Donald Rumsfeld covered Iraq briefing papers with Biblical texts

Some Pentagon officials feared that if the documents were leaked at the height of the conflict, the use of Christian language to justify the invasion of a Muslim nation would cause a furore in the Islamic world.

One official told GQ that the damage done to America’s image would have been as bad as that caused by the release of photographs showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad.

On April 1, 2003, as US troops were heading for Iraq, and casualties were beginning to be taken, Mr Rumsfeld’s “World Intelligence Update” featured a line from Proverbs 16:3: “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”. Beneath was a picture of a machine-gunner on the road from Baghdad to Hilla.

Two days before Saddam Hussein was toppled on April 9, 2003, the cover sheet showed a picture of the Iraqi leader and a quotation from 1 Peter 2:15: “It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.”

The Biblical passages were reportedly the idea of Maj Gen Glen Shaffer, a senior military intelligence official, and a Christian, who told colleagues that his “seniors” including the president, were grateful for the cover pages.


My God they are insane.


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