Major General Smedley Butler wrote:
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.
And what is this bill?
This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations….
Yes, a remarkable man.
From Denton Sally Denton, The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right, quoted at “When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR” at NPR Books, 2/12/12:
…The Wall Street Putsch, as it’s known today, was a plot by a group of
“They thought that they could convince Roosevelt, because he was of their, the patrician class, they thought that they could convince Roosevelt to relinquish power to basically a fascist, military-type government,” Denton says.
“It was a cockamamie concept,” she adds, “and the fact that it even got as far as it did is pretty shocking.”
The conspirators had several million dollars, a stockpile of weapons and had even reached out to a retired Marine general, Smedley Darlington Butler, to lead their forces.
“Had he been a different kind of person, it might have gone a lot further,” Denton says. “But he saw it as treason and he reported it to Congress.”…
Denton says that as she was writing the book, she was struck by the parallels between the treatment of Roosevelt and that of Barack Obama. For example, a cottage industry much like the birther movement grew up around proving that the Dutch-descended Roosevelt was actually a secret Jew.
For more on local and national hero Smedley Darlington Butler, see also:
“War Is A Racket” by Smedley Darlington Butler
“The Business of War (an excerpt about Smedley Butler)” by Wade Frazier
“War Is a Racket” by Amy Goodman
“BBC: Bush’s Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America” by Paul Joseph Watson
“Smedley Darlington Butler of West Chester” by Nathaniel Smith
“When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR” by Nathaniel Smith
“Smedley Butler,” Wikipedia