Want to turn the far left into fundamentalist Christians in a split-second? Just make it known that, under Donald Rumsfeld during the Bush presidency, Bible verses were used on secret Iraq war intel reports provided to upper-level White House staffers as well as the president.
From Think Progress:
In a lengthy article on Donald RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rocky tenure as Defense Secretary, GQ published never-before-seen cover sheets from top-secret intelligence briefings produced by RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pentagon. Starting in the days surrounding the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the cover sheets featured inspirational Bible verses printed over military images, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and were delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White HouseÃ¢â‚¬Â to the president, Ã¢â‚¬Å“who referred to AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s war on terror as a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcrusade,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â GQ writes. Below are some examples of the Bible quotes:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â [The quote appears over an image of a tank at sunrise]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.Ã¢â‚¬Â [The quote appears over an image of a soldier in Baghdad]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.Ã¢â‚¬Â [The quote appears over an image of Saddam Hussein]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, The nation that keeps faith.Ã¢â‚¬Â [The quote appears over an image of tanks entering an Iraqi city]
Religion and war were mixed? That never happens, does it? Gee, I wish people got this pissed at Jihadists.
There is “outrage” over the use of Bible quotes to justify Bush’s illegal and immoral war, and the outrage comes from many of the same people who nod in agreement as Barack Obama stands in Notre Dame asking us to be more “open-minded” about baby murder while he’s talking about… biblical principles and upholding Christian values. It all depends on who’s getting killed, I guess.
Click the image of the offensive intel report to see a slideshow of more offensive intel reports:
Update: While reading comments on this story at the Democratic Underground, some of the commenters there really need to re-think their icons that appear just under the headline they write, or somebody could take it out of context: