Bush's vice-president, Dick Cheney, is also a multi-millionaire oil baron. He was the Chief Executive of Halliburton Inc for five years and during that time did business with some of the world's most notorious governments and dictators - in countries such as Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. He reaped huge profits for the company and left with a $34 million retirement package. Unfortunately he didn´t retire. He also served as Defence Secretary under the senior Bush, and was heavily involved in the first Gulf War in 1991. Before that he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations and in a number of advisory positions for Reagan. He has consistently opposed sanctions on all kinds of evil regimes (including South Africa during apartheid) in favour of profit for big business.
Ex-General Colin Powell was appointed head of the US State Department. He was previously a national security adviser to Reagan and chaired the joint chiefs of staff under Bush senior. Powell presided over the brutal US-led attack on Iraq in 1991 to ensure US control over the region´s oil. The war resulted in the slaughter of at least 200,000 Iraqis. Powell also reportedly participated in the cover-up of the infamous 1968 My Lai massacre by US troops during the Vietnam War. He was a key advocate of the contra war against the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, and he lied under oath during investigations into the Iran-Contra scandal. He was also in charge of the US invasion of Panama in 1989 in which 2000 Panamanians were killed.
Condoleezza Rice is George's National Security Advisor. She also served as a security advisor for Bush senior and as an aide to Colin Powell. Rice, an African American, is on the board of the Chevron oil company, notorious for their human rights abuses in Nigeria. She recently had the honour of having an oil tanker named after her.
Bush has chosen drug company executive Donald Rumsfeld as his Defence Secretary. Mr. Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 during his fourth term to serve in the Nixon Administration. He was also a member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control during the Reagan Administration from 1982 to 1986. Rumsfeld helped to restore American relations and trading with Iraq while Saddam was using chemical weapons, before the first Gulf War.
John Ashcroft, the right-wing fanatic has landed the key post of Attorney General. He is closely aligned to the Christian Coalition and the far-right evangelist Pat Robertson. Ashcroft is another one of these contradictory idiots who opposes abortion and supports the death penalty, pro-life? This moron has also opposed contraception, solar energy, and anti-discrimination measures to protect gays and lesbians in the workplace. Ashcroft, who will be responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws, once hailed the Confederate generals and politicians who fought in the US Civil War to defend slavery as "patriots" and stated that they should not be portrayed as having fought for "some perverted agenda".
Paul O'Neill, Bush's nominee for treasury secretary was chairperson of Alcoa Aluminium from 1987 to 1999. O'Neill owns 1.6 million Alcoa shares, worth more than $50 million. Yet another tycoon with strong ties to big business and a vested interest in keeping their profits flowing.
Commerce secretary Donald Evans is another ex-CEO of a big oil company. He has close personal, political and business ties with Bush and Cheney.
Melquiades Martinez was appointed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Martinez served as co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign in Florida and is a friend of Governer Jeb Bush, the President's brother. He is a right-wing Cuban emigre and there has been some suggestion his appointment signals Bush´s lack of interest in the department. While announcing the appointment Bush got the name of the department wrong, calling it the department for "housing and human development".
Bush's appointment for the Environment Protection Agency was New Jersey state governor Christine Whitman, whose polluted state is home to some of the world's largest oil refineries. Whitman has stated that the thinning ozone layer and global warming are not serious problems. Whitman distinguished herself last January when she described a benefit concert held in her state for framed political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal as "despicable" and called for concert-goers to boycott it.