This article will focus in particular on the background and the lead up to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq during the G.W.Bush Administration, including the triggering reason which we know as the September 11 attacks.
Behind the scene there were powerful persons like the US Vice President Dick Cheney and Donald Romsfeld, US Defence secretary. Obviously far more people played a role, not only in the cover up of some events but also in widespread human right abuses. The circumstances have been most controversial and will be always controversial, like the key players in all the various operations. History will eventually teach us that the duplicity in US foreign policy over decades created both friends and enemies alike, but that some choices being made at the Executive branch of the US have been inexcusable for anything inflicted on both American people and people at other corners of the world.
This article about George W Bush is a sobering article. It is not complete. The details are far more extensive and sobering as one can imagine. The abuses on human rights are notorious. We can only say:”Never ever again. At this very present moment United States Attorney‘ Patrick Fitzgerald is in the best position perhaps to collect further evidence for further court (grand jury)procedures as justice need to be done.The difficulty in the US however is that the intelligence community keeps watch an Attorney’s if it would involve White House related issues, even from former US Presidents.
Operating in the elected role of the US Commander-in-Chief requires obviously skill and wisdom to deal with various and complex dynamics within the closer circles of Washington, but it requires both good nature, integrity, but also a healthy and intelligent curiosity in the facts outside the domain of military intelligence, as history proved that this intelligence has often been used for reasons contributing to a world with increasing dangers, based on the most irrational decisions of some US Presidents, – based as well perhaps on possibly some very doubtful and incorrect intelligence being provided. People in those Agencies are obviously most of the time very skilled in doing their specific job – as ordered , but they neither have the required full picture on the justification of their orders, nor do they have right historical facts available to explain dynamics as they are. They simply do their job in which they are good at. The New World Order as proclaimed by former US President G.H.W.Bush (sr) proved to be wrong; full of empty rhetoric and full of duplicity including multiple covert operations to undermine both stability in te US and elsewhere. If a General states that a war can be a success, it does not say anything about the justification of such a war. The US has been in the past ongoing in conflict situations largely as a result of most doubtful foreign policy directions in which the public has been largely misled. Due to significant errors in the past the current Obama Administration has to solve a number of predicaments, at least for a considerable part as due to failures of past Administration’s. The art of leadership however is now is to get out of those predicaments, facing the facts and the past dynamics as they are and deal with it in a more positive direction. This applies in part to a foreign policy which is inclusive of the perception to treat countries and people with dignity and respect unless there are legitimate threats subject to prove. Provoking and supporting terror by supporting doubtful groups in covert operations or secret missions against other countries will hit back eventually in terms of self-inflicted terror. This has been already subject to prove in the past.
The risk – benefit ratio for covert operations need to be carefully considered and the purpose needs to prevent risk on both war or terror. US history shows that both the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq 1, Afghanistan and Iraq 2 had US involvement on very dubious and controversial grounds. All those wars were preventable, like some plane crashes were preventable when they are analysed in retrospect.
If in foreign policy the sense of values and the needs for humanity get lost, the result of actions on various battlefields which could have been prevented will be increasingly inhuman. Those risks will only increase with poorly selected engagements and at the end of the day we will all suffer as a result the menace of senseless violence.
The “New World Order” as proclaimed and supported by Bush, sr, – since his CIA endeavours in the late 50ties and early 60ties have supported this menace of senseless violence and Bush,jr seemed to have worked out this legacy in even more senseless detail, with a media accepting things as they were, and even Congress (apart from the few who tried to do the opposite) supporting this direction at the time.
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The 43rd US President
“A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.” – G.W.Bush.
“America is the land of a second chance – when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.” – G.W.Bush
Born in 1946 in Connecticut (New Heaven) he graduated at Yale University and Harvard Business School. Besides extensive oil business, his family had a highly political background and his father was George H.W.Bush was the 41st US President. Both father and son were members of the secret society “Skull and Bones”.
Bush,jr was in his younger years perhaps a bit of a rascal. He was arrested for disorderly conduct at the age of 20 after he and some friends had “a few beers” and stole a Christmas wreath from a hotel. The charges were later dropped.
At some stage a 26-year-old Bush did visit in 1972 his parents in Washington, D.C. This was over a Christmas holiday. He took his 16-year-old brother Marvin out drinking and I guess they had a good time. However, on the way home Bush lost control of the car and hit a waste container, but continued driving home. It was a bit noisy as the garbage can wedged under the car. Sounds like a good story, as we all had perhaps issues when we were younger. However at the age of 26 this was perhaps slightly over the top. His dad was not pleased, the least.When his father, George H. W. Bush, called him in (you know those private consultations between dad and son), – not only for his own behavior but also for exposing his younger brother to risk, George W. (still under the influence), appeared to have shouted angrily, “I hear you’re looking for me. You wanna go mano-a-mano right here?” Before the elder Bush could reply, the situation was kindly saved by brother Jeb, who did surprise his father with the news that George W. had been accepted for Harvard Business School. Obviously this was happy news for dad. At the age of 30 Bush was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Kennebunkport, Maine, near the family’s summer residence. He was fined US$150 and had his driving license suspended for two years.
Bush did describe his days before his religious conversion in his 40s as his “nomadic” period and “irresponsible youth” and admitted to drinking “too much” in those years. Bush reportedly quoted by saying that “alcohol began to compete with my energies … I’d lose focus”. He acknowledged that he was “drinking too much”.
