Retired Lt. General and current lunatic Jerry Boykin has been asked to speak at a prayer breakfast at West Point by the chaplain’s office there and a group of veterans is asking the military academy to rescind the invitation because of Boykin’s history of bizarre behavior. Here’s the full text of their letter:
January 26, 2012
Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon
United States Military Academy
West Point, New York 10996
Dear Lieutenant General Huntoon,
General David Petraeus (Ret.) has been a vocal advocate of the need for our society, and especially our armed forces, to build and maintain bridges of trust into the Muslim community in America and abroad. When an extremist in Florida sought to burn a Koran in a media stunt, General Petraeus accurately stated that the act “would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan- and around the world- to inflame public opinion and incite violence” and that “Such images could, in fact… put our troopers and civilians in jeopardy and undermine our efforts.” The same could be said regarding Lieutenant General William Boykin (Ret.).
It has come to the attention of our organization that LTG Boykin has been invited to speak at the USMA prayer breakfast on February 8, 2012. You may not be aware of Lieutenant General Boykin’s history of extremist and hateful comments towards Islam. LTG Boykin has repeatedly characterized our war against al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, a war that we are both Veterans of, as a religious war pitting Christianity against Islam. Boykin claims to have captured terrorists in Somalia solely because the god of Muslims is “an idol.” The Pentagon Office of the Inspector General later found that LTG Boykin’s remarks were improper for a military officer. LTG Boykin, since his retirement, has also stated that “there is no greater threat to America than Islam.” LTG Boykin also co-authored a study from the Center for Security Policy that claimed that “most mosques in the United States already have been radicalized, that most Muslim social organizations are fronts for violent jihadists.”These remarks are incompatible with the Army values, and a person who is incompatible with Army values should not address the cadets of the United States Military Academy. As has been articulated by GEN Petraeus, these remarks threaten our relationships with Muslims around the world, and thereby, our troops serving in harm’s way. LTG Boykin’s values are inconsistent even with current Army doctrine that is taught at the Joint Readiness Training Center, National Training Center and the Combined Arms Center which instructs Army leaders to respect the Muslim culture as a part of counterinsurgency operations. It is counterproductive for our future Army leaders to hear the views of LTG Boykin, a man who’s views are inconsistent with the values of the Army as an institution.
Not to mention, many Muslim Americans have fought and died in the uniform of the American Soldier in post-9/11 combat, as well as in previous eras. To allow LTG Boykin to address the corps of cadets would be disrespectful to the Muslim cadets currently enrolled at West Point. It would be a slap to the face to Muslim Americans who have served their country, not to mention those who gave the fullest sacrifice for their nation and their comrades.
Sir, as Veterans, we have the utmost faith in your leadership. As Veterans of these wars and men who have served in combat alongside Muslim Americans, we respectfully request that you retract LTG Boykin’s invite to the USMA Prayer Breakfast. The presence of LTG Boykin at West Point would violate Army Values, as well as potentially be used as propaganda by the enemy and endanger our troops in combat.
Iraq War Veteran
Richard Allen Smith
Afghanistan War Veteran
Vice Chairman, VoteVets.org
The Pentagon needs to put its foot down here. Given Boykin’s history of incredibly inflammatory statements about Islam and about Obama, he simply cannot be allowed to address the cadets. He has a First Amendment right to say crazy things, but if an active duty soldier said the things he’s said about Obama, they could well find themselves court-martialed. Unfortunately, the academy seems to be digging in its heels. If they don’t change their minds, the Secretary of Defense should intervene.