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!
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.'"
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.
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.
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.
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.
told you he was no idiot.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
Posted: December 5, 2003