Wednesday, March 18, 2009

RE: Imperialism: British, Russian, French, etc..

Michael Kuznetsov has left a new comment on your post "Imperialism: British, Russian, French, etc.":

Lawrence,

I have just found an interesting website about one of the US's most decorated soldiers (a Marine?).
Two-time Medal of Honor recipient Major General Smedley Butler.

http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/butler-mercenary-marines.htm


Your comment would be much appreciated.

Michael



Michael,

I once had a biography of Smedley Butler, but I loaned it to a liberal and never got it back. Butler had some very well-known complaints about the way things were done back. He was from a Quaker family (which doesn't believe in war). He was willing to do his job but believed it should be for worthy causes. He didn't think protecting business interests qualified. In a sense you can understand it: some country makes a business deal with some American interest and then reneges. What does the company do? It calls the President and asks him to send in the Marines. We don't do things that way anymore (although the website you reference suggests that we do), but we did back then. Don't forget, Butler's service ended in about 1931.

Stalin would have had him shot.

1 comment:

Michael Kuznetsov said...

Thank you ever so much, Lawrence!

I am happy (really!) to have a rare opportunity of being in close correspondence with a Man like you.

May God grant you good health and extend your lifetime for many more years ahead.

Michael