From the horse’s mouth

Here is a very interesting excerpt from a speech by Major General Smedley Butler (USMC). You can read the whole thing (the excerpt is quite short), but this paragraph just about sums it up for me:

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

4 thoughts on “From the horse’s mouth”

  1. AAAACK! Right on the frontpage:

    “The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle; and that too few political leaders today are making the case for global leadership.”

    Where do these people get off?! The nation that natural selection forgot is planning to rule the world…

  2. WFT? An excerpt from http://www.newamericancentury.org/kagan-063002.htm:

    “The dispute highlights much of what divides Americans and Europeans these days. Europeans, along with many other less influential and less worthy nations, are trying to advance their vision of international civilization, with a web of international laws and institutions assuming authority over individual nation-states. Not surprisingly, the world they’re trying to create looks an awful lot like the European Union, where rules and laws are more important than military power. And not surprisingly, they’re none too happy about the militarily dominant United States placing itself above or outside their new international legal system before it’s even begun.”

    and

    “But that’s only one way the International Criminal Court will have a disproportionate impact on America. It’s no secret that the United States, precisely because it is the dominant economic, political, cultural and military force, is more often the target of ire around the world than, say, Luxembourg. Impoverished Egyptians and rich French farmers tend to blame America first. So whose troops are most likely to be hauled before the ICC on some war crimes charge? Even those who believe the ICC is a good idea have to admit, if they’re honest, that the United States is going to be more vulnerable than other powers.”

    Which can be read as “it is not our fault we are so great”.

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