Smedley Butler

Liberty Quotation: Smedley Butler on Defense at the Coastline

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Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

“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.”

Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, “War Is a Racket” speech [1933]