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Intro: "One of the strange mysteries from the Reagan-Bush era is where did George H.W. Bush go on one Sunday in October 1980 when some witnesses placed him meeting with Iranians in Paris. More than three decades later, Bush's supposed alibi remains a state secret, Robert Parry reports."

President Jimmy Carter and Vice President-elect George Bush meet after church services, 12/07/80. (photo: Ron Bennett/UPI)
President Jimmy Carter and Vice President-elect George Bush meet after church services, 12/07/80. (photo: Ron Bennett/UPI)

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+39 # Capn Canard 2011-08-14 11:31
George H.W. Bush is as guilty as Junior Bush. They play dirty, look what they did to John McCain in the 2000 primaries. No one in that family seemed to have a conscience.
+10 # Cpl. Pierson, 101st 2011-08-15 07:11
Quoting Capn Canard:
George H.W. Bush is as guilty as Junior Bush. They play dirty, look what they did to John McCain in the 2000 primaries. No one in that family seemed to have a conscience.

Bush= Buried Under Satan's Hammer. The greatest crime family since the Gabino's and better.. No jail. Hang em for treason yes, they should be but nnnooo.. We only kill the Peace keepers! garyray
+48 # Hors-D-whores 2011-08-14 12:06
My belief has been that President Carter was a President that was Swift Boated long before we knew the term. Carter, being probably the most honest president we have ever had, could not stand up to the abusive smearing and sabotaging of everything he tried to do by the Bush crime family and/or the GOP. The gas lines, the downing of the plane that went to rescue the hostages, the release of the hostages hours after Reagan's inauguration, all commandeered to elected what turned out to be the catalyst to the destruction of the financial security of the United States and coming to a boil today.

If 43 has blood on his hands for the multitudes of deaths and millions of people displaced for wars that didn't need to be waged, 41 has decades of filth that puts us al to shame. Still, the Bush's and the country courts their progenies for further destruction of everything decent.
-27 # Arec Barrwin 2011-08-14 21:50
Speaking of Iran, there would be 80 million people today in relative freedom if Carter hadn't allowed the Shah to fall.

Per Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-prize- winning author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, "the policy of the United States, Iran's most important ally, was in confusion, disarray and shock. The United States never sent [Iran] a clear, consistent signal,' one senior official recalled. Instead of oscillating back and forth between one course of action and another and never deciding, we would have done better to have flipped a coin and then stuck to a policy."

That's the President you wanted to save? The one who allowed 80 million people to become slaves to a fundamentalist religious tyranny?

And yes, the Shah was brutal in his own right. But at least he gave the women the right to vote, ended feudalism, and significantly increased literacy ( But your idiotic, incompetent, fool of a President threw all that away.
+29 # CTPatriot 2011-08-15 02:57
The Shah was a brutal dictator, installed by a CIA led coup that overthrew the popular elected leader Mohammed Mossadeq. It was that act, and the brutal repression of our puppet Shah, which led to the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis in 1979. To blame what happened after that on Carter is to ignore history and to suggest that the Iranians have no right to shape their own destiny, even if it is beyond the control of the US government and not the kind of democracy our people would wish them to have (never mind the fact that our government would never allow that to happen anyway).
+6 # William Bjornson 2011-08-15 23:20
Arec Barrwin

