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Profile: George Herbert Walker Bush

 
  

Positions that George Herbert Walker Bush has held:

  • US President


 

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George Herbert Walker Bush actively participated in the following events:

 
  

October 1980: Osama's Brother Allegedly Involved in October Surprise      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Salem bin Laden in 1975.
Salem bin Laden, Osama's oldest brother, described by a French secret intelligence report as one of two closest friends of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd who often performs important missions for Saudi Arabia, is involved in secret Paris meetings between US and Iranian emissaries this month, according to a French report. Frontline, which published the French report, notes that such meetings have never been confirmed. Rumors of these meetings have been called the “October Surprise” and some have speculated that in these meetings, George H. W. Bush negotiated a delay to the release of the US hostages in Iran, thus helping Ronald Reagan and Bush win the 1980 Presidential election. All of this is highly speculative, but if the French report is correct, it points to a long-standing connection of highly improper behavior between the Bush and bin Laden families. [PBS Frontline, 2001 (B)]
People and organizations involved: Iran, George Herbert Walker Bush, Ronald Reagan, Salem bin Laden
          

1986      US-Iraq 1980s

       US President Ronald Reagan sends a secret message to Saddam Hussein recommending that he order his military to intensify its air attacks against Iran. The message is delivered by Vice President Bush who conveys the message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who in turn passes it on to Saddam Hussein. The talking points for Bush's meeting with Mubarak are authored by national security aide Howard Teicher. [NBC News 8/18/02 Sources: Teicher Affidavit]
People and organizations involved: Ronald Reagan, Howard Teicher, Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein, George Herbert Walker Bush
          

January 20, 1989: George H. W. Bush Is Inaugurated US President      Complete 911 Timeline

      
President George Herbert Walker Bush.
George H. W. Bush replaces Ronald Reagan and remains president until January 1993. Many of the key members in his government will have important positions again when his son George W. Bush becomes president in 2001. For instance, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell later becomes Secretary of State, and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney later becomes vice president.
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Ronald Reagan
          

October 2, 1989      US-Iraq 1980s

       By this date, all international banks have cut off loans to Iraq. Notwithstanding, President Bush signs National Security Directive 26 establishing closer ties to the Baghdad regime and providing $1 billion in agricultural loan guarantees to that government. These funds allow Iraq to continue its development of weapons of mass destruction. [US President 10/2/1989; Wall Street Journal 7/10/2002; Frantz and Waas 2/23/1992 cited in Hurd and Rangwala, 12/21/2001]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush
          

November 9, 1989: Cold War Ends; US Asserts World Dominance      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The Berlin Wall begins to fall in East Germany, signifying the end of the Soviet Union as a superpower. Just six days later, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell presents a new strategy document to President George H. W. Bush, proposing that the US shift its strategic focus from countering Soviet attempts at world dominance to ensuring US world dominance. George H. W. Bush accepts this plan in a public speech, with slight modifications, on August 2, 1990, the same day Iraq invades Kuwait. In early 1992 (see March 8, 1992), Powell, counter to his usual public dove persona, tells congresspersons that the US requires “sufficient power” to “deter any challenger from ever dreaming of challenging us on the world stage.” He says, “I want to be the bully on the block.” Powell's early ideas of global hegemony will be formalized by others in a 1992 policy document and finally realized as policy when George W. Bush becomes president in 2001. [Harper's, 10/02]
People and organizations involved: Colin Powell, George Herbert Walker Bush, Soviet Union
          

July 25, 1990      US-Iraq 1980s

       US ambassador to Baghdad, April Glaspie, meets with Saddam Hussein and promises him that Bush wants “better and deeper relations.” She also claims that the president is an “intelligent man,” adding, “He is not going to declare an economic war against Iraq.” [Washington Post,12/30/02; The Times 12/31/02] She also informs him that the United States has “no opinion” on Arab-Arab conflicts, such as Baghdad's border disagreement with its neighbor. [Los Angeles Times, 1/5/2003; Orlando Sentinel, 3/20/2003]
People and organizations involved: April Glaspie, George Herbert Walker Bush, Saddam Hussein
          

Late 1990      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       An unconfirmed report of Iraqi soldiers entering a Kuwaiti hospital and removing newborns from their incubators is distributed widely. The rumor, which later turns out to be false, is seized upon by senior executives of the PR firm Hill and Knowlton, which has a $10 million contract from the Kuwaiti royal family to win support for a US-led intervention against Iraq. The PR firm, which has very close ties to the Bush administration, helps a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only as “Nayirah,” prepare to speak before a congressional caucus. In her testimony, she describes in detail how she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers storm the hospital where she was an intern and steal the incubators, leaving 312 babies “on the cold floor to die.” President Bush refers to the incident numerous times as he lobbies Congress to authorize the use of military force against Iraq. But it is later discovered that Nayirah is actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington and that she was never an intern at the Kuwait hospital. The story was a complete fabrication. [Christian Science Monitor 9/6/02 [a]; Christian Science Monitor 9/6/02 [b]; Los Angeles Times, 1/5/03]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Hill and Knowlton, US Congress
          

