Smedley Butler quotes are some of the most influential in the world in regard to military and war. At the time of his death in 1940 Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was the most decorated Marine in American history. His 16 medals included two Medals of Honor and the Brevet Medal, all for separate acts of heroism. Following his military service Butler revealed a supposed plot to overthrow the U.S. government, as well as published War Is a Racket, a scathing criticism of American wars for profit.
“My interest is, my one hobby is, maintaining a democracy. If you get these 500,000 soldiers advocating anything smelling of Fascism, I am going to get 500,000 more and lick the hell out of you, and we will have a real war right at home.”
“What business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy. And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars.”
“I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”
More at the link, of course, my favorite of which is this:
“Only those who would be called upon to risk their lives for their country should have the privilege of voting to determine whether the nation should go to war.”
Shades of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, right there. In fact, one suspects that perhaps Heinlein might have lifted the concept outright from Butler, or was at least influenced by it. Alex also offers some good Hayek quotes in another post, and chapter and verse on how the US is being snapped up wholesale by the ChiComs that makes for some chilling, creepy reading. If you’re not Gropey Joe Fingerbang or his no-account scion, that is.