Barbara Bush really hoped this day would never come. Powerful forces are taking a big risk, but the potential returns are evidently worth it. By Jeb!!! running, we all get one last shot at finding out the secrets and lies—that are what make the Bush Dynasty.
Patrick Andendall (updated June 30, 2015)
How do the Bush kids get whatever their hearts desire? How does a disgraced Texas Guard alumnus with no piloting ability get to dress up and act out his Tom Cruise fantasy, having launched an illegal War—all so that he could play being commander in chief? How does W. get to hide his past misdeeds and his total lack of business acumen—his failure at everything he touches? How does Joe Jeb get to play “let’s be a businessman” or “I want to be governor”? How does Joe Jeb get to build a résumé out of thin air?
It all boils down to Big Daddy. Other clownish Stupidparty contenders can always receive virtually unlimited funds from the likes of Koch or Sheldon Adelson—in return for being willing to obliviously fill that void with myth-based propaganda, which they substitute for their vacuous intellect. Such tooled propaganda machines designed to mold the electorate into virtual slave labor, free of any consumer protections, labor protections or voter rights protections. Molded to be used for the sole purpose of enriching the asset strippers. The day of Joe the plumber has arrived, the very same pathetic Joe who is so concerned about a tax bracket that only impacts the top 0.5% of the population. But Joe the Jebster need not fret about competing with the clowns. Unlike the Joe the Plumber, he does not even have to invent his false reality—as this has all been created for him already. Daddy’s network is so massive his offspring need not worry about having to pander to the Oligarchs, or worry about anything for that matter, assuming that the few journalists who are actually competent can be marginalized.
Joe Jeb!!! does not need to pander to the Koch Empire. No Bush needs to—not since the 1950s, when George Bush Sr. joined his Yale Skull and Bones chums, both inside and outside the Texas-oil-baron-financed CIA.
In a segment titled “George H. W. Bush: Spy from the Age of 18,” WhoWhatWhy explains the close relationship Bush Sr. had with “Mr. Thomas J. Devine, a former CIA Staff Employee and later, oil-wildcatting associate with Mr. Bush. Their joint activities culminated in the establishment of Zapata Oil [sic] [in 1953] which they eventually sold.”
Zapata oil was almost certainly a CIA front business. The CIA hand was always evident in George Bush Sr.’s activities.
By 1963 George Bush must have been a pretty senior operative. “Practically jumping off the screen was a memorandum from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, dated November 29, 1963. Under the subject heading “Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Hoover reported that on the day after JFK’s murder, the bureau had provided two individuals with briefings. One was “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.” The other: “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency.” It does not ease one’s mind to know than George H. Bush lied about his whereabouts on the day of the assassination – for yes he was in Dallas that day, but also arranged for an alibi suggesting that he was not. Apparently George H. Bush is the only adult American who does not where he was the day Kennedy was assassinated.
Now, the flimsy cover for all of this: another person who happened to be called George Bush was employed by the CIA. But this obvious nonentity was simply used as a stooge. Bush graduated from Skull and Bones in 1948, and by 1953 he was obviously a player, a player who ran an oil-drilling business that did remarkably little drilling. By the time of the CIA’s Iranian coup of 1953 (leading to the installation of a CIA-sponsored puppet), Bush was very likely in a position to at the very least be in the know—what is the point of being part of Skull and Bones if not to engage in such activities? By the 60s, while he was still a covert operative, there was the fortuitous (for big Oil) JFK assassination; even Watergate in the 70s (Nixon may well have been set up); then there was the Iranian hostage crisis. Bush—from 1976 to 1977 the CIA Director (no one outside the CIA realizing that he had been a CIA operative for decades), then VP and President—had secured the safety and long-term survival of the Saudi Royal Family. Meanwhile, the Saudi Family were nurturing the future Al Qaeda. Bush and his team assisted Pakistan in acquiring the Bomb in their excited efforts to help the mujahideen—who later grew into the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood— in driving the Russians from Afghanistan. Then there are the Bush Jr. cover-ups, including the invented religious conversion with Billy Graham. No, the Bush dynasty through their contacts have as many resources as they need. But if you are really paying attention, the ghosts keep emerging from the deeply buried past. This is because the Bush kids are pretty dimwitted.
