Major General Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Butler (1881-1940) was a part of the U.S. Marine Corps.  When he died he was the most decorated Marine in United States history.  Born to a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, Butler saw action in the Boxer Rebellion, fought against rebels in Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Haiti, and served in World War I.  After retiring from military service, Butler became famous for his belief that the U.S. should not intervene in foreign affairs, as stated in his book, War is a Racket.  He believed that war was a way industrialists worked with government to pad the pockets of large industries with the average U.S. soldier paying the bill with his life.

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