War Is A Racket Conducted
For The Benefit Of The Very Few
From Bob Anderson/Top View

Subject: Bob Kerrey
Date: 5-1-1
From: Ace
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 the position 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 man retired 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 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 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. 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" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.
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." ____
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 delano roosevelt.
Butler went semi-public with the details of the assassination conspiracy, but none of his hirers were ever jailed, nor charged with the crime of committing a conspiracy to murder. and for most citizens of amerika, 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: not available.
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 resignation. in my view, the only general officer in my lifetime [1947 onwards] with character, integrity.
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 the differences.
thanks for the forum.
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