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Happy Birthday USMC, Here is the Truth About War from Your Most Famous General

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.

-Major General Smedly D. Butler

In 1775, in a Philadelphia bar named Tun Tavern, Commandant Samuel Nicholas held a recruiting drive to enlist the first Marines in the history of the United States.

10 November 1775 was the day when the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines with the following decree:

“ That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”

Those of us who were stupid enough and strong enough to become Marines, know that date better than our own birthdays. Every year in November, fellow Marines take to the phone, to email, and to social media to wish their fellow devil dogs “Happy Birthday.”

While the traditions and comradery will have an everlasting bond on these brothers in arms, many of those Marines who’ve been honorably discharged have opened their eyes to the harsh reality of the warfare state.

Upon getting out of the Corps, myself and many of my fellow jarheads realized that we had simply been pawns for a controlling class who uses the military to strategically benefit their special interest groups.

Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters serve as little more than cannon fodder for elite oligarchs who’d never dare send their own child into these godforsaken deserts to wage war for oil. After all, the ruling class is much too busy running the economy into the dirt domestically to break away for such petty things as being blown apart by an IED while destabilizing Middle Eastern countries.

Coming to the realization that you were nothing more than a pawn for the white shoe boys on Wall Street is a tough path to go down – especially after being indoctrinated into the world’s deadliest branch of the military. Yet still, many Marines and other former service members have been able to break free from this mindset and see war for what it is — large-scale murder.

Those of us who have woken up to this reality are far from alone. In fact, one of the most famous Marines to ever wake up to the warfare state, did so in the 1930’s.

After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Major General Smedley D. Butler made a nationwide tour in the early 1930s giving his speech “War is a Racket.” What separates Butler from other historical military figures is that he is one of only 19 people in history to win the Medal of Honor, twice. So, when a highly decorated, two-star general takes to the stage to assert that war is a racket, people listen — most people, anyway.

In one of his speeches, Butler decried war and pointed out how so many people died just to benefit a very small ‘inside’ group. The speech read in part,

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the 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 very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Like the antiwar veterans of today, Butler also pointed out the incredible monetary costs associated with war, noting that it was the taxpayers who funded this expansion of empire.

The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven’t paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children’s children probably still will be paying the cost of that war.

$52 billion in 1930 was a lot of money, and all of it stolen from American citizens and used by the oligarchs as investment money to turn them into billionaires. Butler was completely correct as well. Our children’s children and their children are still being buried under a mountain of debt for war.

In his speech, Butler went on to name the actual companies who benefitted from the war and went so far as to specifically expose the increase in their bottom lines.

For the three-year period before the war the total profits of Central Leather Company were $3,500,000. That was approximately $1,167,000 a year. Well, in 1916 Central Leather returned a profit of $15,000,000, a small increase of 1,100 per cent. That’s all. The General Chemical Company averaged a profit for the three years before the war of a little over $800,000 a year. Came the war, and the profits jumped to $12,000,000. a leap of 1,400 per cent.

But where did these profits come from? This was not some industry created by the free market. No, this was the beginning stages of the Global Industrial War Complex.

Who provides the profits — these nice little profits of 20, 100, 300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them — in taxation.

Unfortunately, the ones who paid the dearest cost to enrich the elite were the soldiers themselves. Treated like prisoners, some of them against their will, were thrown into foreign countries and told who to shoot. The American soldier was and is an expendable commodity, traded on the international market, and sold to the highest bidder by Uncle Sam.

When they proved no longer useful, the soldier was then cast out.

But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.

If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men — men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.

Sadly, very little has changed today. Veterans are still treated like trash, thrown to the curb after serving their brief purpose of state-sponsored violence. Hundreds of thousands of veterans die before they even get to see a doctor. In the meantime, however, fat cats in D.C. receive golden parachutes and access to elite and entirely free health care for the rest of their lives — for sending these soldiers into harm’s way.

Smedley Butler walked the walk. He had the street cred to say what he said and people listened. Unfortunately, he was only one man. However, when Smedley Butler was alive, printing his antiwar rhetoric in the newspapers was taboo. Luckily, for Butler and the rest of the world, we have the internet and no army can stop an idea whose time has come.

Butler’s peaceful words live on, but it is up to us to keep spreading them.

Happy Birthday, Marines. May your next one and all the ones after, be spent with your loved ones – at home and in peace.


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • (Y) + comment or SHARE to help warn the troops that they are being used by the forces of evil!

