Former U.S. president George W. Bush makes secret visit to Ethiopia

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  1. Tn. says:

    Sella! for such a time like this! A bit surprised that it is not Rothschild on his knees!

  2. Alexis says:

    WHY is he in Addis???

    • Alexis says:

      After reading some of the comments here, I come to realise that the former US president in fact did help Africa in some way. And I as an Ethiopian African would like to thank you for that! And hoping to hear more positive news from your visit.

  3. M. P. BEYENE says:

    George W.Bush was one of my favourite American presidents however what held
    me back was he was so impulsive and a
    little too impatient and not methodical
    which is contrary to the American peoples
    and societal wisdom. Americans,especially
    political leaders are known for wisdom as
    their character. However George was a bit
    too fast and head on.

  4. Alula says:

    Welcome Former president Mr George W. Bush! Republican are better than Democrate when it comes to Ethiopia’s interest! I hope the republican will win on the coming election!

  5. ethio says:

    He F***ed up his Country and now,he is there to F***ed up ours? Well, our county is F***ed already so that make sense.

  6. Mario says:

    Bush going to visit the Bushmen turned “politicians”!!! To do what? Could he tell woyane/TPLF “politicians” to ease with their jungle law if has the gut and the wisdom as an X-president of a powerful nation on earth?

    “Birds of the same feather flock together”, as they say.

  7. tola kassa says:

    Pres. Bush does not have power to influence Woyanne on democratic agenda so i see him like A lion with out teeth and a good PR campaign for dictator WOYANE.

  8. Tatek says:

    Under tyrants in EPRDF, Ethiopia becomes a dumping ground for war criminals and genocide suspects in Paul Kagame, Omar el-Bashir, Uhuru Kenyatta, Condolezza Rice, George W. Bush and many more. No wonder our own rulers in Ethiopia are culprits of war crimes in one form or another and there shouldn’t be any surprise if others who share the same teeth like Mr Bush confide in them. There is no denying that President Bush had a magnificent record when it comes to Africa as he tripled AID to the continent but he and senior officials in his Govt knew that the money was bound back to the West any way, as it is a norm that AID dollars are stashed in Western banks in the name of African dictators and or their family members. Mr Bush and his Senior Military and Civilian Officials knew that the so called Interrogation techniques used against inmates in US custody at the height of the so called war on terror run afoul to International law and the Constitution of the United States, which the President swore to protect upon taking office. According to testimonies given to the US Senate by Senior Bush officials at the height of the war on terror, it was widely argued that severe interrogation techniques like water boarding, shackling, sleep deprivation, forced stripping and the likes were authorized based on Military necessities, and did not amount to torture—and as such, section 2340A of the US Constitution was not violated and the President had the Authority to suspend sections of the Geneva Conventions pertaining to the Protection of Prisoners of War. But legal scholars considered the conclusion of the torture memos pertaining to the legal advice given to the President and his Senior Officials to be without merit, bizarre and written to authorize techniques that run afoul to the Convention Against Torture ratified by the United States. It was also crystal clear that provisions relating to the protection of the human person contained in the treaties of a humanitarian character ( the Geneva Conventions) cannot be suspended and this was ratified by the United States. Ethiopia is too small a nation to arrest Mr Bush and hand him over to the Hague to face justice but it was high time that the International Community came together and did all it takes in the interest of human freedom that we in the West cherish as the most sacred idea— but for TPLF pawn Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, this is yet another good moment to take to the dance floor with yet another war criminal in the center of Addis, and who knows may be this is also a Meles legacy.

    • Berhane says:

      Man, you forgot to mention the Red Terror Butcher, Mengistu HaileSeytan. I guess you are his lapdog. Live with it! Accept it! There is no lion but Woyane Anbesa.

  9. Kill Bush says:

    This killer is once again in Ethiopia? he shouldn’t allowed to land on our holy land.
    He killed many innocent children on this planet and now he is hiding himself using a humaniterian reason.

    He should be send to the Hague and face an empechement

    sewe aydelem, kifu le petrol yadere

  10. Yohannes says:

    Welcome President. I wish people knew you great legacy for Africa, and the love, admiration and respect that we have for you. You dared what your predecessor did not and the one who came after you could not sustain. Your declaration of HIV/AIDS as a national security issue for the US and the money you put to PEPFAR changed the course of history. With that ‘simple’ but courageous deed you transformed the lives of millions of Africans, and the image of their countries from one of a basket case to where they are now. You delivered hope where their was none. Your compassion is unparalleled; you integrity is exemplary and your determination and energy in what you believe in simply unbelievable and infectious. I don’t know your reasons for your visit to Ethiopia, but I believe you have a lot on your agenda. While you meet those whom you have to meet, I would like to remind you the promise you made in your second presidential inauguration ceremony. Yes I you are right…go on and spread the word that freedom is human, and those who deny it will find in the wrong side of history!!. I am simply one of your admirers from the land you are currently visiting. By the way, decision point is a great book!