The Bush family—more than any family—has been a friend of big Oil. And American foreign policy has been dictated by oil interests ever since 1953 at the latest. JFK, trying to stop the Yalies from running the CIA, unceremoniously fires the head of the CIA—only later to be taken out by an individual who had been “minded” by several CIA operatives over a long period of time. I strongly suspect that only one group of individuals would have had the financing and sophisticated set of tools to pull off such a brilliantly planned and executed event and all the subsequent, elaborate red herrings.
George Bush Sr. had already built up massive network of influence as a CIA operative since the 1950s, and his closeness to the adversaries of JFK, his fickle and fake loyalty to Nixon, meant that he was always going to have the inside track to the presidency. The whole ethos of the Yale Skull and Bones Illuminati—and their vast network of connected business and media buddies*—was to scratch each other’s back.
(*including the Washington Post and Bob Woodward)
Virtually all today’s foreign policy problems and the threat to the Global Environment have a root in the Bush family mini-Oligarchy within its secret self. Jeb!!! is part of that family, its corrosive legacy, and he is baby sat by the same power network. Bloomberg Business explains:
As other Republicans travel the country laying the groundwork for 2016 presidential campaigns, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is raising private-equity funds for oil and gas ventures.
Joe Jeb, 61, whose family made much of its fortune in Texas oil, teamed with former Credit Suisse Group AG and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bankers to create an investment firm based in Coral Gables, Florida, according to regulatory filings disclosed last month.
“One under-explored avenue of Bush’s business dealings has been the China connection. Given that Bush may soon be vying to be commander in chief, it seems untoward that he would be close to the country that is our greatest economic rival, but that’s exactly what the former Florida governor has done.” Alternet documents:
In 2013, Bush’s private equity business Britton Hill Holdings invested in BH Logistics, which last spring raised $26 million from a variety of investors, including HNA group, which is based in Hainan. It also operates 500 jets as part of a subsidiary, Hainan Airlines.
For the Chinese, the Bush name and the Bush connections to energy are a natural marriage,” China business scholar Derek Scissors told Bloomberg Politics. “This is a classic example of the way sophisticated Chinese firms work. They don’t want to get involved directly in a U.S. start-up that’s involved in shale, so they’ll take a minority stake to keep a lower profile. They’re looking for political protection, and the Bush name legitimizes the investment and makes him a perfect partner.
By totally ignoring the advice of Jimmy Carter (see his 1979 energy warning speech)—to reduce the US’s dependence on oil by promoting easily achievable fuel-efficiency improvements, simple tax strategies designed to motivate conservation (as adopted by other countries), and alternative-energy innovation—the country allowed oil interests to dictate energy policy. Therefore, oil prices unnecessarily surged, enriching the oil-producing countries of the Middle East, whilst also forfeiting the USA’s moral authority when discussing global energy issues with countries like India and China.
The Bush family have Oil for Blood, and more than any other family they are responsible for this catastrophic negligence: for the two Iraq Wars; the Oil wealth of our Middle Eastern enemies; the consequent radicalization of Islam, financing both sides of the unnecessary Oil Wars we fight; the refusal to acknowledge global warming. Bush Sr. and his Skull and Bones CIA buddies’ connections to the Bay of Pigs fiasco—likely leading to the JFK assassination—was to reemerge 30 years later and have an impact on Joe Jeb’s disastrous business activities:
Joe Jeb used to full advantage the fact that Bush Sr. & Jr. occupied the White House or the vice presidential position for 20 years in the period 1980 through 2008. This power base gets refortified with each Bush accession to power. In return, the Bush babies can get anything their little spoilt hearts desire. Eventually, such easy access to power is bound to soil the abilities of the recipients of such largesse. Less and less talent is actually required.
The New York Times reports:
The stream of requests to the White House from Jeb Bush, a young but well-connected Republican leader in South Florida, ranged from the weighty and urgent to the parochial and mundane.