  • Listen to what else he said! http://bit.ly/1L947Ob

  • when will we see the people wake up?

  • also as discussed bro Tom Stevens

  • Everybody hates the U.S. Marine Corps… until you need us…

    • Did you read the article? When was the last time they were actually needed?

    • General butler was also approache d to lead a coup against FDR by facist leaning business Oligarchs—Instead he outed the bastards!—-Like nearly all of our Marines–He was a true American Patriot and Hero–but he knew that he was being used as a toll by the oligarchs and corrupt politicians—learn your history–especially the parts that the elite don’t want you to know

    • He was an honest Marine, and every Marine learns that. That’s what we need more of – not politicians. And if you think that the Marines aren’t needed, you live in a silly bubble Gary. Diplomacy always fails when you have neither the will nor the ability to back up the diplomat at the table… The very possibility that a hard charging Marine will land on your shore is a scary ass thing to many countries and makes lots of treaties happen without the shed blood. Grow up.

    • How come we have less freedom every time we fight?

    • Eugene Thaden ask your politician – not the Marines.

    • Swearing to support and defend the constitution should mean that you do exactly that, to the enemies of the constitution. Fortunately the entity that puts our freedom and constitution in the greatest danger is not over seas. It is in Washington, and to a lesser extent in the halls of state and local governments. And you take your orders from Washington, don’t you? Like the Gestapo took their orders from Berlin. Or the order takers in the Soviet Union and China and Cambodia took their orders to go out and murder people. 200,000,000 people killed in the 20th century by people who blindly followed orders. And blindly following orders is what is taught by the military and the public schools, haven’t we had enough of that? Also, Germany couldn’t even get across the channel to take Britain. How could they conquer us, with every citizen armed it would be nigh impossible. Japan was provoked into attacking us, and Washington knew exactly when and where, it was no surprise to them. Allowing over 2000 men to be massacred was “worth it” to them to get us into a shooting war. But would those men who died and suffered in that attack agree it was “worth it,” I don’t think so.

    • Eat a bag of dicks Eugene.

    • Oh. So diplomacy doesn’t involve sitting down and coming to a mutual agreement, it involves making demands backed up by threats of violence. I can see you’ve acclimated to your brainwashing quite well.

    • Now you know what it looks like…

    • Jeff Taylor – I don’t think you read the article OR what he says. Yes – honest Marine. Read the article. It doesn’t say anything about military not being needed. It’s about using the military for what they are for, not being abused as they have been time and time again. Slow down – read the article.

  • dont make me pimp slap you.

  • War is a Racket is a book that began to open my eyes. Short read that still rings as true today as when it was written. Smedley Butler was an amazing man.

  • Hear! Hear!

  • Smedley saw the light.

  • this site sure uses its “FREE” right to print. THANKS TO THE USMC, no fucking matter how you spin it!

    • When was the last time the military defended freedoms?

    • Michael Giza EVERY FUCKING DAY LADY! get a clue you dumb bitch

  • WAR IS HELL. INNONCENT FOLKS GET KILLED THE MOST.

  • He was a fine marine but still a human and all humans make mistakes. With out war..this post would be in German or Japanese

  • All armed forces home immediately.

  • Got one word for you….go [email protected] yourself!!!! Don’t use the Marine Corps or one of their heroes for your political agenda.

    • Good use of your brain there, Louis. Thankfully your most decorated Marine used his courage and brain for you. Go back into your hole, read his book and then have a think.

    • What part of Go [email protected] yourself don’t you understand???

    • The ‘go’ part.

    • Louis Canzanese, it’s never too late to #QuityourCult https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSqBNGxLiAs

    • 1 word = Go [email protected] Yourself
      Genius

    • As technology advances and more people understand the immoral nature of the state, people like Louis Canzanese will be easier and easier to spot as completely indoctrinated into the religion of statism (which is in all definitions a cult)

      He probably means well, but his american exceptionalism and obedience to patriotism clouds his morals and beliefs.

    • Excellent share James. Mark Passio is the velvet sledgehammer to smash peoples erroneous paradigms of authority. ‘Cosmic Abandonment’ is awesome too.

  • I mentioned this to a few of thee happy birthday marine supporters and it was met with censorship or silence…. the truth is hard to handle.

  • Let’s not forget Chesty Puller as well!

  • Here is the full text of his famous speech. https://archive.org/stream/WarIsARacket/WarIsARacket_djvu.txt

  • In this day and age, ignorance is a choice. No excuses.