  11. AleQa Biru says:

    So, this is “news” is just to inform Bush went to Ethiopia? That is it?

    Why is he going there? For vacation, business, immigration or what?

  12. Wolde Woubneh says:

    It is great that an Xpresident of US is visiting Ethiopia. Mr. Bush was helpful to Ethiopia during the AID Crisis. A good deed is always a good thing. He will be recieved with great honor and admiration. The nation has changed in such a short time from a humanitarian needy country to a business oriented want to be industrial nation. He is back to see the fruits of his labor and may be promote US/Ethiopia relations across all fields. Way to Go Mr. Bush!!

  13. Solomon says:

    What a latt of people don’t know is no persident in this world have done what president Gorge w bush done really black Africa .
    President Bush save over 20 million people in Africa by investing 15 billion dollars on fighting Adis.
    I know bush doesn’t like to talk about it because he is not a talker he is an action men .
    But the democrat party and Obama the talk about Africa and black people during election to them if they talk about it is enough .
    Gorge bush we Ethiopian and African who think for owner-self do not listen to one Sided media love you .
    Well come to Ethiopian Gorge bush to the county of the oldest Christian country.
    God bless you bush !
    God bless Ethiopian !

  14. Tesfalehulum says:

    George W. Bush administration made a very significant contribution in combating HIV/ADIS across Africa. He should be recognized for his noble contribution.

  15. bb says:

    Dr. Mr. President,
    Welcome to Ethiopia! On behalf of my family and I, I like to thank you for the contribution you have done to fight HIV in Ethiopia and the rest of African country, because of you and others HIV has been minimized around Africa and I hope the others Presidents and government officials will learn from your wonderful job that you done. Again thank you so much.
    May God bless you and your family!

  16. Gezaee says:

    I guess Bush was Pro Ethiopia man. Although as human he did miscalculation on how to deal with Islamicists,America needs like Bush, but smarter than him.

  17. Alexis says:

    After reading some of the comments here, I come to realise that the former US president in fact did help Africa in some way. And I as an Ethiopian African would like to thank you for that! And hoping to hear more positive news from your visit.

  18. Dagna says:

    Welcome to Ethiopia Mr. President, the only president who is truly helped Africa by increasing US funds for Africa to Billions, to make Africa out of want with real help.
    He is a man of his word, by far a better leader than Barak Obama the current President of drones.

    All Republicans are good for Ethiopia and George Bush is the best of all. I salute you Mr. President. Enjoy your stay in Holy Land Ethiopia

  19. yosef says:

    I have a different explanation for the president’s secret visit to Ethiopia. all of the sudden the EITI accepted Ethiopia’s quest for a membership after a strong recommendation from it’s British chairperson. apparently Countries like ours with not a bright record should not be no where close to that inistitusion. second,an American company recently announced that the started building an oil pipe from Addis to Dijbouti .Why would Ethiopia with less than a million vechiles through out the country need such a huge investment? Remember turlow oil announcement last year? ‘we’ve struck an oil in south Ethiopia potencialy bigger than all the previous findings in east Africa combined.’ but few days later they were made to back off a bit after furious woyane rulers attacked the company. the PM went even further by saying that they want to get loan tha’s why they lie.
    After such a drama turlow did not even complain about Ethiopian authorities behaviour. and now a surprize George w Bush visit, for those of you who are puzzled about this , the Bush family is known about their love to oil business, if Bush want to see you secretly ,he wants to talk about oil.
    THEY HAVE DISCOVERD A HUGE OIL RESERVE IN SOUTHERN ETHIOPA.

    • k Silassie says:

      Bush’s Former Oil Company
      Linked To bin Laden Family
      By Rick Wiles
      American Freedom News.com
      c. 2001 American Freedom News
      10-3-1

      President Bush recently signed an executive order to freeze the US financial assets of corporations doing business with Osama bin Laden. He described the order as a “strike on the financial foundation of the global terror network.”

      “If you do business with terrorists, if you support or succor them, you will not do business with the United States,” said President Bush.

