rumsfeld’s top-secret “worldwide intelligence updates” surface

May 17, 2009

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.”

i found this article from GQ linked to, and can i just say that THIS is what happens when church and state are not kept separate.  especially when monotheism and state are not kept separate.  rumsfeld is  psychotic.  psychosis is a state of delusion, a breech with reality.  articles such as “Faith or Delusion? At the Crossroads of Religion and Psychosis” contribute to discourse about the links between psychosis and religious belief and highlight the tension between rationalism and religion.  yes, religion can be beneficial if it does not harm others…  faith and spirituality are not necessarily bad things… but as evidenced by the bush administration’s actions based on “reasoning” by way of quotations randomly pulled from christianity’s sacred text–largely taken out of context i’m sure–religion can also be a very convincing propaganda machine that many (not all) american christians are happy to buy into.

growing up in the south as a non-religious person in small towns, large towns, and small cities (all populated predominantly if not totally by middle class, lower class, and impoverished white populations), i witnessed all kinds of psychotic behavior in parents and their children that was rooted in their faith.  people were threatened, people were injured, people were killed because of bad logic, intolerance, and a feeling of personal justification in vengence, fear of outsiders, hatred of difference…  all behaviors modelled by the old testament god and confirmed by nearly illiterate and/or emotionally disturbed authorities in church, education, and local government.  i do admit that i found some sanity in catholic, quaker, orthodox, presbyterian, and lutheran churches, but the baptists and even the methodists just left me appalled.  even as a kid, i knew something was very, very wrong with most of these congregations.  seeing these “worldwide intelligence updates” surface reminds me of the horror of humans without reason or empathy that i saw in my youth (and how that lack of reason and empathy was CLEARLY supported by religion) and of the terrible potential of an nondistinct religion and state.   if we do not stand up for reason and compassion at home and educate our children to do the same, no matter what our belief system, then this kind of bullshit will continue to infiltrate the government at all levels–c.f. oklahoma’s senators and representatives, who continue to shun progressive issues (such as issues of religious, LGBT, racial, and gender equality) and to promote hate and violence by doing so.

peace, please,


One Response to “rumsfeld’s top-secret “worldwide intelligence updates” surface”

  1. spring Says:

    lots to think about…

    first, i wonder if people like rumsfeld are truly crazy, or would he be considered evil, or, does he really believe that he is doing the world good?
    i think it’s sometimes easier for me to brush old, paternalistic, creeps like him aside by saying they are crazy or evil. but sometimes, i think they are just out-of-touch with modern times. they are just as much a product of their raising and their environment as i am.
    so, that leads me to wonder, since i think he’s just a regular person who has made some awful choices, what is it about our country and our society that has rewarded him through promotion to powerful postions for making such terrible choices?
    like putting the bible quotes on official war updates?!?!?!? that’s disgusting information. it’s sickening. and VERY sad. yuck! to me, that’s representative of the ways in which bush, jr. was coerced and controlled, ya know? as if they had to demonstrate for him every now and then that god approved the message…

    and to pick specific quotes from the many in the bible… i wonder if there was much discussion over which quotes would be best. or if he just had a few favorites…

    i think this is the trouble that happens when people turn their personal interpretations of messages from books into actions. i don’t see much difference between fact and fiction in old pieces of literature, like the bible. there wasn’t that strict separation like there sometimes is now. it was all just story-telling. you mixed fact with fiction with philosophy with argumentation with poetry. and when people have ‘no sense of metaphor’ very dangerous things can happen to their minds. and they can inflict real horror on others. (see also notable crazies like valerie solanas and the guy who shot john lennon).

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