A terribly powerful family
A critical look at the influential Bush family is worthwhile, even years after one of these family members held the office of U.S. president.
By Tom-Oliver Regenauer
[This article posted om 2/18/2023 is translated from the German on the Internet, https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/eine-schrecklich-machtige-familie.]
The Bush family's multi-generational crime syndicate: a century of fraud, banking cartels, bombs and fascism. If they had their way - and if it hadn't been for General Smedley Butler - the United States would be a dictatorship today. History to learn from. After a revealing look at Bertrand Russel (1), now the second part of a loose series of portraits, which, by means of historical contextualization and a closer look at influential people of the past, will try to show developments of the present in a clearer light. Because history repeats itself - if we let it.
Why Bush? The president? Which Bush at all? And why now of all times? No member of the clan currently holds any important office - probably the first thoughts that may come to the mind of the reader of the headline. And the answer is relatively simple: The Bush family is the prime example of a disturbing circumstance that I have repeatedly referred to in my texts as "intergenerational organized crime." It is representative of the habitus and self-perception of a "super class," as author David Rothkopf described the world's most influential 7,000 people in his 2008 book of the same name. For a caste that claims the right not to have to obey any laws.
This puts the Bushes in an ingloriously long list of kinship conglomerates that have exerted massive influence on international business, science, education, geopolitics and social developments over decades and apart from any democratic processes. But hardly anyone acted more aggressively and more obviously - and thus better documented in the media - than the family that the BBC called the "modern Kennedys" as recently as December 2018, even though they have more on their plate than most Mafiosi.
The unbelievable to outrageous story of the Bush clan not only illustrates the neo-feudalistic beliefs and networks we are dealing with in the ruling caste, it also proves that the power structures often referred to as the "Deep State" are real behind the façade of official government business and are mostly the actual political force in the country. It is naïve to assume that such conditions exist only in the United States, as my separate article on the European high aristocracy demonstrates.
However, the industrial and financial elites in America are particularly brazen, nefarious and unscrupulous in their approach to penetrating official offices and pushing their agenda through political vehicles. They do not hide their claim to power or wealth. In the land of unlimited opportunity, everything seems possible, especially when it comes to corruption.
Moreover, these days it seems almost impossible to hold the office of president of the United States if one does not come from one of the local oligarch dynasties or is not at least a protégé of one.
The procedure in the Bush household was similar. There, money, influence and covertly operating networks were first used to serve high finance and the military-industrial complex in order to secure support for one's own roadmap of neocolonialist predatory capitalism through corresponding alliances. Subsequently, they began to infiltrate the American Deep State in order to make intelligence agencies, the military and the legislature the extended arm of their own agenda. This was always aligned with the financial and geopolitical interests of the American banking cartels. This is how the "Corporate States of America" came into being. A corporatism under Rockefeller, Morgan, Du Pont, Ford, Warburg, Schiff and Co. It was only through these corrupt and corrupted interweavings of power that the patriarchs of the Bush clan were able to advance to political high office with incomparably greater success than their competitors.
And they did so with a considerable amount of criminal energy. Not for nothing did author Russ Baker subtitle his 2009 book about the clan, "Family of Secrets," with the line, "America's Secret Government and the Hidden History of the Last 50 Years." Only Roger Stone, who directly titled his revealing 2016 tome on the clan "Jeb and the Bush Crime Family," is even clearer. And indeed, the story of the Bushes, first mentioned in England in 1510, is more reminiscent of a criminal organization than a family of politically engaged businessmen.
If one looks at the complete family tree of the past century, of the "Bush, Walker, Pierce and Robinson dynasty," which actually consists of four branches, it becomes clear that family expansion has a method in these circles. As was the marrying of second-degree relatives. The devastating health consequences of this incestuous tradition are well known and documented. In Great Britain, entire research groups are concerned with royal blood, with hereditary diseases, genetic defects and other insufficiencies caused by royal "inbreeding".
Unfortunately, it must be noted in these times that it is irrelevant to which creed the various clans feel committed, which skin color they have or to which cultural group they belong. In my order of values, there are only two kinds of people: good and bad. And those listed above certainly do not belong to the first category.
