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Like most people, I took the failings of George W. Bush at face value: an inattentive, poorly prepared man full of hubris, who committed colossal blunders as a result. Then I spent five years researching my new book, Family of Secrets and came to see that the origins go much deeper. This backstory is getting almost no attention in the talking-heads debate over the Bush legacy. Yet it will continue to play, affecting our country and our lives, long after Bush leaves office.
A more profound explanation for the rise of George W. Bush came as I studied the concerted effort to convince the public that he was independent of, and often in disagreement with, his father. The reason for this, it turned out, was that exactly the opposite was true. W. may have been bumptious where his father was discreet, but in fact the son hewed closely to a playbook that guided his father and even his grandfather.
Over much of the last century, the Bushes have been serving the aims of a very narrow segment from within America's wealthiest interests and families -- typically through involvement in the most anti-New Deal investment banking circles, in the creation of a civilian intelligence service after World War II, and in some of that service's most secretive and still-unacknowledged operations.
As part of his travels, Bush senior even appeared in Dallas on the morning of the Kennedy assassination, although he would famously claim that he could not recall where he was at that historic moment. After leaving the city, he called the FBI with a false tip about a possible assassin, pointedly emphasizing that he was calling from outside Dallas. It is also intriguing to learn that an old friend of Bush's, a White Russian émigré with intelligence connections, shepherded Lee Harvey Oswald upon his return to America in the year preceding the assassination. In any event, when Lyndon Johnson replaced Kennedy, the oilmen and the intelligence-military establishment once again had a friend in the White House.
While Mr. Baker seems terrified of being labeled a "conspiracy theorist" (as is intended by those who have wielded the term for decades), his book carefully charts some of the conspiracies that the Bush family and their cohorts have engaged in for most of the last century.
What is truly curious is Mr. Baker's reluctance to even look at some of the more obvious, and recent, activities of the Bush family and their assorted cronies and accomplices.
His book completely skips over the attempted assassination of Pres. Reagan, for instance, even though there are clear ties between the Bush family and the Hinckley family and VP Bush was running a Continuity of Government exercise that very day.
He also carefully slides around G.H.W. Bushes involvement in the October counter surprise in 1980, his role with Noriega, and his role in the Iran/contra crimes.
Most significant, however, Mr. Baker doesn't even dare to approach the serious questions about George W. Bushes total failure as commander in chief on 9/11/01, his treasonous role in the ongoing cover-up and the very real possibility that the Bush family was deeply involved in the 9/11 operation itself.
Considering the fate of people like Sen. Wellstone and others, this is understandable, if regrettable. The book is a worthwhile, if not always easy, read; even given its curiously incomplete account of the Bush crime family.
It should be noted that Robert Gates, who Mr. Obama has kept on for the time being, has been closely involved with the "hidden" Bush agenda for decades, and has also committed numerous acts of treason.
The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.
He wouldn't have become President without Magog's approval.