"But at least he [shah] gave the women the right to vote..." for the shah. Besides, we got 80 million people right here who are "slaves to fundamentalist religious tyranny" and believe any propaganda the elite excrete down their throats. Arab Spring? How about induced destabilization and let's see whose brutal military dictator takes over in the various states, Europe's or ours...
Treason is Treason, don't matter what anybody else does. And was Carter somehow worse than what we've endured since? And Carter did not throw the shah away, the People of Iran threw the shah away. Get your history straight, at least.
+5 # 126 2011-08-16 21:01
How quickly you forget it was the Repugnicans during the Eisenhower administration that installed the Shaw. If you recall Prime Minister Muhammad Mosaddeq elected democratically by the people of Iran was Man of the year on the cover Time Magazine. He asked the Brits to split the profits of the oil with the Iranian people. The Brits said no, went to Dulles and Kermit Roosevelt then head of the CIA engineered the downfall of Prime Minister Mosaddeq. The Shaw was installed and the only safe place for anyone who disagreed with the Shaw was in the clergy. Fast forward to their revolution we get a theocratic government run by priests. WE COULD HAVE HAD A DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAD WE SUPPORTED MOSADDEG WHO WAS FRIENDLY TO US. Myopia and American history seem to go hand in hand.
+50 # Pat Tibbs 2011-08-14 12:24
I still believe that presidential and congressional politics took a really bad turn from 1980 on. Ronald Regan's administration opened an era of political chicanery that both parties now participate in to the detriment of our country.
+13 # billy bob 2011-08-14 18:04
1980 seems to be a turning point in the downfall of American art and culture as well. Think about what has happened to TV since 1980, for example. Don't even get me started about music.
+7 # Capn Canard 2011-08-15 09:02
billy bob? C'mon, I believe that post Goldwater, Nixon era of GOP is what led to the current rise of FASCIST ideology in the former GOP. Music and TV has some gems of brilliance most of which isn't available on standard radio, just diamonds in the rough. Satire seems to be done well by Colbert, Stewart, 30 Rock and any others that give the conventional wisdom a swift kick in the nads. They don't shoot at the lowest common denominator, they tend to lampoon power. I still enjoy the Simpsons, though is has lost some of it's luster. Music? hmmm, there is always good music but I don't think I need to remind you that the MEDIA is only interested in our money... the source of America's demise.
+38 # noitall 2011-08-14 12:30
but only the kid with the joint will rot in jail.
+7 # 126 2011-08-16 21:12
ALEC legislated draconian drug laws to swell for profit prisons and create 20ยข per hour labor. Now ALEC's writing legislation to replace state union workers with prison Labor. The civil war is not over.
+28 # Glen 2011-08-14 12:53
This is only part of a history concerning the Bush family, relatives and friends. It goes way beyond primaries, appearances, or even covert operations. They do more than play dirty and have been in control far too long. Their web is wide and complex and will be very difficult to combat.
+24 # tomo 2011-08-14 19:29
You're right, Glen. There's been a lot of helpful literature, but I'm afraid most people aren't paying attention. Parry himself has done a great deal to clarify the record. Kevin Phillips has given us a masterful study in his AN AMERICAN DYNASTY. Some have criticized Russ Baker in FAMILY OF SECRETS for being "too speculative." But what his critics call "speculation," I call "connecting the dots." The Bushes have been amazingly adept at dissuading people from attempting to "connect the dots" of the lives they have led. (G.H. must feel the way Bernie Madoff felt for years: "How can people be so simple as to believe all these lies I tell?")

Among all the stalwarts who have done garbage detail in the interest of unearthing the Bushes, one should never forget Molly Ivins. With her doglike gift for searching out strong odors, she was onto them from long ago. (May her days in heaven be as merry as they were here!)
+9 # Glen 2011-08-15 10:49
tomo, thank you for bringing up Molly Ivins. I was remembering her a couple of days ago when thinking about George W.'s nickname, Shrub. Her revelations were a tip of the iceberg, of course, but she was not alone in her research. Long time residents of Texas can tell us a lot of the Bush family.

Just as the U.S. does not operate in a vacuum, neither does the Bush family, Karl Rove, Cheney, et al. involved in their agenda. Nobody does. Citizens maintain a certain surveillance themselves. Had there not been observation and records kept, we would all be stuck in the 1950's.
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-15 16:58
Not really,but no one wants to do it!
+35 # Elkan 2011-08-14 13:09
It's obvious that Republicans can get away with traitorous acts that they would crucify Democrats for doing. Nixon and Kissinger got away with sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks in 1968 to help Nixon's election. What is wrong with Democrats that they let this type of traitorous action go without serious investigation and prosecution? Clinton was impeached by the House for lying about an affair.
+8 # Hors-D-whores 2011-08-14 17:11
Could it possibly have anything to do with JFK?

