>P.S. Have any of you ever read what Major General Smedley Butler (the
>most decorated marine in the history of the corps) had to say in his
>memoirs about his military service? I'll look it up.
"I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service ... and during that period
I spent most of my time being a high class muscle man for Big Business, for
Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism."
Quoted in _Maverick Marine: General Smedley D. Butler and the Contradictions
of American Military History_, Hans Schmidt, The University Press of Kentucky,
Butler also wrote a book where he drew analogies between external imperialism
and internal organized crime, _War is a Racket_, in 1935.
Note however that he always remained an advocate of a strong national defense,
and resistance to external aggression; his objections were to
practised by this country, or any other. He did not make the assumption that
only American (or given the period, British) actions could constitute