November 1st, 2003

hypnotoad

sometimes I get sick of politics.

mcgovern76: or go as a revivalist preacher
mcgovern76: like our president
Jimbosworldorg: ugh
Jimbosworldorg: shut up
Jimbosworldorg: do not wish to discuss
mcgovern76: he's our president, jim, and we have to support him
Jimbosworldorg: except to express my fucking AMAZEMENT that they refuse to muzzle Tommy Franks
mcgovern76: franks is good people. he's from texas.
Jimbosworldorg: dude
Jimbosworldorg: you aren't my only gay friend
Jimbosworldorg: I can still kill you without it being a hate crime.


* note - actually Lt. General William Boykin. Whoops. If you don't know what I'm referring to, you desperately need to read this. Excerpt:
Boykin has used speeches at churches and prayer breakfasts to portray the U.S. battle with Islamic radicals as a clash with "Satan," saying they sought to destroy America "because we're a Christian nation." Referring to a Muslim fighter in Somalia, Boykin said that "my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol."

... Rumsfeld on Thursday declined to criticize Boykin's remarks and praised the three-star general's military record, and Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he did not think Boykin broke any rules.
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more on Lt. General Boykin

As referenced in the last journal entry, Lt. General William Boykin is an evangelical Christian who also happens to be the guy in charge of gathering intelligence about the parts of the world we're at war with. This is a guy who went on record identifying a random blotch in a photo he took of Mogadishu as a manifestation of evil, telling worshippers at a Good Shepherd church he was addressing, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your enemy." And this is the man we appointed Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for intelligence (intelligence and war fighting)? I might be beginning to understand our utter inability to find, well, anybody we're looking for over there a little bit better... every time a clumsy junior aide spills a little coffee on an intel map, there's probably some consternation that General Boykin might send a batallion in to combat the stain of Satan.

As if that sort of thing, characterizing the war on terror specifically as a battle of Christianity vs Islam, and telling people that "my God is bigger than their God" when it comes to fighting Muslims, General Boykin is also mildly infamous for his views on his commander-in-chief's election. "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this."

Rumsfeld's gormless blathering when pigeonholed on the topic of Boykin is equally instructive:
"I have been highly criticized for not rushing to judgment and criticizing words that I've never even seen," Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld, who last week said he had not seen Boykin's remarks, said he has subsequently viewed a network tape of the event.

He said the tape was of poor quality and "had a lot of very difficult to understand words with subtitles which I was not able to verify."

"So I remain inexpert on precisely what he said, and I'm told he used notes and not text," Rumsfeld said.
Good job, Rummy. Willfully maintaining your own ignorance is a commanding response to allegations that a key Pentagon official is turning a declared war into a new evangelical crusade. "I did not... understand the speech given by that man. Mr. Boykin."

Let's just hope that the American public DOES get a chance to actually vote their own president in next year by majority election... so far, I'm not too happy with the results of Boykin's God appointing one.

links: Washington Post, CNN, NBC news (via msnbc), Newsweek (via msnbc)
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