It's been intriguing to me to see George Bush's many dealings with various shades and stripes of traitors of World War II. I've noted before that, given the fact that Bush was a veteran who had been shot at by the allies of these fellows, one would think he would have had blood in his eye when he dealt with them, and be out for revenge. Yet, time and again, we see Bush being the diplomat, even excessively so.
If the charge that Bush was an Axis courier for Standard Oil during the War is true, that may go a long way toward explaining his many co-appearances with and various working relationships with these guys who were couriers to the Axis in World War II. It could explain the frequent visits, the refusal to fire them, the strong sense of buddyship that one picks up from Bush's dealings with them.
Russell Bowen tells us about Bush's present-day Fascist links and how Bush continued to refuse to fire Nazis from his political campaign organizations:
"In l988, revelations concerning the pro-Nazi, fascist, and anti-Semitic backgrounds of members of the Bush Presidential campaign led to the resignation or firing of seven high-ranking officials in the ethnic-outreach program. The seven were part of the GOP's recruitment of the most extreme right-wing elements in the Eastern European ethnic communities of the U.S. The party encouraged participation by its ethnic heritage groups council, the fundraising clique by which the seven anti-Semites belonged since at least l949. In fact, a RNC internal memorandum shows that George Bush, while GOP national chairman in l973, had full knowledge of, and, in the words of the memo, provided "total support" for the party's ethnic outreach Heritage Groups. The charges against several of the fund-raisers were not new: On November 21, l971, the eve of the Watergate break-in, the Washington Post exposed Richard Nixon's Heritage Groups, two years before Bush became Chairman of the Republican National Committee. . . Bush has repeatedly expressed ignorance of the pro-Nazi backgrounds of these groups.
Two of the individuals fired were also key figures in the Post revelations of 21 years before. The top level memorandum, was written by Heritage Groups Director Col. Jay Niemczyk, to the then RNC co-chairman Robert Carter as praising Bush's leadership of the ethnic recruitment effort as having added 'needed strength and impetus' to the Republicans' exploitation of transplanted Nazi collaborators and war criminals.
Two of the campaign staffers fired in l988 were also key figures in revelations by the Post l7 years before . Philip Guarino . . .was charged with being a member of the Italian fascist group known as P-2.} Laszlo Pastor, admitted having been a member of the Hungarian Fascist party the Arrow Cross, and having been an Arrow-Cross envoy to Nazi Germany during WW2 . [emphasis added--mcs] (Bowen 2-4)."
Certainly sounds familiar, doesn't it? Hungary actually invaded Russia during WW2, partially forced to do so, of course, by Hitler's armies, who marched alongside. But there are reports by U.S. bomber crews of having been fired upon by Hungarian AA during WW2.
Interestingly, too, Bush doesn't seem to have a big problem with the idea of hanging out with guys who were couriers to the Axis during WW2! Another courier to the Axis who had been a U.S. soldier and had defected was Martin James Monti, according to Christopher Simpson in Blowback
Simpson notes that Axis couriers such as Pastor and Monti were not only not punished for their treason and/or pro-Axis efforts during World War II: they were actually rewarded by the Allen Dulles CIA:
"One of Father Coughlin's chief proselytizers was a young St. Louis man named Martin James Monti. Like many Nazi sympathizers, he was inducted into the Army; he served in the Air Corps, hoping to find a way to obtain intelligence for the Axis. In 1944 he was in India and arranged a transfer to Italy. On October 13, he stole a P-38 photoreconnaisance aircraft from the U.S. Army base near Naples and flew it across the lines to the German air base in Milan. He gave himself up to the German command and offered to be of service to them. He told them that Father Coughlin had personally inspired the mission.
"He was transferred to Berlin, where he broadcast to American troops and civilians by short-wave on an English-speaking program entitled, "The Round Table Conference." Frequently mentioning Coughlin as his guide and inspiration, he regurgitated the pages of Social Justice by stating that Russia, not Germany, was America's real enemy and must be crushed; that the Jews had instigated World War II; that GI's were being recruited by the Soviets to join them as agents. In the Spring of 1945, Monti was rewarded for his pains by being made a lieutenant of the Elite Guard of the SS.
"After the fall of Germany, Monti was apprehended, court-martialed for desertion, and charged with the theft of a P-38. Since his action was clearly treasonable, the normal punishment would presumably have been death. However, it is not surprising [why are we not surprised?--mcs] to learn that his activities were rewarded with a fifteen-year suspended sentence and reenlistment as a private at Mitchell Field, Long Island, where he rose to the rank of sergeant in 1946} The Cold War was imminent, and Nazi sympathizers were being arrested, excused and encouraged. (Simpson 78)."
