GOP presidential candidate and “Contrarian Commentary” columnist Andy Martin breaks his 16-year silence on George W. Bush’s dirty tricks campaign against Senator John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. Andy was accidentally wired in to the dirty tricks operation and now explains why the Bush Family political operatives have been lying since 2000. Andy says that Monday (February 15th) former President George W. Bush should apologize to the people of South Carolina and John McCain for smearing McCain in the 2000 primary.
Andy also criticizes Jeb Bush for complaining about criticism of his “family” when Jeb drags family members into the campaign.
Finally, Andy says the entire Bush Administration lied about the bogus basis for invading Iraq in 2003. Jeb Bush is disqualified for the presidency because he keeps defending his brother’s criminal actions in South Carolina and Iraq. “It was not a ‘mistake’ that we invaded Iraq,” Andy says. “It was a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels of the Bush Administration to lie about the facts in 2002-2003. I was there; I knew the truth and saw the truth. The Republican Party has to accept the truth that ‘Bush lied, people died.’ Jeb Bush cannot be elected president as long as he continues to defend his brother’s criminality and incompetence in the White House. Donald Trump may be abrasive but he is telling the truth about Bush Family calumny.”
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GOP presidential candidate and “Contrarian Commentary” columnist Andy Martin breaks his 16-year silence to expose George W Bush’s dirty tricks against John McCain in South Carolina
Andy says George W. Bush owes South Carolinians and John McCain a long-delayed apology
Andy says Jeb Bush should stop complaining about his “family” when Jeb drags them into the presidential campaign
Andy says the entire Bush Administration lied about the bogus basis for invading Iraq in 2003
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(Manchester, NH) (February 15, 2016)
This is my twelfth letter to the American people from the 2016 campaign trail. Today you are going to learn the truth about a footnote to history: the Bush Family’s campaign of character assassination against John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. I know the truth because I was there.
I have buttoned my lips for sixteen years because I could not disclose the truth in 2000; since then, the time has not been right for disclosure.
But Jeb Bush’s continuing defense of his brother George w. Bush Saturday night (February 13th) in the 2016 South Carolina primary mandates that I break my silence and expose Bush Family fraud and criminality.
- The truth about George W. Bush’ smears of John McCain in 2000 in South Carolina
Sometimes the truth and the facts are surprising; sometimes they are even more bizarre than they seem. My connection to the Bush Family’s lies in South Carolina in the 2000 primary are amazing.
Starting in December, 1999 I began broadcasting an ad over WMUR-TV accusing then-governor George W. Bush of wanting to start a war with Iraq. The ad generated a lot of controversy and helped defeat George Bush in the 2000 New Hampshire primary. So, obviously, I was not a supporter of George W. Bush. Ironically, I was also not a supporter of John McCain. McCain benefited from my disclosures.
Likewise these remarks will benefit and defend Donald Trump’s accusations. But I am not a supporter of Trump either. And while I am certain Trump was an opponent of the 2003 invasion after the invasion, I am not aware of any published comments in which Trump actually opposed the invasion of Iraq before it took place. On the contrary, starting in 2002 the Bush Administration created a climate of intimidation and retaliation against anyone who exposed the insanity of the upcoming (2003) invasion. That is why so many Democrats were afraid to stand up and voice their own doubts.
Here is where the 2000 story and the truth take a strange turn.
I was consulting for a client that had retained a group of individuals in Washington, DC. Entirely unrelated to our common efforts on behalf of a client, those individuals were antagonistic to McCain and offered their assistance and support as veterans to the George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
I knew when Bush’s “veterans” took off to South Carolina to smear John McCain. And when McCain complained of the smear, Bush and Karl Rove pleaded ignorance.
Rove had completely orchestrated and directed the veterans who were used to smear McCain. The dirty tricksters were given pride-of-place at a Bush South Carolina rally. They were a featured photo-op. I watched the whole smear operation unfold from the inside. Ultimately, the Bush/Rove smear on McCain backfired, but not until after McCain had lost the South Carolina primary and with it any prospect of the nomination.
And there is yet another twist to the tale. The veterans who attacked McCain became so toxic that when Bush was ultimately elected after their help in South Carolina, Rove ignored them; they never received the political plums they had expected for their infamous behavior. Bush and Rove stiffed Bush’s own saboteurs.
So, today, when George W. Bush returns to South Carolina to support his brother Jeb, George should start by issuing apologies to John McCain and to the people of South Carolina. The people of South Carolina love a tough campaign, even a bare-knuckled one. But there is no evidence that South Carolinians accept lies, distortions and dirty tricks of the type used by Bush to smear military heroes such as John McCain.
Neither Bush nor Rove have ever apologized for orchestrating the South Carolina smears in 2000. They pretend they know nothing about their own dirty tricksters. The lies continue sixteen years later. I knew the truth sixteen years ago, and now you do too. Bush and Rove owe the people of South Carolina and John McCain an apology and admission that the Bush campaign orchestrated the smears against McCain.
