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Behind the Bushes

GALLERY OF CRIMINALS

A FITTING MEMORIAL

BEDTIME STORY

The first 80 years behind the Bushes

Bush at the Harvard Business School

List of Bush administration scandals

Bush art: the graphics of despair

Bush regime war crimes

Bush's resume

Bush's drug and other problems

George Bush has always liked torture

George Bush debates George Bush

DSL: Dubya as a second language

Bush's military record

Bush & the Carlyle Group

Bush book the media didn't want to hear about

Daddy Bush and Clinton and BCCI

What happened to Geronimo's skull?

The White House years

Bushwhacks

Sarcasm, satire, and matters not worth responding to

THE BUSH LEAGUE 

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Jack Abramoff
Eliot Abrams
Samuel Alito
John Bolton
Michael Brown
Jeb Bush
Marvin Bush

Neil Bush
Lynne Cheney

Dick Cheney
Michael Chertoff
Chris Cox

Ari Fleisher
Robert Gates

Alberto Gonzalez
Michael Hayden
Eric Keroack

Michael Leeden
Donald Murphy

Robert Mueller
John Negroponte

Paul O'Neil
Theodore OIson
Richard Perle

John Poindexter
Colin Powell
Michael Powell
Otto Reich
Robert Reilly
John Rendon

Condoleezza Rice
James Roche
Donald Rumsfeld

Karl Rove
Stewart Simonson
Clarence Thomas
Ken Tomlinson

John Walters


BUSH BULGE
CARLYLE GROUP
ENRON
HALLIBURTON
HARKEN
MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
SKULL & BONES

POCKET PARADIGMS
SAM SMITH

While Condoleeza Rice's intent is that of an imperialist, her manner is that of an prissy third grade teacher apparently unaware that not only are most whom she scolds not in the third grade, they're not even in her school district.

George III, failed to prevent the creation of the American republic, which lasted over two hundred years until a dysfunctional despot, George II, destroyed it.


2001
VIA WARD MORROW

13 Benghazis that occurred on Bush's watch without a peep from the right

Recovered history

Jim Hightower - In 2002, it was reported that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had told a friend about our man George W. Bush. It seems that the two of them and French President Jacques Chirac had gotten into an economics discussion, after which George supposedly confided to Tony that he was decidedly unimpressed with Jacques' views: "The problem with the French," Bush scoffed, "is that they don't have a word for 'entrepreneur.'"

Bush's secret visit to Cayman Islands
NBC - Organizers of an investment conference in the Cayman Islands have been forbidden from disclosing any details about a speech by former President George W. Bush in the offshore financial haven, an event spokesman said. The keynote speech by the former president was "totally closed to all journa..

Great moments you may have missed. . .

President Bush had at Ground Zero probably the most important moment maybe in American history. It was when this wounded nation watched their commander in chief stand on that rubble and say that they will hear us, we are going to avenge this. - Condoleezza Rice

BYE BYE, BUSH

THE LIST: REMEMBERING THE BUSH YEARS

THE WIT & WISDOM OF BUSH

THE BEST OF BUSH

Collected by Daniel Kutczman of About.com. More where these came from

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006

"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

"This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite -- I call you my base." --at the 2000 Al Smith dinner

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." --LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005 (Listen to audio clip)

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." --Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." --to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." --Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." --Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000 (Listen to audio clip)

"Do you have blacks, too?" --to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

"This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." --as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." --Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

"They misunderestimated me." --Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

 

RESUME FOR GEORGE BUSH

[From the blog of Marc Perkel, 2004]

Past work experience

- Ran for Congress and lost.

- Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.

- Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

- Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using tax-payer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox

- With father's help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas. Accomplishments: Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any governor in American history.

- Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes with the help of the Supreme Court.

Accomplishments as president -

- Either lied or used extremely flawed intelligence against the advice of many of our own military, most of our allies, and most of the church leaders of America to waste much of our wealth and many of our soldiers lives on an unwise and unjust war.

- Spent the huge surplus left by the Clinton administration and bankrupted our nation's treasury.

- Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.

- Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

- First president in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.

- First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in U.S. history (25%).

- After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.

- Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in U.S. history.

- In just two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

- Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in U.S. history.

- Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period.

- Presided over a 45% increase in the loss of home ownership in America since the year 2000.

- Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in U.S. history.

- Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.

- Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in U.S. history.

- Presided over the biggest energy crises in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

- Presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.

- Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.

- Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest against any person in the history of mankind.

- Dissolved more international treaties than any president in U.S. history.

- The most secretive and unaccountable administration in U.S. history.

- The wealthiest cabinet ever in U.S. history. (the poorest multi-millionaire, Condoleeza Rice had a Chevron oil tanker named after her).

- Presided over the biggest corporate stock market frauds of any market in any country in the history of the world.

- Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.

- Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in U.S. history.

- First president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the human rights commission.

- Withdrew from the World Court of Law.

- Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in U.S. history.

- Made the United States the least respected member of the entire United Nations.

- Refused to allow independent inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

- First president in U.S. history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. elections).

- All-time U.S. (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

- George W. Bush's biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

-Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in U.S. history.

- First president in U.S. history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.

- First president to run and hide when the U.S. came under attack

- Took the biggest world sympathy for the U.S. after 911, and in less than a year made the U.S. the most detested country in the world

- With a policy of 'disengagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.

- Changed U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

- Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in U.S. history.

- In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the U.S. has ever been since the Civil War.

- Entered office with the strongest economy in U.S. history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

Records and References

- At least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available)

- AWOL from National Guard and deserted the military during a time of war.

- Refuse to take drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.

- All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my father's library, sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.

- All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

- All minutes of meetings for any public corporation I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.

- Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public review.

GREAT THOUGHTS OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

You can't be president and head of the military at the same time - President Bush to Pakistan President Musharraf

You know, when you give a man more money in his pocket -- in this case, a woman more money in her pocket to expand a business, it -- they build new buildings. And when somebody builds a new building, somebody has got to come and build the building. And when the building expanded, it prevented additional opportunities for people to work.

GOP LAWYER SUES BUSH FOR WRONGFUL ARREST AND ABUSE

THE BUSH WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS

SMOKING GUN ON BUSH REGIME AND TORTURE

BUSH REGIME SAYS HOLDING MERCENARIES TO SAME STANDARDS AS OTHER U.S. CITIZENS WOULD HAVE 'UNINTENDED AND INTOLERABLE CONSEQUENCES'

BUSH DIDN'T THINK ATHEISTS WERE COVERED BY THE CONSTITUTION

http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/ghwbush.htm

JUNE 2007

BUSH REPORTED ACTING STRANGELY IN MEETINGS WITH FRIENDS

THINK PROGRESS - Anne Geyer writes in the Dallas Morning News about President Bush's strange behavior during a recent meeting"

"Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated 'I am the president!' He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of 'our country's destiny.'"

This is the second time in recent weeks that accounts have surfaced of Bush lashing out or "ranting" in private meetings when responding to criticism of his Iraq policy. Chris Nelson of the Nelson Report offered a similar account earlier this month:

"Some big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he's doing things would be OK. . . etc., etc."

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/05/31/bush-wild-eyed/

MARCH 2007

DUBYA ON THE ROAD

We can never replace lives, and we can't heal hearts, except through prayer. - Enterprise, Alabama, Mar. 3, 2007

You know, it's interesting to come back down here to the Gulf Coast. I tried to think back about what it was like the first time I came after the storm hit. And I guess the -- my most vivid recollection is the piles of rubble, literally debris stacked upon debris. It was -- it's hard to believe then that I would be -- I had faith that I'd be able to come to a home, but I had trouble visualizing. And then I kept coming down and I watched the improvement, because of the hard work of the local citizens, people like the Mayor here and the Governor, who set a vision that was a hopeful vision. The federal government's role has been to write checks. The Governor's role and the Mayor's role is help to expedite the federal money to the local folks. And today, we are able to sit in a homeowner -- the word is home. Again, one of the things I like to say is, when somebody walks in, welcome to my home. And it has a special ring to it here in the Gulf Coast, because there was a time when their home was totally destroyed. -- This entire passage has a "special" ring to it - Long Beach, Mississippi, Mar. 1, 2007

I'm a strong proponent of the restoration of the wetlands, for a lot of reasons. There's a practical reason, though, when it comes to hurricanes. The stronger the wetlands, the more likely the damage of the hurricane. - New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 1, 2007

