I’ve never been an anti-war activist. Just the opposite, in fact, since my earliest memories were of deep disgust at the venomous anti-war movement during the Vietnam years of the 1960s and early 1970s. Even a child can understand, after all, that pacifism is a flawed idea, though perhaps well-meant. And even a child can see that most of the modern anti-war movement is Communist, and malicious, in origin.
Especially since World War II, it has been fairly easy to view the American warrior class as virtuous and American war efforts as necessary and well-intentioned. The first part this statement is still true, but the second part may be reaching an abrupt end in its believability.
It is now becoming quite clear that the bravest and most decorated Marine in US history, Major General Smedley Butler, was probably correct in identifying a deep level of corruption at the highest levels of our government, even during the first few years of the last century, during the first world war conflict. This corruption was perpetrated by an unelected elite group of the very wealthiest industrialists who directed US policy at home and abroad, regardless of which party was in power, in order to enrich themselves and stay in power.
He even exposed a plot to quietly overthrow the US Government by business leaders and claimed that he, himself, was approached to act as puppet leader of the new oligarchy.
Was he crazy? Many criticized him as such at the time. But today, Donald Trump is making promises to break the backs of the largest corporate monopolies and to short-circuit the endless gravy train of war profiteering. In response, every power that exists in this nation, of any political persuasion, have united to stop him.
Thanks to whistleblowers and groups like WikiLeaks, we know the extent of the collusion between giant media conglomerates, political parties, corporate power and foreign interests united to bring him down.
Trump, like Butler, appears to really be on to something.