Smedley Darlington Butler - Military Hero?

Despite his recognition as a military hero, the legendary U.S. Marine Brigadier General (and two-time Medal of Honor winner) Smedley Darlington Butler was ambivalent about his career accomplishments. "I helped to make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903," he once told the Public Broadcasting Service. "I helped to make Mexico -- and especially Tampico -- safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I brought life to the Dominican Republic for American sugar in 1916. In China, in 1937, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. I was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotions. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents..."

["The American Liberty League, dedicated to laissez-faire capitalism,plotted with big business leaders to usurp the power of President Frankiin Roosevelt and to take effective control of the Executive with the installation of its own 'Secretary of General Affairs.' The League asked retired Marine Corps general (and two-time Medal of Honor winner) Smedley Darlington Butler to mobilize and command an army of 500,000 veterans that the league claimed would force FDR into accepting 'the popular will.' General Butler, instead, reported the plot to the House Un-American Activities Committee."]

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