Thought provoking. Controversial. Presidential Puppetry is sure to raise lots of eye-brows. One of those books that inspires readers to look deep beneath the surface.

John Perkins, New York Times best-selling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" and other books

Barack Obama

His official bio omits youthful national security connections...Irregularities enable GOP opposition researchers to smear him with distortions because he cannot fight back...His first serious love affair was with the daughter of the leader of Australia’s version of our National Security Council…”Community organizing” was a stepping-stone…Groomed as future leader…Ratified many Bush policies, let Democrats take the heat for results...Prevailed in 2012 even though he had become dispensable to many on Wall Street…Top GOP strategists knew his true past…Petraeus scandal was much worse than public knows, and a wake-up call for the White House...Plays word games in denying the massive, Bush-era domestic spy program that intercepts and saves for potential retrieval almost all electronic communications of Americans....Pleases puppet masters with plans to ramp up secret war against Syria at vast expense....Hides real story of Benghazi....Provides rhetoric but little else against Wall Street's austerity agenda for America.

Joe Biden

Elected to Senate as anti-war candidate in 1972…Re-elected with large margins in corporate-friendly Delaware…Now nation’s most senior, VIP elected official…Unsuccessful in landmark Senate positions, opposing Clarence Thomas and Iraq War...Still tarnished by 1988 plagiarism incident, which was just a slip-up and political smear...Picked as VP to balance Obama’s tenuous image with whites, especially men...In 2007, opposed Bush plan to bomb Iran as unconstitutional and threatened impeachment...In 2013, counsels Obama as administration advocates bombing Syria.

Mitt Romney

Mormon religion was key to candidacy and policy switches…Church founder Joseph Smith had been assassinated in 1844 during U.S. Presidency race under platform of Mormon theocracy…Former “Bishop Romney” was groomed for top post…Romney track record of money-making heavily favored cronies, insiders…Fellow Bain leader’s father ran and looted Howard Hughes empire…Relied on Bush neo-con foreign policy and domestic surveillance team…Sought austerity regime for “47 %,” and tax cuts for rich…Bain cronies invested heavily in electronic voting machines…Karl Rove implicated in prospective 2012 electronic voting schemes…Election day planning suspected of replicating Ohio 2004 and Florida 2000 voting schemes...Planning to remain a force in politics helping Republicans to victory in 2014 elections.

Paul Ryan

Wisconsin congressman…Architect of massive austerity cuts for lower and middle classes, old and sick…Offered “trust me” budget-cut plans…Caught lying about his marathon and mountain climbing exploits…Failed to disclose $1.6 million inheritance…Slept on House office cot to avoid DC rent…Leader in government-ordered restrictions on women’s reproductive health options…Anti-government rhetoric...Has enjoyed taxpayer-paid job and benefits for almost his entire career…Brother worked at Bain, won Massachusetts contract from Romney…Steers funds to cronies...Reappointed House Budget chair to impose austerity on public in 2013...Flip-flops on Syrian civil war policy, first seeking a muscular response and then putting onus on Obama to prove bombing would help America's security.

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This is one of the most serious, detailed public interest books I have ever read, and I do read quite a bit.

I am in Afghanistan, with very little time to myself, and regret I have not been able to sit down with this book and give it the double read that it merits. As with any book that I consider a potential blockbuster, I started with the index, notes, and bibliography. All three are deep. This book is both a citizen's primer, and a reference work that will stand the test of time in helping future generations of students. It is a starting point for truth in the public interest.

I am one of those very few non-fiction reviewers that is also a former CIA clandestine case officer and a career intelligence officer. My reviews of over 300 books on intelligence are easily found (each review leading back to their Amazon home page) are easily found by searching for < Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Intelligence (Most)> without the brackets.

Imagine my astonishment, then, when I get through the first part of the book and discover that Obama may be CIA's second wholly-owned president. Obama's parents appear clearly documented as non-official cover CIA officers (officers spy, agents are the people they recruit) responsible for spotting, assessing, and recruiting among the Islamic up and comers. This section alone makes this book priceless.

Now in fairness to Obama, it must be said that George Bush (Papa) is now known to have been a CIA non-official cover officer present in Dallas and probably also directly responsible for supervising the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I do not write such opinions lightly. See among many other references here at Amazon, Dark Legacy and JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. I would also observe that every President since JFK has been a puppet. The assassination of JFK by a mix of New York bankers, Texas energy and military wealth, and their "agents" in the FBI and CIA set the stage for every president thereafter to be a house pet, choosing between the gold certificates if they were good (Papa Bush and Clinton being a prime example), very little if they were neutral (Carter, Bush Junior), and death (none needed so far).

For a top level view of CIA, see my online post, < Search: Seven CIAs [Steele on the Record] > from November 2012 when I was unemployed. Now that I work for the US Government again (and my wife continues to work for the CIA), I can no longer post on that topic, but my book reviews are legal and allowable as "spontaneous remarks." My new monographs and articles must go through pre-publication clearance and I am totally committed to that process. For two great books on CIA (good people trapped in a bad system) see, among others:

The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World (Second Edition)

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

A very helpful book in understanding where CIA got its off-the-books money controlled by Treasury (i.e. Wall Street) is by my friends Sterling and Peggy Seagraves, Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold. CIA imported the Nazi hydra (that in turn corrupted major slices of the US military), and funded the resurrection of fascists in Japan, Italy, and Germany, as well as collaborative corrupt dictators all over the planet. Please understand that I care deeply about the craft of intelligence and hope one day to see the CIA restored as a reliable provider of decision support to the President and all others. My article in CounterPunch is easily found online, "Intelligence for the President -- AND Everyone Else."

I have gone on at length above because my intent is to firmly support the author's credibility. He offers facts and extended opinions that loosely-educated and poorly-read individuals will be quick to label "off the wall." NOT SO. This book across 22 chapters, does what books -- and investigative journalists -- are supposed to do. It connects dots to dots, dots to the readers, and God willing, one day, readers to readers in a non-violent revolution to restore the Constitution and the Republic.

Each of the subsequent chapters shocks me and teaches me. I never have thought I knew it all, but I had thought I was well-informed and this book shakes that understanding. With all my reading, I am at perhaps 20% of what can be known legally and ethically. This book is shocking across every single chapter, and all the more valuable because it not only skewers Obama and Bush and their associates, but also does a fine job on Mitt Romeny and the Mormon criminal empire that some suspect is also a drug cartel on the side.

The final chapter, "Next Steps" is alone worth the price of the book, and I strongly recommend this book even if you plan only to read this one chapter. I have put this book into my 6 star category (roughly 10% of the 1900 or so books I have reviewed) precisely because this is a transformative book. I ran for President briefly in 2012, as an accepted Reform Party candidate, primarily to put good ideas in one place (, and to confront all the other presidential candidates on the matter of electoral reform as fundamental. Hence I am thrilled to find that in this final chapter, the author closes in on that very point. Here is a marvelous quote from Sam Smith, founder of Progressive Review:

"If we wish to change events there is no better place to start than to change our own reaction to them, to declare that a politics lacking justice, equity, decency, and compassion is no longer acceptable. Economics, efficiency, perception, and brutish power calculations no longer suffice. The bottom line has bottomed out. The most radical act of individualism in which one can engage today is to come together with other individuals - as church, neighborhood, city and organization -- in order to uncover the biggest secret our leaders keep from us -- that we are not alone."

Bravo. ELECTORAL REFORM is the one thing that we can all come together on. I tried to explain this to Occupy in my now famous viral video (see also my video at Gnomedex), but Occupy was at the time a mob incapable of decisive action. We can still Occupy the HOME OFFICES of Senators and Representatives, and I continue to believe that we can force an Electoral Reform Act in time for 2016, one mandating that all eight parties (in addition to the two wings of tyranny, Democratic and Republican, the Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, and Socialist parties) be included on every state ballot for every federal office.