We have many examples in history where we see the upper classes or rulers of what might have been liberal societies, eventually crushing the people because of their greed and need for power, gained by hook or crook. What some uppity ups might want to remember is that the people sometimes can get righteously nasty.
+5 # tomo 2011-08-14 19:33
Well, Hors, if this is of interest to you, I strongly recommend you pick up Russ Baker's FAMILY OF SECRETS, and find time for chapters 4 through 7.
+8 # Hors-D-whores 2011-08-14 22:17
Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to read that for a long time. Of course I've read much about the family for years.
Dirty, dirty, dirty!
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-15 17:04
Bush Sr when Ike was in Office was already wheeling and dealing in Asia and Middle East.
It it is too bad the one talk show host Jack Paar is not alive He had as a Civilian a door opened to him to visit the Shahs in Middle East. He learned more than we ever paid attention to, I was very young back then. I remember his gifts from the Shahs, horses, gold. He knew a lot and we were too busy, we had lots of excuses. There is no excuse for not paying attention after all look at where it got us.
+29 # JanisL 2011-08-14 13:21
The flight under the radar to Paris by some 44 Republican operatives w/ some $44M-$45M dollars in bribe money is well documented in George Bush, the Unauthorized Bio by Webster Tarpley. This was high treason and sabotaged Jimmy Carter's efforts to get the hostages released in Iran; it cost lives and was a loathsome, criminal act to steal the election for Ronnie Ray-gun. All the Bushes, Ray-gun, Kissinger--all of their accomplices have engaged in unspeakable and sometimes violent crimes to further their thuggish agenda. Karl Rove is just one of their proteges! Damn them all to hell, they have all but destroyed our beloved country!
+2 # in deo veritas 2011-08-14 16:10
keep the faith! All these vermin will end up in hell and one is there already. I doubt that his jokes and wisecracks are getting any applause. As for the rest their day will come sooner than they expect-we just have to trust our creator and be patient. No justice in this life just in the next.
+12 # CTPatriot 2011-08-15 03:01
I'm not sure Cheney will end up there. That man is a cyborg. There is not a living cell in his body.
-70 # Arec Barrwin 2011-08-14 14:14
Thank God GHWB did meet with the Iranians. Carter was the worst President of the 20th Century, with Obama a close second. Reagan saved America.
+38 # dbrown 2011-08-14 15:01
Reagan saved America?!

Well, for the handful of families that now own it, I suppose, yes.
+17 # rf 2011-08-14 15:24
Ignorant scum!
+16 # in deo veritas 2011-08-14 16:06
Tell your teabaggin' friends to burn in hell-or are they so self-righteous they think they will not end up there? They better think again and think fast. When did you drop out of school or are you simply mimicing the parents that home schooled you?
+4 # Callie 2011-08-15 05:55
Hey! Leave homeschooling out of it! We're not all wacko religious nut jobs.
+14 # suzyskier 2011-08-15 12:45
You folks on the right sure have a funny way of re-eriting our history. Carter was and still is an honorable man. With the Bushes dirty tricks and money they stabbed him in the back.
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-15 17:07
We have allowed it. He is a good man and all that he started is still a tribute to America and Carter Family
+5 # 126 2011-08-16 21:23
If we had followed Carters policies, we at this point would not be addicted to oil and our carbon foot print much much smaller than it is today. Try to do something about that avarice gene being your mouth piece.
+12 # Marvin H. Gladstone 2011-08-14 15:04
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive."

No surprise here!
+9 # Callie 2011-08-15 05:57
Unfortunately this isn't a Shakespearean play where it ends with the deceiver caught in his own web of lies.
+20 # grannym 2011-08-14 16:12
This set of high crimes and misdemeanors was never investigated, because of the power the treacherous Bush family had built up over the decades. Similarly, the high crimes and misdemeanors of the previous treacherous administration of Cheney and Bush will never be investigated and prosecuted because of the power the family still holds. Maybe that is why the currently (DULY ELECTED) President is afraid to prosecute. Maybe there is such danger to the President and the Republic that it is deemed better to "focus on the future." How sad!
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-15 17:09
When Daddy goes..the others will abort or be aborted! Should have happened the first time, however, there will be nothing we can do to them than hang them again in History.
-29 # Arec Barrwin 2011-08-14 16:37
Unlike most of you, I remember 18% inflation, oil rationing (totally unnecessary and due to government regulation) and utter incomptence. I will give Carter credit for deregulating the airlines, which makes it possible for lower-middle class people to be able to fly.
+25 # Will Fischer 2011-08-14 18:17
Quoting Arec Barrwin:
Unlike most of you, I remember 18% inflation, oil rationing (totally unnecessary and due to government regulation) and utter incomptence. ...

