Thursday, April 06, 2006

Virginia Culture Warrior/Senator George Allen says, "Onward Christian Soldier "

Virginia Senator George Allen is wanting the Pentagon to tap Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin to lead the U.S. Special Forces Command. General Boykin first came to the attention of many of us, and certainly the Christian Right, for his controversial comments, many made while in uniform in various evangelical churches, that linked Satanic forces to Islamist and other enemies of the United States. Liz Sidoti of the AP, appearing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, tells us in "'War on Satan' general pushed for top post" that

In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., recommended Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, now the Pentagon's deputy undersecretary for intelligence, for the post at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

The current commander, Army Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown, is retiring. ...

"I am told, and I believe it to be true, that no special operations officer currently on active duty is more highly respected or admired by his superiors, peers or subordinates alike, than Jerry Boykin," Allen wrote in the letter dated March 31 and obtained by The Associated Press.

General Boykin comes across as a genuine beliver in this interview and is certainly an asset to our nation, despite of (or perhaps because?) of his faith. Would Senator Allen be seeking even more support from the Evangelical Right with this move? Since the idea of moving the General up the line is foundationally stupid from a geo-political view, Allen is either pandering or he is perhaps as clueless as Dubyah and balance of Bu$hCo. William Fisher appearing in Truth Out hits the nail on the head when he writes

But there is a much larger point here. Even if we forget what Gen. Boykin believes, the Muslim world will not. They remember Abu Ghraib. And they remember, as reported by the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, that the prison abuse scandal grew out of a decision to give greater influence to the Defense Intelligence unit, led by Stephen Cambone, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence - and his deputy, guess who? Lt. General William G. "Jerry" Boykin.

They know all about the CIA's private airline carrying out US kidnappings of suspected terrorists and their "extreme renditions" to black hole prisons in Eastern Europe, and to such pillars of democracy as Egypt, Syria and a host of other hospitable venues.

They know all about the "diplomatic assurances" the US gets from these countries, which routinely vow not to torture or abuse those we deliver into their gentle hands.

They know about Guantanamo Bay. They know about Bagram. They know about our then-attorney general, John Ashcroft, rounding up anyone who looked like "a Middle Easterner" after the 9/11 attacks, convicting no one of any terror-related crime, but deporting many.

Bunch of idiots! I've been watching Senator Allen for some time. He's certainly a candidate that might appeal to the Dobsonites. He and Kansas Senator Brownback may fight over the "true believer" Evangelical vote. At least one of them would likely be tapped as VP should a more mainstream candidate like McCain get the GOP nomination. Peace ... or War!