I have faith in America the Beautiful, and in the average citizen. I have lost faith in all of our institutions including churches, labor unions, the media, and universities. I pray that this book will in some manner inspire others to recognize that our government -- good people trapped in a bad system -- is rotten to the core and must be legally and peacefully abolished. We need a clean sheet fresh start with two words: ENOUGH -- and INTEGRITY.

God Bless America -- and may God restore the goodness that was envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Robert David STEELE Vivas
ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig

See Also:

All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (BK Currents (Hardcover))
Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements
The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen
The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All

Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency

Format: Paperback

Presidential Puppetry is the dark political realism of power politics lurking in shadows away from mainstream media attention or public scrutiny. It is "real politik" under abusive forms of control fraud and succession planning coordinated and plotted by power consolidation and concentration that is taking over American Democracy. Andrew Kreig has produced a virtual encyclopedia of disclosures based upon his articulated exposure of this systemic institutionalized political capture, and shows it as deeply entrenched in our own "intelligence community" and capital structures. A culture of corruption and political deception has emerged on a global scale since the cold war and the new Trojan Horse is centered right inside the Gates of Washington DC.,... Indeed, it has been brought into the White House itself. This is current events from deep levels of deception and power, and Mr. Kreig does a good job presenting the materials professionally and credibly.

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I recently finished re-reading Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, concerning the Western world in the 25 years prior to World War I; it is a book I first read some 40 years ago, and it remains an excellent historical account of that period. I followed that re-read of Tuchman with Andrew Kreig's "Presidential Puppetry." One of the "takeaways" from that juxtaposition of reading choices was realizing that, thanks to Tuchman, I knew far more about the "Dreyfus Affair," an event that rocked France for most of the 1890's that I did about the background of the two major candidates in the last American presidential election. How can that be? It is the era of the 24/7 "news cycle," and I routinely read major main stream media publications like the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" as well as significant internet-based news sources. Isn't that sufficient to have a basic understanding of the backgrounds of Obama and Romney? Apparently not. Kreig informs the reader that such knowledge "lacuna" is routine, even among reporters, and specifically relates an anecdote with Clare Nader, sister of Ralph.

Kreig was a reporter which provides him with an essential background on how the media works. Absolute censorship of an issue is rarer in America, though it does occur. Often a major event is reported "in passing," and "doesn't gain traction" while other distractive issues are reported ad nauseam. (And we don't even have to mention the "celebrity culture").Take, as Kreig does, the Presidential election of 2000, and the vote counting in the State of Florida.
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Andy Kreig participated in two press conferences at the National Press Club the week preceding presidential election 2012. He was a moderator of the October 24, 2012, conference laying out the entire electronic vote rigging empire of Karl Rove. And, he was one of two members of the national press who participated in a press conference the day preceding the election in which the filing litigation in Ohio against ES&S and the Ohio Secretary of State was reported from Columbus. Clearly, Andy Kreig functions at the cutting edge of the recurring problem the United States has with the integrity of its elections.

However, Andy Kreig does more than rehash recent news. In this important work Kreig provides readers with background for the hidden dynamics of the current electoral and political scene. As his title suggests "presidential puppetry" addresses the way that intelligence operatives, perhaps most prominently CIA, groom candidates for major political offices in the United States. According to Kreig this grooming includes helping to gain access to education on favorable terms and providing assistance with the exposure of the scandal of their political competitors.

Kreig does not discuss much about whether Pres. Obama functions with a gun to his head - the stick used to influence foreign leaders, according to John Perkins in "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man." Rather, he focuses on the carrots and the assists that have been given to Barack Obama over the course of his rapid rise in the political hierarchy of American politics.