This is evidenced by the Bushes' active involvement in the mythical "Skull & Bones" fraternity initiated in 1832 by the opium-smuggling Russel family, the founding family of the university, a sinister and influential circle based at the elite Yale University (Connecticut, USA). In his book about George Bush Senior, U.S. author Webster Griffin Tarpley calls this fraternity the "racist nightmare at Yale." The membership list speaks volumes. And the opium thing is by no means an exception. Many U.S. dynasties base their wealth on the opium trade. So did the namesakes of Forbes Magazine. Even the History Channel reported on May 30, 2018, that America's first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor, owed his wealth to a career as a drug dealer.
Yale, incidentally, is that Ivy League educational institution without which Mao Zedong would never have become a "towering leader" and mass murderer. Yale is an incubator for neo-feudal geopoliticians, intelligence agents and deep-state actors, for the country's political elites. See photos in the Yale archives showing, among others, Mao in intimate company with Henry Kissinger, or Yale Daily News articles proudly praising the "achievements" of "honorable" alumnus Mao Zedong - mind you, after he had millions on his conscience. Note also the influence of Yale graduates and "Skull & Bones" members on the emergence of the Soviet Union, on China as the world's first technocracy, and on both world wars. The university offers a course of study designed, it seems, for imperialist slash-and-burn and neocolonialism.
Accordingly, the university's list of graduates is both telling and perplexing. In addition to graduates with such enigmatic names as Bonaparte, descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte, the university has produced presidents, vice presidents, countless senators, federal judges, governors, diplomats, authors, and Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners. In an abundance that suggests programmatic. In the midst of it all: The Bush family and its male representatives. Because women are not allowed at "Skull & Bones.
The far-reaching influence of the mysterious student movement, even internationally, is shown by the research of the respected historian Antony C. Sutton. As early as 1985, he wrote the paperback "How the Order Controls Education," showing how the Anglo-American education system, and thus education in trailing Europe, has been and continues to be manipulated by the Yale and Bonesmen elites in their favor. His 2002 book, "America's Secret Establishment. An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones" goes even deeper, using detailed research to prove the global influence of the group, which has taken in 15 new adepts a year since 1832 to prepare them for a role at the levers of power. The short description for the book reads:
"Revealing the true ambitions and goals of the Order and its agenda to create a New World Order, a world inhabited by a dumbed-down society of citizens content with their role, unquestioning of authority, and trained to be subservient - especially to state power."
Analyzing the status quo, the goal of this soon-to-be 200-year-old criminal organization seems largely achieved. Sutton provided further information with five co-authors in another work called "Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society," which appeared in 2003. Of course, the scope of the present format cannot do justice to the sheer wealth of information that would have to be enumerated in this context. Thus, the following lines are only intended to provide an overview of the most serious offenses committed by the Bush clan and to encourage independent verification based on the referenced original literature.
In order to understand the methods by which the Bushes achieved wealth, it is best to start with Samuel Prescott Bush (1863 to 1948), the son of an Anglican priest. Samuel laid the foundation for the family's later influence. He grew up 20 kilometers from elite Princeton University, 15 kilometers from the village of Rocktown, the first settlement of the German-born family [Rockefeller from Rockenfeld not far from Neuwied]. After graduating from Hoboken, New Jersey, Samuel Prescott Bush became general manager of Buckeye Steel Castings Company, a company owned by Frank Rockefeller, brother of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller.
Among Samuel's clients were the businesses of Edward Henry Harriman, another family besides the Rockefellers with whom the Bushes would remain closely associated until the end of World War II. And when the U.S. War Industry Board was restructured in 1918 as the U.S. prepared to enter World War I, Samuel Bush took charge of "arms and munitions," bearing responsibility for government support of and relations with munitions companies. From then on, he coordinated the Wilson administration's procurement of raw materials and had advanced to become one of the most important industrialists of his time.
This Samuel Bush had five children. One of them was Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 to 1972), father of George H. W. Bush (1924 to 2018), the 41st President of the United States, and grandfather of George W. Bush (born 1946), the 43rd President of the United States. Prescott was a leading member of "Skull & Bones" at a young age. With fraternity members, he stole the skull of the legendary Apache chief Geronimo in 1918, who died in 1909 after two decades as a prisoner of war at Fort Still (Oklahoma, USA). Bush and his men moved Geronimo's remains to the fraternity's rooms, known as the "Tomb," which are on Yale's property but are legally separate. For this reason, according to reports in the New York Times, the numerous lawsuits against Yale, "Skull & Bones" or the Bush family itself, which have been brought since 1986 by descendants of the indigenous legend to obtain the release of the bodily remains of the former tribal leader, are probably also unsuccessful.