George W. Bush started his career in the oil business (Texas) and in 1994 he was elected to the position of Governor of Texas, serving nearly 2 terms. Bush was really a successful Governor in Texas from 1995 until 2000 and supported legislation for tort reform, increased education funding, higher standards for schools, besides reforming the criminal justice system. He newly tried faith-based welfare programs and made Texas the leading producer of wind powered electricity in the US. As Governor Bush signed however more death row inmates to be executed than any other Governor in the Texas history. The average was one death every nine days. The death penalty number was 153 during his reigns. He intervened however and commuted the death sentence of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush said that he stopped drinking after waking up with a hangover after his 40th birthday celebration: “I quit drinking in 1986 and haven’t had a drop since then.” He mentioned that meeting Reverend Billy Graham in 1985 (after which he began serious Bible study) was a major trigger to change his life, apart from gentle and persistent pressure fromLaura, his wife. Billy Graham in an interview with Brian Williams said: “I’ve heard others say that, and people have written it, but I cannot say that.” – “I was with him and I used to teach the Bible at Kennebunkport to the Bush family when he was a younger man, but I never feel that I in any way turned his life around.” Bush later in an interview could not remember one single word that passed between him and Billy Graham ( See A Charge to Keep : an interview from Herskowitz with G.W.Bush)
Author Terry Reed reflected at a Los Angeles public gathering in July 1999 on a video tape during the 2000 Presidential campaign “showing George W. Bush and his brother Jeb arriving at Tamiami Airport in 1985 to pick up two kilo- of cocaine for a party. Reed said: “They flew in on a King Air 200.” Subsequent statements made by Barry Seal (see the edition about the former US President G.H Bush) recorded in Reed’s 1995 book Compromised do mention how Seal tried to make himself “impressive” perhaps about how he had both knowledge and a video of “the Bush boys” doing coke. Other witnesses located for this story, who were in considerable official positions in 1985, have confirmed that the described Tamiami sting took place. All, in fear for their lives, have refused to go on the record. Not sure whether this story about Bush is entirely correct as the impression to be made as such is clearly subject to prove. Bush’s previous alcohol problems are correct, however in fairness and at the credit of G.W.Bush he did overcome this problem and in his progressing career the issue of using this type of recreational drugs would have put him at a high level of risk during his Presidential campaign, which he was determined to win. In fairness there is less certainty about this than other things..
Previous chapters did reflect on the G.H.W.Bush connection in the JFK assassination in Dallas on the 22nd of November 1963. The Bush family as part of a longstanding CIA connection had a great dislike for both John F Kennedy and his brother “Bobby” Kennedy. Special Forces and Division 4 operative’s final report ( Division 4 JFK Jr. preliminary report) do name former Presidents George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush among others as being involved in orchestrating the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr. This however is subject to prove in court.
While John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. was reported to have died in an accidental plane crash on July 16, 1999, Division 4’s preliminary report reveals careful details in contrast to those reported by news outlets, indicating what the team described in its report as “classic media disinformation. The final report (reportedly) said “they perceived him as a political threat and future rival…” — “The meeting to discuss the murder occurred in the White House oval office. The subjects named in the report who participated in ordering the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. were (reportedly) President Clinton and his wife Hillary–both in the room, former Attorney General Janet Reno–also in the room and who JFK Jr. had publicly called to task for her role in Waco and Ruby Ridge operations, FBI Director Louis Freeh–in the room, and former President George H. W. Bush, Lawrence Rockefeller (now deceased), and three Inner Circle Council of Thirteen members who were all teleconferenced into the oval office discussion via secure White House phone lines.“ —“FBI Director Freeh left the oval office after the murder plot was discussed and met with Israeli Mossad agent Michael Harari who then met with his supervisor, General Rafael Eitan, considered to be one of the most dangerous Israeli agents who ever lived,” ( the last stated by Delbert, a former CIA Operative). Though pre-election assassinations are difficult to prove they could be a way for an assured (or at least easier) election victory to keep or gain power by removing a political rival from the scene–forever. Given the Division 4 reports and witness testimony on the White House assassination plot, the United States Attorney‘ Patrick Fitzgerald grand jury if so proceeding on matters, will also need to start a probe of the close, coincidental time-line nexus between John Jr.’s plane “accident” and Vice President Al Gore’s “close call” the week before on Air Force Two. About one week before JFK, Jr’s death on July 16, 1999, Vice-President Al Gore’s Air Force Two jet lost power and had to make an emergency landing while flying through heavily congested air space near Chicago. Gore’s plane going down would have resulted in another pre-2000, election-related “accidental” death almost overlapping John F. Kennedy, Jr. Intelligence sources have alleged that Gore’s plane was vectored, possibly resulting in loss of cabin pressure related to some sort of software technology, in a failed attempt to “clear the field” for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential race. Whilst JFK,jr based on the documentation for certain did not die as a result of an accident, the revelations of the ex CIA Operative Delbert do call for careful investigations, as those really very serious matters are subject to prove.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nXv6tFwNkk The assassination of John F Kennedy, jr in 1999
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuO5oUMJfT United States Attorney’ Patrick Fitzgerald : “The Untouchable”
The Bush family is interesting and has been always pushing for certain interests in the US, more balanced towards military endeavours both large and small. George H. W. always denied being involved in Iran contra. But according to General Bowen, “investigators obtained copies of Colonel Oliver North’s diaries which documented Bush’s role as a CIA supervisor of the contra supply network”. In 1988 Bush issued false statements to Congress, testifying he knew nothing about the illegal supply flights. The issue of private teams of foreign assassins available to do the political bidding could be true, like assassins have been available for other US Presidents. Hopefully Special Counsel Fitzgerald’s “court” will find more about this eventually as the circumstances in which those assassins are used require careful consideration. However White House incrimination will be extremely difficult to prove as the US justice systems tend to work favourable for those who have worked at the highest positions and the US has a history of unresolved political assassinations.
