From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Friday, May 07, 2004

The Crusades return

In trying to digest the attrocities that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison, I came across this piece from Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo. He has been reminded by a reader about a connection to this mess that no one has covered that I'm aware of:

In many of the articles on this emerging Iraqi prisoners story, it has been claimed that some of the key instigators or enablers of bad acts were military intelligence officers.

Now, who's the head of military intelligence? 'Head' is too vague. There's no such post per se. But what comes pretty close is the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

And who's that? Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin.

You may be asking that Boykin? You'd be correct.

Remember him? He's the one who got in trouble last year for describing his battle with a Muslim Somali warlord by saying "I knew that my God was bigger than his God. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol", saying President Bush was chosen by God, and generally that the war on terror is an apocalyptic struggle between Christianity and Satan.

So maybe we can stop looking for WMDs and start looking for the Holy Grail while we're there. Perhaps we can turn W into the next Indiana Jones. You know, except not as charming. Or handsome.

Or smart. Definitely not smart. Or literate.

Seriously though, give Josh's post a read. It's a good one.