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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the mouth of a General..., September 3, 2003
This review is from: War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier (Paperback)
Dear readers, I first heard of Major General Smedley Butler when I joined the Marines twelve years ago. Hearing of his exploits while in Boot Camp, us recruits all wished we had as much guts as this Demi-God.

Imagine my suprise now, after having learned that our brave and tough idol had confessed to being the best "enforcer" for big business there ever was! He then became a whistle blower of the highest order. Brave and honest men and women who attain some kind of fame on the world stage do not get to live too long in this world. Their outspokeness is extinguished as soon as people start listening. In General Butler's case there was a glitch in the system. He rose to the heights in rank because of his courage, heart, and tenacity during times of WAR. They had no choice but to elevate him. He earned his unobstructed view of how the world works with blood, sweat, and tears. When he realized that he was just being used... All hell broke loose. His passionate essay in this book should be read by everyone living in this great country. He tells it the way it was and the way it still is.

It's going to be a while before someone else from so high-up steps "out of line" and talks. Can you imagine this happening nowadays? Not gonna happen. It seems that Generals are now chosen for political reasons.

So read this book about the brave General who showed even more courage as a Civilian.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2007 12:49:10 PM PDT
Amen to what you said brother! Both my father and grandfather were Marines, and I served in the Army and am a Gulf War Veteran. I think I feel - and perhaps you do also - a little bit of what General Butler must have felt after giving so much of his life - and those of the men he commanded, not to mention all of their families - for this country because he believed (then) what he was doing was right, only to find out later that he had been betrayed. I think that you and I know that we've ALL been betrayed, and hopefully someone will come along (SOON)whom has the respect of the country that cannot be called "crazy" and be summarily dismissed. General Fred Haynes is one of these men, although at his age I think he is not as well know (now) as he used to be, as well as being up there in age. I prey that you're wrong about there not being another General Butler who will stand beside men like Ron Paul to help lead us, the true American patriots, to take back our country while we still can!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2008 5:37:28 AM PDT
Abe Vigoda says:
I salute you, Bill.
As for another General Butler or Ron paul to save us... I have lost hope.
All empires fall in time. And not once in the history of the world has a falling Empire ever righted itself back up.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010 6:55:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2010 6:56:24 AM PDT
V. Messner says:
Ron Paul's father was a freemason, and I would bet that he's also a freemason. This alone doesn't make him guilty of anything. But when combined with the fact that he's remained in an almost totally controlled political system for so long, it sends up red flags.

I believe that Paul and Peter Schiff (whom I believe to be a lock for the MA Senate seat,) are nothing more than controlled opposition. Keynesian economics has played its role in creating an unsustainable US debt level. Therefore, it only makes sense that we shift to Austrian economics, and have fiscally conservative politicians like Paul and Schiff convince us to become permanent debt slaves - all under the illusion of "getting our country back."

The IMF and World Bank have been running the same scams in Latin America and Africa for many years. Now, the same hands that gorged us with bloody money and and unsustainable lifestyles are going to take it all back.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 9:51:22 AM PST
Semper Fi.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 11:30:31 PM PST
Pat Kittle says:
I joined the Marines in 1967 & heard the same effusive praise of Smedley Butler.

Don't they even know what he said??
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