This could not be more timely in view of the pending appointment of James Comey for a term of ten years as director of the Federal Bureau of investigation.
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Andrew Kreig uses his decades of investigative journalism talent to unmask the characters who have manipulated our democratic institutions. His formidable sources and sophisticated insights will enable elected officials, journalists, professors, and voters to evaluate the power interests at stake in the November 2012 elections. This is a frightening book that challenges all of us to act bravely. We must rouse ourselves to prevent a small number of wealthy, cynical men from usurping the power that rightfully belongs to the American citizen. He identifies these men, reveals their motives, shows us how they intended to accomplish their goals, and thus puts all of us on notice in this powerful exposé.
Lillian McEwen, author, D.C. Unmasked and Undressed
Andrew Kreig has produced a must-read. He was for many years a celebrated reporter for the Hartford Courant and author of Spiked. He went on to lead with distinction the Wireless Communications Association and the Justice Integrity Project. These efforts help provide the intimate knowledge of the Washington, national, and global affairs required for such ambitious reporting.
Robert Ames Alden, former president of the National Press Club, co-founder and former president of the National Press Foundation, and former Washington Post World News editor
This is one of the most serious, detailed public interest books I have ever read, and I do read quite a bit. This book is both a citizen's primer, and a reference work that will stand the test of time in helping future generations of students. It is a starting point for truth in the public interest. This book across 22 chapters, does what books -- and investigative journalists -- are supposed to do. It connects dots to dots, dots to the readers, and God willing, one day, readers to readers in a non-violent revolution to restore the Constitution and the Republic.
Robert David Steele, CEO, Earth Intelligence Network (501c3) Former spy, #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction Amazon Review:Amazon Review
Presidential Puppetry reveals Washington's inside story. The big news organizations stopped fighting for the public Jack-Anderson-style, and it's high-time for the public to know it. Four decades ago, I described shocking abuses of the troops and taxpayers when I went on-the-record with Jack Anderson following my resignation from CIA service in Indochina during the Vietnam era. The situation is far worse now.
John Kelly, former news editor at NBC-TV and CBS-TV, and former CIA officer
A look behind the scenes in an uncompromising account of U.S. presidential politics. It’s a must-read for international readers.
Eelco H. Dykstra M.D., chairman, International Katrina Project Europe, based in The Hague
Andrew Kreig’s keen investigative skills, outstanding authoring and established track record make his aptly titled, Presidential Puppetry, a ready source of vital information!
Ron Fisher, Captain, U.S. Navy (retired) and Chair,
Everybody should know that Andy Kreig is the man to see in Washington, DC to report the most important stories.
Dana Jill Simpson, progressive political analyst
In Presidential Puppetry, Kreig sifts through the sugar-coated lies that make today's politicians palatable. He then exposes the hard, bitter truths. He offers rare, must-read insight into the background of those vying to lead the free world. Hang on. The truth is disturbing. But it has to be told.
Louis Manzo, author and former Jersey City mayoral candidate
One of the main reasons that the population of investigative reporters has not become extinct in Washington is because of the continued existence of Andrew Kreig. Most of the rest of the media population has undergone a subtle but systematic information terror campaign orchestrated by avaricious oligarchs that has hunted them down and expelled them from the media territory. All of us interested in the truth should be thankful that Andy's talents continue to ensure that darkness of media manipulation is not the only characteristic that envelopes the issues in Washington and the world.
John Edward Hurley, Washington commentator, civic leader, and historian
As I read key portions of Andrew Kreig's book I had the feeling that its insights could make good leaders better, and could give bad ones serious concern that their ongoing injustices have been exposed in a way that demands remedial public action.
Clifford Arnebeck, public interest attorney who has challenged the integrity of the 2004 Ohio presidential election
This is clearly the worst of times in many decades, perhaps since the Civil War. The problem that a writer has is that you can write this, explain it, argue it, prove it. But, in the end, the reader and friends have to do something about it.
Sam Smith, Progressive Review publisher, DC Statehood movement co-founder, and author of books that include Shadows of Hope, Captive Capital, and Why Bother?
Buy and read this book. You'll learn a lot more than you could have imagined, and you'll start seeing the world, politics, and the justice system in a very different, clearer, smarter way. This book exposes the puppet masters who pull the strings of leading officials in both major U.S. parties, including Obama and Romney. Its entertaining, cutting-edge reporting provides the kind of information that we in the independent press believe vital to informed decision-making.

