November 1st, 2003

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12:45 pm - 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)

Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: Geto Boys - Fuck A War

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[User Picture] From: lisa
Date: November 1st, 2003 - 12:14 pm


"Whether you realize it or not, I believe there were at least two more airplanes that were headed for major installations in this country. I believe that there was one headed for the White House, and there was one headed for the Capitol, but they were thwarted by the hand of God."

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: November 1st, 2003 - 11:14 pm
those whom teh gods wish to destroy, they try to convert first.

there was a comment by fen or weis ages ago on the pen mainpage about bush choosing the worst possible people for all offices. i'm really beginning to think it's true.

man. words fail me. or as boykin would probably say "God used my stupidity to strike the naysayer mute!"

[User Picture] From: geah
Date: December 21st, 2003 - 10:19 am
While most of what the good Lt. Gen. had to say was nonsense, saying Mr. Atto, you underestimated our God to the captured warlord was a stroke of genius.

The warlord somehow figured out God was on his side and probably convinced his cronies of the same thing. Pointing out that his God wasn't there at crunch time has a demoralizing effect on Warlord Atto and his cronies--a good thing.

If you're dealing with murderous religious nuts, you have to speak their language.

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