      He didn’t say anything about doing business with a terrorist’s brother – or his wealthy financier.

      When President George W. Bush froze assets connected to Osama bin Laden, he didn’t tell the American people that the terrorist mastermind’s late brother was an investor in the president’s former oil business in Texas. He also hasn’t leveled with the American public about his financial connections to a host of shady Saudi characters involved in drug cartels, gun smuggling, and terrorist networks.

      Doing business with the enemy is nothing new to the Bush family. Much of the Bush family wealth came from supplying needed raw materials and credit to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Several business operations managed by Prescott Bush – the president’s grandfather – were seized by the US government during World War II under the Trading with the Enemy Act.

      On October 20, 1942, the federal government seized the Union Banking Corporation in New York City as a front operation for the Nazis. Prescott Bush was a director. Bush, E. Roland Harriman, two Bush associates, and three Nazi executives owned the bank’s shares. Eight days later, the Roosevelt administration seized two other corporations managed by Prescott Bush. The Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation, both managed by the Bush-Harriman bank, were accused by the US federal government of being front organizations for Hitler’s Third Reich. Again, on November 8, 1942, the federal government seized Nazi-controlled assets of Silesian-American Corporation, another Bush-Harriman company doing business with Hitler.

      Doing business with the bin Laden empire, therefore, is only the latest extension of the Bush family’s financial ties to unsavory individuals and organizations. Now that thousands of American citizens have died in terrorist attacks and the nation is going to war, the American people should know about George W. Bush’s relationship with the family of Osama bin Laden.

      Salem bin Laden, Osama’s older brother, was an investor in Arbusto Energy. – the Texas oil company started by George W. Bush. Arbusto means “Bush” in Spanish. Salem bin Laden died in an airplane crash in Texas in 1988.

      Sheik Mohammed bin Laden, the family patriarch and founder of its construction empire, also died in a plane crash. Upon his death in 1968, he left behind 57 sons and daughters – the offspring he sired with 12 wives in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. About a dozen brothers manage Bin Laden Brothers Construction – one of the largest construction firms in the Middle East.

      Fresh out of Harvard Business School, young George W. Bush returned to Midland, TX, in the late 1970s to follow his father’s footsteps in the oil business. Beginning in 1978, he set up a series of limited partnerships – Arbusto ’78, Arbusto ’79, and so on – to drill for oil.

      One of President Bush’s earliest financial backers was James Bath, a Houston aircraft broker. Bath served with President Bush in the Texas Air National Guard. Bath has a mysterious connection to the Central Intelligence Agency.

      According to a 1976 trust agreement, Salem bin Laden appointed James Bath as his business representative in Houston. Revelation about Bath’s relationship with the bin Laden financial empire and the CIA was made public in 1992 by Bill White, a former real estate business partner with Bath. White informed federal investigators in 1992 that Bath told him that he had assisted the CIA in a liaison role since 1976 – the same year former President George Herbert Walker Bush served as director of the CIA.

      During a bitter legal fight between White and Bath, the real estate partner disclosed that Bath managed a portfolio worth millions of dollars for Sheik Khalid bin Mahfouz and other wealthy Saudis. Among the investments made by Bath with Mahfouz’s money was the Houston Gulf Airport.

      A powerful banker in Saudi Arabia, Mahfouz was one of the largest stockholders in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. BCCI was a corrupt global banking empire operating in 73 nations and was a major financial and political force in Washington, Paris, Geneva, London, and Hong Kong. Despite the appearance of a normal banking operation, BCCI was actually an international crime syndicate providing “banking services” to the Medellin drug cartel, Pamama dictator Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal, and Khun Sa, the heroin kingpin in Asia’s Golden Triangle.

      The BCCI scandal implicated some of the biggest political names in Washington – both Democrats and Republicans – during the first Bush White House. The bank was accused of laundering money for drug cartels, smuggling weapons to terrorists, and using Middle Eastern oil money to influence American politicians.

      The chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division under former President Bush was Robert Mueller. Because the major players came out of the scandal with slaps on the wrists, many critics accused Mueller of botching the investigation. Mr. Mueller was recently appointed by President George W. Bush as the new Director of the FBI, replacing Louis Freeh who did nothing while William Jefferson Clinton allowed the Red Chinese to loot our national security secrets.

      The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a division of the Justice Department, reviewed allegations by Bill White in 1992 that James Bath funneled money from wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen to American companies to influence the policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations. Robert Mueller, the new FBI chief, was in a senior position at the Justice Department at the time of the review.

