31 January 2010

"I hate war..."

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”

Text via Bob Herbert, NYT.  Photo: Hank Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Nov 01, 1951.


  1. And the dogs of war from our recently removed administration, who are still howling, love war as only those who have never been soldiers and never lived it can love.

    Of course, many of them never lived it because their wealthy fathers got them deferrals or cushy placements stateside...

  2. It never ceases to amaze me how little attention is paid to the farewell speech which Eisenhower offered and to the sentiments expressed at length by Smedley Butler in "War is a Racket" ...

    There is a heavy dose of disillusionment in the revelation that war's ugly "usefulness" is no secret.


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