Monday, May 18, 2009
With God on our side
"Worldwide Intelligence Update, Bush White House, April 8, 2003"
In the early days of the Iraq War a top-secret intelligence report with this cover picture & headline by Old Testament prophet Isaiah was hand-delivered to President George W. Bush by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. It was one of many war "updates" from Rumsfeld that juxtapose inspirational pictures of the battlefield with Biblical quotations such as "Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9".
Bush apparently thought this was unremarkable.
Now we know: Anything is possible. This story is outlandishly weird, but even Stewart & Colbert can't make me laugh about it.
Fair warning, don't try to bring up Lincoln's faith in God during his war, or I'll punch you in the head.
DON'T MISS the complete "God is with us" Slideshow here (the Slideshow link is at the bottom of the page). For much more on Rumsfeld & Bush, check out the full GQ article by Robert Draper here.