Bush raised some eyebrows with various people by asking Dick Cheney as his running mate for the Presidential elections in 2000. Not unlikely after discussion this with Bush,sr, who knew his son a bit better and wanted perhaps strong background support for a succesful Presidency, serving some family ties & traditions as well, such as the New world order (politics).
Within this context it is good to say something on this powerful man Cheney, a man with an impressive business background. Cheney served in the White House during the Nixon Administration. He joined the staff of Donald Rumsfeld as well, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1969–70. Cheney advised on various options in a memo to Rumsfeld, including use of the US Justice Department which the Ford administration could use to minimise damage as a result of an article in The New York Times. In this article reporter Seymour Hersh reflected that US Navy submarines had wired into Soviet undersea communications as part of a highly classified program. Cheney was Assistant to President Gerald Ford. When Rumsfeld was named Secretary of Defense, Cheney became White House Chief of Staff, succeeding Rumsfeld. He became selected as well to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Cheney expressed public concern that nations such as Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, could acquire nuclear components after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As Secretary of Defence Cheney did oversee the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other operations. He became officially nominated by the Republican Party at the 2000 Republican National Convention, as the running mate for G.W.Bush.
Whilst the focus of this article is the Presidency of G.W Bush, it is good to discuss Dick Cheney further. It is important to get a bit more of the total picture in the lead up to a few things under the Bush Administration as he was the most influential US Vice-President in US history. We have to divert attention therefore briefly to “Halliburton”.
Halliburton is almost the world’s largest oilfield services corporation with more than 70 countries involved in operational activity, reaching over the 500 subsidiaries, affiliates, branches and divisions worldwide with over 50,000 employees. A most powerful company.
After Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the Pentagon, led by defense secretary Dick Cheney, paid Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root Services close to $9 million to study the use of private military forces with American soldiers in combat zones. In 1995, Cheney replaced Thomas H. Cruikshank, as chairman and CEO at Halliburton. Halliburton was found to be in violation of federal trade barriers in Iraq and Libya in the early 1990ties, selling these countries dual-use oil drilling equipment and sending six pulse neutron generators to Libya. After having pleaded guilty, the company was fined $1.2 million, with another $2.61 million in penalties. Halliburton merged with Dresser Industries in 1998, which included Kellogg. Prescott Bush (former US President G.W.Bush’s dad) was a director of Dresser Industries (now part of Halliburton); Former president George H. W. Bush, worked for Dresser Industries in several positions from 1948 to 1951, before he founded Zapata Corporation. As you see there have been high level business connections. In both the JFK assassination, Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair, Zapata associates were involved, with considerable CIA connections. It reflects perhaps some cultural aspects.
In 2001 The Wall Street Journal showed that a subsidiary of Halliburton Energy Services (Halliburton Products and Services Ltd) opened an office in Tehran. Whilst Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, he may have violated the Trading with the Enemy Act. Headquarters of Halliburton are in the North Belt office in Houston, Texas, and since 2007 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (opened March 2007). KBR, is a major closely associated company of refineries, oil fields, pipelines, and chemical plants. Halliburton announced on April 5, 2007 that it had finally broken ties with KBR, which had been its contracting, engineering and construction unit as a part of the company for 44 years. However in November 2002 KBR was tasked to plan oil well firefighting in Iraq.Critics contend that it was a no-bid contract, awarded due to Dick Cheney’s position as vice president. Others contend that KBR won “in a competitive bid process.” The contract was actually invoked at the convenience of the Army. KBR had not the best reputation. Halliburton in 2003 revealed in SEC filings that its KBR subsidiary had paid a Nigerian official $2.4 million in bribes in order to receive favorable tax treatment. Interestingly KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root) announced beginning 2006 that it was awarded a $385 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build “temporary detention and processing facilities” or internment camps. In line with the comments from Business Wire, this contract was to be executed in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District. Opposing groups point to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp as a possible model.
It is fair to say that Dick Cheney had interesting connections. Halliburton became the object of various controversies around the 2003 Iraq War with the company’s ties to former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was interested in the Vice-Presidency of the US and retired from the company during the 2000 U.S. presidential election campaign. He received a package worth $36 million. In 2004 he received $398,548 in deferred compensation from Halliburton while Vice President. Once more Dick Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000. (>Still not ready as yet with Dick Cheney and Halliburton. It will take time to get the picture.<)
Bunnatine Greenhouse a civil servant with much contracting experience, had complained to the Pentagon on various occasions that Halliburton had been unlawfully receiving (preferential treatment) for work in Iraq, Kuwait and the Balkans. Criminal investigations were opened by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pentagon’s inspector general. It was stated that Military auditors caught Halliburton overcharging the Pentagon for fuel deliveries into Iraq. It was stated as well that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‘s office took control on all aspects of Halliburton’s $7 billion Iraqi oil/infrastructure contract. After the testimony Greenhouse was demoted for poor performance. An internal report released by BP into the Deepwater Horizon Incident claimed in September 2010 that poor practices of Halliburton staff had contributed to the oil disaster. Halliburton was jointly at fault along with BP and Transocean for the spill. The cement that Halliburton used was of poor quality, and caused eventually hydrocarbons to leak into the well, causing the notorious explosion that started the crisis. The Nigerian government filed corruption charges against Cheney in December 2010 because of his role as the Chief Executive of Halliburton. It did relate to an alleged $182 million contract where a four-company joint venture was involved to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island( Southern Nigeria). In 2009 already , KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, agreed to pay $402 million after an admission that it bribed Nigerian officials. Halliburton paid $177 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting any wrongdoing. The case was settled when Nigeria mid December 2010 (not that long ago) agreed to drop the corruption charges against Cheney and Halliburton in exchange for a $250 million settlement. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission stated that the $250 million would include about $130 million frozen in a Swiss bank, and the rest would be paid as fines. Needless to say that Dick Cheney, still being active despite poor health, has been a powerful man with an interesting…background so to say. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were the powerful men in the US Presidency of G.W.Bush and before we start to discuss the controversial Presidency of G.W.Bush it is worthwhile to give on Rumsfeld some background information as well.
