Good article below asking the most important question when American's are sent to war; what have the politicians, arms manufacturers, bankers, construction companies and Generals risked in this supposed "war on terrorism" ? Absolutely nothing, but they are either lining their pockets and/or wallowing in the thrill of more power that wars always bring them and that their meglomania desperately craves.
After the article is part of a speech made by a truly great American hero, Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940)
a two time medal of honor winner. He was a General who fought alongside his men, he saw them blown to pieces and led from the front, running the same risks, not like the General's of today who are little more than politicians dressed in military attire. As he states, "war is a racket"
Have you ever seen Schwarzkopf or Powell make a stand for the tens of thousands of seriously ill Gulf War Veterans suffering with Gulf War Illness?(GWI). I have never heard of them doing so, and I have asked Gulf Veterans about it. It greatly tarnishes their supposed victory in the Gulf that they endlessly wax repetitive about on TV. You'll never hear them utter a word about GWI though. Neither of them are good enough to stand in Butler's shadow, let alone lead men in war.
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Prominent Enlistments in the War Against Terror
and the Evil Axis
by Bowen Smith
February 9, 2002
Beginning on Monday, December 8th, 1941, just hours after the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the US into the Second World War, military
recruiting offices were inundated by long lines of American men eager to take up
arms against the Japs. These regular GI Joes were augmented by the enlistment
of prominent actors, musicians and the sons of many of the elite families of the
American political and business establishments. Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart,
Ronald Reagan, Glenn Miller, Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and a very young George
Herbert Walker Bush come to mind. (With the exception of Reagan, all saw actual
combat or served in theaters where their lives were at risk.)
But since the 9/11 attacks that killed approximately 3,000 Americans within our
own borders, we have witnessed not a single high-profile enlistment from the
ranks of our political, industrial, media, or entertainment elites. Not one.
Why this dramatic absence of personal investment in the "War Against Terrorism"
that has now been dramatically expanded by the President to include the "Evil
Axis" of North Korea, Iraq and Iran? Shouldn't the self-described "conservatives"
(neo-conservatives, actually) screaming the loudest for an invasion of the world be
volunteering themselves and their Ivy League sons and daughters for this
dramatically open-ended crusade?
Although America's elite began disengaging itself from the old republican concept
of military service beginning with the 0 draft exemptions during the War
Between the States, it wasn't until Vietnam that their absence from their own wars
became scandalously obvious. While a number of "conservative" hawks did indeed
serve in 'Nam or sent their sons, National Guard assignments or university
deferments were more the rule for those families doing most of the ruling in
Washington or Wall Street.
Where are the young Bushes and Clintons and Gephardts and Lotts when their
fathers call us to war? Where are the scions of the Dupont and Rockefeller and
Ford empires when we are asked to strike back against so many distant enemies?
How many degrees of separation do you suppose exist between a Rumsfeld, a
Wolfowitz, a Perle, or a Krauthammer and service in combat?
The purpose of these questions is not to raise a debate over whether the justified
response to the 9/11 attacks has been high-jacked and expanded by a host of
nefarious interests, both foreign and domestic. Neither are these questions meant
to disparage those average Americans who have joined up in good faith. Rather,
they are simply presented to stir the citizens of this republic to critically examine
the conduct of the elites who make the decisions to take others lives... and to spend
them. What are their families wagering in this Great Crusade... besides their
How to Smash This Racket!
Smedley Darlington Butler
WELL, it's a racket, all right.
A few profit