Smedley, Ike and Me: Anyone Listening, America? by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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May 19, 2012

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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In 1935, a book was published, War Is a Racket , by retired Marine General Smedley Butler. In this brief book Butler embellishes his belief that our nation’s foreign policy was controlled and manipulated by private corporate interests… all in the name of greed. Wars, invasions and occupations by our military, according to General Butler, were all predicated on the desire for profit by corporations. He himself called his past life as a Marine general as being a gangster for these private industrial interests. He used WW1 as an example of who made the profits for our military being sent ‘Over there’. Apparently, most of our American public at that time could not care less for what Smedley Butler was selling.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address In Which He Warns Americans About The Military Industrial Complex (1961)

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Obama and the Military Industrial Complex

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President Eisenhower spoke to the nation in a farewell address. The address, sometimes referred to as the “Military Industrial Complex Speech”, is considered by some to be one of the most significant speeches of the Eisenhower presidency.  Continue reading