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FTR #186 What Does the “W.” in George W. Bush Stand For?

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This pro­gram details some of the inter­est­ing con­nec­tions of the Bush fam­i­ly and George “W.” begin­ning with a review of the Bush/James R. Bath/Bin Laden fam­i­ly con­nec­tion. Bush’s Arbus­to Ener­gy com­pa­ny was begun, in part, with mon­ey from one James R. Bath. Bath’s reput­ed asso­ci­a­tions run from the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency to the failed BCCI. The lat­ter was a finan­cial insti­tu­tion involved in drug-deal­ing, ter­ror­ism and arms traf­fick­ing. (It was used by Oliv­er North for some of his Iran-Con­tra machi­na­tions.)

Bath was the Texas busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Sau­di ter­ror­ist Osama Bin Laden’s fam­i­ly and the mon­ey he used to help start Arbus­to may very well have come, in part, from the Bin Laden fam­i­ly. (Bath appears to have had lit­tle or no cap­i­tal of his own at this time.) Bath told a busi­ness asso­ciate that he had been per­son­al­ly recruit­ed into the CIA by George H.W. Bush, when he was direc­tor of the Agency. Bath also claimed that his involve­ment with his Sau­di clients was under­tak­en at the spe­cif­ic request of the senior Bush. (Pre­sum­ably, this would have includ­ed his work on behalf of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly.) The pro­gram details George W’s disin­gen­u­ous state­ment that nei­ther he nor his father had any sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness deal­ings with Bath.

In late Novem­ber of 1999, “W” unveiled some of his for­eign pol­i­cy agen­da. Inter­est­ing­ly (and per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly), Bush advo­cates pres­sur­ing Rus­sia to desist in its attempt to crush the Chechen rebels. Mr. Emory notes that Bush is a petro­le­um indus­try pro­fes­sion­al and that the Chechen fight­ers have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly influ­enced by Wah­habi­ism. (For more on Wah­habi­ism in the for­mer Sovi­et Union, see FTR-103.) A con­ser­v­a­tive Islam­ic sect based in Sau­di Ara­bia, the Wah­habis have been mak­ing their pres­ence felt in many parts of the world in recent years. The Wah­habi attack on Dages­tan threat­ened a key petro­le­um-pro­duc­ing region in Rus­sia, pro­vok­ing the retal­i­a­tion that fol­lowed. In light of the his­to­ry of Wah­habi­ism, the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the Chechen gueril­las are being manip­u­lat­ed by ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the petro­le­um indus­try, inter­na­tion­al fas­cism and/or the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty should not be too read­i­ly cast aside. As dis­cussed in FTR-103, per­haps the best known expo­nent of con­tem­po­rary Wah­habi­ism is the afore­men­tioned Osama Bin Laden. (Like the Chechen war­lord Khat­tab, Bin Laden got his mil­i­tary train­ing fight­ing with the CIA backed anti-Sovi­et gueril­las in Afghanistan.)

Mr. Emory rumi­nates about the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Bush’s desire to pres­sure Rus­sia in con­nec­tion with Chech­nya may be relat­ed to the Wah­habi attempts to con­trol this key Russ­ian petro­le­um-pro­duc­ing region, as well as Bush’s own involve­ment with the oil indus­try. Next, the dis­cus­sion sets forth the back­ground of Robert Zoel­lick, a key for­eign pol­i­cy advis­er of W’s and a for­mer State Depart­ment offi­cial in his father’s admin­is­tra­tion. Zoel­lick is asso­ci­at­ed with the Ger­man Mar­shall Fund of the Unit­ed States. Begun in 1972, the lat­ter is a pub­lic rela­tions vehi­cle for the Ger­man com­pa­nies that fund­ed Hitler and (after the war) became involved with the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal orga­ni­za­tion. Excerpt­ing FTR-177, the broad­cast reviews the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the with­draw­al of the For­tu­nate Son biog­ra­phy of “W.”

This book (which alleges cocaine use by George W.) was pulled from the mar­ket after it was dis­closed that its author had a seri­ous crim­i­nal record. The edi­tor-in-chief of St. Mar­t­in’s Press resigned over the book, on which he appar­ent­ly had lit­tle or no input. The book project was high­ly secre­tive, being referred to in house by the code-word “M.J”.

St. Mar­t­in’s Press is owned by Von Holtzbrinck (the oth­er Nazi-linked firm which, with Ber­tels­mann, con­trols Amer­i­can pub­lish­ing.) With the Bush fam­i­ly’s long his­to­ry of involve­ment with Nazism, Mr. Emory spec­u­lates that the For­tu­nate Son project may have been delib­er­ate­ly under­tak­en to neg­a­tive­ly stig­ma­tize the George W/cocaine sto­ry. With alle­ga­tions sur­fac­ing about W’s alleged involve­ment in an on-cam­era DEA sting oper­a­tion in 1985 (in which both W and Jeb Bush alleged­ly picked up a kilo of cocaine each), Mr. Emory won­ders if the Von Holtzbrinck firm was clear­ing the way for the Under­ground Reich’s can­di­date by ren­der­ing the sto­ry untouch­able. (See more on the Bush cocaine sto­ry.)

The sec­ond half of the pro­gram direct­ly answers the ques­tion posed in the pro­gram’s title. (The “W” stands for Walk­er, the last name of Bush’s great grand­fa­ther, one of Hitler’s most pow­er­ful Amer­i­can finan­cial back­ers.)

The broad­cast high­lights the pro­found involve­ment of George Her­bert Walk­er and his son-in-law Prescott Bush in the financ­ing of the Ger­man indus­tri­al con­cerns that backed Hitler. (Prescott Bush Sr. is the father of the for­mer Pres­i­dent and CIA Direc­tor and the grand­fa­ther of “W.”) In par­tic­u­lar, the pro­gram focus­es on the Ham­burg-Ameri­ka line, one of the Bush-con­nect­ed com­pa­nies that played a key role in Nazi espi­onage before and dur­ing World War II. In addi­tion to help­ing to fund the oper­a­tions of the SS, the Ham­burg-Ameri­ka line also played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal pro­gram.

The dis­cus­sion under­scores the strong con­nec­tions between Walk­er, Prescott Bush Sr. and Fritz Thyssen, the Ger­man steel mak­er and one of Hitler’s ear­li­est and most promi­nent finan­cial back­ers. The gen­e­sis of the Walk­er-Thyssen rela­tion­ship was in 1924, the year after Thyssen began to devel­op the long rela­tion­ship with Mar­tin Bor­mann, a famil­ial rela­tion­ship that has spanned the gen­er­a­tions. (See more on Bor­mann-Thyssen rela­tion­ship. Mr. Emory spec­u­lates that the Bush fam­i­ly may very well be deeply involved with the Bor­mann group.)

The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at George Sr.‘s involve­ment with the Nazi emi­gre milieu that spawned the Repub­li­can Eth­nic Her­itage Orga­ni­za­tion, lit­er­al­ly a Nazi wing of the Repub­li­can par­ty. A close polit­i­cal ally of Richard Nixon’s, George Bush mid­wived the for­mal inclu­sion of the Nazi “eth­nics” in the GOP, uti­liz­ing his posi­tion as chair­man of the Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee. Bush lat­er used this same Nazi emi­gre net­work in his 1988 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. (Record­ed on 12/12/99.)


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