In “War is a Racket” General Butler laments the use of propaganda in World War 1, and he notes how “beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die” (Butler, 1935). Is it fair to apply this same argument to other American wars? In what other American conflicts have we seen a similar clash between the ideologies the justify warfare and the reality for troops on the ground?
In different American conflicts and wars, it is definitely fair to apply the same argument how beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. In War is a Racket, the government is looking for a profit and portray war to be a thing of glory for young soldiers. The government is not truthful about the war to the soldiers and their families. Another example is the
Vietnam War where the US intervened in Vietnam to try and stop communism from spreading.
This war is the same time that television and media started to become very popular and families and the public back at home could see real uncensored pictures and videos of the war and realize the war is nothing like the government promised it would be. In the Civil War in 1861, war is rich man’s game and the only way you can get out of it is if you pay (Olson-Raymer, 2014).
On War is a Racket by Major Smedley Butler explains how government portrays war.
Government justifies war as a thing of glory for young soldiers to be in, almost as if it was a trend
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