Episode 123 – Meet Smedley Butler

by | Mar 28, 2010 | Episodes, Podcasts | 3 comments

Running Time: 59:16

Description:He was a tenacious soldier, the most decorated officer in the history of the U.S. marine corps…and he detested war. Find out about the tyrannical government moves and secretive fascist plots that turned this famous general into a campaigner against war on this week’s edition of The Corbett Report.


Documentation – Smedley Butler
Time Reference: 14:04
Description: General biographical information on Major General Smedley Butler.
Link To: Wikipedia
Documentation – Hans Schmidt on Butler and the Bonus March
Time Reference: 17:25
Description: From a 2008 episode of the radio program History Counts.
Link To: Radio4All
Documentation – Smedley Butler speaks at the Bonus March 1932
Time Reference: 19:27
Description: Actual recording of one of Butler’s speeches.
Link To: YouTube
Documentation – BBC: Bush’s Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America
Time Reference: 21:07
Description: Information on ‘The Business Plot’ and the involvement of Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush.
Link To: PrisonPlanet.com
Documentation – The White House Coup
Time Reference: 21:50
Description: BBC whitewash on Butler and the Business Plot.
Link To: Archive.org
Documentation – War is a Racket by Smedley Butler
Time Reference: 38:42
Description: Empassioned reading of Smedley Butler’s famous speech by Graham Frye.
Link To: YouTube
Documentation – Ron Paul’s What if? speech
Time Reference: 44:29
Description: Watch this YouTube video and spread it around. It is an excellent production.
Link To: YouTube
Documentation – Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
Time Reference: 48:45
Description: The NY Times exposes what we all already know: that the warmongers are paid Pentagon shills.
Link To: NYTimes
Documentation – Alex Jones Inside CNN Attack Piece
Time Reference: 49:51
Description: A must-see look behind the scenes as Alex Jones gets interviewed by CNN…and he tears them a new one.
Link To: Daily Motion
Documentation – War is a Racket
Time Reference: 50:45
Description: Read the entire book online.
Link To: Archive.org


  1. Freaked me out with Gilbert and sulivan intro… lol
    Just recently read “The Plot to seize the White House” (in reprint) by Julius Archer and am amazed Butler isnt way better known since his life story is so like an action novel of the era he lived in. LOL

  2. We now all know of the history of false flags and propaganda to initiate war (Maine, Louisitania, Tonkin etc.) and the banks, corporations and dynasties that profit from it. What is so amazing about the Butler story is his transformation and the background to it.

    At it simplest, those who lust after money create circumstances from which they can amass it, with the 1929 crash and the depression that followed being a direct result of this behaviour. This creates the conditions for the USA WWI veterans to seek early payment of their deferred ‘wages’ for that war; the Bonus March. Butler, having resigned from the USA Marine Corp, sees their plight and goes to support them. Meanwhile FDR is the president of the USA and is seeking to aid the stricken, and part of that is getting the USA currency off the gold standard (OMG this just keeps coming up). The ‘finaciers’ see the ‘threat’ and study the fascist situation in Europe and see a replica could be created in the USA but they need a saviour ‘on a white horse’ and choose Butler to lead a military uprising to ‘save the constitution’. He refuses the bribery but plays along to learn more and then outs them before a parliamentary committee (Un-American Behaviour). Despite the committee’s findings validating the plot no charges are brought and the ring leaders are neither named nor called to testify. So dies the “Business Plot” (aka “Attempted Fascist Coup”). But the amazing thing is that its those same ‘financiers’ having profited from WWI now try to use the honour of Butler and the misery of the impoverished soldiery to stage the coup to protect their wealth. (Never let a good crisis go to waste, especially if you created it.)

    This lack of response to the coup seems to lead Butler to publish his ‘War is a Racket’ booklet. Fast forward 21 years after Butler’s death to President Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial (Congressional) Complex” speech.

    Its all there, just learn about Butler. If I were a USA citizen, I would want him carved into Mount Rushmore. Or, perhaps much better, rename “The White House” to “Smedley Butler House”.

    The sad thing is that fascism was not defeated by the Allies in WWII. Some people made lots of money and fascism relocated.

    Lastly, Corbett’s Episode 123 is the best audio work I can find about Butler.

    PS: Why are there not tens of comments to this great episide?

    PPS: James, I note your reference to Quigley’s “Hope and Tragedy” in your closing remarks. See, someone noticed! 🙂

  3. Against all odds I am still plugging this important episode. A still unapproved comment submitted on 2022-10-06 to Consortium News to a Chris Hedges article titled “The Greatest Evil is War” reads:

    | “War is a Racket”, Major General (US Marine Corp), twice recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Smedley Butler.
    | I have long held that a portrait of this patriot should be hung in the oval office of the White House.
    | https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-123-meet-smedley-butler/

    One can merely try.

    Peace be with you,



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