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Four Generations of Bush Family Arms Industry Involvement
George W. Bush lied to lead America to war and, in the process, is making a lot of money for his network.
Most people don't know how far the Bush tradition of working in government, while having arms industry interests, goes.
G. W. Bush's father is, as most know, a former CIA head and signicant player in the Carlyle Group, a private company that invests in, among other things, military contractors.
G. W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush (1895-1972), was a cold war supporter in later life and mentor to President Richard Nixon. Prescott Bush had numerous ties with Nazi industrialists and was manager of Union Bank Company, a New York bank whose assets were seized under the "Trading With the Enemy" act.
G.W. Bush's great-grandfather, Samuel P. Bush (1863-1948), was a manufacturer who supplied parts to railway tycoon E. H. Harriman. Harriman's connections helped establish the Bush family in American moneyed society. Samuel's son Prescott was the first Bush accepted into the Yale Skull and Bones secret society. While Samuel did not himself have direct financial interest in the arms industry, in 1918, on the eve of World War I, he gained a position on the War Industries Board co-ordinating goverment assistance to, and relations with, weapons companies. The board was run by Bernard Baruch, a friend of E. H. Harriman. Correspondance between Samuel P. Bush and the government was at some point removed from the National Archives to "save space".
In 1934 a senate committee was formed to investigate the role of the arms industry in World War I and whether or not the industry had influenced the decision of America to enter the conflict. The committee was headed by Senator Gerald Nye, a political activist who had previous success in uncovering government corruption. The committee, however, had its funding pulled in 1936 and issued a final report. Funding was possibly cut off because Nye's opponents used his criticisms of the late President Woodrow Wilson to organize a furious public outcry against him.
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