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World Focus: Global Eye -- Blood Kin|
Posted on Saturday, December 06 @ 17:37:54 UTC
Topic: Brains Missing
by Chris Floyd, www.themoscowtimes.com |
Imagine these banner headlines, circa, say, 1998: President's Brother in Biz With Red Chinese! President's Brother Beds Prostitutes as Corporate Perk! President's Brother Hip-Deep in War Profiteering: The More Blood His White House Sibling Spills, the Fatter the Family Coffers!
Hoo-boy! There would've been a hot time in the old media town with all that, eh? Wall-to-wall coverage, 24/7, Fox News frothing, Washington Post pounding, tabloids screaming -- "Oval Evil: Reds, Beds and Milking the Dead!" Earnest clucking in the halls of Congress: "We must get to the bottom of these unsavory connections." Late-night comics cracking wise: "Hey, when the president's brother orders Chinese, he ain't just talking chow mein: 'Yeah, I'll have the rice, the won ton, two blondes and a bag of unmarked bills, please.'"
But of course, that was another millennium. In our new, more enlightened age, we humbly accept -- even celebrate -- the special privileges accorded to the great ones among us. And so, with a couple of honorable exceptions, the big-time American media lay a nice soft comfy quilt of silence over last month's revelations about presidential brother Neil Bush -- details which emerged from the nasty divorce suit Neil brought upon himself by his flagrant adultery with a close family friend.
While others quilted, the Los Angeles Times and Houston Chronicle detailed Brother Neil's big "consulting" contract with Jiang Mianheng, son of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Young Jiang and his well-connected Communist capitalists are paying Neil $2 million in stock for his "advice" on manufacturing high-tech computer circuits -- despite Neil's sworn oath that he has "absolutely no background" in the field. "But I've been working in Asia for a long time," he added.
He certainly has. Neil also admitted that he'd experienced carnal canoodling with several anonymous women during his business jaunts to Asia over the years. He told the divorce court that these brazen hussies had simply knocked on his hotel door, came in and had sex with him. These encounters were not emollients offered by the businessmen courting his favor and royal name, Neil insisted. Why, he's not even sure the women actually were prostitutes, because "they never asked for money and I didn't pay them." If it's true, as he swears under oath, that he didn't know why those women were there, then the best you can say about Brother Neil is that he is an idiot of the highest order.
But of course Neil is no idiot. He first entered the public eye for a sweet deal he pulled during the Reagan-Bush years. As a director of a Colorado savings-and-loan bank, he steered $100 million of homeowners' savings to his own business partners -- without telling his fellow directors of the personal connection. The partners defaulted, and Bush, using his family links to Argentine strongman Carlos Menem, tried to hide the scam in a bait-and-switch south of the border, as The Austin Chronicle reports. When the feds finally caught up with him in 1990, Bush had cost American taxpayers $1.3 billion in bailouts to cover his mismanagement. As the son of the sitting president, Neil could not possibly go to jail for stealing $100 million; the high-born don't do hard time. No, he was merely fined $50,000 and banned from all banking activities. Naturally, Neil didn't pay his own fine; fat-cat Republican fundraisers covered it for him.
We told you he was no idiot.
Now comes the sweetest deal of all -- enriched by the blood sugar seeping out from the bodies of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Yes, Neil has dipped his silver spoon into the reconstruction gravy being ladled out by his brother George, the White House warlord. Neil is now being paid a fat annual fee to "help companies secure contracts in Iraq," the Financial Times reports.
Bush is co-chairman of a pork funnel called Crest Investment Corporation. His partner, Syrian-American businessman Jamal Daniel, is wired into the chief private conduit of war profits, New Bridge Strategies, a lobbying firm packed with Bush family retainers, many of whom left government service this spring to leap into the Iraq money pit. As long as Brother George keeps tossing cannon fodder into the Iraqi cauldron, Brother Neil will keep padding his bulging Bush wallet.
Neil's sordid saga exemplifies the Bush clan's prime "family value": rake it in from all sides, blood and honor be damned. We've often noted here that Neil and George's grandpa, Prescott Bush, was a huge investor in the Nazi war machine, maintaining his profitable Hitlerian arrangements even after America was at war with Germany. Some of these assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act. But last month, newly uncovered government documents showed that Prescott and his partners, including Democrat bigwig Averill Harriman, secretly held on to more than a dozen other Nazi assets throughout the war, The New Hampshire Gazette reports.
Did anyone go to jail for these crimes? Of course not! Instead, Prescott founded a political dynasty that has used aggressive war, insider trading, covert operations, government corruption and sweetheart deals with virulently anti-democratic patrons (the bin Ladens, Saudi Wahhabi extremists, the Chinese Communist Party, cult leader Sun Myung Moon, etc.) to enrich themselves and their cronies.
If you have no honor, no integrity and don't care if people die to make you rich, why then, the world is just a nameless woman who shows up at your door unasked and lets you have your way with her. Right, Neil?
- "Consultant On Iraq Contracts Employed President's Brother,"
Financial Times, Nov. 27, 2003
- "Bush's Brother Has Contract to Help Chinese Chip Maker,"
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 27, 2003
- "Sex, Lies and Computer Chips,"
Houston Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2003
- "Bush Brother Business Deals Detailed in Divorce,"
Reuters, Nov. 26, 2003
- "O Brother! Where Art Thou?"
Austin Chronicle, March 16, 2001
- "Bush-Nazi Dealings Continued Until 1951: Federal Documents,"
New Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 7, 2003
- "New Bridge Strategies: Board Members and Bios,"
New Bridge Strategies website
- "Documents: Neil Bush has Contract with Chinese,"
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 26, 2003
- "White House Connection: Saudi 'Agents' Close Bush Friends,"
Boston Herald, Dec. 11, 2001
- "Bush Advisers Cashed in on Saudi Gravy Train,"
Boston Herald, Dec. 11, 2001
- "US Ties to Saudi Elite May be Hurting War on Terrorism,"
Boston Herald, Dec. 10, 2001
- "Funding Terror: The Role of Saudi Banks,"
In These Times, Dec. 20, 2002
- "Sun Myung Moon, North Korea and the Bushes,"
Consortiumnews.com, Oct. 11, 2000
- "Rev. Moon, the Bushes and Donald Rumsfeld,"
Consortiumnews.com, Jan. 3, 2001
- "The Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Hooking George Bush,"
Consortiumnews.com, 1997 archives
- "The Bush Family Oligarchy,"
Consortiumnews.com, Aug. 14, 2000
- "George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State Terrorism,"
Consortiumnews.com, Sept. 23, 2000
- "Influence and Bailouts a Business Tradition in Bush Family,"
St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 29, 2000
- "The Bush Dynasty and the Cuban Criminals,"
The Guaridan, Dec. 2, 2002
- "Terrorists, Dollars and a Tangled Web,"
MSNBC.com, Sept. 24, 2001
|Average Score: 5|