By Chris Floyd -
December 5, 2003.
"The rule of law is dead.|
the brother of the sitting president, Neil could not possibly go to jail for stealing $100 million; the high-born don't do hard time.
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?
Financial Times, Nov. 27, 2003
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 27, 2003
Houston Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2003
Austin Chronicle, March 16, 2001
New Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 7,
New Bridge Strategies website,
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 26, 2003
Boston Herald, Dec. 11, 2001
Boston Herald, Dec. 11, 2001
Boston Herald, Dec. 10, 2001
In These Times, Dec. 20, 2002
Consortiumnews.com, Oct. 11,
Consortiumnews.com, Jan. 3, 2001
Consortiumnews.com, Aug. 14,
Consortiumnews.com, Sept. 23,
St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 29,
The Guaridan, Dec. 2, 2002
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