Sunday, May 17, 2009

Seriously creepy

Via Frank Rich in this mornings NY Times Op-Ed -- as creepy as I always thought Rumsfeld was (he's getting lost in the creepiness of his chum Cheney at present) this is seriously fucked-up:

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.”

It gets worse. Starting off updates and slideshows on the progress of a military operation in a Muslim country by quoting the Christian Bible -- and then using words like "crusade" to describe the operation publicly.

Not just fucked up, but unbelievable tone deaf and offensive.

Talk about manufacturing reality.

The whole GQ article by Robert Draper is here.

The photo show with these actual briefing covers is here.

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