All Articles on Smedley Butler

I’ll be hoping that more serving officers as well as troops gather the courage to speak out and tell the American public the score when it comes to our brutal, hopeless, never-ending wars. (Photo: Reuters/file) Views
What I Won't Miss as I Leave the US Army
The forever wars go on without me
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Venezuela, like Cuba and the social democrat countries of Europe, dramatically lowered child poverty, infant mortality, illiteracy, and homelessness when compared to the wealthier US. (Photo: Franco Fasuli/Getty Images) Views
Hands off Venezuela
The arc of U.S. militarism across the 20th century and into the 21st is neither moral nor does it bend toward justice
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If you ask—and few Americans do these days—why this country’s losing wars persist, the answer should be, at least in part: because there’s no accountability. (Photo:Flickr/cc) Views
Why American Leaders Persist in Waging Losing Wars
Hint: They’re winning in other ways
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"Not only should this real-life drama be highlighted in history books; it should be a blockbuster movie." (Photo: Philipp/cc/flickr) Views
A Plutocratic Coup
The threat of concentrated wealth and the ever-present danger that the imperious rich pose to majority rule.
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"In our country, civilians should be in charge of the war makers, end of story." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Views
Our Enemy, Ourselves
Ten commonsense suggestions for making peace, not war.
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"I go as often as I can and my love for these men and women cannot be overstated." Views
Armistice Day with Veterans For Peace in Boston
"As a long time peace activist, I have marched many times for peace, to object to wars and military actions that the U.S. wages."
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Our Greatest National Security Threat? Perpetual War
Why military dissent is not an oxymoron
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America's Post-Democratic Military
A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State
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Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes
“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war,” as Sir Winston Churchill put it at a White House luncheon on June 1954. The aphorism applies in spades today as the U.S., Russia and other key countries involved in troubles in Syria decide whether to jaw or to war. Russia’s recent military...
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Empire or Humanity?
What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire
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