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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 08: Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testifies before a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on Ukraine on March 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?”

  • Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, War is a Racket

In his 1930s book War is a Racket, retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Smedley Butler argued against the globalists and corporatists of his day and for the return of America’s historic foreign policy of non-interventionism. 

Some may suppose from the title of his book that Butler, a 30-year Marine Corps veteran and two-time medal of honor recipient, had turned pacifist.  Such was not the case.  Butler was not a pacifist.  He was a non-interventionist in that he held that war was could justifiably be undertaken only for very limited reasons.  In Butler’s view, there were only two reasons Americans should go to war.  He wrote:

There are only two reasons you should be asked to give your youngsters.  One is defense of our homes.  The other is the defense of our Bill of Rights and particularly the right to worship God as we see fit.  Every other reason advanced for the murder of young men is a racket, pure and simple (War is a Racket, 67). 

Put differently, Butler believed that American soldiers should be sent to battle only in defense of their families, their property, and their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.  This is essentially the foreign policy of the founding fathers of America. 

Worth noting, too, is that Butler mentioned “young men” in his comments, not young women.  Feminism had not advanced so far in his day as to make it a philosophical imperative that young women be sent to the frontlines, a barbaric and astonishingly stupid idea advanced both by the U.S. and now (probably due to U.S. influence) Ukrainian army. 

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