From John Rappaport's website:

With all the propaganda floating around, it's a good idea to read the words of an American super-patriot, a man who was REALLY there.  Not just a civilian.

 His name was Smedley Butler.  He enlisted in the US Marines in 1898.  He worked his way up from nowhere to become a major general and finally commandant of the whole Marine Corps.  He fought in wars.  He was, to many, THE hero of his time. After his retirement, he thought things over and wrote a little book called War Is a Racket.  If you can get it, it's worth perusing.  52 blistering pages.

 Here is a fragment from a speech he gave in 1933:

 "...I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914.  I helped make Hawaii and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.  I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.  The record of racketeering is long.  I helped purify Nicaragua for the international house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912.  I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916.  In China I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

 "During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket.  I was rewarded with honors, medals and promotions.  Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints.  The best he could do was to operate his rackets in three districts.  I operated on three continents."