    • Kinda like being fat

    • Josh you are very mistaken! The ability to learn and self educate is as simple as picking up a book or turning on a computer with internet access. Being fat however is nowhere near as simple. The government makes regulations limiting everything we do and eat. Food bought in a store can be covered and full of chemicals that cause sickness and disease, much of which contribute to people becoming over weight. People have been arrested and caged for trying to grow natural food on their own property, for trying to collect natural rain water instead of using chemically filled tap water, for using natural medicines instead of pharmaceutical drugs with horrible unwanted effects, etc… I have seen people eat nonstop and never gain a pound, while others starve themselves and cant seem to lose any weight. Yes many people do over eat things that are not healthy but that is mainly because it is far cheaper to eat unhealthy food than it is to buy and eat healthy foods. The government has created a society where it is next to impossible to stay healthy unless your wealthy. Just like our schools are dumbing down their students, our government is working with big pharma to keep us all sick and overweight for the same reasons(control)!

  • Jason Mortensen would call this whistle blower a traitor if he ever met him.

  • It’s sad but ppl confuse the truth with anti-patriotism.

    • Patriotism is the tool used to make mankind hate each other. Kill each other.

    • I agree. The sad part is these young men and women sent to battle with intentions to fight for our freedom but instead are dying to make rich people richer. The media brainwashes the public and ppl r encouraging their kids to join these senseless wars.
      I’m all fighting for my family but what r we fighting for now? Ppl r so set in their ways just bringing this topic up is unthinkable

    • Exactly

    • Something needs to be done brother

    • I’ll tell you what’s unpatriotic, bringing in profits in times of war. If war is a must, and it’s just, then nobody should worry about turning a profit. Compensation for labor and resources, and profit are different.

    • Gerardo J Diaz, it is a simple case of ignorance. They have no idea of what they are really doing, which is LEGALLY contracting in with the UNITED STATES corporation to destroy countries and lives for the greed of the psychopaths, their corporations and their frauduent fiat currency money system of deciet, manipulation, control and downright evil. Yes, it is utter ignorance, and the psychopaths who are just as ignorant, want it no other way.

  • People were created to be loved, Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.

  • Sorry boys, I know theres no jobs for poor folk, but enlisting is not the answer…vote other than Republican.

  • PC Post Letters

  • When I was in boot camp (1966) my drill instructor quoted Gen Butler constantly.

  • I usually don’t post things here, but I follow and read everything. I always ask myself why do white people love wars so much. If the U.S. wasn’t a super power the Europeans would have A WWII by now.

    • Do you not know any history? WWII is long past. If the US wasn’t a super power, all of Europe would be speaking either German or Russian.

    • Go back to not posting things please! Your comments are useless and uneducated.

    • I know the U.S.keeping the peace

    • But the race as a whole is violent race

    • Brett Carlson I bet you I know more his-story then you

    • This is prejudiced. Not all whites are violent, just like not all blacks are violent.

  • A real Marine!!

  • The Chinese had grenades and gun powder 3000 years ago, with a population to conquer the world, yet they stay to themselves. White people always want to spill human blood. The world’s ills

    • retard comment …

    • You mean that white people are chopping people’s hands of in Africa?

    • Who do you think put those people in power. White people are the masters of proxy wars and distractions.

    • Might be wrong Michael Vilar, but I believe in what I said.

    • The Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) resulted in at least 20 million deaths. Some estimates are as high as 50 million! There are many revolutions and wars throughout Chinese history. Then of course there’the Communist Revolution. Millions have died. I’m not saying that the Chinese are more evil or violent than any other culture. It says something about human nature, power and wars.

    • Human is definitely not good.

    • “Humanity is definitely not good”

      >Previously laid all blame on white people

      You people are pathetic. Truly. You expect us to shoulder all of the maliciousness of humanity, while ignoring your own, and that of others. At least we can own up to our mistakes, you just push yours onto us. Pathetic.

    • Nice thing about FB is you can post ignorant crap that has no truth to it.

    • Jan Jak try reading a history book. Ever heard of Genghis Khan? Asian and killed millions. Ever heard of Rhodesia? Africans killing a million other Africans. How about the Muslim/Hindu wars in India? Violence is not predicated by a persons skin color, but by the fact they are human.

    • Cisel Rhodes was not African. He killed 10million BLACKS

    • My apologies, Rwanda, not Rhodesia. Tribal warfare resulted in black on black genocide.

    • White man’s proxy war

    • I didn’t say it

    • Well, generally speaking, this argument might have a bit of merit. But don’t think that all whites are awful people, that’s prejudiced.