Donald Rumsfeld was in Congress until 1969 — his fourth term — to serve then in the Nixon administration. He was Assistant to the President: officially “Counselor to the President” in December 1970, besides Director of the Economic Stabilization Program. Nixon was recorded saying about Rumsfeld in 1971: “at least Rummy is tough enough” and “he’s a ruthless little bastard.
After a different position Rumsfeld was called back to Washington in August 1974 to help the transition for the new president, Gerald R. Ford. He was Ford’s close confidant since the time Ford was House minority leader in the House of Representatives. During Ford’s presidency, Rumsfeld became later White House Chief of Staff until 1975, In October 1975, Ford changed his cabinet as due to the Halloween Massacre. Rumsfeld became the 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense. George H. W. Bush however (became Director of Central Intelligence. Bob Woodward‘s in his 2002 book Bush at War, reflected on the rivalry between the two men and “Bush senior was convinced that Rumsfeld was pushing him out of the CIA to end his political career.” At the Pentagon, Rumsfeld was skillfully undermining Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the SALT talks. He implemented the development of cruise missiles, the B-1 bomber, and a major naval shipbuilding program. Rumsfeld was from 1990 until 1993 the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation which was at that time a leader in broadband transmission, distribution, and control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications. The company pioneered the development of the first all-digital high-definition television (HDTV) technology. From January 1997 Rumsfeld was the Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. Gilead Sciences which was the developer of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir), which is used in the treatment of bird flu and influenza. The drug does attack virus and prevent it from spreading in the body. Rumsfeld’s holdings in the company increased massive when avian flu became a subject of general public anxiety during his later term as Secretary of Defense. Following standard practice, Rumsfeld directed the Pentagon’s General Counsel to issue instructions indicating that he could not be involved if there was bird flu pandemic and the Pentagon had to respond. Rumsfeld was later part of the ABB’s board from 1990 to 2001. ABB—based in Zürich, Switzerland—is a European engineering giant formed through the merger between ASEA of Sweden and Brown Boveri of Switzerland. In 2000 this company sold two light-water nuclear reactors to KEDO for installation in North Korea, as part of the 1994 agreed framework reached under President Bill Clinton. The sale of this nuclear technology was a high-profile contract. ABB’s CEO, Göran Lindahl, visited North Korea in November 1999 to announce ABB’s “wide-ranging, long-term coöperation agreement” with the Communist Government of North Korea. Rumsfeld’s office said that the Secretary of Defense did not “recall it being brought before the board at any time.” But ABB official Björn Edlund told Fortune that “board members were informed about this project.” In other words Rumsfeld was fully aware, but Clinton as well, obviously.
When Rumsfeld visited Baghdad on December 19–December 20, 1983, (as part of Reagan’s Special Envoy to the Middle East) he and Saddam Hussein had a 90-minute conversation of various sorts. They were at large in agreement to oppose Syria’s occupation in Lebanon, preventing as well Syrian and Iranian expansion, besides preventing arms sales to Iran We know how Reagan got the US Presidency with a special pre-election deal with the Islāmic Republic of Iran and delaying the Iran hostage crisis, in which former Vice-President G.W. Bush with his established CIA connections played a role. Rumsfeld offered that U.S.-Iraq relations could improve with the U.S. supporting a new oil pipeline across Jordan. Iraq has never been in favour but was now willing to reconsider as the US appeared most willing to be of assistance in other important matters. Rumsfeld told Tariq Aziz (Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister) that: “Our efforts to help were inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us … citing the use of chemical weapons.” Rumsfeld gave many gifts from the Reagan administration to Saddam Hussein. Interesting gifts as they did include pistols, medieval spiked hammers and a pair of golden cowboy spurs. Until the 1991 Gulf War, these were all displayed at Saddam Hussein’s Victory Museum in Baghdad which held all the gifts bestowed on Saddam by friendly national leaders. It was Saddam’s perception that the US would accept the invasion in Kuwait, based on the existing relationship, based on the forewarning he provided, and based on the fact the US did not give a warning. Rumsfeld signed a PNAC letter on the 29th of January 1998, calling for President Bill Clinton to carry out “regime change” in Iraq. As part of the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, chaired by Rumsfeld in the first part of 1998 the conclusion was that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea could develop intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities within a time frame of ten years and that U.S. intelligence would hardly have any warning before such systems were deployed. If we put matters in a historical framework, the US dealings with both Iran ,Iraq and Korea were asking for trouble down the line. The first dealings were wrong in the first instance as there were all sorts of mixed agenda’s involved, it was a reflection of poor foreign diplomacy with a view on longstanding instability and increasing dangers. It was a “cut corner” strategy and some countries had to endure the implications of the shortcomings of various US Administrations in a row. Simply stupid errors have been made as agreements with dictators do not work. Short term financial gain can lead to longterm strategic pain!
Back now to George W Bush, as he became the new US President with those powerful people behind him.