Actually, some of us also remember the Carter years, and even earlier administrations . But no American now living ever experienced 18% inflation ( We also remember a long list of illegal actions by the Reagan and both Bush administrations , and massive increases in inequality due to regressive tax policies. The post-mortem Reagan hagiographies are a mystery to thinking people.
+8 # sean1303 2011-08-14 23:09
Look up the history of changes of the Fed Prime rate in the late 70's and 1980, if you want to see an obvious pattern of trying to bring a president down by any means.
+2 # Hors-D-whores 2011-08-17 23:33
President Carter was perhaps too decent a man to survive the ruthlessness in D.C. Like I said above, Carter was Swift Boated.
Carter will be remembered for being a true Christian and a proponent of the people. I thank him for his services to humanity and our country.
+28 # Texan 4 Peace 2011-08-14 18:04
Arec, I too remember that era, and what I remember is that many of us were aware that Reagan (BEFORE becoming president) had kept American hostages in danger by arranging with Iran to delay their release until AFTER the U.S. presidential election. To the degree that this story made the press at all, it was spun to appear that Reagan & Bush had made back-door appeals to Iran to FREE the hostages. Just the opposite. And then they used the funds from the illegal arms sales to Iran to fund their illegal war in Nicaragua. Republicans sacrificing American lives for their own political gain is nothing new, and it was documented 30 years ago. But in this country, if the MSM chooses not to cover it, it might as well not have happened.
+8 # Capn Canard 2011-08-15 11:57
Texan4Peace, you are correct, the Republicans are interested in one thing and that is power above all else. I would venture to guess that they would sacrifice their very own to gain more power, he11 if they could gain power by harpooning babies on a pike then you'd be well served to put an armed guard in hospital maternity wards.
+16 # Dave45 2011-08-14 18:55
Lying seems to run in the Bush family.
+25 # doneasley 2011-08-14 21:17
Rampant! Not only in the Bush family but the entire Republican party. If you look back at GOP administrations starting with Nixon, you'll find one or more conspiricies in each one. Nixon's was the only administration where the president and the VP (Agnew) were BOTH forced to leave office! We look back fondly on Watergate; Reagan/Bush conspiring behind Carter's back to hold the Iranian hostages for release when Reagan took office (MSM so eager to bash Carter that they never once wondered why they were released on Reagan's first day in office); Iran-Contra; the S&L scandal where Bush's unknown son's (Neil and Marvin) were involved in the largest one (Silverado); the Abramoff conspiracy with Tom DeLay, which involved quite a few Republicans in a "Culture of Corruption"; and the Bush/Cheney administration' s conspiracy to invade Iraq, which led to the Year of Lies (2002 and early 2003) to "justify" the invasion.

They don't just lie, they carry out the criminal acts. If these guys ever get complete control again, they will finish what Reagan started - the complete destruction of America.
-27 # Arec Barrwin 2011-08-14 21:55
I noticed you seemed to omit the most corrupt Administration in memory -- the Clinton Administration. Scandals include Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, Paula Jonesgate, Lincoln Bedroomgate, Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealersgate, Chinagate, Lewinsky Affair, Perjury and Jobs for Lewinskygate, Kathleen Willeygate, Selling Military Technology to the Chinesegate, Juanita Broaddrick Gate, and Pardongate, to mention a few.
+23 # CreativeBlue 2011-08-14 23:35
You bring up the corrupt Clinton administration, and rightly so. However, Grant and Harding are considered by professional historians to be the most corrupt, although Bush jr's runs in the top echelons of corruption, probably about equal to Reagan, which is arguably the most corrupt, involving as it does high treason at the most senior levels. I suspect that you do so not to illustrate the fact that politicians are often corrupt, but that the Democrats are not immune to the syndrome, as if we couldn't tell.

We know that some Democrat politicians are corrupt - we didn't care for Clinton then and certainly not now, either. But frankly, he was just a politician on the make.

Republicans however are a different story entirely. They are, as a group, the most historically corrupt, and they also have an agenda to turn this country into a fascist or neo-feudal merchantilist oligarchy. Throwing the occasional Democratic misdeed at us does not distract us from the glaring fact from us that Republicans are scum, with Bush & Co the scummiest-of-th e-scum, with morals lower than those of child molesters.
+11 # billy bob 2011-08-15 08:20
Beautifully put.
+11 # Capn Canard 2011-08-15 09:20
CreativeBlue, you are being far too kind. Check out Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. As usual the truth is stranger than fiction and it is hard to deny the evidence.

This subtle FASCISM started with Ronald Reagan and has only intensified with Bush, Clinton, Bush and now Obama has become a moderate Republican. We have no voice in government save Bernie Sanders or Dennis Kucinich.
-4 # boudreaux 2011-08-15 12:12
+3 # Sarah Blackmun 2011-08-16 22:16
These are all small potatoes compared with the sell-out of the entire country to the corporations.
+3 # punk 2011-08-14 20:58
what? i only got thru the 1st 435 pages. is there a summary or cliff notes?
+12 # jfriccio38 2011-08-15 13:10
Capn Canard has it right Only Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich are believable
+10 # Bob-Investigates 2011-08-15 13:34
If you want to see and hear the absolute best investigative report on the Bush family, get GREG PALAST'S "Bush Family Fortunes." Now, there is the real eye-opener of how this criminal family operates, steals presidental elections (phony felons list in Jeb's 2000 FLA) and what they have done to destroy our Middle-class and Poor.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-15 17:15
All the while those wonderful wives are smiling. Pretend to start good works when in fact it was a keep in check operations.

May the vultures Eat them Alive!

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