In return for federal money, we expect local districts and states to measure, to have tests. The principal, the good Doc asked me to go into the 4th grade class and say to the kids, good luck on the test tomorrow. That was music to my ears, because you don't know whether or not a child is reading unless you test. -- Does he actually believe that? New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 1, 2007

http://www.dubyaspeak.com/freshdubya.phtml

JANUARY 2007

GREAT THOUGHTS OF GEORGE BUSH

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." - at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." - Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' - Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." - Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." - quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

"I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." - Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

"Do you have blacks, too?" - to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

"This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." - as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

"It is white." - after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001

"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." - at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001

"I'm the master of low expectations." - aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

"People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you." -Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

"I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it…I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet. . . - President George W. Bush, after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004

- "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." - radio address, Feb. 24, 2001

- "I try to go for longer runs, but it's tough around here at the White House on the outdoor track. It's sad that I can't run longer. It's one of the saddest things about the presidency." -interview with "Runners World," Aug. 2002

- "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." - to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

-. "There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again." - Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

-. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." - Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

- "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -ashington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

FIFTY BEST QUOTES
http://www.billclevlen.com/bushisms.htm

~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman

NOVEMBER 2006

BUSH'S SECRET HIGHWAY

JEROME R. CORSI, HUMAN EVENTS - Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn. Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman's Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation's most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in fast lanes, checked only electronically by the new "SENTRI" system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. . . A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks.

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15497&this=stupid

PSYCHOTICS MORE LIKELY TO SUPPORT BUSH

ANDY BROMAGE, NEW HAVEN ADVOCATE - A collective "I told you so" will ripple through the world of Bush-bashers once news of Christopher Lohse's study gets out. Lohse, a social work master's student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush. . .

The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse's study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person's psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

GEORGE BUSH WOULD LIKE TO HAVE US STILL FIGHTING VIETNAM WAR

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - US President George W. Bush, making his first visit to Vietnam, said that one lesson of the bloody US military defeat here a generation ago was that the United States must be patient in Iraq. "We'll succeed unless we quit," promised Bush, the second US president to visit post-war Vietnam, after talks with close ally Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the sidelines of an Asia Pacific summit in Hanoi. . . Asked whether the US defeat in Vietnam offered lessons, the US president replied: "We tend to want there to be instant success in the world, and the task in Iraq is going to take a while.". . .

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/11/17/061117134723.b5pa72t9.html

DON'T LET YOUR KIDS GROW UP TO BE BUSHES

THE BUSH BOYS illustrate the danger of raising families on welfare. In fact, they are among the nation's most successful public welfare spongers including:

- George, who has lived much of his life on insider trading of one sort or another - some of it just costly to family and friends as he stumbled from one failed deal to another and but some of it - like the Harken affair - raising the possibility of public fraud as well. Then there is the cost to the people of Texas who helped finance Dubya's baseball team with a sweetheart rental and purchase option agreement as well as the use of eminent domain in order to make little Bush rich.

- Jeb, whose failed S&L deal cost us all $4 million.

- Jonathan, whose east coast brokerage was fined in two states for violating laws with Jonathan barred from public trading in Massachusetts.

- Neil, who joined the board of the Silverado S&L, which eventually went bankrupt at a cost of $1 billion to the American taxpayers.

So if you want your kids to grow up straight and save some money, keep them away from that Bush family.

BUSH REPORTED TO HAVE PURCHASED 99,000 ACRES IN PARAGUAY

Why might the president and his family need a 98,840-acre ranch in Paraguay protected by a semi-secret U.S. military base manned by American troops who have been exempted from war-crimes prosecution by the Paraguayan government? - Wonkette

PRENSA LATINA - The land grab project of US President George W. Bush in Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort both politically and environmentally. The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay) is the talk of the town in these countries.

Although official sources have not confirmed the information that is already public, the land is reportedly located in Paso de Patria, near Bolivian gas reserves and the Guarani indigenous water region, within the Triple Border. . .

Concern increased last week with the arrival of Bush" daughter, Jenna, and a source from the Physical Planning Department saying that most of the Chaco region belongs to private companies.

Luis D'Elia, Argentina´s undersecretary for Land for Social Habitat, says the matter raises regional concern because it threatens local natural resources.

