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Biblical quotes over military pics on presidential briefings about the war, is this acceptable?

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):

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/05/17/rumsfeld-bible-versus/

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:08 PM on May. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, it is acceptable.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:09 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Yes, it is acceptable.


    How so? do you believe it is a "crusade" as well? do you not believe in seperation of church and state?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:14 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • I think it's just another way of trying to gain political support from a particular group. It's just another ad campaign to these people.
    3_is_enough

    Answer by 3_is_enough at 9:14 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Yeah, 3 is enough is probably right, it was more likely an ad campaign of sorts.

    Besides, if it was an actual "crusade" they would have invaded Jerusalem to "take back the holy land for Christianity."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • It is despicable an affront to the constitution. It sickens me.
    momandvet

    Answer by momandvet at 9:30 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Besides, if it was an actual "crusade" they would have invaded Jerusalem to "take back the holy land for Christianity."


    George Bush called it a crusade

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:34 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Interesting, your question goes out of the way to make sure you call out Rumsfeld by name, yet neglects to mention the point of the article - that someone who worked below him designed the pages and that same someone defended himself by saying "his superiors" which would include but not be limited to Rumsfeld, liked them. There isn't a single statement by Rumsfeld there, and considering the source *snort* if there was a shred of a statement from Rumsfeld, they'd use it.

    Funny how it also fails to mention that people complained about them in the first place. Far different from some goosestepping utopia where the Pentagon was running round beating everyone in the head with a bible.

    So what exactly is the question? Is it acceptable that some peon put bible verses on some report cover pages and some other people complained about it? Yeah, that's about how the world works.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:45 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Rumsfeld was not known for having strong religious beliefs and has been described as acting as a modern-day Rasputin by 'manipulating Bush's evangelical beliefs'.
    According to GQ writer Robert Draper, Pentagon staff were worried the messages would outrage Muslims if made public.
    The idea for the cover sheets was reportedly not Rumsfeld's, but came from Major General Glen Shaffer, a director for intelligence at the Pentagon.
    The June issue of GQ claims that he told those who complained about the cover pages that 'my seniors' appreciated them, including Bush and Rumsfeld.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:47 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Yes, I read your link. Which is why I pointed out you conveniently leaving all that info out of your question so you could frame it as if Rumsfeld explicitly approved.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:49 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Rumsfeld may not have had a direct hand in these obnoxious 'ads' but as the plitical head of the Defense Dept. he is the one who has to take the ultimate responsibility for what went on. It was a serious error of judgement.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 9:58 PM on May. 18, 2009

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