George [H.W.] Bush: The Unauthorized Biography

http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm

Reviewed by Al DeReu

The website http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm is essentially a book online. Hence this website review is as much a book review as it is a navigational tool. Each chapter of the book is its own web page, and the chapters themselves are organized chronologically. Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkinare the authors of this incredibly well-referenced tome about our 41st President (1989-1993), which includes footnotes of sources ranging from Congressional records to books by figures such as Bob Woodward. In fact, if it weren’t for the extensive footnoting of sources, it would simply be hard for you to believe most of what is written.

Perhaps the authors’ original purpose was simply to debunk the authorized biographies of George Herbert Walker Bush, which they dismiss as mere political propaganda and lame attempts to humanize this otherwise greedy, vicious, soulless brat of the Old Money Eastern Establishment hell-bent on realizing its hidden agenda. This may seem far-fetched, speculative, and even conspiratorial, but what lies within these web pages will quickly disturb you and might motivate you to reflect on your privilege as a voter in a “democracy” and your role as a U.S. taxpayer.

You’ll witness the rise of an individual spoiled on daddy’s money, influence, and good ol’ boys’ networking. But with all of the old Reagan-GHWB cronies unearthed for the current Bush administration, it’s like deja-vu all over again. You will quickly realize that this is not ancient history, but pertains to today’s America as much as it did a decade ago. Then-President and former-General Eisenhower warned the American public of the rise of the “Military-Industrial Complex”. Add an oligarchic twist, and you have the coronation of the enfant terrible, George Bush (take your pick).

What follows are brief summaries, highlights, and personal criticisms of the chapters that comprise this website:

Introduction—AMERICAN CALIGULA (47,195 bytes)

1—THE HOUSE OF BUSH: BORN IN A BANK (33,914 bytes)

2—THE HITLER PROJECT (55,321 bytes)

3—RACE HYGIENE: THREE BUSH FAMILY ALLIANCES (51,987 bytes)

4—THE CENTER OF POWER IS IN WASHINGTON (51,699 bytes)

5—POPPY AND MOMMY (47,684 bytes)

In the introduction and first five chapters, the authors establish the running metaphors of oligarchy, racism, secrecy, and even conspiracy. The oligarchy element, through the Caligula comparison, at first seems superficial, but over time it carries its own weight, as GHWB ascends the political ladder. Indeed, they specifically note that in GHWB’s own words the White House was his “birthright”.

Chapter 2 may be the most damning in the entire book. Chapter 3 constitutes a fine sequel, and helps link the events of the past to their effects on our world today. Chapter 4 gives a description of Jupiter Island off the coast of Florida, the embodiment of the covert Intelligence Community that will reappear repeatedly throughout the book. The importance of Florida still remains—no wonder there’s a Bush running that state too, and the stink of election fraud has yet to evaporate.

Chapter 5 would be one of the least important, although it contains necessary background information for the understanding of GHWB. So he was raised a spoiled brat in the lap of luxury…so what?

6—BUSH IN WORLD WAR II (36,992 bytes)

7—SKULL AND BONES: THE RACIST NIGHTMARE AT YALE (56,508 bytes)

8—THE PERMIAN BASIN GANG (64,269 bytes)

8-b—THE BAY OF PIGS AND THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION(46,903 bytes)

9—BUSH CHALLENGES YARBOROUGH FOR THE SENATE (110,435 bytes)

10—RUBBERS GOES TO CONGRESS(129,439 bytes)

My least favorite of all was Chapter 6. To question the actions of an individual in the course of combat seems beyond the bounds of responsible journalism. However, the authors intentionally go into such detail in order to assail the authorized biographies, which don’t even agree with one another. This epitomizes the “Red Studebaker” metaphor the authors establish in the introduction. That is to say, that GHWB’s history is so shrouded in secrecy that the “authorized” biographers had to invent colorful episodes in order to lend a human dimension to him (that otherwise isn’t really there). And it must be added that throughout America’s history, we’ve always liked our War Heroes on the national political scene. So, I accept the compromise of flighty speculation culminating in concrete examples of the historical revisionism evident in the “authorized” biographies.