This apparent ignorance of any morality permeates the life of Prescott Sheldon Bush. After he married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of an influential banker, the latter got his son-in-law a position at the Brown Brothers Harriman banking house, which was founded in 1818 and is still privately run today. At the time, the bank belonged to William Averell Harriman, who was U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during World War II, on a first-name basis with Churchill, Stalin and U.S. President Truman, and later coordinator of the Marshall Plan. Prescott was already on "Skull & Bones" with his brother, Roland Harriman. That's how circles close.
Then Prescott Bush went into politics. Thanks to his network he succeeded with the Republicans and was elected in 1952 in the second attempt to the US Senator in the state of Connecticut. He held this office until 1963, and other influential positions followed. Richard Nixon considered Prescott Bush his political mentor and sought his advice before important appearances. Later, Bush and his buddies made Nixon U.S. president.
Prescott Bush succeeded in this "storybook career" despite his active support for the German Nazi regime under Hitler and the fact that his company derived significant profits from the forced labor of concentration camp inmates at Auschwitz and other concentration camps. On September 25, 2004, the British newspaper The Guardian ran the headline, "How Bush's Grandfather Helped Hitler to Power." On January 13, 2015, FOX News reported Prescott Bush and his support for the Nazis could never have generated such momentum without massive help from Wall Street. These facts are indisputable and, by the way, not new.
Also in 2004, for example, the "Auschwitz Project Group" sued Prescott Bush's grandson, George Bush Junior, for 0 million in damages, claiming that the Bush clan's wealth, inherited over generations, stemmed primarily from their collaboration with Hitler's regime. Nine years later, in 2013, a U.S. judge finally ruled that Bush Junior had to testify in court. As expected, nothing happened.
"They (the Bushes) made money from all the deals with heavy industry and collected compensation afterwards. A good part of their fortune comes from business with the Third Reich," says Eva Schweitzer in her 2004 book "America and the Holocaust - The Hidden History. To this day, none of the Bushes has had to answer.
Prescott Bush and his bank Brown Brothers Harriman were the most important contact for the industry of the Third Reich in the 1930s. Fritz Thyssen, called "Hitler's angel" by the New York Herald Tribune newspaper and one of the first financial supporters of the Nazi Party, was in active contact with Wall Street high finance. Trade with Germany was not illegal in the United States. Only when President Roosevelt enacted appropriate legislation six days after Pearl Harbor did this change. On October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered a halt to banking with Germany.
But according to research by author Mark Gorton, German documents viewed by Richard Nixon in 1945 while he was a lawyer in the U.S. Navy prove that the Nazis were still working with Allen Dulles, a close confidant of the Bush family, up to that point. U.S. federal documents even indicate that Prescott Bush was still cooperating with Nazi Germany until 1951. In any case, Dulles and Bush were heavily involved in the chaos in continental Europe.
Dulles had already spent time with Lenin in Switzerland in 1917 before he was transported to St. Petersburg on a German train. After World War I, Dulles was a diplomat at Versailles to work on the peace treaty. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he met with Hitler, Mussolini, and Litvinov as head of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the CIA's predecessor organization, stationed in Bern, Switzerland. Dulles also spoke with Joseph Goebbels and raved about his "honesty and openness" afterwards, as Peter Grose writes in his readable book about the later CIA director (pages 111 to 116). And journalist James Corbett once aptly paraphrased Allen Dulles as "diplomat, spy, Wall Street lawyer, government overthrow specialist, Nazi collaborator, MK ultra-boss, fascist, and presidential assassin."
These qualities, however, apparently did not stand in the way of President John F. Kennedy's award of the National Security Medal in November 1961. JFK could not have known at that time that Allen Dulles, the man to whom he dedicated a speech and pinned the Medal of Honor on his lapel, would be instrumental in covering up the true background to the assassination attempt on him only two years later.
