
the USMC, landed and in charge at Tarawa, he was awarded the
medal of honor.
- david shoup was remarkable in the mid-60's. the only
member of the JCS who publicly said, "wrong place, wrong time, wrong
war." and who had the cohones to back that opinion up with a
in my view, the only general officer in my lifetime [1947 onwards] with
- suffice it to say, he died in ignominy some years ago.
his honor forgotten by all but a few. i daresay that bob kerrey does not
hallow his name, nor his counsel to this country.
- in closing, i care to say that there are men of honor
who are awarded the medal of honor. and there are men who are awarded the
medal of honor.
- i invite you and your readership to figure out
- thanks for the forum.
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