In 1985, he sent an emotional letter pressing his father, Vice President George Bush, to investigate the detention of Cuban children in Texas, asking, “Shouldn’t there be some compassion?” (The vice president’s reply: “Heartbreaking.”)
In 1989, after his father became president, Mr. Bush offered his recommendation for the next Supreme Court opening. (“Your suggestion will be given thoughtful consideration,” a senior aide responded.)
In 1990, Mr. Bush lobbied the White House to meet with executives of the telecommunications giant Motorola—fostering a relationship that would later aid his own political ambitions. (The chief of staff did meet with Motorola, as did President Bush.)
For the 12 years that his father held national elective office, Mr. Bush used his unique access to the highest reaches of government to seek favors for Republican allies, push his views and burnish his political profile in his home state, a review of presidential library records shows. In the process, Mr. Bush carefully constructed an elaborate and enduring network of relationships in Florida that helped lead to his election as governor in 1998 and, now to his place as a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Everything Joe Jeb gets is handed to him on a platter forged out of blood money.
The following is from Mother Jones:
After graduating from Texas University, Jeb Bush served a short apprenticeship at the Venezuelan branch of Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas before settling in Miami, in 1980, to work on his father’s unsuccessful primary bid against Ronald Reagan. Campaigning for Dad was hardly a paying job. But Jeb!!! was about to learn that being one of George Bush’s sons means never having to circulate a résumé.
In the next few years, financial support flowed to Jeb!!! through Miami’s right-wing Cuban community. Republican party politics and a series of business scandals—including Medicaid fraud and shady S&L deals—were inextricably intertwined. A former federal prosecutor told Mother Jones that when he looked into Jeb’s lucrative business dealings with a now-fugitive Cuban, he considered two possibilities: Jeb!!! was either crooked or stupid. At the time, he concluded Jeb!!! was merely stupid.
And it is not like the Bush kids are not warned. Being the president’s sons the kids get Secret Service protection. The Secret Service keep tabs on potential problem areas. “The agent slumped back in his chair and sighed. ‘We warn them,’ he said in a whisper. ‘But that’s all we can do. We can’t stop these kids from associating with someone they want to be with. All we can do after warning them is to sweep these guys with metal detectors when they come around.’”
The story continues:
By 1984, Jeb!!! had been made chairman of the Dade County Republican Party, and it was as Republican Party chief that he nuzzled up to con man Camilo Padreda. Padreda was serving as Dade County GOP finance chairman and had raised money for the party from Miami’s Cuban community. (He had also been a counterintelligence officer for deposed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.) Padreda made his living as a developer who specialized in deals with the corrupt Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1986, he hired Jeb!!! as the leasing agent for a vacant commercial office building, which Padreda had built with $1.4 million in federal loans: loans approved by HUD officials, oddly enough, even though they knew there was already a glut of vacant office space in Miami.
Like so many of those who would attach themselves to the Bush sons over the years, Padreda brought some hefty luggage with him. In 1982, four years before teaming up with Jeb!!!, Padreda, along with another right-wing Cuban exile, Hernandez Cartaya, was indicted and accused of looting Jefferson Savings and Loan Association in McAllen, Texas. The federal indictment charged that the pair had embezzled over $500,000 from the theft. (Cartaya was also charged with drug smuggling, money laundering and gun running.) But the Jefferson Savings case would never go to trial.
Soon after the indictment, FBI officials got a call from someone at the CIA warning the agents that Cartaya was one of their own—a veteran of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion—according to a prosecutor who worked on the case. In short order, the charges against Padreda were dropped and the charges against Cartaya reduced to a single count of tax evasion. (Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerome Sanford was furious and filed a demand with the CIA, under the Freedom of Information Act, for all documents relating to the agency’s interference in his case. The CIA, citing national-security reasons, denied Sanford’s request.)
Chapter 23 of the book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, by WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker tells us:
“In 1985 Joe set up shop in Miami and established strong ties to the right wing Cuban exile community. He was quickly brought under the wing of Armando Codina, a real estate developer and longtime political supporter of the family and its staunch backing of the Cuba embargo; Jeb!!! got a 40% share of the real estate company’s profits without investing in the firm. The duo were bailed out for a loan default, with taxpayers footing the bill in excess of $3m.”