George W. Bush did win the elections narrowly from Vice President Al Gore, with a controversial ruling in which the State Florida played a role.The Court reversed a Florida Supreme Court which ordered a third count Florida. This was stopped as an ordered statewide hand recount on violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The machine recount revealed that Bush did win the Florida vote only 537 votes out of six million. Although Bush received 543,895 less votes than Gore nationwide, Bush did win the election with 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 266. While the election outcome was not clear as yet, the Bush-Cheney team could not get public funding to plan a new Administration. Cheney opened a privately funded office in Washington to find candidates for all important positions in the new Bush Administration. According to Craig Unger, Cheney proposed Donald Rumsfeld for the post of Secretary of Defense to balance the influence of Colin Powell at the State Department
In comparison with the Clinton years his policies moved right off the centre. His domestic policy did include various tax cuts and only 3 months in office in 2001 a terrorist attack took place on New York and Washington which implicated a dramatic change on US foreign policy. Bush,sr had a significant background impact on his son’s foreign policy. G.W. Bush was surrounded by former aides and veterans including Cheney, Powell, Card, Rice and a few more. Bush, sr did influence his son’s administration from behind the scenes. The Bushes “have a long memory”, as Dick Cheney liked to remind people privately. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Cheney was vital in providing the primary justification for entering into a second war with Iraq. Cheney assisted to shape Bush’s approach to the “War on Terrorism“, alleging in various public statements that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. He made many personal visits to CIA headquarters, where he questioned mid-level agency analysts on their conclusions. Cheney insisted to allege links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, even though classified President’s Daily Brief on September 21, 2001 reflected that the U.S. intelligence community had neither evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11th attacks nor “scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda. Cheney has been characterized as the most powerful and influential Vice President in history. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rumsfeld provided the military planning and implementation of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Rumsfeld highly favoured to send both the smallest and effective force as possible for both conflicts, a concept called “the Rumsfeld Doctrine.”
The G.W Bush Presidency was dominated by the war against terrorism, including both the war in Afghanistanand Iraq. This article will be concentrated on both 9/11 and the wars thereafter, apart from some (but not all) human right abuses for which both G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld could face trials for those abuses when they would visit eg certain countries in Europe. Needless to say there are more culprits. It is impossible to tell everything what happened, but let it be clear that the US Government did by far not reach the standards of being operating at the right side of the moral spectrum. It will be discussed in this article, but it is only a “tip of the iceberg.”
On the 20th anniversary of the first Gulf War, historian Geoffrey Wawro considered the poor planning and mistakes made by George H.W. Bush and his advisers explained in part why American troops have fought there until recently. (The former H.W. Bush administration’s vacillating policy toward the Iraqi dictator may have encouraged Saddam to invade Kuwait. As Vice President H.W. Bush had organised much of the U.S. military and economic aid to Saddam during his eight-year war with Iran, trying as well since 1989 to get Saddam in an agreement with the US against Iran. The Administration was aware of Saddam’s potential move into Kuwait but as has been mentioned earlier failed to give a firm warning. Cheney did consider at the time that the first Iraq war was likely to face the US again in the future. The US left however a mess in Iraq.
Let’s put it in this way: if the US Administration would not have made a pre-election deal with Khomeini and accepting the Islāmic Republic in Iran (to steal the election from Jimmy Carter by delaying the hostage crisis on purpose), there would not have been a reason to get involved in any dubious other deals with Iran, neither would there have been a reason to get involved with Saddam Hussein later on and providing him with money and weapons in exchange of a deal against Iran who could not be trusted anymore. The duplicity approach to Iraq before the first Iraq war created false anticipations from Saddam Hussein and failing to give a firm warning, based upon US security information being available at the time that Iraq had plans to invade Kuwait created this obviously notorious invasion. However in retrospect it was in the American interest to rally support from their allies to start the Gulf war. It could have been prevented by both wise management and leadership.Commander-in-Chief Bush Sr. (widely praised for the invasion) approved dumping 375 tons of depleted uranium (DU) weaponry on Iraq during the war, despite foreknowledge that the radioactivity as a result of this would make food and water in the bombed regions unsafe for consumption on an indefinite basis (DU remains radioactive for millions of years). Depleted uranium is also suspected to be the cause of significant higher levels of birth defects and cancer cases among those in bombed areas, likewise a significant connection with the many health predicaments for those soldiers serving in the first Iraq war. US forces also destroyed electrical grids that powered 1,410 water-treatment plants for Iraq’s 22 million people. A summary from “Strategic Attack,” a 1998 US Air Force document, explains: “The electrical attacks proved extremely effective … The loss of electricity shut down the capital’s water treatment plants and led to a public health crisis from raw sewage dumped in the Tigris River.” A US Defense Intelligence Agency document in 1991 reflected: “Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities,” predicted how sanctions would then be used to prevent Iraq from getting the equipment and chemicals necessary for water purification, which would result in “a shortage of pure drinking water for much of the population” leading to “increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease.”
Important now for the lead up to those wars the Clinton Administration needs to be considered as well. It is nearly astonishing. Clinton strongly supported the sanctions against Iraq that led to hundreds of thousands deaths of Iraqis. When Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked in 1996 about the roughly half a million Iraqi children that died as a result of the sanctions, her response was “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.”
If we look at both wars in Iraq in terms of a plane crash (with investigations “where exactly” things went wrong),it can’t be denied that “pilot error” was in place at the highest Executive branch of US Government in the dynamics leading up to those wars. This was not a plane crash which costed 200 lives, this was blundering Government policy which costed millions of lives.
On the morning of 9/11, Rumsfeld spoke at a Pentagon breakfast meeting. According to his later description to Larry King, he stated at the meeting that “sometime in the next two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve months there would be an event that would occur in the world that would be sufficiently shocking that it would remind people again how important it is to have a strong healthy defense department that contributes to… that underpins peace and stability in our world. And that is what underpins peace and stability.”
The day before Rumsfeld declared officially that over 2 trillion dollars could not be accounted for in the US military budget. It “disappeared” and 9/11 prevented further investigations in this.
Let’s say 2.4 trillion dollar lost in the military accounts is a disgrace for those who are supposed to manage both budget and accounts.