      White told a Texas court in 1992 that Bath and the Justice Department had “blackballed” him professionally and financially because he refused to keep quiet about his knowledge of an Arabic conspiracy to launder Middle Eastern money into the bank accounts of American businesses and politicians.

      In sworn depositions, Bath admitted he represented four wealthy Saudi Arabian businessmen as a trustee. He also admitted he used his name on their investments and received, in return, a five- percent stake in their business deals.

      Indeed, Texas tax documents revealed that Bath owned five percent of Arbusto ’79 Ltd., and Arbusto ’80 Ltd. Bush Exploration Company controlled the limited partnerships, the general partnership firm owned by young George W. Bush.

      Although George W. Bush’s Texas oil ventures were financial failures, his financial backers recovered their investments through a series of mergers and stock swaps. He changed Arbusto’s name to Bush Exploration, then merged the new firm into Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation in 1984.

      The Bush-controlled oil business eventually ended up being folded into Harken Energy Corp., a Dallas-based corporation. Mr. Bush joined Harken as a director in 1986 and was given 212,000 shares of Harken stock. Bush used his White House connections to land a lucrative contract for the obscure Harken Energy Corp. with the Middle Eastern government of Bahrain. On June 20, 1990, George W. Bush sold his Harken stock for $848,000 and paid off his loan he took out to buy his small share in the Texas Rangers. The Bahrain deal was brokered by David Edwards, a close pal to Bill Clinton and a former employee of Stephens Inc. Shortly after Bush sold his stock, Harken’s fortunes nose-dived when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Some critics claim young George was tipped off in advance by his father about the soon-coming Gulf War.

      George W. Bush, however, worked wonders for Harken Energy Corp. before the stock collapse. Using the Bush family name, he managed to bring much-needed capital investment to the struggling firm. George W. Bush traveled to Little Rock, AR, to attend a meeting with Jackson Stephens – a powerful Arkansas tycoon who help bankroll the state campaigns of young Bill Clinton. He first gained political prominence as a fund-raiser for President Jimmy Carter. Stephens was also deeply involved in the BCCI scandal by helping the corrupt bank take control of First American Bank in Washington, DC.

      Jack Stephens didn’t need an introduction to young George W. Bush. Mary Anne Stephens, his wife, managed Vice President George Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign in Arkansas. Stephens Inc., the well connected brokerage firm owned by Jack Stephens, donated $100,000 to a Bush campaign fundraising dinner in 1991. When George W. Bush won the contested Florida election in 2000, Jack Stephens made a substantial contribution to the Bush inauguration. Recently, former President Bush played golf on April 11, 2001, with Jack Stephens at the Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy in Little Rock. The former president told Stephens, “Jack, we love you and we are very, very grateful for what you have done.”

      Perhaps the former president was thanking him for the money Stephens provided young George W. Bush. Stephens arranged for a $25 million investment from the Union des Banques Suisses. The Swiss Bank held the minority interest in the Banque de Commerce et de Placements, a Geneva-based subsidiary of BCCI.

      Both Stephens and Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, a wealthy and well-connected Saudi real estate investor, signed the financial transaction. The Geneva transaction was paid through a joint venture between the Union Bank of Switzerland and its Geneva branch of BCCI.

      The BCCI connection, therefore, linked George W. Bush with Saudi banker Khaled bin Mahfouz. Known in Arab circles as the “king’s treasurer,” Mahfouz held a 20 percent take in BCCI between 1986 and 1990. Mahfouz is no stranger to the Bush family. He was a big investor in the Carlyle Group, a defense-industry investment group with deep connections to the Republican Party establishment. Former President Bush is a former member of the company’s board of directors. George W. Bush also held shares in Caterair, a Carlyle subsidiary. Sami Baarma, a powerful player in the Mahfouz-owned Prime Commercial Bank of Pakistan, is a member of the Carlyle Group’s international advisory board.

      President Bush certainly is aware of that his former Saudi sugar daddy is still financing Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. USA Today newspaper reported in 1999 that a year after bin Laden’s attacks on US embassies in Africa, Khaled bin Mahfouz and other wealthy Saudis were funneling tens of millions of dollars each year into bin Laden’s bank accounts. Five top Saudi businessmen ordered the National Commercial Bank to transfer personal funds and $3 million pilfered from a Saudi pension fund to the Capitol Trust Bank in New York City. The money was deposited into the Islamic Relief and Bless Relief – Islamic charities operating in the US and Great Britain as fronts for Osama bin Laden.