Chapter 7 traces the pirate roots of Skull and Bones, the CIA recruiting grounds at Yale. It doesn’t make for the most interesting reading; however, it is crucial to the comprehension of the “conspiracy” theories that otherwise don’t quite add up. This history, and the familial connections, are fruitful paragraphs, even though at first they may not seem like it. The Geronimo episode amounts to more than an interesting aside. It symbolizes more than just the mindset of racial superiority of the Skull and Bones establishment; it also exemplifies the “above the law” mentality of those who go on to impose the law of the land upon others. My advice to you: Stick with this chapter; it will ultimately be worth it.

Chapters 8, 9, and 10 are as dry as Texas itself; however, highlights here include the gerrymandering undertaken to find a way for Curious George to begin realizing his “birthright” of national politics. A colorful comment is made by a Texas voter who notes that it’s clear from his campaigning that GHWB cares a lot, but what about isn’t clear in the slightest.

Also, we see the intertwining of the oil industry with the Intelligence Community embodied perfectly by GHWB himself. Chapter 8-b introduces you to a cast of characters who would surround GHWB for decades to come, who would comprise the heart and soul of his covert operations. The rising power of the CIA and covert Intelligence Community parallels the rise of the Executive Branch above the other components of the federal government, eroding if not altogether ignoring the age-old system of checks and balances.

In Chapters 9 and 10 we learn how substantial the funding was for GHWB’s campaigns even back then (not to mention the funding for his businesses). As Congressman, GHWB earned the nickname “Rubbers” for the enthusiasm he exhibited for population control measures overseas. This fits well into the running theme of racial superiority, “race hygiene”, and the funding of such philosophies over the century.

Also significant is the introduction of Texan John Tower; some 20+ years later the “Tower Commission” investigating governmental corruption in the Iran-Contra affair would come to its incredulous conclusion that totally exonerated GHWB, instead scapegoating Don Regan.

11—UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR, KISSINGER CLONE (99,842 bytes)

12—CHAIRMAN GEORGE IN WATERGATE (104,415 bytes)

13—BUSH ATTEMPTS THE VICE PRESIDENCY, 1974 (27,973 bytes)

14—BUSH IN BEIJING (53,896 bytes)

These chapters seemed more interesting, perhaps because they cover more recent history. Kissinger, the Machiavellian prince of modern politics, was undoubtedly GHWB’s role model. There is quite a bit of cold-war history here that is of note, including the nuclear escalation resulting from the India-Pakistan conflict. This engulfed China (backing the latter), the USSR (allied with India), and ultimately the United States, taking the world as close to nuclear war as the Cuban Missile Crisis of the previous decade.

Chapter 12 dives into the Watergate scandal, during which time GHWB was Chairman of the Republican party. Here, the authors theorize that GHWB had much more to do with these events than meets the eye. This speculation makes sense given his CIA connections, and their role in the crime and subsequent cover-up. Needing to escape the torturous heat in the national spotlight after this, George packed his bags for Beijing. Quite noteworthy is that the United States didn’t have an official embassy there, so appointing GHWB as our liaison to Red China wouldn’t require congressional approval, which would certainly have involved unearthing the recently buried skeletons and connections behind Watergate.

In the same timeframe, more or less, we get a murderously short recap of 1970s Cambodia, starring Lon Nol and Pol Pot. The authors here present grave evidence that this was not inevitable, out of the United States’ ability to control it. Quite to the contrary, the authors argue that this was what King Kissinger intended. He in fact co-authored (with General Brent Scowcroft) National Security Study Memorandum 200, "Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests", in 1974.

Cambodia was one country in which, they argued, it was in our country’s best interest to actively address the population. The details are in Chapter 14, one of the ugliest episodes of the last 50 years. If you are unfamiliar with the names of Lon Nol and Pol Pot, you simply OWE IT TO YOURSELF to read this admittedly slightly politically slanted piece of history.

15—CIA DIRECTOR (174,012 bytes)

16—CAMPAIGN 1980 (139,823 bytes)

17—THE ATTEMPTED COUP D'ETAT OF MARCH 30, 1981 (87,300 bytes)

How many of you even knew GHWB was once the Director of the CIA? You mean you didn’t read that in his campaign brochures? This constitutes another example of how much secrecy there is about GHWB’s life. It was a short yet rich tenure, because, alas, President Carter and Curious George didn’t see eye-to-eye. GHWB got the last laugh, however, as the Intelligence Community-arranged delay in the release of the American hostages in Teheran undoubtedly cost Carter the 1980 presidential election.

Chapter 15 is by far the most exciting of these three. Chapter 16 will probably only intrigue you if you’re more interested in national political history. It does seem to beg one rhetorical question, however: How was GHWB running for the PRESIDENTIAL nomination (against Reagan, their animosity grew out of years of knowing each other) when he had held ONLY ONE ELECTED OFFICE in his life—as a member of the House? But remember, the White House is his birthright, and the book-long metaphor of oligarchy has run its course. The antagonism between GHWB and then-Secretary of State Al Haig, which rose during the early Reagan Presidency despite their surface similarities, is covered in Chapter 17.

18—IRAN-CONTRA (140,338 bytes)

19—THE LEVERAGED BUYOUT MOB(67,559 bytes)

20—THE PHONY WAR ON DRUGS(26,295 bytes)

21—OMAHA (25,969 bytes)

Chapters 18 through 21 constitute the crowning glory for Our Hero. It is the culmination of GHWB wielding executive powers behind Geriatric Ronnie’s back; the hijacking of the federal government by the Wall Street financiers, Intelligence Community, and the Military-Industrial Complex (Halliburton, anyone?); the elevation of the executive branch above the legislative and judicial branches; the bankrupting of America to enrich the few; and the erosion of civil liberties. The ultimate hypocrisy is the Iran-Contra affair, on these different levels:

  • The total disregard for the various Boland Amendments, outlawing specifically the supply of arms to the Contras.
  • The importation of massive quantities of illegal drugs (cocaine) into the United States by members of the Intelligence Community, and the knowledge of such activities by such people as GHWB.
  • Meanwhile, the massive escalation of a domestic “War on Drugs”, and with it a mushrooming prison population and the deterioration of the Bill of Rights.
  • The resultant shipping of arms to Iran in its war with Iraq, coinciding simultaneously with the arming of and intelligence sharing with Iraq. Think about this one for a minute: Our government was knowingly providing weapons to both sides of an armed conflict. It constitutes a shameless crime against all humanity.

Chapter 19 shows the results of GHWB’s deregulation efforts, which taxpayers were left footing the bill for. Down the road, we will see that GHWB’s own family, his son Neil, got caught with his hand in the cookie jar of the Savings and Loans scandal; unsurprisingly, he eventually got off scot-free. Chapter 20 details an alleged child-prostitution ring run out of Omaha, Nebraska, for Washington politicos. I can’t comment on this, for I have never heard of it before.

22—BUSH TAKES THE PRESIDENCY(112,000 bytes)

23—THE END OF HISTORY (168,757 bytes)

24—THE NEW WORLD ORDER (255,215 bytes)

25—THYROID STORM (138,727 bytes)

After the preceding chapters, Chapters 22 through 25 were kind of a let-down. The totally orchestrated “War with Iraq” is detailed—how the United States and Britain conspired to urge Hussein to invade Kuwait, refused all diplomatic means of resolving the underlying issues, and then literally “bombed them back into the Stone Age” (in Our Hero’s own eloquent words). After addressing the economic slump this country crashed into after the hey-day of the ‘80s, and the Noriega/Panama episode, the final chapters zoom out somewhat on the history. Instead, the last chapter details how GHWB’s alleged thyroid condition functions as a metaphor for his Presidency. But to be honest, I am less interested in his physical health than the criminal hypocritical acts he undertook and oversaw. The “New World Order” theme struck an evil chord in its time, as “Conspiracy Theory” and fear gripped a good portion of the country. Many laughed at the silliness of these government-hijacking conspiracies; after reading these web pages, you will not be among them.


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