Rumsfeld sure can pick ‘em

October 17th, 2003 – 9:54 pm
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The three-star general who is America’s “deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence” is a bit of a zealot.

Boykin’s insistence that the Axis of Evil is a manifestation of Satan’s power aimed at destroying this “Christian nation” makes him a walking provocation for an Islamic world already spooked by Bush’s glib calls to mount an international “crusade” against terrorism in the weeks following Sept. 11.

The White House finally got wise to Islamic sensitivities and banished “crusade” from the president’s speeches, but Boykin continues to paint the war on terror as a battle between Christian civilization and Satan. He’s a chilling echo of Sterling Hayden’s Jack D. Ripper character in “Dr. Strangelove.”

Okay, maybe he’s more than a bit of one.

UPDATE: A few more choice statements by Boykin can be read in this article. [via Atrios]

ANOTHER UPDATE: General Boykin said he was sorry, but it’s not going to be that easy to make this go away.

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