It is true that former president George H.W. Bush was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. It is true that Bush became director of the CIA in 1976. And it is true that, as vice president in the 1980s, Bush was up to his eyebrows in the nexus of criminal activities known as the Iran-contra scandal.
But,rest assured, G H.W. Bush did not supervise gunmen in Dealey Plaza as
John Hankey’s popular anti-Romney video claims. (Hankey’s got a lot of viewers, 117K but a lot of thumbs downs too (79). (He’s got some imaginative 9/11 theories which I will discuss later.)
When it comes to JFK, Hankey has crafted a fine Hollywood scenario–the American Vice President is actually as secret assassin. This is spine tingling stuff for people who think Mission Impossible depicts the CIA accurately. It is emotionally satisfying because it links a modern liberal villain (the Bush family) with an ancient crime (JFK’s murder.)
Unfortunately, Hankey’s scenario is not based much knowledge about how CIA personnel actually carried out political assassinations in the 1960s. They didn’t rely on the up and coming oil man from Houston for gunplay. G. H.W. Bush is nowhere near expert enough in firearms to be entrusted with such a task. The elder Bush did other service to the agency.
G.H.W. Bush was in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963: UNPROVEN
G.H.W. Bush directed the assassins of JFK on November 22, 1963: NOT CREDIBLE.
For more on the many problems with the “Bush did it” theory, see Jim DiEugenio’s review of Russ Bakers’ Family of Secrets.
Common Question: What was the Iran-contra scandal? The highly reliable non-profit National Security Archive has the background story here.
Fun fact: When Bush became director of the CIA in 1976 the very first thing he asked for was the agency’s JFK files. He too wanted to know who killed 35th president.