• Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and Frame Nixon?

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    by David Swanson: Did
    Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and FrameNixon?



    Russ Baker’s
    book presents an account of the U.S. government that is both remarkably
    new and extensively documented. According to this account, George
    H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, devoted his career
    to secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became
    the CIA director, and the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats
    he began working with early on has played a powerful but hidden
    role in determining the direction of the U.S. government up to the
    current day.

    New research
    and newly highlighted information assembled by Baker presents at
    least the strong possibility that Bush was involved in assassinating
    President Kennedy, and that Bush was involved in staging the Watergate
    break-in (and the break-in at Dan Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s) with
    the purpose of having these break-ins exposed and the blame placed
    on President Nixon. In this account, those in on the get-Nixon plot
    included John Dean and Bob Woodward. While this retelling of history
    would make a certain Robert Redford movie look really, really silly,
    it would – on the other hand – make Woodward’s performance
    during Watergate fit more coherently with everything he’s known
    to have done before and since. It would also give new meaning to
    Dean’s recent book title "Conservatives Without a Conscience."
    I would love to see either of these men’s response to Baker’s book.

    Many readers
    of this review may now be rushing off to declare Baker either profoundly
    insane or (probably in fewer cases) indisputably correct in his
    views regarding the removal of Kennedy and Nixon from the White
    House, but I would strongly urge reading the book before doing so.
    It’s called Family
    of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It In
    The White House, And What Their Influence Means for America

    Those of us
    who have pushed for years now to have Bush Jr. impeached or prosecuted
    have heard all imaginable excuses and then some. One has been this:
    "Punishing the figurehead puppet president would amount to
    excusing the real powers behind the throne." And, of course,
    some of us have never doubted that such powers existed, but considered
    letting Bush and Cheney walk free as a surer way to protect other
    guilty parties than punishing them would be. There are guilty parties
    in Congress too, of course, but how the pervasiveness of guilt justifies
    letting everyone off the hook has always escaped me. The arrests
    have to begin somewhere. In any case, I bring up the image of presidents
    as puppets because Baker provides a new variation on that theme.
    In his account, Bush Jr. is indeed not the driving force, but a
    clique centered around his father is.

    Baker does
    not focus on Bush Jr.’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and does not
    even mention his role in the plot
    to overthrow President Roosevelt
    in 1933. Baker’s focus is on
    Poppy, although Prescott and his anger toward Kennedy are in the
    background. It is not a completely new idea to suppose that Kennedy
    was killed because he angered the CIA and powerful Americans with
    business interests in Cuba. It is, as far as I know, new to show,
    as Baker extensively documents and then summarizes, that:

    Bush was closely tied to key members of the intelligence community
    including the deposed CIA head with a known grudge against JFK;
    he was also tied to Texas oligarchs who hated Kennedy’s politics
    and whose wealth was directly threatened by Kennedy; this network
    was part of the military/intelligence elite with a history of using
    assassination as an instrument of policy.

    Bush was in Dallas on November 21 and most likely the morning of
    November 22. He hid that fact, he lied about knowing where he was,
    then he created an alibi based on a lead he knew was false. And
    he never acknowledged the closeness of his relationship with Oswald’s
    handler George de Mohrenschildt.

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    29, 2010

    David Swanson
    is the author of the new book Daybreak:
    Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union

    Seven Stories Press. Visit his

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