Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Event: 1/22, Politics and Prose, DC

Bush-lovers, you will not want to be around for this one:

KEVIN PHILLIPS, discusses and signs copies of American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Thu., 1/22, at 7 p.m. Free. (202) 364-1919.

UPDATE: This dude was good. Shorter presentation - abot 25 min I'd guess - another packed house at P&P - about 250 or so I guess. I actually got there 10 min before the event started and it was already packed up. Another standing-room-only event for the Bush-hatin crowd. Phillips was very Paul O'Neill-like. He was a life-long Republican-turned Independent. He was fairly harsh on all of the Bush's - 4 generations worth. He broke up his presentation into the three 'verticals' of the Bushs' influence - in order of increasing importance: 1) financial, 2) oil, 3) CIA/defense/military-industrial complex. He made a strong case that one or all of the Bushes were involved in all sorts of illicit activities, possible ties to Watergate, Bay of Pigs, Iran-Contra - you name it. Mentioned some stuff about how Yale was recruiting center for CIA - which would be why at least the last two Bushes went there - I don't remember about the others. The current president was born in Connecticut, apparently, but his folks moved to west Texas for oil-related schemes - as did many others from the Yale set. I was taken aback when he said that the evidence unearthed in the book was probably not enough to make a criminal case against any of the Bushes, and that most civil cases would be past their statute of limitations dates. That he would even link the words 'criminal' and 'Bush' was surprising to me - like I said, this guy is a Paul O'Neill type - very conservative looking and speaking. Also, Phillips essentially debunked the theory that one of the current President Bush's forefathers was a financier of the Nazis. There were real connections, Bush's bank was shut down in NYC, but no charges were filed, etc. Supposedly.

UPDATE: Found a CSPAN interview with Phillips here.

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