From the January 2007 Idaho Observer:
Gerald Ford ready for denomination
Another former president qualifies for coinage: His eulogy was as phony as the money his face may someday grace
America has a habit of preserving the memories of dead presidents as if they were true patriots— whether they were or not.
Gerald Ford was no exception.
Good bye, Mr. President
President Gerald Ford died Dec. 26, 2006 at the age of 93. He was eulogized as a man of great integrity who took over the country at a time of economic uncertainty and chronic energy shortages. He was vaunted as a man with a vision of world peace and a desire to improve the lives of all Americans by reducing government meddling in their lives and reducing government spending.
That’s nice and it may be the story that survives him, but the truth is a lot different.
Michigan Senator Gerald Ford was instrumental in lying about the wounds sustained by JFK so that the "magic bullet theory" could become the official explanation for the assassination of President Kennedy. His cooperation in this coverup was undoubtedly a test—and he passed it.
A decade later, Gerald Ford became the first man to be picked out of the Senate and made president. Then he chose Nelson Rockefeller as his vice-president and began to surround himself with people we now know as neocons. In essence, the installation of Ford after President Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal was a coup d’ etat that launched the careers of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
Columnist Wayne Madsen noted that, "Cheney and Rumsfeld were deep-selected from lower-level positions in the Nixon administration and named as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff for Ford’s White House. After Rumsfeld was selected as Ford’s Secretary of Defense, Cheney succeeded his longtime mentor as Chief of Staff. Rumsfeld and Cheney made it their cause to "restore" the power of Nixon’s ‘imperial presidency’ to a future Republican president. That was all but impossible under Reagan and Bush I since the entire Congress was in the hands of the Democrats for all but six years. However, Cheney and Rumsfeld succeeded in their goal under George W. Bush."
Ford also set the stage for George H.W. Bush’s ascension to the presidency. He appointed Bush, the former Texas congressman, UN ambassador, envoy to Beijing and Republican National Committee chair as CIA Director. Though was only CIA director for one year, it was a busy time for the post-Vietnam-era intelligence community. This is when the not-yet-named neocons began setting the global chessboard up for what we are experiencing today. The agency was involved in numerous terrorist attacks, "a direct slap at those who were trying to curb the excesses of the CIA under the Nixon administration, including outgoing director William Colby," Madsen observed.
Bush approved CIA assistance in the illegal car bombing assassination of former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, on a Washington, DC street in the heart of Embassy Row. Under Ford, Bush also approved the bombing of a Cubana Airlines passenger plane off the coast of Barbados that killed over 70 men, women, and children.
Then there are the seemingly well-founded allegations by Cathy O’Brien and others that Ford was an extremely sadistic sexual pervert and organized crime boss involved in drug trafficking, human sex slave trafficking and child pornography.
"Much is being made of Ford’s statement in the wake of Nixon’s resignation that ‘our long national nightmare is over.’ Mr. Ford’s elevation of Bush, Sr., Rumsfeld, and Cheney did not end our national nightmare, it merely postponed it until January 20, 2001," Madsen concluded.
We will go one step further: Our national nightmare has only just begun. Good bye, Gerry, and thanks for all that you did to us. ~The IO
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