As a publisher of Andrew Kreig's work, I confess to looking forward to publishing Andrew's postings, because he is an investigative journalist combined with constitutional scholarship extraordinaire. This book takes his investigations to the next level, connecting the dots to unveil a big picture that is startling yet not surprising at all. The book goes into great depth, showing the connections behind the candidates. For example, I’ve written that Mitt Romney should be regarded as “Bishop Romney” because his experience in that LDS post is longer and more relevant to voters than his single term as governor. Kreig's book amplifies that theme into a full historical context found nowhere else regarding Bishop Romney and his ascendancy within the revamped, tea party-oriented GOP. The book applies similar treatment to President Obama and many more U.S leaders.

The author has been a respected OpEd News contributor for years. So I am not surprised this book’s revelations have enduring and even global significance. 
Rob Kall, publisher of, host of The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show, and blogger for Huffington Post

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Washington, DC-based Andrew Kreig directs the Justice Integrity Project ( and two other organizations in business and civic affairs. He is an attorney, author, and strategist listed in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America since the mid-1990s. He has lectured on government and business issues on five continents, including as co-keynoter at the annual National Association of Broadcasters' Futures Summit and in recent years has been a research fellow affiliated with universities. Read more at

From 1996 to 2008, he was President/CEO of the Wireless Communications Association in its worldwide advocacy to create a wireless broadband industry. Earlier, he was an attorney with a national law firm, and law clerk to a federal judge. In 1987, he authored Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted America’s Oldest Newspaper, a widely reviewed case study of changes affecting newspaper industry, his first employer after college. He holds degrees from Yale Law School and the University of Chicago School of Law, and a history degree from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Book Chapters

Part I: How Our Imperial Presidency Imperils Us All

  • CHAPTER 1…Romney and Ryan: Apprentice Oligarchs
  • CHAPTER 2…The President’s Hidden History And Why It Matters
  • CHAPTER 3…Hidden Evidence in Plain Sight
  • CHAPTER 4…Cold War, Hot Climates
  • CHAPTER 5…Barack Obama: The President’s Family Tree
  • CHAPTER 6…Barack Obama: The Path to Power
  • CHAPTER 7…Prescott Bush: Roots of the Bushes
  • CHAPTER 8…George H. W. Bush: Poppy’s Seed and Bitter Harvest
  • CHAPTER 9…George W. Bush: Shameless, Heartless and Selected-Not Elected..

Part II: Romney Henchmen, Enablers, and Fellow Puppets

  • CHAPTER 10..Karl Rove: A Frightening Fraud
  • CHAPTER 11..David Petraeus: Revolt of the Generals
  • CHAPTER 12..Michael Leavitt: On a Mission from God
  • CHAPTER 13..Big Brothers for Romney – and Us?
  • CHAPTER 14..Probing 2012 Voting Schemes

Part III: The 2012 Challengers

  • CHAPTER 15..Paul Ryan: Killing Us Softly…
  • CHAPTER 16..Mitt Romney: The Prophet of Profit
  • CHAPTER 17..Mitt Romney Going for the Gold
  • Part IV: What’s To Be Done?
  • CHAPTER 18..Joseph Biden: When the Smiling Stops
  • CHAPTER 19..Barack Obama The President as Performer
  • CHAPTER 20..A Petraeus Betrayal?
  • CHAPTER 21..Planning a Second Obama Term
  • CHAPTER 22..Next Steps
  • Acknowledgements.
  • Bibliography
  • Notes and Sources

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