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The Lone Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:37 PM
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Slowly Connecting the Dots on Bush and His Unsavory Life
Someone needs to start putting together a database on all the crap, lies, cheating, stealing and down-right skullduggery that Bush has been into during his life.

Here is a little story.the basis of which is provided by the Craig Unger book, House of Saud, House of Buch, the Secret Relationship Between the Worlds Two Most Powerful Dynasties.


During the year 1984, our friend Mr. Saddam Hussein was using the chemical weapons he had developed, with the Reagan-Bush help, was start to use chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war. In order to help their friend, the Reagan administration wanted support by financial underwriting the Aqaba oil pipeline.

The one hitch was that the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. government agency that underwrites or covers loans for American Companies deemed, because of the war with Iran and the propensity of Hussein to use Chemical Weapons, that Iraq was not credit worth. Not to be stopped, Reagan sent Bush to see his friend, William Draper. Bush and Draper had been classmates at Yale and Draper had been cochairman of the Financial Committee for Bushs 1980 presidential bid.

After Draper and Bush had met, the Export-Import Bank, flipped on its on rules and granted the loan. This marked the start of Bushs active participation in the covert policy to support Saddam Hussein.

Oh, yes, one other thing. Before William Draper was appointed the head of the Export-Import Bank, Draper had invested in the young George W. Bushs, Arbusto oil company. Draper was an substantial investor.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:39 PM
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1. The Smoking Gun has a lot of dirt. Yikes! The URL is nutso.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:01 PM
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2. October Surprise

The book, not the term.

I think I need to read that again. It's been years, but a lot of the names and companies and organizations that keep popping up stir some vague memories from that book. Has anyone else read this and remember it? Is my mind playing tricks on me?

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The Lone Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:30 PM
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3. It has always surprised me how the same players


Keep coming back for more. So that a name will appear in a book about Nixon, or JFK assassination and then years later there will be the same person, playing the game again.

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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:06 PM
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4. Iraqgate doesn't get mentioned often enough
http://archives.cjr.org/year/93/2/iraqgate.asp

Columbia Journalism Review
March/April 1993
IRAQGATE

"ABC News Nightline opened last June 9 with words to make the heart stop. 'It is becoming increasingly clear,' said a grave Ted Koppel, 'that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy.'

<snip>

"Much of what Saddam received from the West was not arms per se, but so-called dual-use technology -- ultra sophisticated computers, armored ambulances, helicopters, chemicals, and the like, with potential civilian uses as well as military applications. We've learned by now that a vast network of companies, based in the U.S. and abroad, eagerly fed the Iraqi war machine right up until August 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait.

<snip>

"The Times published the first of their three-part series on February 23, 1992. "Classified documents obtained by the Times show . . . a long-secret pattern of personal efforts by Bush -- both as President and as Vice-President -- to support and placate the Iraqi dictator," the paper reported. It cited a top-secret National Security decision directive signed by President Bush in 1989, ordering closer ties with Baghdad and paving the way for $ 1 billion in new aid. Although the directive had been briefly described in other publications, the Times put it in context. Assistance from Washington was critical for Iraq, Frantz and Waas pointed out, since international bankers had cut off virtually all loans to Baghdad because Iraq was falling behind on repayments -- precisely because it was busily pouring millions into arms purchases.

"And it emphasized the striking fact -- buried deep in a 1991 Washington Press piece -- that Secretary of State James Baker, after meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz in October 1989, intervened personally to support U.S. government loan guarantees to Iraq."
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