War is a Racket


1933 Classic by Major General Smedley Butler

war is a racket


by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall



Published in 1933 by retired Marine Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket is a classic expose of the role of Wall Street profiteering in instigating war.

Butler’s book begins with the startling statistic that World War I created 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires. President Woodrow Wilson borrowed (from Wall Street banks) the $50+ billion to pay for World War I, increasing the national debt from $1 billion to $52 billion. Of this amount, $16 billion was pure profit. Butler lists specific companies, starting with Du Pont and US Steel, and the obscene profits they made from World War I.

He also deplores the systematic inefficiency and fraud that caused the War Department to pay two to three times the retail charge for equipment such as saddles and mosquito nets that had no possible use in a modern European war. This was on top of millions spent on poorly crafted wooden ships that sank when put to sea and airplanes that were technologically obsolete by the time they were delivered.

Wilson had been elected to his second term based on a campaign promise to keep the US out of the Great War. War is a Racket also discusses his secret White House meeting with a European commission that caused him to reverse himself. After informing Wilson the allies were losing the war, they warned that they couldn’t repay the $5-6 billion they owed American bankers, manufacturers and munitions makers if they were defeated.

Butler maintains the real reason the US entered the war was to protect these Wall Street interests. Obviously this isn’t what Wilson and his Committee on Public Information (run by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations) told the American people. They would be barraged with incessant propaganda about the Germans being monstrous barbarians and the Great War being the war to end all wars because it would make the world safe for democracy.


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Major General Smedley Butler is best known for foiling the 1933 Bankers’ Putsch. This was a failed military coup, instigated by America’s leading bankers and industrialists, to remove Roosevelt from office and replace him with a Mussolini-style dictatorship. Butler, who was recruited to lead the coup, blew the whistle to the House McCormick-Dirkson Committee. They responded by launching a cover-up. Details of the Bankers’ Putsch only became public knowledge in 1967, when journalist John Spivac uncovered the committee’s secret notes.



  1. Two more cents about WWI
    “The Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month”. This was the “Official” end of WWI, But the Armistice was signed at 05 00. All the hotshots knew it was over! So why the 10,000 casualties from both sides between 05 00 and 11 00 hours? AP!! Additional Punishment. Needless to say this caught the Germans totally off guard. Is the coup and the end of WWI connected? YOUBETCHA IT IS.

  2. Oddly enough, I graduated in 1973, and one of my history teachers did teach us about Major General Smedley D. Butler. In boot, we should of ended prayers with Good Night Smedley instead of Chesty.

    Another interesting stat about this time frame was the “Bonus Army. These guys were manipulated by the Banksters & Corpacrats to do there bidding. These Doughboys were promised a bonus for serving in WWI, after the gov. scraped left over ships. The catch was they had to “hurry up and wait” for 1945 to get it. 27 years.
    Troops prepare to evacuate the Bonus Army July 28, 1932 and cavalry supported by six tanks were dispatched with Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur in command. Major Dwight D. Eisenhower served as his liaison with Washington police and Major George Patton led the cavalry.”
    I guess this answers the question of how troops would treat vets.

    The Plot to Seize the White House
    Jules Archer
    http //www.wanttoknow.info/plottoseizethewhitehouse

    To reporters George Seldes and John L. Spivak
    for their courageous dedication to the
    truth, wherever it led.

    “If we remember Major General Smedley Darlington Butler for nothing else, we owe him an eternal debt of gratitude for spurning the chance to become dictator of the United States­-and for making damned sure no one else did either. (last Para)

    ( John W.) McCormack-( Samuel) Dickstein Committee submitted its report on February 15, 1935 (H. Rept. 153, 74th Cong., 1st sess.,Serial 9890).

  3. “Butler’s book begins with the startling statistic that World War I created 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires.”

    And Carroll Quigley’s writings will tell you who they were. But then I only know that because of Dr. Bramhall’s writings…

  4. It is highly evident that many patriotic citizens are awakening to what has been taking place for decades. These traitors have gotten overtly clumsy over the past 26 years under bush/clinton/bush/oblunder administrations. God help us if another bush or clinton finds their way into our white house again. General Butler was a true patriot. He stood tall when many continue to cower, shake, and shiver in service to this nation. Hopefully we have learned a lesson. All they need now I for us to do nothing.

  5. Smedley Butler also said that all wars that he had researched for the last 200 years all had started with a false flag operation. What does that tell you about 9/11?

  6. Dr. Bramhall, this book was written around the same time as Smedley Butler’s. Astonishingly, there were many investigators, politicians, statesmen, etc. hot on the trail of the planners of the most catastrophic war in history until that point. They knew instinctively that this war was wrong in every way and sought to unravel what happened. How could they possibly have known that the same vile instigators were already plotting the next big one. The author of this book died unexpectedly on a train between NYC and DC.

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  7. One of the very few people I don’t mind calling Dr.. Very good material for the shiny stars to reflect on while millions take part in excessive over-eating. I would serve this with steak oscar. A small 1/2″ ribeye, a nice bit of soy sauce and Montreal steak seasoning, cooked medium, topped with fresh hot crab meat (not the fake stuff), then smother the whole thing with homemade hollandaise sauce. Then we take the best cuban cigar and jam it into a bottle of outrageously expensive port, then smash it over the head of whatever general is eating it while the last bite is being inserted. Yummy. Thanks for comin in today.

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