Friday, June 11, 2010

In order to become a Marine
... you also have to want certain other things:
  • You have to want to intervene in the affairs of other countries.
  • You have to want to do anything but actually defend the United States.
  • You have to want to obey without reservation the orders of your superiors.
  • You have to want to perpetuate the lie that the military defends our freedoms.
  • You have to want to invade other countries that have not attacked the United States.
  • You have to want to occupy other countries that resist being invaded.
  • You have to want to kill foreigners that resist being invaded and occupied.
  • You have to want to maintain the U.S. global empire of troops and bases.
If a high-school student doesn’t want to do any of these things, then he has no business joining the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps is not preserving the American way of life, defending anyone’s freedoms, or protecting every state in the nation.

Parents, do you want your children to do these things? Pastors, do you want your young adults to do these things? Teachers, do you want your students to do these things? Brothers and sisters, do you want your siblings to do these things? Grandparents, do you want your grandchildren to do these things?

If my arguments don’t carry any weight because I never “served” in the military, then consider the words of U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler (1881–1940) – a Congressional Medal of Honor winner who could never be accused of being a pacifist and the author of “War Is a Racket”:
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

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.

It may seem odd for me, a military man, to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country’s most agile military force – the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from 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.
From LRC.

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