This post does not have much to do about New Mexico itself, just another example of elite ties in politics. This one is about Robert Gates and his ties to the Bush family. And how presidents have been more and more secretive and aiming to restrict information from the public.
Here is a passage from Kevin Phillips 2004 book “American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush,” an expose of the Bush family, with an emphasis on then-president George W. Bush.
“Then, in 2001, George W. Bush’s inauguration ushered in a new preoccupation with suppressing public access to the papers of former presidents and information on White House and departmental decision making. In November 2001, George W. Bush signed an executive order restricting public access to the papers of former presidents, following up his earlier decision to ship how own Texas gubernatorial papers off to his father’s presidential library at Texas A&M University, where they became inaccessible. Texas A&M is a second-string Texas University with close Bush ties. Its president is former CIA director Robert Gates, a Bush loyalist whom critics have sought to tie to the October Surprise, Iran-Contra, and Iraqgate alike. (p. 348)
This was written back in 2004, just before Bush entered a second term as president. In 2006 Gates was selected as Secretary of Defense to replace the retiring Rumsfeld. It does seem like the ties Gates had to the Bushes were tight. Was this a payoff to buy silence?
Gates served through the last years of the Bush administration. After Obama was elected in 2008, Gates was asked to stay on as Secretary of Defense. In an article from MSNBC, it states: “It was Gates, he said, who pressed to get more heavily armored vehicles and hunter-killer drones to the war front, and made it his mission to ensure that the department served the troops in the field “as well as they serve us.” (2) Not surprising from a former CIA man. When he retired in 2011 Obama presented him with a Medal of Freedom.
Gates of course was involved with many things in the 80’s up to today with the CIA and U.S. foreign policy. Now it seems few people are willing to investigate the goings on of the Bush administration. Maybe they want to move on. But the key to curing darkness is to shed light on things. So here’s to more investigative journalism in the future.