"Simpson also reveals a photograph in Blowback which shows Pastor standing beside Ann Armstrong, then the Chair of the GOP (in 1984). Simpson also notes:. . . [T]he director of the [Heritage Groups] council during the early 1970's was Laszlo Pasztor, a naturalized American of Hungarian descent who served during the war as a junior envoy in Berlin for the genocidal Hungarian Arrow Cross regime of Ferenc Szalasi. Pasztor, in an interview with reporter Les Whitten, insisted that he did not participate in anti-Semitic activities during the war. Furthermore, he says, he has attempted to weed out extreme-right-wing groups from among the GOP\'92s ethnics.
"But the record of Pasztor's 'housecleaning' leaves much to be desired. The GOP nationalities council has provided an entry into the White House for several self-styled immigrant leaders with records as pro-Nazi extremists. . . (Simpson 273)."
The reason why Pasztor was there was that he was even then a big influence in the party. Now, by 1984, Bush was the vice-president and definitely a future candidate. These Nazis and Nazi activists and couriers were people who had ostensibly given \'93aid and comfort\'94 to the enemy during World War II. They were allies of people who were ostensibly shooting at George Bush during World War II. With his influence in 1984, Bush could have insured they were driven from the party. One would think that a World War II veteran who had seen active combat would have been anxious to humiliate these guys. Yet, Bush, instead, seems anxious to bend over backwards to be nice to them, as Russell Bowen notes:
"Yaroslav Stesko [who died in l985] was Bush's ally with perhaps the closest ties to Hitler's Germany. An extreme Ukrainian nationalist, he collaborated with the Nazis in WW2 as the very short-term 'Prime Minister' of the 'independent' Ukrainian puppet government set up in Galicia on the Western land of the Ukraine. Captured Nazi documents revealed that more than l00,000 Jews were exterminated in the Galician capital of Lvov within two years of the establishment of Stesko's regime...According to official U.S. and Allied policies on the treatment of suspected war criminals, and collaborators, each of the four organizations of which [Stesko] was an activist leader were proscribed, and their members barred from entering the U.S., and subject to arrest on sight as suspected war criminals...[Stesko] participated in a l983 White House meeting with Reagan and Bush...A photograph he retained of the meeting was signed, \'91To the Honorable Yaroslav Stesko, with Best Wishes, George Bush. (Bowen 2-l l)."
There are other bits and pieces of circumstantial evidence suggestive that others were aware of a more-than-passing interest in couriers to the Axis in World War II by George Bush and his father. Former President Jimmy Carter, whom Bush and Reagan defeated in 1980, wrote a poem about Mount Fujiyama, which is visible from Chi Chi Jima island, one of the points of controversy about Bush's wartime career. And former Vice-President Walter Mondale named a woman as his Vice-Presidential candidate to debate with Bush in 1984; he then accepted a position as US Ambassador to Japan, of all places. Were these actions by Mondale and Carter indications that they had information on some level about Bush's courier activities to Japan as an unofficial "ambassador?"
For more information on Bush's unusual tolerance of individuals who betrayed America during the war in which he was a veteran, see "Encountering Prescott Bush," "Get Mad, George!" and "'We Will Exterminate Them!'"in the present book. Indeed, the reader may find virtually the entirety of Part II of the present book to be useful in this area.
As we move through our lives, we are surrounded by a constant undercurrent of events. Those events may involve economic factors (see "Sterling and Me" and "The Big Deal Execs" in Part I), political matters (see "Listening to the Radio in Houston, 1980," "Alexander Haig and the First Edition of The Immaculate Deception"and "'White Rose': Arranging An 'October Surprise'" in Part II), the human unconscious or unknown mental or paranormal phenomena (see "Little Lights and Little Brothers" and "The Shadows of Memory and Tragedy" in Part I and "Ishtar, 'Gloria Steinem' and Me," in Part II), possible intervention in our lives by extra-dimensional, non-terrestrial or ancient \'93archetypal\'94 phenomena (see "An 'Encounter?'" and "Who Was He Running From?" in Part I), and phenomena related to the cover-up of still other, older activity in history (see "Cave City and LBJ" in Part I and "The 'Real Hero of Yom Kippur' and the 'October Surprise'" in Part II).
In short, the world around us continually surprises, with its complexity and secrecy, and with its richness and depth. There is much ugliness to be found, but also much beauty (see "Phoenix Sunset" in Part I). There is also hope there, just below the surface.
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