Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler a two-time Medal of Honor recipient, Butler showed how a patriotic service member could still speak his mind about important matters of conscience. A hero of U.S. interventions in Haiti and Central America, Butler earned his second star in World War I. He became critic of U.S. foreign policy in later years. "I was a gangster for capitalism," he said in a 1933 speech. "There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes, and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket."
In a few selected quotes from War is a Racket he writes: