The Bush family dynasty

World headlines announced the passing of GHW Bush at age 94, eulogizing him, ignoring the disturbing Bush family legacy.

It’s not pretty. It goes back over four generations—during and after WW I, closely connected to Wall Street and America’s military, industrial, security complex.

George H. Walker and Samuel Prescott were dual founding fathers. Walker was a St. Louis financier, later working for Averell Harriman, a core member of US foreign policy elders known as “The Wise Men,” along with Dean Acheson, George Kennan and others.

They were lawyers, bankers and diplomats, together when Truman became president in 1945, involved in creating the Truman Doctrine to counter Soviet Russia, the Marshall Plan to keep European countries from going communist post-WW II, and Cold War containment, Kennan the chief architect of containing the Soviet Union after Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were defeated.

Samuel Prescott Bush, GW Bush’s great grandfather, was an Ohio industrialist—later running the small arms, ammunition and ordnance section of Washington’s War Industries Board, a close Herbert Hoover advisor.

Prescott Bush served as a US senator, Wall Street investment banker with Brown Brothers Harriman, as well as involvement with weapons and munitions producers.

In the early 20th century, the Bush family was connected to John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, later with Wall Street and the US intelligence community post WW 1.

Family members included a US senator, two governors, a congressman, vice-president, CIA director and two presidents, along with industrialists and investment bankers.

Prescott Bush served as a New York-based Union Banking Corporation director, a holding company for Nazis and German steel industrialist Fritz Thyssen in the 1930s and early 40s, its assets seized by Washington in October 1942 for violating the Trading with the Enemy Act.

Prescott was with Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) when the firm had business dealings with Nazi Germany, continuing through the early years of WW II until its assets were seized.

In his book titled “Trading with the Enemy,” Charles Higham documented dealings of Chase Bank, Standard Oil, Ford, General Motors, IBM, Coca Cola, Kodak, Dow Chemical, Brown Brothers Harriman, Alcoa, and other US corporations with Nazi Germany—the Bush family involved.

As vice president in the 1980s, GHW Bush was instrumental in getting Washington to arm Saddam Hussein. As CIA chief, he was involved in covering up agency coups, assassinations of foreign leaders, and notable US figures JFK, RFK, and MLK.

As vice president, he was involved in secret talks with Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal. With help from congressional members, including Rep. Dick Cheney, he remained unaccountable for lies, coverup and related crimes, enabling him to succeed Ronald Reagan as president in January 1989.

Before leaving office in January 1992, he pardoned six indicted Iran-Contra figures, suppressing evidence against them—including Elliott Abrams, Duane Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, Robert McFarlane, and Casper Weinberger.

As president on September 11, 1990, preparing America for Operation Desert Storm, Bush told a joint congressional session that war on Iraq presented “a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation,” adding: “Out of these troubled times . . . a New World Order can emerge.”

On September 21, 1992, Bush told UN General Assembly members that multinational troops would become a New World Order army, saying:

“Nations should develop and train military units for possible UN peacekeeping operations.” America’s permanent war agenda wasn’t explained—nor anything said about using “peacekeepers” as imperial occupiers, along with getting NATO member states and others to ally with Washington’s aim for unchallenged global dominance—endless wars its favored strategy.

In retirement, GHW Bush was considered an elder statesman, his past buried, forgotten and above rebuke—paving the way for another Bush to become president in January 2001.

Following his death, major media eulogized him. NYT editors claimed “profound differences between the 41st president of the United States (GHW Bush) and the current occupant of the White House, Donald Trump,” calling the former president “gracious and modest . . . prudent (and) steady”—ignoring his disturbing public record.

The Washington Post quoted his chief of staff John Sununu, calling him a “great president . . . help(ing) (to) make America safer and the world more stable and more prosperous than ever before in history.”

The Wall Street Journal quoted GW Bush, calling his father “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could hope for.”

The disturbing record of father, son, and entire Bush dynasty speaks for itself.

In an earlier article, I said behind every Bush there’s a crime—the family legacy for over a century.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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One Response to The Bush family dynasty

  1. I thought I was the only one who remembered Poppy Bush as being such a different man/politician from the patrician he is being describe as being.
    Was I hallucinating when I remembered how he like to play dirty during his bid for president against Michael Dukakis?
    Was I hallucinating when I recalled a quote from Poppy saying that Power trumps money?
    Was I hallucinating when he acridly responded to CNN’s Mary Tillotson who asked about his reported/rumored affair saying, ““”I’m not going to take any sleazy questions like that,” Bush bristled. “I’m not going to respond other than to say it’s a lie.”
    Was I hallucinating when I remembered how he opposed any Democratic agenda that would help the sick, the elderly, the unemployed?
    I don’t recall Bush as being the statesman that he is. And I recall how the Republicans, perhaps aided by Bush’s own inability to grieve his own loss to Bill Clinton, went all out to block Bill Clinton and any of his agenda.
    I remember that George Mitchell was a great defender of democracy then–that as leader of the Democrats in the Senate he was able to pass the many bills that did help the people.
    So. Sorry. Dear People all remembering GHWB as a great human being. I just don’t remember him like that.
    I am glad to read this article. It tells that in remembering GHWB I was not hallucinating.