After more than forty comments, I remain thoroughly unimpressed with the claim that George H.W. Bush was somehow (it is still not specified how) had some role (what role?) in the assassination of JFK. More prudent readers say Bush covered up the truth during his one year tenure as CIA director in 1976-77.
The few factoids offered in rebuttal to my post would not sway the average interested citizen, much less a jury. But one is worth noting.
–Bush was in Dallas on November 22, 1963. So were a couple of hundred thousand other people;
–He was friends with Allen Dulles. So were many people not involved in JFK’s assassination;
–Twenty five years later, Bush was involved in Iran-Contra scandal. This shows his tolerance of extra-legal political action. It tells us nothing about the events of 1963.
Perhaps the most interesting fact introduced in this discussion is Bush’s eulogy for Gerald Ford on October 22, 2008 in which Bush cites the man’s tenure on the Warren Commission as the premier example of Ford’s public service.
“After a deluded gun man assassinated President Kennedy our nation turned to Gerald Ford and a select handful of others to make sense of that madness,” Bush said.
The video makes a big deal out Bush’s weirdly inappropriate grin but I think Bush’s words are more revealing. In Bush’s description, the Warren Commission was not as an investigatory body (which is what the public was told and which is how the Commission staff viewed itself) but was a “select” group whose job was to explain a foregone conclusion: that one man alone was responsible. This is accurate and telling.
So is the importance he attaches to it. In Bush’s view, Ford’s defense of the official JFK story matters more than his role in lining up Republican votes for the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Act which transformed the country; more than his time as vice president during the Watergate scandal; more than assuming the presidency after Richard Nixon’s unprecedented resignation; more than presiding over the fall of Saigon; more than pardoning Nixon in the name of national headling. No, in Bush’s elulogy, the most important thing Ford did in public life was assure the public that the gunfire in Dallas did not need to be investigated. This is also telling.
It is not evidence of conspiracy. It is evidence of bad faith.