They Only Lock Up Heroes at
By David Swanson
If Bradley Manning turns out to be the hero he appears to be, he will not be the first "detained" at
In fact, Quantico once locked up the most decorated Marine in history, a Marine who would have been running the Marine Corps rather than getting locked up by it if he had known how to brown-nose the swivel-chair commanders as he called them, a Marine who had helped create Quantico years before, the first senior officer in the U.S. military to be arrested in the 65 years following the Civil War, and a serious fearless principled democratic hero whose heroism had nothing to do with the nasty tasks he took on as a U.S. Marine.
And do you know what they locked him up for? For revealing that Benito Mussolini had run a little girl over in his car and not even stopped.
And do you know what this Marine's most heroic deed was, one still to come after his
Have you guessed that I'm talking about Smedley Darlington
Prior to his detention at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, Smedley Butler had conquered the Boxers and taken over Beijing, single-handedly destroyed democratic hopes in Nicaragua and Haiti, ruled Haiti as an all-powerful Marine-Corps-Imperial-Consul, turned a disease-ridden swamp where US troops were dying in France before even making it to the front in World War I into a clean and healthy city from which troops could courageously depart to kill and die and be mentally ruined, and served as Director of Public Safety in Philadelphia in which job he enforced the prohibition of alcohol on the high and mighty thus earning their eternal hatred.
Then Butler, much beloved by World War I veterans, let slip that remark about Mussolini's murdering of a little girl with his sports car. President Hoover and his Secretary of State Henry Stimson, who was already scheming to get a second world war going, were outraged, as was the corporate and pro-fascist US media.
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make
When the war profiteers and Wall Street plutocrats who had opposed compensating the veterans later hatched a plot to create a fascist dictatorship and remove FDR from office, MacArthur promised them the support of the US Army, but even the banksters understood that the half-million angry veterans they sought to use wouldn't follow MacArthur as far as they could throw him. There was only one man they would follow unquestioningly, and that was Smedley Butler.
The society "to maintain the Constitution" (the Tea Party couldn't have named it better) tried to recruit
If we do what needs to be done, Bradley Manning may someday receive similar praise.
Pick up a book called "Devil Dog." It even has cartoon pictures.
David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie" http://warisalie.org
Friday, February 18, 2011
They Only Lock Up Heroes at Quantico
They Only Lock Up Heroes at