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Thursday, March 04, 2004

The Best Bush-Bash Book...
...that I've read, by far, is Kevin Phillips American Dynasty, which I just finished. I'm trying to remember some of the other books I've read: Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country?, Scott Ritter's Frontier Justice, and a couple of others. Most were interesting in some respects and provided me with a few new bits of information, but for the most part they pretty much told the same stories that are recounted in this blog. That is, I already knew about most of them.

And I knew many of the things Phillips said, as well, but he makes a convincing and fairly new-to-me case of the corruption and danger posed by the Bush family dynasty. When George H. W. Bush said that Saddam Hussein was "worse than Hitler," it was more than just rhetorical hyperbole. Bush Sr. knew all about Saddam Hussein and his weapons, because he had been instrumental in supplying those weapons to Saddam through most of the 1980's, and even well into 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait. And he may well have known about Hitler from conversations with his father, whose finance firm helped to bankroll Nazi Germany's military buildup in the 1930's and into the early years of World War II.

Phillips recounts the three major foreign-policy scandals connected to G. H. W. Bush during his years as vice president and president: the October Surprise, Iran-Contra, and "Iraqgate." Here is Phillips' description of Iraqgate:

The third scandal, Iraqgate, was also the most prejudicial to the public's high-flying early-1991 perception of Bush as a successful Persian Gulf war leader. Discussion of Bush's prewar aid to Iraq had grown intense--witness the remarks which a grave Ted Koppel had opened ABC News Nightline on June 9, 1992: "It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes through the 1980's, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy."

Basically, the clear impression you get from reading Phillips' book is that the Bushes are probably THE greatest crime family in history. Hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions, have died, legitimate governments overthrown, dictators installed and armed, money stolen, laws galore broken, all so this huge genetic defect can grab and hold power. Recalling that Bush Sr. crashed his plane in the Pacific in World War II and was rescued by a Navy boat, I'll offer again my paraphrase of Trent Lott's tribute to Strom Thurmond: If the Navy hadn't pulled George H. W. Bush out of the Pacific, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years.

And frankly, I think all Bushes should be barred from ever holding office again (well, except maybe cellblock captain). And the same applies to any secret-society buddies of his.