For after Prescott Sheldon Bush's preliminary work and the accumulation of a fortune through collaboration with Hitler's Nazi regime, George H. W. Bush continued the criminal activities of the clan with increased vigor. First, he was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The documentary "Dark Legacy - George Bush and the JFK Assassination" sheds light on the details. The film's introduction states:
"Part three is devoted to the Bush family's Nazi connections that led the FBI to seize their assets as Nazi property during World War II. It addresses the suppressed fact that Watergate burglar and CIA agent Howard Hunt was located by the jury in the Dallas trial and considered to be involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. Howard Hunt was a supervisor of the misguided, CIA-led anti-Castro Cubans who broke into the Watergate Hotel.
Hunt is not only connected to Bush through Watergate and through Bush's father Prescott; for five days after the assassination, the head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, wrote a memo titled 'Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy' in which he identified 'George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency' as the superior of those misguided Cuban assassins of the president. Bush said he did not recall the events of that day, but FBI documents clearly locate him in Dallas."
George H. W. Bush has been involved in virtually every historically relevant U.S.-originated scandal, mess and crime remembered since the 1960s. Whether Operation 40, Bay of Pigs invasion, Iran-Contra affair, Watergate scandal, Gulf Wars or 9/11. Whether with Nixon, Ford or Reagan.
Whether as U.S. ambassador to China, CIA chief, vice president, U.S. president or retired president - Bush senior always acted in the sense of special interests. In the sense of the totalitarian-imperialist establishment. For Mammon. And without any morals.
Just like his son, a long-time alcoholic, who, however, does not seem to be blessed with the same malignant intelligence as his producer. He has proven that often enough in the course of his political career. Especially in the 2004 presidential campaign, when he ran against his "Skull & Bones" comrade John Kerry.
Even his role in 9/11 suggests that Papa Bush continued to pull the strings to terrorize the country with his clique around Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, and that his son was merely an orderly. The main financial beneficiaries of the terrorist act in New York were the non-transparent neocon networks that had infiltrated America's intelligence services since the 1960s and financially fleeced it since the 1970s.
The Bushes' miserable reputation among the American population did not prevent Jeb Bush from running as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. He failed miserably, but his candidacy demonstrated once again the arrogance with which power thinking must be contaminated in these circles.
As disturbing as the criminal machinations of the younger Bush generation may be - they rightly fill dozens of books - nothing surpasses the attempt by a gang of Wall Street "banksters" to overthrow the American government of Franklin D. Roosevelt to install a fascist regime. In the thick of it, rather than just in it, Prescott Sheldon Bush. Fan of Adolf Hitler and Mussolini.
Shortly after Hitler's seizure of power in 1934, influential circles from the American upper class founded the radical right-wing American Liberty League. Among them were the Du Pont family (Remington Arms Co.), Alfred P. Sloan of General Motors, John Jacob Raskob, who had built the Empire State Building, companies such as Goodyear, U.S. Steel, Standard Oil, Chase National Bank, and first and foremost the Wall Street bankers around J. P. Morgan, Rockefeller, Warburg, Harriman, Bush and Co. who were enthusiastic about fascism and patronized the "Liberty League".
The group, sponsored by high finance, soon employed 50 permanent staff in a New York office, distributed over 50 million copies of openly right-wing extremist pamphlets, established branches at 26 universities, produced nationwide radio spots, and by January 1936 already had 125,000 members. Between August 1934 and November 1936, The New York Times published a full 35 favorably worded front pages about the fascist Liberty League.
The conspirators had set themselves the goal of carrying out a military coup. With the help of an influential general in the U.S. Army, a fighting force of 500,000 soldiers was to be brought under arms and marched on Washington to overthrow Roosevelt and replace him with a dictator. The overthrow plans were confirmed by an official hearing in the U.S. Congress in 1935. And the coup d'état failed for only one reason: because the industrial magnates and financial fascists of Wall Street had picked the wrong general. One who cared more about his convictions than the promises of the elites who tried to sweet-talk him -General Smedley Butler.
He was the most highly decorated member of the U.S. armed forces until his demise, twice receiving the Medal of Honor. When an emissary of the Wall Street conspirators contacted him, Butler initially played along. Showed candor, listened. He lulled the contact, Gerald C. MacGuire, who laid out the Wall Street elites' plans to him in the course of conspiratorial meetings. But when Butler had learned enough details, he made the plot public, destroying any hope the banking cartels had of installing a dictator in the White House.