Interestingly during House Armed Services Committee hearings, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-4-GA) that China has financed the entire Iraq War by purchasing U.S. Treasury notes. This even is raising further questions.
Less than 3 hours after the start of the first hijacking and two hours after American Airlines Flight 11 striking the World Trade Center, Rumsfeld increased the US defense condition to DEFCON 3; the highest it had ever been since the Arab-Israeli war in 1973. On September 11, Rumsfeld was at 2:40 pm issuing rapid orders to his associates to find for evidence of Iraqi involvement, according to notes taken by senior policy official Stephen Cambone. “Best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H.” — meaning Saddam Hussein — “at same time. Not only UBL” (Osama bin Laden), Cambone’s notes quoted Rumsfeld as saying. “Need to move swiftly — Near term target needs — go massive — sweep it all up. Things related and not.” Bush announced a global War on Terror after the 11 September attacks. The Afghan Taliban regime was unable to get Osama bin Laden, which provided Bush a reason to order the invasion of Afghanistan and overthrow the Taliban regime. In his January 29, In his 2002 State of the Union Address, at the end of January, Bush asserted that an “axis of evil” consisting of North Korea, Iran, and Iraq was “arming to threaten the peace of the world” and “pose a grave and growing danger”. The Bush Administration proclaimed to have a right and an obligation to engage in preëmptive war, also called preventive war, in response to all those perceived threats.This would become the Bush Doctrine.
Reportedly later, cities in Iraq subjected to allied bombing had uranium concentrations at 400% to 2000% above normal, with birth defects sharply increasing. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, US and British forces used an estimated 1,100-2,200 tons of depleted uranium weaponry, with unimaginable future health implications for both Iraqi and coalition military forces. Despite the Cold War’s being finished, the Bush administration has spent at least 12 times more on developing nuclear weapons than on securing/reducing existing stockpiles or on non-proliferation efforts. The Bush Administration has also repealed the ban on low-yield nuclear weapons, rejected international non-proliferation agreements, and pushed stockpiles of the so-called “bunker buster” which in fact is a nuclear weapon. Not to speak about extensive chemical warfare programs in preparation and exercised already at various locations.
Mid-1979, at about the same time as the Soviet Union had their war in Afghanistan, the United States gave several hundred million dollars a year to the Afghan Mujahideen insurgents fighting for the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and against the Soviet Army in Operation Cyclone. Along with native Afghan mujahideen were Muslim volunteers from other countries, popularly known as Afghan Arabs. The most famous of the Afghan Arabs was Osama bin Laden, known at the time as a wealthy and pious Saudi who provided his own money and helped raise millions from other wealthy Gulf Arabs.
It was during the Reagan Administration with G.H.Bush being the Vice-President that in the late of spring 1986 in California two men were heading to the Hilton Hotel in Sherman Oaks, Caon. They would meet representatives of the Mujahedeen, the Afghan fighters resisting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Those 2 men were Ted Gunderson (both FBI Head of the Dallas field office from 1973-75 and FBI Chief of the Los Angeles field office from 1977-1979 , providing as well services to various CIA and National Security Council operations at the time) and Michael Riconosciuto.
They was there to discuss and assisting the Mujahedeen with MANPADs
,-Man Portable Air Defense Systems
. Stinger missiles were one possibility. If the U.S. would approve their export, Riconosciuto (a very capable man with close CIA connections) could adapt the Stinger’s electronics. In such case the guided missile would be effective against Soviet aircraft, but would for sure not be a threat to U.S. or NATO forces. Riconosciuto through his connections with the Chinese industrial and military group, Norinco
could get the basic components for the reassembled Chinese 107 MM rocket system. These could be manufactured into a man-portable, shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft guided missile system, being produced then in Pakistan at the “Pakistan Ordinance Works”. In this case the Mujahedeen would have a lethal weapon against any Soviet aircraft. At the hotel two representatives of the Mujahedeen were waiting to discuss their armament needs. One of the two was named “Ralph Olberg
.” The other one was called Tim Osman
. “Ralph Olberg” was an American business person (working at U.S.State Department at the “Afghan desk”.)who was the head of “facilitating” American weapons and technology on behalf of the Afghan rebels. Olberg looked after the Afghanis through the “MSH – Management Sciences for Health”.The other man was a 28-year-old Saudi. Tim Osman better known now as Osama Bin Ladin
. “Tim Osman” was the name provided to him by the CIA for his visit to U.S. military bases in search of political support and armaments. This was all part of the CIA and Government policy to support this group against the Soviets, at a time Reagan was really friendly with Gorbachev, the Soviet leader.
