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War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier Paperback – April, 2003
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Although, I find his recommended solutions to be noteworthy, I personally do not think they would work exactly as expressed in today's society, but variations of his solutions could and should be implemented so that everyone shares in the responsibility; businesses should NOT profit from selling products to the government - at any time, let alone just during war time. It should be their civic duty to provide the products at, or around, cost.
Supposedly, this is the pamphlet version of a book by General Butler, but I felt it was worth the hour or so to read. I did not find out anything new other than the fact that this type of crony capitalism between industry and government has been going on for much longer than I thought. But this is the sort of thing that happens when government/politicians enrich themselves through crony deals with for-profit businesses who provide millions of dollars in donations to said politicians in exchange for extremely lucrative government contracts!
General Smedley Butler, the most decorated American soldier probably ever, points out in this essay some MIC moves that remind the reader of skullduggery in the Iraq War, Vietnam War, etc.
Long before General Eisenhower's classic speech, General Butler sounded the alarm.
I guess leave it to the soldiers to be able to spot this stuff.
Great read, highly recommended.
He says, for example, that the Germans cannot attack the US because they cannot reach our shores. This ignores the development of ICBMs, which Goddard and Von Braun were working on for the NAZIs at the time, as well as the creation of Army and Marine rapid deployment forces, equipped to establish a "beachhead" in a foreign nation and hold it for at least a month, now possessed by every world power today.
Despite this, the book is worth reading because it gives a view seldom discussed today; how war makes money for the children of the rich, while killing the children of the poor...
It's a read you can enjoy in a single sitting. It'll probably make you uncomfortable. But, through discomfort comes growth.
A quick easy read suited for anyone as an introductory prelude to deeper study into the military-industrial engagement with government in the conduct and causes of war.
This is a three star review of a much deeper and larger five star issue.