      The Capitol Trust Bank is run by Mohammad Hussein al-Amoudi. His lawyer is Democratic Party bigwig Vernon Jordan, close friend of former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

      Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, the Arab who cosigned the $25 million cash infusion into George W. Bush’s Harken Energy Corporation, appointed Talat Othman to manage his 17.6 percent share in Harken Energy Corp. Othman, a native Palestinian, is president and CEO of Dearborn Financial Inc. – an investment firm in Arlington Heights, IL.

      Bakhsh also bought a 9.6 percent stake in Worthen Banking Corporation, the Arkansas bank controlled by Jack Stephens. Abdullah Bakhsh’s share was the identical percentage as the amount of shares sold by Mochtar Riady, the godfather of the wealthy Indonesian family with close ties to the Chinese communists, Bill Clinton and evangelist Pat Robertson. Bakhsh is represented by Rogers & Wells, a well-connected Republican law firm in New York whose partners include former Secretary of State William P. Rogers.

      Independent investigator reporter David Twersky reported in the early 1990s that Othman had a seat on Harken’s board of directors and met three times in the White House with President George Herbert Walker Bush. Organized by Chief of Staff John Sununu, Othman’s first meeting with President Bush at the White House was in August 1990, just days after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

      There exist to this day an Arab-Texas connection. Khalid bin Mahfouz, financier of both George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden, still maintains a palatial estate in Houston, TX. Former President George Bush also lives in Houston. James Bath, Texas political confidant of George W. Bush, managed to obtain a $1.4 million loan from Mahfouz in 1990. Bath and Mahfouz, along with former Secretary of Treasury John Connally, were also co-investors in Houston’s Main Bank. Bath was also president of Skyway Aircraft Leasing Ltd, a Texas air charter company registered in the Cayman Islands. According to published reports in the early 1990s, the real owner was bin Mahfouz. When Salem bin Laden, Osama’ brother, died in 1988, his interest in the Houston Gulf Airport was transferred to bin Mahfouz.

      Since Osama bin Laden’s bloody attack on America on September 11, the federal government has moved quickly to freeze bank accounts connected to Osama bin Laden, Khalid bin Mahfouz, and a host of Islamic charities.

      Perhaps federal agents should freeze the financial assets of the Bush family too. It would not be the first time Bush-family assets were seized by the US government for trading with the enemy.

  20. Abegaz says:

    Bush is a good man. He just had bad advisors like his vp, Cheyeny and his defense secretary Rums ford. Bush did good to Ethiopia in the health sector. Barack did nothing. Never helped to democratize Ethiopia while Buh tried his bet through his ambassador. Democrat senate or congress members in USA are useless

  21. kasha says:

    welcome home Mr President.Ido admire you for several reasons, very honest person with big heart and family man.
    keep the good job up!

  22. solomon says:

    Tigray is the holy land of ethiopia axume
    Ethiopia with out tigray no history.
    98 percint of ethiopian history is tigray history .

  23. Abe says:

    I simply have nothing but the highest respect for president G.W .Bush.
    He did so many good things for Ethiopia and Africa unlike the useless Obama who is working day and night to impose gay and lesbian agenda on Africa, he even threatened to cut off the meager food donation unless Africa endorses his stupid ideology. President Gorge Bush is indeed true son of Africa. Well come to Ethiopia Mr. President.

  24. getaneh says:

    DV dersot new yemeta alu……..

  25. Aba Mela 3 says:

    Bush is the most hated president in USA and the world, I dont think he is helpful for East Africa peace.

  26. Meklit says:

    Ethiopians have special place in his heart for demonstrating in front of the US embassy in Addis Ababa protesting President Bill Clinton’s suggestion “not to rush to war” by shouting “Bill do you think Ethiopia is Monica?” during the early stages of the Badme war. Bill’s sexual immorality allegation with Monica was widely expressed negatively by Ethiopians , which gave Bush a chance to put himself as a morally disciplined religious person deserving presidency. He spoke much about building the image of the USA during his presidency to get allies. He knows Ethiopia is a key ally in the war against terrorism in Africa.

  27. Hagos W. says:

    Bush is amongest the worest human beings on the planet:z Absolute evil & his secret visit to holy places like Lalibela & Axum in holy land Ethiopia may/might be conspiracy against Religion or homo….. ? That’s why he’s Freemason & Satainst !?!

  28. James says:

    Hi, glad to see that George W Bush took time to visit some of our most magnificent and holy sites, such as the churches of Lalibela and that it was not all just work.

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