November 1st, 2003
|jimbojones||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.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."
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.
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