Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hallelujah for Howitzers

GQ magazine recently got hold of copies of top secret military briefings from when Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense, and -- embarrassingly or terrifyingly? -- each new intelligence briefing was prepared with a nice "Look At Us Go! Wheeeeee!" U.S. Military photo montage on the cover, and a nice verse from the Holy Bible extolling the values of warring and warriors...

In case you were wondering about the separation of church and state, I'd say it is in a terrible state.
Things like this are certainly interesting, and another example of having one's worst instincts about the Bush administration confirmed. If anything, the example covers above just seem sort of dopey, like a  born-again Christian teenager's school jotter. I am surprised that the tanks don't have those bumper stickers, which might say, "The cross is God's way of making a plus sign out of a minus," or a bunch of fish symbols.

However, the GQ story also says that Rumsfeld personally arranged for the bible verses because it would impress his born-again, bible-totin' and quotin' boss, George W. Bush. The lengths some people go to kiss ass!

In 2007, another GQ piece on Rummy had this rather colorful deflation of the man, entering a room

smiling, beaming, swaggering, a compact little 75-year-old package of waning testosterone, dressed in real-man-headed-to-his-ranch khaki...