This inaugurates a category for this blog, titled, “another dead oligarch.” Hopefully it will see a certain amount of activity, since oligarchs tend (by their nature!) to be old. Unless you’re born with the magic god-mode code, you’ve got to spend a few years using daddy’s money to climb over the mounded corpses of your inferiors.
So, they’re holding a national day of mourning for GHWB. A man who wouldn’t have given most of us the time of day. Now that the mainstream media are dutifully rending their garments over the swiftly cooled corpse, there have been a few journalists who have taken the time to think instead of copy-pasting from some press release about what a great guy he was.
It’s hard to start with “what I hate the most about GHWB is…” because there are too many items to prioritize, so let’s just go with: he was part of an American hereditary aristocracy which came to power because of inherited wealth and privilege, whose scions remained largely untouched by merit. If he served our country, it was mostly as a warning.
GHWB was a spook, and as spooks do, he held himself above and below the law, simultaneously. Perhaps his signal accomplishments were The Highway of Death and the 1980s Cocaine Boom that devastated inner cities around the country and brought Columbian and Niceraguan narco-capitalists into the US to build pipelines for their products. At the time, I recall some of the dissidents and anarchists I hung out with claiming “the CIA is importing drugs into the inner cities to suppress black people!” and I thought they had left their tinfoil hats at home – but it turns out they were right.
Today, I would like to wish a small wish; one I know won’t be fulfilled. And that’s that every federal employee who has been given time off to mourn would, instead, print out a few articles about what a shitbag GHWB was, and sit around reading them aloud to their friends and co-workers.
Here are two. Make your own suggestions in the comment area:
- Air Cocaine – Poppy Bush, the Contras and a Secret Airbase in Arkansas (counterpunch)
George H.W. Bush’s complicity in the 1991 “Highway of Death” massacre (liberation news)
The Bush family were part of Brown Brothers, Harriman and Bush, the industrial cartel that allegedly tried to recruit Smedley Butler to overthrow the government in a coup on their behalf. It wasn’t until Bush V Gore that the Bush family finally got to count their coup.