March 1991: US Military Remains in Saudi Arabia      Complete 911 Timeline

       As the Gulf War against Iraq ends, the US stations some 15,000-20,000 soldiers in Saudi Arabia permanently. [Nation, 2/15/99] President George H. W. Bush falsely claims that all US troops have withdrawn. [Guardian, 12/21/01] The US troop's presence is not admitted until 1995, and there has never been an official explanation as to why they remained. The Nation postulates that they are stationed there to prevent a coup. Saudi Arabia has an incredible array of high-tech weaponry, but lacks the expertise to use it and it is feared that Saudi soldiers may have conflicting loyalties. In 1998, bin Laden will release a statement: “For more than seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.” [Nation, 2/15/99]
People and organizations involved: Osama bin Laden, George Herbert Walker Bush, United States
          

May 1991      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       President George H. W. Bush signs a covert “lethal finding” authorizing the CIA to spend a hundred million dollars to “create the conditions for removal of Saddam Hussein from power.” [New Yorker, 6/7/2004] The CIA forms the Iraqi Opposition Group within its Directorate of Operations to implement this policy. [Ritter, 2005, pp 128] Awash in cash, the agency hires the Rendon Group to influence global political opinion on matters related to Iraq. According to Francis Brooke, an employee of the company who's paid $22,000 per month, the Rendon Group's contract with the CIA provides it with a ten percent “management fee” on top of whatever money it spends. “We tried to burn through $40 million a year,” Brooke will tell the New Yorker. “It was a very nice job.” The work involves planting false stories in the foreign press. The company begins supplying British journalists with misinformation which then shows up in the London press. In some cases, these stories are later picked up by the American press, in violation of laws prohibiting domestic propaganda. “It was amazing how well it worked. It was like magic,” Brooke later recalls. Another one of the company's tasks is to help the CIA create a viable and unified opposition movement against Saddam Hussein (see June 1992). This brings the Rendon Group and Francis Brooke into contact with Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi (see After May 1991). [New Yorker, 6/7/2004]
People and organizations involved: Rendon Group, Francis Brooke, George Herbert Walker Bush
          

January 20, 1993: Bill Clinton Inaugurated      Complete 911 Timeline

      
President Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton replaces George H. W. Bush as US president. He remains president until January 2001.
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson ("Bill") Clinton
          

November 1998: Former President George H. W. Bush Meets with bin Laden Family      Complete 911 Timeline

       Former President George H. W. Bush meets with the bin Laden family on behalf of the Carlyle Group. The meeting takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. [Sunday Herald, 10/7/01]
People and organizations involved: Bin Laden Family, George Herbert Walker Bush, Carlyle Group
          

January 2000: Former President Bush Meets with bin Laden Family on Behalf of Carlyle Group      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Ex-President Bush Sr. meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Fahd on behalf of the Carlyle Group in 2000.
Former President George H. W. Bush meets with the bin Laden family on behalf of the Carlyle Group. He had also met with them in November 1998 (see November 1998), but it is not known if he meets with them again after this. Bush denies this meeting took place until a thank you note is found confirming that it took place. [Guardian, 10/31/01; Wall Street Journal, 9/27/01]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Carlyle Group, Bin Laden Family
          

July 30, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       The White House formally announces plans to create a public diplomacy agency, to be called the Office of Global Communications, that will be charged with projecting a more positive image of the US abroad. [Guardian, 7/31/02; Washington Post, 7/30/02; CBS News, 7/30/02; Los Angeles Times, 1/5/03] It will help the world understand “what America is all about and why America does what it does,” says White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The task formerly belonged to the State Department, but Bush's advisors didn't think it was “doing a good enough job, so they're going to take it on,” a former Coalition Information Center (CIC) official tells the Guardian. “Nobody [was] that impressed with Charlotte Beers [of the State Department] and what she's done. She listens to people. She's done a lot of listening, but you need to go further than that.” [Guardian, 7/31/02] This new public diplomacy office, said to the brainchild of Bush's senior advisor, Karen Hughes, has actually “existed for months, quietly working with foreign news media outlets to get the American message out about the war on terrorism,” according to CBS News. [CBS News, 7/30/02]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Hill and Knowlton
          

August 15, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       Brent Scowcroft is the source of major embarrassment for the administration when he authors an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal arguing against the need to remove Saddam Hussein from power. He says that the toppling of Saddam's regime would destabilize the Middle East and thus “turn the whole region into a cauldron and destroy the War on Terror.” Noting that “there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations, and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks,” he calls on Bush to abandon his designs on Saddam Hussein and instead refocus his foreign policy on the war on terrorism. [Wall Street Journal] It is suggested that Scowcroft's criticisms probably reflect the feelings of the president's father. The Los Angeles Times reports: “Several former officials close to Scowcroft said they doubted he would have gone public with that posture without clearing the move first with the senior Bush, heightening questions about the latter's view on confronting Iraq. The former president has not commented publicly, which has only fed speculation.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/17/02]
People and organizations involved: Brent Scowcroft, George Herbert Walker Bush  Additional Info 
          

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