Like most of you, I heard about this guy and didn’t get all twisted up over it.
So the guy gives a talk at church, in full military regalia. Don’t think much about it. And he goes on at length regarding his own religious convictions. Takes all kinds, sez I, naught as queer as folk.
Then he gets into the religious implications of the Recent Unpleasantness. Says some very undiplomatic stuff about Islam, giving a distinctly brassy “Onward, Xtian Soldiers” taste to things. OK, now we’re getting into “whaddaya fuckin STUPID?” territory. The last thing on Gods Green we need is to hand Al Jazeera a high ranking American general ranking on Muhammed.
As for his suggestion that God intervened to place Fearless Misleader in the Oval Office…[the as yet unrealized smilie for puking yer guts out]
So I’m pretty steamed, but getting over it, till I find a cite from the Daily Howler and find part of the story has been lightly passed over. To wit:
ARKIN (10/16/03): In June of 2002, Jerry Boykin stepped to the pulpit at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., and described a set of photographs he had taken of Mogadishu, Somalia, from an Army helicopter in 1993.
The photographs were taken shortly after the disastrous “Blackhawk Down” mission had resulted in the death of 18 Americans. When Boykin came home and had them developed, he said, he noticed a strange dark mark over the city. He had an imagery interpreter trained by the military look at the mark. “This is not a blemish on your photograph,” the interpreter told him, “This is real.”
“Ladies and gentleman, this is your enemy,” Boykin said to the congregation as he flashed his pictures on a screen. “It is the principalities of darkness… It is a demonic presence in that city that God revealed to me as the enemy.”
Los Angeles Times
Let me get this straight. Gen. Boykin thinks he took a photograph of a “demonic presence”.
Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Thinks that The Exorcist is a documentary.
This is a man who has given years of honorable service to his country, apparently at great cost to his reason. He deserves an easeful retirement of leisure close to the bosom of his family. At the earliest possible opportunity.