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WATCH: Meet Smedley Butler

James Corbett’s latest “flashback” episode focuses on the Marine General who described war as a “racket”, and revealed an attempted coup against FDR.

It’s an episode which has an ageless topicality with Armistice Day fast approaching, and a fresh relevance given the war in Ukraine and the massive profits it’s generating for the usual suspects.

He was a tenacious soldier, the most decorated officer in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps…and he detested war.

Find out about the tyrannical government moves and secretive fascist plots that turned this famous general into a campaigner against war on this week’s edition of The Corbett Report.

Links, sources and show notes – as well as download options and an audio-only version – are available here.

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Todd Smekens
Todd Smekens
Nov 13, 2022 1:28 PM

Major General Butler did a great service to his country and paid the price, like most whistleblowers. FDR saved capitalism for the oligarchs but was still despised by them. Many of us are paying the price today for actions taken against the parents of wealthy oligarchs back then (see the history of the Koch brothers).

The social programs implemented by FDR are still under attack by Charles Koch, who heard his daddy cuss at FDR for taxing him to pay for these services. Had FDR not done so, the unions and socialists would have destroyed capitalism before the world wars. Unions controlled over 80% of the labor force. Now they control less than 15%. You can thank the Koch brothers for their decimation via the GOP’s “right to work” policies.

Like in the 1930s, we are seeing the demise of capitalism once again as both socialists and fascists fight for what’s next. Let’s hope the socialists win this time.

Koba
Koba
Nov 11, 2022 10:37 AM

In my own rather modest opinion Major General Smedley Butler was everything America pretended to aspire to be. He is a true hero, not just of America but of all humanity who wants to end the elites squalid little fucking games! Long Live Smedley Butler!

mb
mb
Nov 10, 2022 4:13 AM

Seems no matter how many expose understand and recognize the racket(s) war and medical industries, the world continues to squirm underfoot. I suspect because the truth is getting out in a big way, theyre upping the ante with Covid and massive electoral scams

semaj
semaj
Nov 9, 2022 7:22 PM

Making a living while dealing out death, what a c..t! As long as I live I will never understand anyone who wants a uniform.

Koba
Koba
Nov 11, 2022 10:40 AM
Reply to  semaj

Smedley was raised in the good ‘ol US traditions. He grew out of it despite being extremely deep in the belly of the beast. Most people don’t even notice the beast even when it’s stomping Godzilla style down there own street. As you may have noticed in this documentary he said “for years I thought I was a hired gun for capitalism. Now i am certain of it!”
Naturally no one is as enlightened as semaj

semaj
semaj
Nov 11, 2022 6:41 PM
Reply to  Koba

Enlightened? Please explain.

sandy
sandy
Nov 9, 2022 6:41 PM

I designed this poster of Smedley Butler in 2012 after learning about him. Thank you Mr. Butler!

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Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Nov 9, 2022 6:32 PM

The usual behavior of COWARDS. And this general is no different.

ONLY when he had nothing to lose and his carrer was completed did the terrorist remember to spew a few words about his own behavior.

All these terrorists should cull themselves at the start of their terrorist carrer and THAT would be actually something GOOD they would have made for Umanity…

Howard
Howard
Nov 9, 2022 1:20 PM

Butler’s 33 years of military service silently sings a song that’s music to the ears of every tyrant who ever lived: Yes, War Is Hell – but It’s a Necessary Evil which we must never have an end to.

Thank you Mr. Butler for giving us a few crumbs after giving “them” the best years of your life.

Edwige
Edwige
Nov 9, 2022 9:26 AM

The Business Plot reeks of false-flaggery to me designed to construct a narrative of victimhood around FDR. Roosevelt was, among other things, a bloodline aristocrat (and the Delanos were a particularly nasty bloodline), a 33rd degree Freemason, an ex-head of the navy and the designer of the Pentagon built under his watch by Leslie Groves later of the Manhattan Project. The New Deal had a lot of technocracy about it and of course did not end the Great Depression (that was left to the mass manufacture of weapons for Europeans to kill each other). Roosevelt just happened to have the disease that became the poster-boy for modern vaccination and there is a strong circumstantial case that Pearl Harbor was at least partly contrived (see Robert Stinnett’s ‘Day of Deceit’)..

Butler just happened to die (or “die”) on the Summer Solstice. His famous quotation is of course just as true of the British military and it’s funny how no British general has, to my knowledge, ever said anything similar.

Corarden
Corarden
Nov 9, 2022 1:35 PM
Reply to  Edwige

I think you are right Edwige…”Hey, this guy Butler is on your side and he’s a war hero” – a very clever way to quell the rising anger of the forgotten and immiserated ex soldiers, which is quite a force to be reckoned with, with so they are neutralised by this guy. This is topical, but not for the reason Corbett thinks, it is topical because it is a prime example of controlled opposition.

Sholapur
Sholapur
Nov 9, 2022 7:32 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Genuine ask, Edwige: I know nothing about it, could you please link me something that is evidence of FDR and his 33rd degree as a freemason? Is there some actual evidence or is this what some people believe based on some other factors?

nmism
nmism
Nov 11, 2022 5:08 PM
Reply to  Sholapur

FDR was 32nd degree he was also the 32nd pres.
True-man was 33rd, as well as 33rd pres…
go figger.

https://www.freemason.com/franklin-d-roosevelt-freemason/

Seansaighdeor
Seansaighdeor
Nov 9, 2022 8:41 PM
Reply to  Edwige

While it is true regarding FDR being a 33rd degree mason and there is photographic evidence on the net to confirm that it should be added for context that it is highly likely he was ‘removed’ for Hoover to come in who was also a 33rd degree mason. Hoover was of course the man who sanctioned the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, nuclear or not.

So its not just a simple story there are layers of conflicting interests at play in these societies just like other everyday competing interests.

Seansaighdeor
Seansaighdeor
Nov 9, 2022 10:02 PM
Reply to  Seansaighdeor

Hoover‘ should of course be Truman. Need an edit function.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Nov 10, 2022 6:34 AM
Reply to  Seansaighdeor

There is an Edit function (of which I make a great deal of use), however, it’s time-limited so I’d say you have about 5 minutes after posting maybe 10 but perhaps the time is influenced by some sort of update mechanism.

If Edit is still available you will see a cog at bottom right of your comment which you can click to make your edit … sometimes though you might be able to edit but when you go to save your edit the edit time has elapsed. Of course, it’s not much use if you think of your edits much later but it’s better than not being able to edit at all.

Seansaighdeor
Seansaighdeor
Nov 10, 2022 12:14 PM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

Of course, it’s not much use if you think of your edits much later…’ which is what happened but thanks anyway. Always better to think before posting but easier to say than practice!  🙂 

rubberheid
rubberheid
Nov 12, 2022 4:27 PM
Reply to  Seansaighdeor

argh, regardless
“Hoover?, he was a body remover…”
when that band had credibility, was a good line.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Nov 9, 2022 11:37 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Ineteresting. Yep sounds about right.

Pearl Harbour was totally contrived, that is, like so many other alleged false flags death and injury were staged … and why the hell wouldn’t it be?

We need to fully embrace the meaning of the term PSYop. It’s all about the psy, the psy, the psy. They wanted us to believe in an attack, they didn’t want the attack, they only wanted us to believe in it. Anyone who thinks they do things for real to make them more convincing doesn’t understand psyops. No it works the other way, the sloppier the better it works … and the bigger the lie the better it works. The Big Lie certainly wasn’t Hitler’s idea, the power of the Big Lie has been understood for centuries if not millennia.

https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/pearl-harbour.html

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Nov 10, 2022 1:09 AM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

And then 3 years later there were alleged atom bombings which the evidence shows were really fire-bombings.

https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/pearl-harbour.html

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Nov 10, 2022 2:53 AM
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Willem
Willem
Nov 9, 2022 7:05 AM

Why did it take Butler 33 years to find out the obvious?

And why did he only find out at a time when he no longer could influence any war?

Colonel Kurtz was in that aspect a more brave person than Butler was. But Kurtz was a fictional character and so it goes with all my, so called, heroes.

I remember when I read the books from Varoufakis on the EU and Grexit that Larry Summers, Jeff Sachs were similar guys as Butler was. They said all sorts of wise things in Varoufakis book how the EU economy could be saved, but only after they destroyed the US economy (Summers) and the USSR’s economy (Sachs).

Well, Sachs, Butler, Summers may have their reason, but to me it seems like they made moves like these older Roman tyrants moved when they said that the public should be compensated for all their miseries caused by the tyrant, after the tyrant’s death.

You see, you never know if there is a God, and it surely looks good to be depicted as a good guy in history books, even if those books are (co)-written by former economic ‘rock stars’ like Varoufakis…

moth
moth
Nov 9, 2022 7:27 AM
Reply to  Willem

Well, anything coming from Varoufakis is a very bad source of information.

Penelope
Penelope
Nov 9, 2022 6:01 AM

Question is whether the Ukraine racket is intended to ESCALATE, damaging worldwide living standards and freedoms. One quarter of Europeans are reported close to ruin, and 50% are forced not to heat their homes. Food & fuel prices are rising everywhere.

The Ukraine war-racket may escalate due to an increasingly obvious British hand in the hostilities.
Whether this is pretext among colluding parties or provocation may not be all-important to the result.

The newest is a series of leaked Grayzone documents which include memos of Chris Donnelly, a British military intelligence operative, in which Odessa-SSU joins in targeting Crimea to “deny resupply by sea and by land through Kerch”– all to be paid for by a politically influential Ukrainian oligarch.
http://www.elespiadigital.com/index.php/noticias/confidenciales/39231-2022-11-06-15-17-48

Another excuse for escalating & prolonging the war can’t be good for us either.

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Nov 9, 2022 6:36 PM
Reply to  Penelope

Ukraine is the NATURAL replacement of the racket that was Afghanistan… Afghanistan 2.0 (or Ukrainistan) is even better that the first racket since with the current racket the USofT, UK and “allies” are doing what they wanted to do for many decades go after the Resources of Russia and remove an Empire competitor from scene.

Clearly the herds of modern moron slaves in Europe and the USofT don’t care much about this.

damaging worldwide living standards and freedoms

Ukrainistan is on this regard the mere continuation of the highly successful OPERATION COVIDIUS.

Penelope
Penelope
Nov 10, 2022 12:13 AM
Reply to  Voz 0db

Voz odb, certainly what you say may very well be the objective. We still don’t know whether it is going to escalate as a result of the British extremely professional program being planned.

Please take a look at the link which I supplied. It is more than possible– even likely– that if the program is carried out it will lead to direct payback by Russia against Britain. As such it has extremely pernicious potential consequences for us all.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Nov 9, 2022 3:12 AM
niko
niko
Nov 9, 2022 2:30 AM

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service…” Butler’s beginning to his oft quoted words on being a racketeer for capitalism. Better late than never?

YourPointBeing
YourPointBeing
Nov 9, 2022 11:36 AM
Reply to  niko

Just so happens to be 33 years eh?

Koba
Koba
Nov 11, 2022 10:48 AM
Reply to  YourPointBeing

Yeah possibly. Honestly you tits of the yankised variety see patterns everywhere and nowhere and when I say nowhere I mean nowhere near YOU!

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Nov 9, 2022 12:32 AM

Beware those who claim we are in a moment when history can teach us nothing.

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Nov 9, 2022 6:37 PM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

Our Past teaches us that WE DO NOT CHANGE.

Koba
Koba
Nov 11, 2022 10:49 AM
Reply to  Voz 0db

Our past present and future indicates that we have far too many stupid people. Takes less than 5 minutes of ever so slightly probing questions to spot herd members who are extremely cullible

wardropper
wardropper
Nov 9, 2022 12:12 AM

Really, far too much padding in that preamble.
To keep people’s interest, you have to keep your introductions short and very focused.

Then give us the actual content as soon as possible, for heaven’s sake!
We are not couch potatoes, lounging there with beer and fries while we wait for a rerun of ‘Friends’, episode 143…
This overhyped American-style plug, talking about Me, Me, Me, is of very limited interest.

I’m only mentioning this because the meat in Corbett’s reports is often well worth hearing. There doesn’t seem to be any good reason to beat about the bush so much, giving us the equivalent of 20 aperatifs before the actual meal arrives….

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Nov 9, 2022 1:22 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Smedley Butler’s book is both short and widely available. There is really no need to spin it up into a long exposition, in fact that’s its charm. “War Is A Racket” by a commensurate war professional.

Its interesting to see that he wasn’t chosen to manage the Bonus Marchers. Instead we have a True American Hero, Douglas MacArthur, leading the (cavalry) charge.

Stop The Prison Mentality
Stop The Prison Mentality
Nov 9, 2022 1:43 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Yeah. This video really needs an advisory note of … just flick forward to the 5 minute mark……

Howard
Howard
Nov 9, 2022 3:35 PM
Reply to  wardropper

A good many Corbett Reports being shown now are “Blasts from the Past.” I guess Mr. Corbett feels the need to both update and give an explanation for dredging up Yesterday’s News so often.

Unfortunately, since the entire thrust of his presentations is documented evidence – i.e., evidence derived specifically from written or videotaped Documents – he may be running out of source material for new investigations.

He has always insisted that the written word spells out exactly what the people at the top are planning. But does it? Or is it also part of some psy-op?

Sholapur
Sholapur
Nov 9, 2022 7:37 PM
Reply to  wardropper

We are not couch potatoes, lounging there with beer and fries while we wait for a rerun of ‘Friends’, episode 143…

Ahem.

les online
les online
Nov 9, 2022 12:08 AM

“War is a fight over who’s gonna be The Boss.
War is a fight over who’s gonna be Your Boss.” …(anon)…