Christian Nationalism at the Pentagon

Christian Nationalism at the Pentagon May 18, 2009

GQ, of all magazines, has a slideshow of cover letters that were attached to intelligence updates sent from Donald Rumsfeld to President Bush in early 2003 as the administration prepared to invade Iraq. The mixture of military imagery with Bible verses is appalling, especially in the buildup to a war the administration tried so hard not to have perceived as a religious war.

The first, from March 17, 2003, has a picture of soldiers praying and says:

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

“Here I am, Lord, send me.” Isaiah 6:8

The second, from March 19, 2003, has a picture of a jet fighter on an aircraft carrier and cites Psalm 139: 9-10:

If I rise on the wings of the dawn
if I settle on the far side of the sea
even there your hand will guide me
your right hand will hold me fast, O LORD.

The third one, a day later, says:

Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind Isaiah 5:28

The fourth one is even more appalling, quoting Ephesians 6:13:

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

Maybe that’s why they didn’t bother up-armoring the vehicles against IEDs for so long, forcing the troops to improvise their own protections; they thought all the soldiers were wearing their “armor of God.”

The fifth one says:

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed Proverbs 16:3

Number six is similar:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

It all sounds remarkably similar to what the Muslim terrorists who brought down the World Trade Center were no doubt telling themselves before takeoff, doesn’t it?

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