Ted Gunderson and Riconosciuto (the last extremely bright for various reasons) had obviously some conditions for their help. There is not much for free in this world. They had both bad and good news to discuss. The Mujahideen needed to be willing to test those new weapons in their fight against the Soviets and to return their experience as research project, complete with photos. The bad news was that some factions of the CIA did not really believe that Oldberg and Osman’s group were the true representatives of the Afghans. Well, I guess we can imagine this with Ralph Oldman. He had with his US State Department background interesting dealings with Osama Bin Laden. Upon hearing however the disbelief of both Ted Gunderson and Michael Riconosciuto Osama Bin Ladin and Ralph were quite indignant. It was part all of the game. They wanted to round up other group members and do Congressional and White House lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. This would convince “the other party” (the CIA) that they were genuine and serious. It was really serious business. To make a long story short there is a fair sign that Osama Bin Laden and Ralph Oldberg even visited the White House, after a CIA briefing
. Osama bin Laden with his given CIA name Tim Osman did visit some U.S. military bases and received special demonstrations of the requested equipment
. In 1991 Riconosciuto was arrested on fabricated drug charges. Fabricated as this type of man with his high-profile background and inventions had no interest whatsoever in drug crimes. Obviously this happened for a reason. The Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case tried to cover up Riconosciuto’s intelligence background by claiming to the jury that he was “delusional man.” Obviously there was a bit more to it. The TV Press came and pointed a camera out at the desert at Cabazon. Viewers could hear them saying: “Riconosciuto says he modified the PROMIS software here.” Well, let’s be honest. This is not what the CIA wanted to get public. The AUSA [assistant U.S. Attorney] told reporters Riconosciuto had been diagnosed with a mental condition. In other words: “He’s making all this stuff up”. The Department of Justice lied to the jury. Justice Department official Peter Viednicks threatened if Riconosciuto would cooperate with the Congressional investigation of PROMIS. PROMIS can give a complete rundown of all federal cases where lawyers have been involved. (Inslaw
Michael Riconosciuto went to prison. Not sure how matters evolved around Ralph Oldberg but at some extend we all know how matters evolved with Bin Laden and for certain if he was captured alive there would have been a lot he could have disclosed which as far as US CIA officials was not suitable for the public domain. What we know about Rconosciuto is that he notified the FBI in Miami about pending east African bombings, which took place on the 7th of August 1998. He was ignored. Two days before the bombings he requested being allowed to call ECOMOG security headquarters to warn African officials. Riconosciuto was again ignored by the relevant government authorities. Parties being including (the Miami FBI office as well) were all along aware that the bombings would take place. It was the planning that they should happen, for a purpose. The same seems true for the September 11 attacks. It was not an intelligence “failure”. Intelligence deliberately allowed it to happen. As some would say: “The actors may have been foreign. But the stage directors seem to have been all along here in the U.S.” The purpose was to try and get both public and Senate approval to go to war. If properly investigated an act of “high treason”.
Riconosciuto made further claims about Bio-Rad corporation which had taken over Hercules, California.
Riconosciuto said that they were covertly engaged in bio-warfare research – producing some of the deadliest toxins known to man
. The focus of Bio-Rad’s research was said to be bio-active elements which could be tailored to attack those with certain types of DNA. Weapons as such to be produced were specifically designed to wipe out specific races or genetic classes of human beings
. Some may wonder which races to be irradicated and what sort of plans have been on file. Obviously all classified as “top secret”.
It can’t be denied that at the time the Soviet Union deployed troops into Afghanistan, the United States supported the Afghan Mujahideen insurgents with several hundred million dollars a year fighting the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and the Soviet Army in Operation Cyclone. Along with native Afghan Mujahideen were Muslim volunteers from other countries, popularly known as Afghan Arabs. Pakistani Brigadier Mohammad Yousaf, who ran the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Afghan operation between 1983 and 1987 said:”It was always galling to the Americans, and I can understand their point of view, that although they paid the piper they could not call the tune. The CIA supported the Mujahideen by spending the taxpayers’ money, billions of dollars of it over the years, on buying arms, ammunition, and equipment. It was their secret arms procurement branch that was kept busy. It was, however, a cardinal rule of Pakistan’s policy that no Americans ever become involved with the distribution of funds or arms once they arrived in the country. No Americans ever trained or had direct contact with the mujahideen, and no American official ever went inside Afghanistan“. Interesting was the earlier mentioned Osama bin Laden, who had a leading role with mutual support from the US. However the war with the Soviets neared its end, with a CIA build up of activity in this area and more CIA demands on the bin Laden network. After he felt likely betrayed and profoundly intimidated, Bin Laden organized al-Qaeda to carry out jihad mainly against the United States this time— the country that had helped fund the Mujahideen against the Soviets. Many commentators have described Al-Qaeda attacks as blowback or an unintended consequence of American aid to the Mujahideen. In response, the US Government,the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officials involved in the operation, and at least one journalist (Peter Bergen) have denied this theory. It was said that the aid was given out by the Pakistan government, and that it went to Afghan not foreign Mujahideen, and that there was no contact between the Afghan Arabs and the CIA or other American officials. Perhaps we need to take such statements with a pinch of salt. The BBC, in an article published shortly after the 9/11 attacks, stated that Bin Laden “received security training from the CIA itself, according to Middle Eastern analyst Hazhir Teimourian.” In a 2004 BBC article entitled “al-Qaeda’s origins and links”, the BBC wrote: “During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighters received American and Saudi funding. Some analysts believe Bin Laden himself had security training from the CIA“. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published in 2006 that: “Bin Laden apparently received training from the CIA, which was backing the Afghan holy warriors – the mujahedeen – who were tying down Soviet forces in Afghanistan”. An article in Der Spiegel, entitled “Arming the Middle East”, Siegesmund von Ilsemann called Bin Laden in 2007″one of the CIA’s best weapons customers”.The CIA and the US Government til so far denied any connections. The UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, from 1997–2001, and Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from 2001-2003, believed the CIA provided arms to the Arab Mujahideen, including Osama bin Laden, writing, “Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies.
Let’s face it, the US Government should have never opted to support Bin Laden with his support network against the Soviets at the time. The US and the Soviet Union were just in the process of reaching the most positive developments since decades, and the US Government and CIA supporting Bin Laden and his network against the Soviet Union was part of a policy full of duplicity and undermining activity. The US Government has been responsible for this and the terror from al Qaeda was as such self-inflicted terror. The US should have never been there in the first instance. US Presidents who would have acted with wisdom and restraint should have never allowed to get the CIA with covert operations supporting a foreign policy full of duplicity and deception. This management has been profound repugnant considering all the implications.
