GQ has released copies of secret intelligence briefing covers that were sent by Donald Rumsfeld to president Bush and his senior military staff just after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Here they are, along with links to the Bible verses.
1 Chronicles 16:11
1 Peter 2:15
Oh geez. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please... (you get the idea) let these be from The Onion. Please?Damn.
This is as I always figured it was. I never really believed that Iraq was attacked because of the oil. The former administration was more into it for religious beliefs then anything else. So many people believed it was because of oil that they were blind to the truth. Nothing is more dangerous then someone that believes their god supports their actions.
This has just GOT to be a wind-up!!!
Damn, this is scary...
Great, I wonder if Jerusalem was on the itinerary as in the original crusades?
http://tr.im/tsprummybibleI've got a post up at The Skeptical Pacifist that suggests ten alternative Bible verses that Rummy should've used to sell the Iraq War to GWBush. Feedback would be much appreciated! I provided links to the SAB for each verse mentioned, and directed readers to this blog entry if they want to see the WIU coversheet images without the hassle of Flash at GQ's website.I think those of us who live in the reality-based community are about to have a field day with this one.
Yup, in the minds of deranged war criminals like Donald Rumsfeld, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan really WERE connected. Not because of an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, but because they are both part of a larger crusade against Islam.And the forces of reason and secularism get caught in the middle of this war between two unhinged bronze-age superstitions.
I think the truth of the matter is that different people supported the Iraq war for different reasons, so it was partly the oil, partly the religious crusade, partly a desire to spread American "culture" (thus opening up new markets) amongst "backward" people, and partly, in the minds of some Americans, even a desire to improve the lot of the Iraqi people. However, nothing will ever convince me that the Bush family were not plotting this for years, ever since "Daddy" lost the battle to press on to Baghdad and finish off Saddam during the first conflict, and ended up looking like the loser! Don`t forget how Saddam gloated over the fact that the two supposed "victors" on that occasion - Bush and Thatcher - had been removed from office, while in Iraq his position was stronger than ever. That hurt!!
barriejohn,Oh, I'm sure there were all different reasons people supported the war. Christopher Hitchens genuinely believe it would help the Iraqi people. Many neoconservatives saw it as a way to "Americanize" the chaotic Middle East. I'm sure Dick Cheney wanted a show of American might after 9/11, there were the daddy issues with Bush, and the oil...But it's obvious now that some people (remember William Boykin?) saw it as a crusade against infidels, and that a lot of these people are the base of the GOP. Truly frightening.
I am not saying, Ian G., that to Rumsfeld and others the Iraq War was not a religious crusade - it obviously was. I just don`t think it was to the Bush clan, that`s all. To them it was sweet revenge for Daddy`s perceived humiliation, and was planned well in advance. I don`t know about you, but I have never bought into the George W. Bush conversion myth. I am an ex-evangelical, and to me he is the least-convincing "born-again Christian" that I have ever come across! Nothing in his demeanour and use of language says "Christian", and where amongst all those books that he was supposed to be reading were all the Bible commentaries and devotional tomes of which evangelicals are so very fond? None of it stacks up! What I do think, though, is that being the career politicians that they are, the Bushes were very skilfull at bringing together people with different agendas - some of whom are completely bonkers - who would be happy to work together towards a common end, and in this respect were "all things to all men", much like the old mafia bosses. As you say "truly frightening" - but brilliant!!
barriejohn, Check out this article http://www.alternet.org/politics/140221/bush%27s_shocking_biblical_prophecy_emerges%3A_god_wants_to_%22erase%22_mid-east_enemies_%22before_a_new_age_begins%22/ . I can't say it is completely the truth since the site it is from can be extremely liberal in their view. I do recall hearing something about some of the events in it though.
Well, I suppose it`s quite possible that "W" really did believe this bullshit - it`s still very popular amongst American Christians, and some British Evangelicals. I`m amazed to see that Hal Lindsey is still going strong, and even has a website on which he is attempting to show how every little political event on the face of the earth is another step towards Armageddon and the fulfilment of God`s eternal purposes! His books "The Late Great Planet Earth" and "Satan Is Alive And Well On Planet Earth" were both very popular at one time, but the big snag with all this doomsday talk is that people soon start saying: "Hang on a minute. If these really are the `end times`, and the Lord`s return is imminent, when is something definite going to happen?" Those books must have been written over twenty years ago, and the end was very near THEN!! Still, to get back to Bush - he still doesn`t convince me that he is a sincere Christian, and that`s it!
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