General Smedley Butler coined the phrase “War is a Racket” in a speech [over] seventy years ago. General Butler, who was involved in various military interventions and so knew what he was talking about, named racketeer bankers and corporations (particularly Big Oil) and even called himself a racketeer for being used to increase their profits.
Smedley Butler said: “Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This [World War I] was the “war to end wars.” This was the “war to make the world safe for democracy.” No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason. No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. . . They were just told it was to be a “glorious adventure.”
Corporations, according to the Supreme Court, are legally equivalent to “natural persons.” These patriotic corporate citizens are normally satisfied with the day-to-day political influence which brings them little (or no) taxes, subsidies ($1.5 billion to Big Oil) and immunity from criminal prosecution for damaging us. But when it’s wartime for the troops it’s showtime for the elite. An [Iraqi] War For Freedom has to be financed, so the banks’ profits jump. We neeed equipment, so armaments makes a bundle. And Big Oil pumps up its profits with high octane. United They Stand, The Sky’s The Limit. Let all the casualties be on the battlefield, not on Wall Street, because not all natural persons are created equal. So the Pentagon starts deploying troops and writing ‘corporate welfare’ checks to benefit corporations. We make war to make profits. It’s a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight, and corporations are behind it all. Think of it as War, Inc. Cost of War — On the way to a Two Trillion Dollar War
Winston Churchill: “You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the (economic) strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler, or a Jesuit priest.”
Emrys Hughes, Winston Churchill – His Career in War and Peace, p. 145