Rumsfeld's Biblical Message-Laden Intelligence Briefs

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Rumsfeld's Biblical Message-Laden Intelligence Briefs

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Jennifer Parker

A March 31, 2003 brief cover-sheet depicted a U.S. tank roaring through the desert with a biblical 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."

ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: Former Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld prepared top-secret military intelligence briefs for former
President George W. Bush with cover sheets featuring triumphant images
from the Iraq war with "Crusades-like" Bible messages, according to an exclusive report in the latest June issue of GQ magazine.

The briefs,
known as the Worldwide Intelligence Update, were prepared by Rumsfeld
and often hand-delivered to Bush, and only circulated among a handful
of Pentagon leaders and the president, according to GQ's Robert Draper.

A March 31, 2003 brief cover-sheet depicted a U.S. tank roaring
through the desert with a biblical 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."

An April 7, 2003 cover sheet depicted an image of Saddam Hussein
under a quote from the First Epistle of Peter: "It is God's will that
by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men."

An April 10, 2003 brief showed the statue of Saddam Hussein being
pulled down, an Iraqi child kissing an American soldier and jubilant
Iraqi crowds with a quote from the book of Psalms: "Behold, the eye of
the Lord is on those who fear Him ... To deliver their soul from death."

At least one Muslim analyst in the Pentagon had been offended, GQ
reports, and others worried that the biblical passages would inspire
Islamic outrage within Muslim nations.

The cover sheets were the "brainchild" of Major General Glen
Shaffer, a director for intelligence for Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, who reportedly told those who complained about the cover
pages that "my seniors" appreciated them, including Bush, Rumsfeld, and
former Joint Chiefs chairman Richard Myers.

GQ obtained the sheets from an unnamed government official who "was
disturbed enough by these biblically seasoned sheets to hold on to
copies," Draper reports.

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