STEVE O - It has been reported that George W. Bush has recently purchased a 98,842 acre farm in Northern Paraguay. What on earth does the President of the United States need a 98,000+ acre farm in Northern Paraguay for?

On the surface it looks all very innocent, but let's add the very quiet trip that Jenna Bush made to the country earlier this month in which she met Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and his family at their official residence. She also met with U.S. Ambassador James Cason. Could it be that our little drunken Jenna is all grown up and playing diplomacy?

This all still seems very innocent on the surface, but now let's add the five hundred U.S. troops that arrived in Paraguay with planes, weapons and ammunition in July 2005, shortly after the Paraguayan Senate granted U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court jurisdiction. Neighboring countries and human rights organizations are concerned the massive air base at Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is potential real estate for the U.S. military.

Does Bush plan on being charged with something in the future? Does Bush foresee a collapse of the United States and feels a strong need to have a place to cut and run to, or does Bush just need a nice secret little place other than Gitmo where he can send people he doesn't like?

http://www.teambio.org/2006/10/bush-family-98842-acres-and-a-mule/

BRING IT ON - Jenna Bush paid a secret diplomatic visit to Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and U.S. Ambassador James Cason. There were no press conferences, no public sightings and no official confirmation of her 10-day trip which apparently ended this week. . .

And Jenna's down there having secret meetings with the president and America's ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason. Bush posted Cason in Havana in 2002, but last year moved him to Paraguay. Cason apparently gets around. A former "political adviser" to the U.S. Atlantic Command and ATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Cason has been stationed in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama … basically everywhere the U.S. has run secret and not-so-secret wars over the past 30 years.

Here's a fun question for Tony Snow: Why might the president and his family need a 98,840-acre ranch in Paraguay protected by a semi-secret U.S. military base manned by American troops who have been exempted from war-crimes prosecution by the Paraguayan government?

WONKETTE - Here's a little background on the base itself, which Rumsfeld secretly visited in late 2005: U.S. Special Forces began arriving this past summer at Paraguay's Mariscal Estigarribia air base, a sprawling complex built in 1982 during the reign of dictator Alfredo Stroessner.

Argentinean journalists who got a peek at the place say the airfield can handle B-52 bombers and Galaxy C-5 cargo planes. It also has a huge radar system, vast hangers, and can house up to 16,000 troops. The air base is larger than the international airport at the capital city, Asuncion.

BUSH PARAGUAY LAND DEAL RUMOR UPDATE

TOM PHILLIPS, GUARDIAN - Meeting the new couple next door can be an anxious business for even the most relaxed home owner. Will they be international drug traffickers? Have they got noisy kids with a penchant for electronic music? As worries go, however, having the US president move in next door must come fairly low on the list.

Unless of course you are a resident of northern Paraguay and believe reports in the South American press that he has bought up a 100,000 acre ranch in your neck of the woods.

The rumors, as yet unconfirmed but which began with the state-run Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, have triggered an outpouring of conspiracy theories, with speculation rife about what President Bush's supposed interest in the "chaco", a semi-arid lowland in the Paraguay's north, might be.

Some have speculated that he might be trying to wrestle control of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves, from the Paraguayans.

Rumors of Mr Bush's supposed forays into South American real estate surfaced during a recent 10-day visit to the country by his daughter Jenna Bush. Little is known about her trip to Paraguay. . . Reports in sections of the Paraguayan media suggested she was sent on a family "mission" to tie up the land purchase in the "chaco".

Erasmo Rodríguez Acosta, the governor of the Alto Paraguay region where Mr Bush's new acquisition supposedly lies, told one Paraguayan news agency there were indications that Mr Bush had bought land in Paso de Patria, near the border with Brazil and Bolivia. He was, however, unable to prove this, he added.

Last week the Paraguayan news group Neike suggested that Ms Bush was in Paraguay to "visit the land acquired by her father - relatively close to the Brazilian Pantanal [wetlands] and the Bolivian gas reserves".

The US presence in Paraguay has been under scrutiny since May 2005 when the country's Congress agreed to allow 400 American marines to operate there for 18 months in exchange for financial aid.

At the time many viewed the arrival of troops as a sign that Washington was trying to monitor US business interests in neighboring Bolivia, after the election of Evo Morales, a leftwing leader who promised to nationalize his country's natural gas industry.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1928928,00.html