Remember Doug Wead's infamous audiotapes of Bush, in which the prez makes some rather uncomfortable admissions? Many have wondered whether this release occurred as a diversionary exercise, intended to keep our noses pointed away from Gannon/Guckert.
I would like to propose an alternative scenario. I will present this alternative in interrogatory format.Question 1: Who does Doug Wead really work for?
The tapes brought to the fore a couple of matters that could alienate W from his base: Drug use, and the possible ersatz nature of his proclaimed religious beliefs.
Many evangelicals suspected that Bush the elder was "faking it" when he claimed to be born again. (I still recall the video distributed in 1988 of Bush making this confession of faith. He seemed to be biting his lip; you could almost see a thin trickle of blood dribbling down his chin.)The Wead tapes tend to re-awaken those fears.
Wead originally joined the Poppy Bush campaign to teach him the "catch phrases" that would signal to the Jesusmaniacs that he, Bush, was also among those bathed in the blood of the Lamb. It was obvious that his fundamentalism amounted to little more than a collection of catch phrases; the religious right soon made GHWB the target of many of their most beloved conspiracy theories.
A much smaller (but not insignificant) proportion of the evangelical community still harbors those suspicions about the present president.
Here's the fascinating part: Wead's loyalties may never have been with W at all. What if Wead's allegiance really goes toward the Korean gentleman lurking behind the curtain?
Southern Baptist attendees at a pro-Bush inaugural function in 2001 -- a gala largely put together by Doug Wead -- were shocked when none other than the Reverend Moon showed up to give a speech and receive an award. You can read about this odd event in Kevin Phillips' book American Dynasty; there's also a brief description here
Moon once proclaimed that his goal was the "subjugation of the American government and population." What if he's not kidding?
At any rate, I tend to think that Doug Wead made those tapes (and remember, we got only a brief snippet) available as a way to remind the President who is really in charge. We do not know what is going on behind the scenes; do not discount the possibility that Moon wants a service performed that Bush feels reticent to perform.
(For example, the mad Reverend now has a bug up his ass about replacing the symbol of the cross with that of a crown. What if he has asked Bush to aid this campaign?)Question 2: How did Moon get where he is?
His funds would seem to be unlimited, of course, but that only takes the question one step further. Moon first became a "player" during Koreagate, which -- as most web sites will not
tell you -- largely concerned sexual blackmail operations directed against DC politicians.
In 1989, Moon's Washington Times published an incomplete account of a gay prostitution ring with White House ties. Why did Moon allow the publication of such a story, which could only embarrass the elder Bush? And why did the expose cease?
The idea of blackmail once more suggests itself. Question 3: Why does GHWB speak on Moon's behalf?
In the mid 1990s, former president Bush -- in an unprecedented move -- made speeches endorsing the would-be Messiah. Unconfirmed reports tell us that Poppy was paid millions to give these speeches. But Does the clink of the bag of lucre explain his bizarre performance? The Bush family can't be that
hard up for money; I doubt whether GHWB would have spoken on behalf of (say) David Duke or L. Ron Hubbard just to sock away a few extra million.
So why did he speak up on behalf of Moon? He incurred some risk in doing so: Moon is loathed by most of the fundamentalists the Bush family has attempted to court.
Once again: the concept of extortion explains much. Question 4: How did Moon manage to be "crowned" as Messiah in our Capitol by a congressman, with many other congressfolk in attendance?
Does money suffice to explain this bizarre circumstance? Or should we also harken back to Koreagate, and Moon's proven history of using sex to dig up dirt on politicians?Question 5: How did GOPUSA achieve such rarefied heights so quickly?
How did the GOPUSA "reporter" gain access to the White House on a regular basis? How did he learn inside information about the attack on Iraq and other matters, including (perhaps) the Plame affair?
Recently, I have noted the many links between GOPUSA and Moon. Moon has always operated via a series of front organizations. If we presume that GOPUSA is one such organization, then we have an explanation for the big questions. The Bush White House let GOPUSA do whatever it wanted because it could not afford to do otherwise.
Let us review a few facts -- some mentioned previously, plus a couple of new ones -- which tend to favor this presumption:
1. GOPUSA has run scads of UPI material, seemingly free of charge; Moon owns UPI.
2. Bobby Eberle, head of GOPUSA, also writes for Moon publications such as the Washington Times, Insight and Human Events.
3. Gannon/Guckert worked for the Moon-linked Frontiers For Freedom.
4. Paul Teller of GOPUSA previously worked for the Moonie Times.
5. Bob and Bruce Eberle appear to be connected to right-wing funder "Hal" Eberle, who (during Reagan's Central American wars-that-were-not-wars) was a board member of a Moon front organization, the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund.
6. Although rank-and-file fundies hate Moon's theology, the Korean Messiah has been making inroads with certain fundamentalist leaders, including Tim LaHaye
and Jerry Falwell. Moon has also been linked to the Fellowship, a group that has in turn been linked to GOPUSA.
I feel as though we've been given about 70 pieces of a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle. So far, the pieces tend to form the outline of a Moon...