Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Smedley Butler Brigade

USA - 1082
FB - 957


Psychomikeo said...

Major-General Smedley D. Butler: Common Sense (November 1935)

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force---the Marine Corps. I have served in all commissioned ranks from a 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, In short I was a racketeer for capitalism
Thus, I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place to live for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in…. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American Sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded honors, medals, promotion. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents."


Anonymous said...

Those Boston tally signs have always been the most moving of all of the freeway bloggings.

Faceless numbers.

Each one adding up to a shitload of tragicly unnecessary pain and heartache.

All thanks to one liar (and all of his shameless supporting ilk).