McCain Peddles False History, Takes Cheap Shot at Ron Paul
Thursday, November 29, 2007
In his attack, John McCain comes off as a blithering idiot, not that many probably noticed. McCain, citing the long ago discredited official history, declared Ron Paul to be an isolationist and World War II the fault of American isolationism, a claim so out of touch with reality as to be speculative fiction.
Mussolini enjoyed a great deal of admiration in corporate America from the moment he came to power in a coup that was hailed stateside as a fine young revolution, writes the historian Jacques R. Pauwels. In the 1920s many big American corporations enjoyed sizeable investments in Germany . By the early 1930s, an élite of about twenty of the largest American corporations had a German connection including Du Pont, Union Carbide, Westinghouse, General Electric, Gilette, Goodrich, Singer, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, IBM, and ITT.
Finally, many American law firms, investment companies, and banks were deeply involved in Americas investment offensive in Germany, among them the renowned Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and the banks J. P. Morgan and Dillon, Read and Company, as well as the Union Bank of New York, owned by Brown Brothers & Harriman. The Union Bank was intimately linked with the financial and industrial empire of German steel magnate Thyssen, whose financial support enabled Hitler to come to power. This bank was managed by Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W. Bush. Prescott Bush was allegedly also an eager supporter of Hitler, funnelled money to him via Thyssen, and in return made considerable profits by doing business with Nazi Germany; with the profits he launched his son, the later president, in the oil business.
In other words, the United States was not isolationist, as McCain claims, but was in bed with fascism. Prescott Bushs relationship with the Hitler regime is more than an allegation, it is a fact entombed in the U.S. National Archives, although little of Bushs dealings with Germany has received public scrutiny, partly because of the secret status of the documentation involving him, according to Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell, writing for the Guardian. The documents reveal that the firm [Prescott Bush] worked for, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz Thyssen, who helped finance Hitler in the 1930s before falling out with him at the end of the decade. The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that represented Thyssens US interests and he continued to work for the bank after America entered the war.
As Robert Lederman notes, the Bush family was far more involved in the banking business of the Nazi regime than even the Guardian would have us believe. As senior managers of Brown Brothers Harriman, [the Bush family] had to have known that their American clients, such as the Rockefellers, were investing heavily in German corporations, including Thyssens giant Vereinigte Stahlwerke. As noted historian Christopher Simpson repeatedly documents, it is a matter of public record that Brown Brothers investments in Nazi Germany took place under the Bush family stewardship . The enormous sums of money deposited into the Union Bank prior to 1942 is the best evidence that Prescott Bush knowingly served as a money launderer for both the Nazis and the Rockefellers. If Union Bank was not the conduit for laundering the Rockefellers Nazi investments back to America, then how could the Rockefeller-controlled Chase Manhattan Bank end up owning 31% of the Thyssen group after the war?
It should be noted that this money laundering was accomplished under the aegis of Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, the Dutch monarch, who proudly served in the German Reiter SS Corps. Prince Bernhard also worked for IG Farben, the chemical company married to Standard Oil, that is to say the Rockefellers.
The bottom line is harsh: It is bad enough that the Bush family helped raise the money for Thyssen to give Hitler his start in the 1920s, but giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war is treason. The Bushs bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed allied soldiers. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssens coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they were disposable chemicals. There are six million skeletons in the Thyssen family closet, and a myriad of criminal and historical questions to be answered about the Bush familys complicity.
In short, McCain should be accusing the head of his party, George W. Bush, or his family, of causing World War II, not the sort of isolationism Ron Paul supposedly advocates. But then, of course, John McCain is a neocon, albeit one who will soon drop from sight in the presidential campaign, as increasing numbers of people realize Ron Paul is the only viable candidate, one who is not so much isolationist as dedicated to constitutional principles.
It was George Washington who wisely stated that the country must avoid foreign entanglements and foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues, as overgrown military establishments are, under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
John McCain, however, does not represent republican liberty, but instead its obverse: neocon military totalitarianism, both abroad and at home.
If elected in 2008, Ron Paul will put an end to all of this destructive nonsense.