more on hunting for jesus: donald rumsfeld and the full armour of god

Further to this post about the US's Christian Crusade in Afghanistan, have you seen this? Via ThinkProgress and many other places.
In a lengthy article on Donald Rumsfeld's rocky tenure as Defense Secretary, GQ published never-before-seen cover sheets from top-secret intelligence briefings produced by Rumsfeld’s Pentagon. Starting in the days surrounding the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the cover sheets featured inspirational Bible verses printed over military images, "and were delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White House" to the president, "who referred to America's war on terror as a 'crusade,'" GQ writes. Below are some examples of the Bible quotes (view the images here):

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." [The quote appears over an image of a tank at sunrise]

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." [The quote appears over an image of a soldier in Baghdad]

"It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men." [The quote appears over an image of Saddam Hussein]

"Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, The nation that keeps faith." [The quote appears over an image of tanks entering an Iraqi city]

GQ's Robert Draper writes that when colleagues complained to the Pentagon official who came up with the cover sheets, he replied, "'my seniors' — JCS chairman Richard Myers, Rumsfeld, and the commander in chief himself – appreciated the cover pages."

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Charlie Anonymous said...

Why oh why does my jaw still drop at this stuff.
And it's not just the magic of captions, it's also on the ground over there. Non-christian soldiers are facing violence from their own comrades.

laura k said...

Nige, if you have any links about them, feel free to post or send. Thanks.

Charlie Anonymous said...

Here's a couple

laura k said...


laura k said...

(The first one doesn't work, might be an extra character or something in the URL)

impudent strumpet said...

I think the one that didn't work is here.What's mind-boggling about those is they're in a war zone, their lives are probably at risk on a regular basis, you'd think that would lead a person to prioritize. And yet they seem to find it necessary to put all this energy into attacking people on their own side whose private thoughts inside their head aren't exactly the same.

laura k said...

Good summary of why it boggles rational minds.

Charlie Anonymous said...


That's the first link.