      Having said that, I’d like to point out that I’m only 3/4 white…

    • You did just fine until you dropped the ball. Well, you are a terribe troll, or, are just ate up with ignorance. If you are working for those Zionist fuks, then you and they may all eat shit. If you are indeed that ignorant, then seek to educate yourself on that which has been intentionally kept from you. Adios, who or whatever you are.

    • Thank you

    • If he truly was against that then he wouldn’t have voted to fund the war in Iraq.

    • Sanders is a career politician and a moron.

    • He voted against funding the war more often than he voted for it, Joseph. It’s not like it was a single vote.

      Gary, I don’t think you know what you are talking about. It’s easy to call someone a moron and not even point out why you think that.

  • From the book, “War is a racket”

  • A thinking Marine. Yes there are quite few of them.

  • He wrote a great book that everyone should read. It’s as true today as it was back thin n.

  • Worthless propaganda

  • How dare they treat our soldiers this way. Every soldier and veteran should be a millionaire.

  • The best book ever on this is by Jules Archer called The Plot To Seize The White House. DuPont, Ford, JP Morgan, Rockefeller, and many many more. Very detailed on how he rebuffed the bankers again and again. He finally realized these A holes were serious. FDR dropped it. Soon he was gone. Trueman created the CIA and and how many wars later here we are. It gets knocked down a notch for the ass kissing. He wasn’t Jesus for Christ sake.

  • Read the book years ago. His message still applies.

  • Nothing new under the sun

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  • enjoy your slavery soldier. Your fault 100%.

  • Old men thinking of ways to send your children to die in wars for profit .. but their sons go to harvard and yale on the money made through wars THEN END UP IN THE SENATE TO START THE CYCLE ALL OVER AGAIN ! CRUSHING THE SYMPTOMS WHEN YOU KNOW THE CAUSE IS no excuse

  • Austin Breed what you think about this guy…never heard of him until now

  • TRUTH FOR VETS DAY

  • and there is no better reason. OOOORAAAAH MY BROS AND SISTERS

  • The largest redistribution of wealth in WWII.
    Poland held the largest gold reserves in the world prior to WWII.

  • Please stop war.

  • I would like to know how the authors of the article link WWI and oil.

  • VETERANS DAY

    The veterans of WW2 are certainly honorable; defeating Nazism was a noble cause. The wars waged by “our” government since then, as in Vietnam and Iraq, have been mostly UNNECESSARY and for far less noble purposes.

    Veterans that joined the military voluntarily – and all have since the draft ended – are NOT honorable! At the very least they didn’t know what they were getting into, having been deceived by government-media propaganda, “patriotism,” and government lies like “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. Those drafted against their will for Vietnam can be excused to some degree, though they did have morally-based alternatives such as draft dodging, conscientious objector status, or moving to Canada.

    Veterans that joined of their own free will are simply HIRED GUN MURDERERS! If you kill a dangerous personal enemy to protect yourself from them it is called a crime and you go to prison. But if you kill hundreds of strangers, even innocent civilians, merely because you are ordered to, you are awarded medals and glorified as a “hero!” This is morality? This is sanity?

    “VETERANS DAY” IS AN ANNUAL PROPAGANDA SHAM designed to perpetuate these evils and make the public support them. They have many such propaganda shams – Memorial Day, “Independence” Day, Armed Forces Day, you name it. All are used to make unnecessary killing and destruction acceptable and even appealing as necessary acts of “defense.” But if you shoot an attacking mugger or rapist in self-defense, you go to jail just for having the gun! It is illegal to be capable of self-defense. This is the “freedom” the soldiers are allegedly fighting for?

    Listen to “The Universal Soldier” by Donovan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A50lVLtSQik
    “I Ain’t Marching Any More” by Phil Ochs: https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=C111US0D20150727&p=i+ain%27t+marching+anymore+phil
    “Ohio” by Neil Young: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI1gcH2XCEw

  • it’s always been about the money. no money to be made in peace times. the greedy bastards in DC are only there for the money

  • I think that you guys would love the book “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo

  • No accountability…no trust….pack of theives

  • Antonio Valente

  • You’re pretty close. Don’t think for a minute, that you understand. Bravo Eric.

  • No big deal. Call them brave heroes. That works great, especially when they die (oops, I mean sacrifice themselves). The recruitment offices have a thriving business. You can’t hate war while loving the troops anymore than you can hate illness while loving bacteria.

  • This what should be posted every Veterans Day and Marine Corp Birthday.

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