Few would argue that trust, like democracy, is earned and not inherited.
So how is it that we've missed the lessons of four generations of Bush family
As Kevin Phillips recounts in "American Dynasty," the Bush
family presents a record of war profiteers who use public office to gain wealth
and advantage. Along the way, Bush family business cronies receive political
access and legitimacy.
One of the most venal characters is Prescott Bush, the president's
In 1942, Congress seized the assets of Prescott Bush and charged him with trading
with the enemy. Bush and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, were managing
directors of the Union Banking Corp. of New York City. Allied with Brown Brothers
Harriman, the largest private investment bank in the world, Bush and Walker
were front men for Nazi industrialist Fritz Thyssen.
Thyssen, whose empire was founded on coal and steel, financed the rise of Adolf
Hitler. Then as now, cloaking funds destined for subversion of democracies or
weapons shipment was a useful tactic. To hide transactions and conceal ownership,
Thyssen created a banking network. The first node was established in Berlin,
a second in neutral Holland. UBC in New York was the linchpin.
Little more than a money-laundering office for Nazi operations in the United
States, Bush, Walker and other confederates oversaw almost a dozen separate
businesses. Acting with Thyssen's money, they aided the Nazi invasion of Europe
by supplying resources for weaponry. In 1937, Bush set up a deal to help the
Luftwaffe obtain tetraethyl lead to boost aircraft performance.
Americans first heard about Thyssen's American operations in the New York Herald-Tribune
on July 30, 1942, eight months after Pearl Harbor. The headline declared "Hitler's
Angel Has $3 Million in U.S. Bank." However, the story did not identify
Bush or Harriman as UBC executives.
After the war ended in 1945, investigators learned that Bush had extremely
close ties to Thyssen and continued to work as his agent to the end. When hostilities
ceased, Bush helped move Thyssen assets to Panama, Argentina and Brazil, all
major destinations for the flight of Nazi capital.
In 1951, following Thyssen's death in Argentina, the U.S. alien property custodian
released the assets of Union Banking Corp. Prescott Bush cashed out his ownership
share for $1.5 million. (In 2004 dollars, that's more than $10 million.) He
used it to fund a successful U.S. Senate campaign from Connecticut and launch
his son, the president's father, in the oil business.
Other American companies that armed Hitler included General Motors, Standard
Oil and Chase Bank. All were quietly sanctioned after Pearl Harbor; then government
files were lost or forgotten. For 60 years, the full record of Prescott Bush's
complicity in the Nazi war machine has been ignored or denied by participants
and the U.S. media.
But no more. Documents relating to the seizures were recently uncovered in
the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Confirmed by Dutch government
sources, they show that Bush shipped tons of strategic resources to the Third
Reich as Hitler prepared to invade Poland.
Despite this history, the news media continue to present a selective picture
of the Bush family and its business connections. People who tried to show the
warts were shouted down; in 2000, St. Martin's Press, the first publisher of
"Fortunate Son," a George W. Bush biography, was forced to recall
and destroy its inventory.
After launching a bloody occupation of Iraq, perhaps it's time Americans connect
the dots and see the big picture. It ought to have been done before the invasion,
but since we're trained to accept media and TV dinners uncritically, developing
a context for identifying domestic enemies is a challenge. Rhetoric and flag
waving have replaced hard-nosed insistence on the truth. Meanwhile, lies send
our troops to die far from home; war profits flow to favored industries in billion-dollar
In private action and public policy, Bush family history reveals a
pattern of war profiteering spanning four generations. It's a legacy of deceit
and death. For the naïve and uninformed, the facts may be a slap in the
face. For those who look closely, the sign is as clear as blood on snow.
Then again, perhaps the pattern is lost in the noise. According to
Bob Woodward's "Bush At War," the president attended a New York Yankees
game not long after the 9/11 attacks. Wearing a New York City fireman's jacket,
Bush threw out the first pitch and the crowd roared its approval. From a skybox
above the stadium, Karl Rove, Bush's political adviser, likened the roar of
the crowd to "a Nazi rally."
Douglas Yates, a Marine Corps veteran, is a writer and
photographer living in Ester, Alaska.
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