Butler testified before the U.S. Congress, providing all the information he had. He was convinced the conspirators would have to stand trial. But nothing happened. None of the bankers ended up in court. They did not even have to answer to Congress. There was no serious investigation. And the New York Times even published an article that tried to discredit Butler and make his account of events seem exaggerated and out of touch with reality.
The highly paid general was disillusioned - with his government, the judiciary, and the media loyal to the system. He understood what he was up against, saw through the military-industrial complex and the financial system. He began to question and openly criticize capitalism itself. Thus, in 1935, he gave a noteworthy speech entitled "I was a Gangster for Capitalism."
"I spent thirty-three years and four months on active duty in the most nimble force in the country, the Marines. I served in every rank from lieutenant to major general. And during that time, I spent most of my time being a first-class pimp for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a pimp, a gangster for capitalism. At the time, I only suspected that I was part of a rip-off. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession, I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in abeyance while I obeyed the orders of my superiors. This is typical of all in military service.
So, in 1914, I helped secure Mexico, and Tampico in particular, for American oil interests. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a place where the National City Bank guys could generate revenue. I helped rape half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The history of extortion is long. In 1909 to 1912, I helped clean Nicaragua for the international banking house Brown Brothers and Co.
In 1916, I brought fire to the Dominican Republic over the sugar trade. In 1903, I helped 'clean up' Honduras for American fruit corporations. In 1927, I helped in China to see that Standard Oil got its way unmolested. During those years, as the boys in the back room would say, I had a run as a con man. I was rewarded with honors, medals and promotions. Looking back on it, I feel like I may have given Al Capone a few pointers. The best he could do was run rip-offs in three boroughs. The Marines operated on three continents."
In the same year, Smedley Butler published the even more remarkable essay "War Is A Racket," which deepens the critique of capitalism initially superficially applied in his speech and comes down hard on U.S. hegemony. The following are a few sentences from the introduction and conclusion, which will hopefully inspire you to read the rest of the text. For rarely has it been more important than now to understand what war means. Seldom has it been more relevant to condemn the vicious nature of the neo-imperialist drive of self-appointed elites for whom human lives have no value. Never has it been more necessary to speak the unvarnished truth to the faceless empire. As Roger Waters told the UN a few days ago.
"War is fraud. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, by far the most profitable, certainly the most vicious business. It's the only one with international scope. It is the only one where the profits are settled in dollars and the losses in lives. (...) Only a small insider group knows what it is all about. War is waged for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the very many. A few people make huge fortunes out of war. (...) Had secrecy regarding war negotiations been forbidden, and had the press been invited to be present at this conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the negotiations, America would never have entered the world war. But this conference, like all war meetings, was surrounded by the utmost secrecy.
When our boys were sent off to war, they were told it was a war to make the world safe for democracy - and a war to end all wars. Now, eighteen years later, the world has less democracy than it did then. Besides, what do we care whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are fascists or communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy. And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars. (...)
There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicality. That is for all nations to come together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every warplane. But even that, if it were possible, would not be enough. According to experts, the next war will not be fought with battleships, not with artillery, not with rifles, and not with machine guns.
It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases. Secretly, each nation is studying and perfecting newer and nastier means to destroy its enemies on a grand scale. Yes, ships continue to be built because shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns are still being made, and powder and rifles are being made, because the munitions makers need to make their huge profits. And, of course, soldiers have to wear uniforms, because the factory owners also have to make their war profits.
But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists. If we continue to use them to produce poison gas and more and more diabolical mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for constructive work, no time to create more prosperity for all peoples. By using them for useful work, we can all make more money from peace than from war. Even the munitions manufacturers.
So - I say, to hell with war!"
There is little to add to this conclusion by Butler.
War is wrong. Always. And especially at a time whose parallels to dark chapters of days gone by cannot be denied, we should persistently confront those individuals who have learned nothing from the past.
Those who want to evoke the horrors of that dark era once again.
"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past" (George Orwell).
Sources and Notes:
Tom-Oliver Regenauer was born in 1978. After completing a business education, he worked in various industries and roles, including as an operations manager, corporate and management consultant, and international project manager with assignments in more than 20 countries. Since the mid-1990s, he has also been active as a music producer and lyricist and runs an independent record label. The German-born author has lived in Switzerland since 2009. His most recent publication was "The Elephant in the Room: The Second Year 'New Normal' Independently Commented." For more information, visit regenauer.press.