- Jeb Bush’s hollow complaints about “attacks on his family”
Americans in general agree that family members should not be dragged into a political campaign. But what happens when someone such as Bush brings his family members into a campaign to bolster his sagging efforts and his relatives start making stupid remarks? Bush’s “mommy” says he is a nice son. Is that a basis to elect him president? Or is Jeb trying to trade on his family connections for political gain? That is a proper target of criticism. If Bush doesn’t want his family members to be criticized by Donald Trump he should ask them to stay at home. Jeb should run on his own merits and not his mother’s apron strings.
- The truth about George W. Bush administration lies and criminality prior to invading Iraq
The Republican Party has never been able to accept the fact that Dick Cheney and George Bush and their henchmen corrupted the U. S. Government to create a false pretext for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Not until Donald Trump started attacking Jeb Bush in 2015 was the question of George W. Bush’s corruption and incompetence involving Iraq opened to a new round of Republican self-examination.
Amazingly, many Republicans continue to deny reality, to accuse the “Democrats” of “partisanship” for exposing George W. Bush’s outrageous invasion of Iraq, and to ignore the blatant misconduct of Bush and Cheney. While the “Bush lied, people died” meme is used primarily by Democrats, the accusation is factually 100% correct.
I have a background as a Middle East expert. I first went to the area in 1970. I even lived in Iraq in 2003 after the ill-fated invasion. I knew in 2002 and 2003 there were no weapons of mass destruction. Why didn’t the president? Why did Bernie Sanders know the invasion was crazy, and Hillary Clinton didn’t? The facts were obvious; there was no secret font of information.
And yet Jeb Bush continues to defend his brother’s invasion of Iraq and claims GW “kept us safe.” How much safer would we be today if thousands of Americans lost in Iraq were still alive, if tens of thousands of maimed Americans had not been maimed and if trillions of dollars of debt had never been incurred?
Jeb and George W. Bush think history will view GW more favorably than current commentators. They are delusional. History will be even harsher, as the chaos which GW Bush set in motion continues to destabilize the world.
Is Bush more popular since leaving office? Well, yes. He has had the decency to stay out of the limelight. I know from insiders that George W. Bush is a “nice guy.” I bear him no personal ill will. But he was dumb and incompetent and his administration will live in infamy.
George W. Bush did not “cause” 9/11. But he was warned of the threat and chose to ignore it. Is negligence culpability? You be the judge. Trump inartfully states the 9/11 case against Bush, but on substance Trump is correct. To ignore warnings is to invite disaster.
I use the term “Bush Administration criminality” with a proper basis to do so. Bush officials compromised the security of a CIA official, endangering her and her family as well as her contacts, in retaliation for her husband’s denying the existence of an Iraqi uranium-buying operation. That exposure was a crime.
Colin Powell was given ludicrously false intelligence to present to the UN. That was a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001.
Although no one will ever be prosecuted, all of the Bush Administration’s falsehoods and fabrications constituted criminal actions. The truth hurts. Even fourteen years later Republicans cannot accept that Bush-Cheney devastated the United States with thousands of unnecessary deaths, tens of thousands of serious casualties and trillions of dollars in unnecessary debt, all of which were totally unnecessary.
But the “past was past” until the emergence of Donald Trump.
“Conservatives” are now attacking Trump for telling the truth about the folly of the Iraq invasion. Here is the truth again: “Bush lied, people died.” Do Republicans expect to win the White House in 2016 by once again insulting the intelligence of the American people? Trump may not be the ideal candidate (full disclosure: I am) but Trump knows that lying to ourselves as conservatives and Republicans about the calamities of the Bush Family will not help elect a Republican president in 2016.
Did George W. Bush fail as president because he was stupid or because he was incompetent? Was he a willing or unwitting dupe of Cheney? To quote that great philosopher of chaos, “What difference does it make?” Bush lied, people died.
The ill-advised withdrawal scheme that Barack Obama implemented in Iraq had originally been negotiated by the Bush Administration. So while Obama added his own layer of arrogance and incompetence, it was Bush’s initial failures and his incompetent withdrawal plan that ultimately doomed our efforts in Iraq. Bush’s withdrawal agreement gave Obama the option to cut and run in Iraq, and Obama took it.
- Closing thoughts
From the time I first visited Jeb Bush’s grandfather’s U. S. Senate office in 1958 as a little boy, I have been aware of the Bush Family and its machinations. I will have more dirt to dish in the days before the South Carolina primary on February 20th. And all of my revelations will be true.
Bottom line: Jeb Bush and his family betrayed the trust of the American people; Jeb is unfit to serve as a presidential candidate of the Republican Party let alone be elected to the office of president.
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He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
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