Throughout the 80ties Bin Laden and his network was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.” The US Government and the US continued to deny any connections. In a discussion with former British Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, two-time Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto reflected that Osama bin Laden was initially pro-American.Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, also stated that Bin Laden appreciated the United States help in Afghanistan. As far as the Iranian state-owned Press TV, FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who has been sacked from the agency for disclosing sensitive information, has claimed the United States was on intimate terms with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, using them to further certain goals in Central Asia. Bin Laden once said “the collapse of the Soviet Union … goes to God and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan … the US had no unmentionable role,” but “collapse made the US more naughty and arrogant. From this stage the relationship changed in profound ways, as part of a US policy of mixed agenda’s and duplicity as mentioned in the article about the Bush,sr Administration. The involvement with the Taliban to support terror against the Soviets at a time the 2 super powers agreed to ease tensions was both highly controversial and planted the seeds for anti-American terror eventually which apparently seemed to be required to provoke a war with a stand down of all defensive systems and the CIA providing the actors on the scene free play, followed by controlled demolition of the WTC buildings by the CIA itself. This provided the US an excuse to go to war. There is far more to say and to add. Without spending to many words however it would seem that the Bush Administration by choice elaborated on certain currents within the the Military Establishment with both Cheney and Rumsfeld being driving forces, “to go to war for pleasure” as President Lincoln once warned for. It was the culmination of both profound and criminal misleading information, both in the public domain, and within the intelligence community. The last based on a most controversial foreign US policy for years leading up to those costly drama’s, both in terms of human lives and increasing reckless budget deficits, contributing to widespread instability on the world markets. A terrible legacy for the US, a terrible legacy for the world and the next US President. Not a legacy for former US President G.W.Bush to enjoy peacefully retirement in Dallas,Forth Worth. Ironically the same place where John F Kennedy was shot in an ambush of Government facilitated crime in which both the CIA and Bush,sr were involved as well.
The 9/11 Commission was as much a farce as the Warren Commission was at the time of the Kennedy assassination. There has been compelling evidence that controlled demolition brought down buildings 1,2 and 7, based on thorough research and analysis. Bush, Ashcroft, FBI director said that the 9/11 attacks were not preventable, but the reality was that both those attacks and the controlled demolitions were preventable. FBI Director Bob Mueller allowed crucial steel evidence from the World Trade Centre to be destroyed as part of a criminal conspiracy at the Department of Justice to destroy evidence that could expose people behind the “false – flag terrorism of 9/11”. TIME Magazine did raise serious questions about the dealings of Bob Mueller. There are at least 11 remarkable facts about 9/11 in contrast with the outcome from the 9/11 Commission. It would need a full article to say more on this but “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth did elaborate in detail on this.The mysterious collapse of WTC 7 has never been answered for. It was this building being loaded with Intelligence information going down without any impact of either projectile or plane. 48 % of New Yorker’s support investigation of WTC7. Many many US Military Officers did join a request apart of millions of other US citizens to reopen thorough,impartial, open and transparent investigations. Those requests have been ignored till so far. Even President Barack Obama does not want to have any controversy about the outcome of the 9/11 Commission. Former US President Jimmy Carter expressed however support for new investigations into the 9/11 attacks in 2009, but till so far no progress has been made.
We know about the defining moments of the post 9/11 ara. We know about the testimony of Norman Mineta before the 9/11 Commission leaving compelling questions about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s actions on the day of 9/11 in terms of a “stand down in security.” His testimony was suppressed by the 9/11 Commission. The 9/11 Chair at least concluded that the attack was preventable. We know as well that apart from many others former FBI Director Louis J.Freeh slammed the 9/11 Commission conclusions as well. But let’s for a moment forget about the 9/11 Commission.
Major top people of the military intelligence confirm 2009 Bio-WMD Genocide. Bush did admit to illegal concentration camps. During his Administration under the guise of national security there have been wide-spread dangerous aerosol and electromagnetic operations as reflected in the YouTube video about Chemtrails. Chemtrails and terror in the age of nuclear war.
The question is whether this Bush Administration lost both their mind and their conscience at the cost of many victims inside and outside the US. Both Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are neither able to go to Germany or to Switzerland as there would be a risk they have to stand trial. The question is why the US did not open new investigations in some drama’s from the past, to prevent them happening in the future again.
People and Governments can refuse to face the truth as long as they want, but at some stage the truth and justice hopefully will catch up on them. There are enough US citizens unhappy about the undercurrents of their Government, the lack of transparency of wars eg in Afghanistan and the real reasoning for this based on pure historical facts being different from the facts presented by the CIA. Truman warned for the CIA and the power of the military establishment, so did Eisenhower and so did Kennedy. There is a major US budget deficit at present, largely based on the legacy of an unbelievable foreign policy for various decades. Even politicians look at short-term solutions, the cut corners strategy, without realising how much impact the self-inflicted past had on the US as a credible nation. What was left, G.W.Bush destroyed it.
Whilst a good defence system is vital,whilst prevention of terror is essential, there is no need to provoke it, or provoke conflicts and get without need involved in wars. It is both a matter of reason and a matter of choice.
With a major federal budget deficit President G.W.Bush left the White House on the 21nd of January 2009.
A few video YouTube presentations follow underneath. There are many. Some are good original quality, some are poorly edited. The first one being edited and not that ideal in quality perhaps is raising issues which do call for further investigations: many things being raised are true, some are for certain not proven (!) but do call for further investigations.
Next chapter (Part 11) will be the last chapter of these series: “Epilogue”
There is nothing special or noble about what some U.S. government leaders have done to America since November 22, 1963. The “New World Order” as proclaimed by Bush, sr and supported by various Administrations by the means they tended to operate and control systems of government inside and outside the US had little to do with what the voters intended when they did chose their US President. Some of those US Presidents were seriously out of touch with reality and the needs of their country, not to speak about the real needs of this world where they could have made a difference.
Profiles In US Presidential Violations of Justice – Front page (Part 1 of 11) on July 5, 2011