Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pentagon Intelligence briefing cover sheets reveal that Bush’s wars were viewed as a religious crusade
Gee, you mean to tell me the Iraq war isn't about terror, but religion? No, you're shitting me, right?
by Larry Simons
May 19, 2009
Recently obtained cover sheets that had adorned Pentagon Intelligence Update documents prepared by the Rumsfeld Pentagon reveal that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have never been about terror at all (which is what I have been saying for years now). It appears that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are holy wars, crusades, a religious cleansing, whatever religiously motivated term you would like to use.
It appears that one of the favorite hobbies of Major General Glen Shaffer, an intelligence director who served Rumsfeld, was to prepare intelligence briefings with cover sheets that mixed scripture from the Bible with war imagery. Freelance writer for GQ, Robert Draper, who is also the man who obtained the cover sheets, reported that when colleagues of Shaffer complained about the religious messages attached to intelligence briefings, they were told by Shaffer that "the practice would continue, because "my seniors"—JCS chairman Richard Myers, Rumsfeld, and the commander in chief himself—appreciated the cover pages."
Here is Robert Draper’s column from GQ
"On the morning of Thursday, April 10, 2003, Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon prepared a top-secret briefing for George W. Bush. This document, known as the Worldwide Intelligence Update, was a daily digest of critical military intelligence so classified that it circulated among only a handful of Pentagon leaders and the president; Rumsfeld himself often delivered it, by hand, to the White House. The briefing’s cover sheet generally featured triumphant, color images from the previous days’ war efforts: On this particular morning, it showed the statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down in Firdos Square, a grateful Iraqi child kissing an American soldier, and jubilant crowds thronging the streets of newly liberated Baghdad. And above these images, and just below the headline secretary of defense, was a quote that may have raised some eyebrows. It came from the Bible, from the book of Psalms: "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him…To deliver their soul from death."
This mixing of Crusades-like messaging with war imagery, which until now has not been revealed, had become routine. On March 31, a U.S. tank roared through the desert beneath a quote from Ephesians: "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." On April 7, Saddam Hussein struck a dictatorial pose, under this passage from the First Epistle of Peter: "It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men."
Here are the cover sheets of the Pentagon Intelligence Update documents (click to enlarge)
Some may not see the significance of these cover sheets. Some may say they are just inappropriate and leave it at that. Let me just say that this may just be the biggest story about the Iraq/Afghanistan wars since the announcement of there being no WMD’s found. These cover sheets reveal what is possibly the entire reason for the war to begin with. Not WMD’s. Not liberation for the Iraqi people (after all, how can you say you’re liberating people when you’ve killed over a million of them?). Not for democracy in Iraq. Not for any reason we have ever heard.
The real reason? A religious crusade.
4,300 troops are DEAD because of something that was only in the head of George W. Bush. Over 1 million Iraqi citizens are DEAD because of a delusional mass-murdering religious nutball who, despite claiming to be religious, admitted last year in an interview he did about religion that he does not take the Bible literally (in my story here). In that interview with ABC’s Cynthia McFadden, Bush said this:
"….Anybody who murders innocent people to achieve their objectives is not a religious person. They may think they’re religious, and may play like they’re religious, but I don’t think they are religious"
Bush was talking about the leader of the Taliban in that statement (above). I pointed out in that story that Bush was actually describing himself in that answer, because the Iraq war is about HIS personal objectives, not about terror, Iraqi democracy or WMD’s….nothing but Bush’s own religious objectives. So, in light of the recently obtained Pentagon Intelligence briefing cover sheets, we can now conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Bush is not religious, but he still "plays like he’s religious". So, in essence, Bush, according to his statement (above), is admitting he is exactly like the leader of the Taliban.
In fact, he’s worse. Has the Taliban leader killed over 1 million Iraqis?
The stunning thing is, that even now, in light of these cover sheets and everything else we now know about Iraq (based on lies, no WMD’s, no 9-11/Saddam connection, etc…), there are still people (most of them religious), who protect and admire Bush and who still believe in this war.
The liberals love exposing Bush as the lying, war criminal that he is, yet they don't spend much time talking about the fact that Obama is continuing Bush's holy crusade by sending tens of thousands of additional troops overseas and continuing to fund it with tens of billions of additional dollars.
Nearly everything the American people was told about the reasons for going to war in Iraq has ended up either false or has not existed. Everything was essentially and literally made up by Bush and his administration so he could enter this war. Lies, false claims, invented information, ignored intelligence and fearmongering were all tactics used by the Bush administration to enter this illegal, immoral and unconstitutional war.
In other words, every reason we went to war was imaginary. Only real in the head of George W. Bush.
It’s not shocking to me that religious people still admire and respect Bush. They are used to believing that imaginary things actually exist.
Keith Olbermann discusses this brilliantly on Countdown