In 1986 Jeb!!! was involved in yet another Cuban CIA-fraught scandal—this time the individual is Miguel Recarey, who was running a fast-growing HMO racket in Florida—and in spite of efforts to investigate, the CIA would always stonewall and threaten any one asking too many questions. The account below is from Mother Jones:
IMC was run by Cuban-American Miguel Recarey, a character with a host of idiosyncrasies. He carried a 9-mm Heckler & Koch semiautomatic pistol under his suit coat and kept a small arsenal of AR-15 and Uzi assault rifles at his Miami estate, where his bedroom was protected by bullet-proof windows and a steel door. It apparently wasn’t his enemies Recarey feared so much as his friends. He had a long-standing relationship with Miami Mafia godfather Santo Trafficante, Jr., and had participated in the ill-fated, CIA-inspired mob assassination plot against Fidel Castro in the early 1960s. (Associates of Recarey add that Trafficante was the money behind Recarey’s business ventures.)
Recarey’s brother, Jorge, also had ties to the CIA. So it was no surprise that IMC crawled with former spooks. Employee résumés were studded with references to the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Cuban Intelligence agency; there was even a fellow who claimed to have been a KGB agent, an agent with the U.S. Office of Labor Racketeering in Miami would later describe IMC as a company in which “a criminal enterprise interfaced with intelligence operations.”
Recarey also surrounded himself with those who could influence the political system. He hired Jeb Bush as IMC’s “real-estate consultant.” Though Jeb!!! would never close a single real-estate deal, his contract called for him to earn up to $250,000 (he actually received $75,000). Jeb’s real value to Recarey was not in real estate but in his help in facilitating the largest HMO Medicare fraud in U.S. history.
More about Joe Jeb’s business acumen, simplistic moral code and shockingly Palin-esque foreign policy aptitude will be discussed in Part 2.
But when I say that Bush does not need the Oligarchs, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been in their pockets. Since the Bush family as a whole have done almost unimaginable damage to the environment through their oil deals, it might be interesting to connect some dots that do not pertain to oil.
Joe Jeb has been working on beefing up his Green credentials. But we need to put these efforts into perspective. The average land elevation in Florida is six feet, so ignoring global warning while being governor of Florida would not only make you a certifiable idiot, but also—I would only hope—criminally negligent. (Talking of idiots, the present-day governor of Florida and fellow Koch Industry lackey, Rick Scott, who used to deny global warming, will now not talk about it. Even more farcical is the tyrannical freedoms loving demand that his officials cannot acknowledge the concept)
Joe Jeb was Governor of Florida 1999–2007. Paper Mills have been big business in Florida since the Great Depression. One of the big players, Georgia-Pacific, was acquired by Koch Industries in 2005. The governor gets to pick who heads the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (the FDEP). Jeb Bush’s FDEP head would eventually leave to take a top position with another transnational paper company, International Paper. Now hold on—wouldn’t that be like putting an alcoholic in charge of a brewery? Worse still—wouldn’t that be like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney formulating US Energy policy by only inviting Oil Industry Executives to their extremely secretive meetings?
The Daily Kos reveals: “In the first half of Jeb Bush’s first term, higher level staff of the FDEP worked closely behind closed doors with Georgia-Pacific to outline how it could best win approval for a pipeline to transfer the Georgia-Pacific paper mill’s point of discharge from Rice Creek to the St. Johns River. This is the ‘dilution is the solution to pollution’ mode of conduct preferred by industry, which would rather not recycle and treat the discharges on land when discharging into a water body will produce cost-savings.”
Well, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next.
“Tons of toxic waste [are] being dumped into St. Johns River, daily, by the Koch Brothers’ company, Georgia-Pacific. Aspects of the deal allowing Georgia Pacific to massively assault the environment were misleading, sometimes illegal, and unbeknownst to the local citizens. Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor (and Republican presidential hopeful) Jeb Bush, are also involved.”
But beware; the Bush family are masters of reinvention, spin, and red herrings.
Bush 2 had to cover up his past drunkenness, business failures, abandonment of a pregnant girlfriend—never seeing her again after an abortion crisis—and not being able to safely pilot a fighter jet. This was all done by pretending to be reborn, pretending to land that fighter plane during that staged Mission Accomplished fiasco, pretending to be a cowboy (buying that so called Texas ranch for staged photo ops) and burying all his dirty laundry—which his Dad is the world’s leading master at.
So now Joe Jeb will be doing much the same. He will shed all his corporate and non-profit board memberships, given to him as an investment in anticipated payback. To distance himself from all the oil blood money that runs through his veins, he will, I predict, cause a distraction by becoming the first Stupidparty leader to acknowledge global warming (surprising this has not happened yet). This would piss off many of the Oligarchs, but Joe Jeb does not need them, and in fact by creating such a frisson, he will reinvent himself as the Champion of the Oligarch killers. A gladiator for the people. Quite rich, since his brethren have effectively been running US foreign policy for their own profit since 1953.
As Joe Jeb gears up—so must we too. We must make Barbara Bush’s worst nightmare come true. We must not just go after Joe Jeb—we need to go after the whole Bush dynasty—so that their true agenda can never darken the hallways of power again, and their network gets neutered once and for all. The fact is that Jeb!!! has earned nothing in his own name, but everything through the Bush name—cashing in countless chips, even those chips that surely needed to remain in the Bush family netherworld. But that Jeb was such a dope, so greedy, so spoilt, in going after all that low-hanging fruit to enrich himself—the Bushes so complacent in their apparent success in covering up so much—means we the people have both the right and the opportunity to actually find out more about the Bush family. Specifically, all leading back to George Bush Sr, the most Machiavellian politician in US history.
Joe Jeb is worse than the clowns and as bad as the other Oligarchs in waiting.
Jeb Bush is a very unimpressive individual—like the Romney kids but with benefit of being allowed to drink alcohol, thus making him far from dull. But this void in talent means that what must fill that void must be the main concern. A combination of a great deal of relatively new pieces of fact-checked investigative journalism, deathbed revelations and more information in the public domain (thus carrying more weight than older research) and now Jeb!!! seeking the top job means that we can get closer to the truth about America’s buried secrets than ever. We can start by wondering why Bill O’Reilly was so anxious to lie in his recent book about the supposed suicide of Lee Oswald’s CIA minder, George De Mohrenschild—and after that we can allow the Math, the new-found facts, all the connecting dots about the JFK assassination, to do the talking.
America like every country needs to confront and learn from its past so that we can all pave a brighter future. It’s not simply the slogan “God Bless America”—that is simply not good enough. We are all human beings, inhabiting one beautiful yet fragile planet—and as such America desperately need a noble, intelligent and self-aware agenda, or as Robert Burns wrote:
Oh, that God would give us the very smallest of gifts
To be able to see ourselves as others see us
It would save us from many mistakes
and foolish thoughts
We would change the way we look and gesture
and to how and what we apply our time and attention.
Or, as I would say somewhat less poetically, every time an absurd American politician drones on about American exceptionalism, a fairy loses its wings.
But America can regain the moral authority to be a stronger force for good. Obama has successfully and against all odds clawed back some respect. On arriving at the White Obama inherited numerous massive issues, one of which was the fact that the rest of the world had lost its trust in America to such an extent that the USA barely bettered Russia as a nation that can be trusted. Today, under Obama, America is enjoying a great deal more respect.
As you can see, Bush Jr. had placed the USA barely above the Russians, but today the US is twice as respected as the Russians and back to being the most trusted superpower, much to the horror of Stupidparty, plus its junk “opinionaters” posing as journalists. But all this rejuvenated respect, all the addressed or mitigated problems—all such hard-fought improvements will likely vaporize in New York minute if another Bush were to take the helm. Jeb!!!, an agent of the very same family and ideals that have been pivotally responsible for so much of the ugliness America has presented to the world, for so much harm caused to mankind. Yet in discussing Jeb!!! we have barely scratched the surface of a barrel with a particularly fowl bottom. See Part 2