Christian Cover Pages for President Bush’s Intelligence Briefings May 17, 2009

Christian Cover Pages for President Bush’s Intelligence Briefings

During the initial invasion of Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld‘s office produced intelligence reports for President Bush and his team. These cover pages were remarkably pro-Christian with Bible verses adorning them.

GQ magazine got ahold of samples of these sheets. (If you have an AdBlocker, you’ll have to turn it off to see the page.) This is not a joke. These are real.

Is it any wonder Bush referred to his war as a “Crusade”?




Worst. TPS Reports. Ever.

It’s incredible they got away with this…

You can see the rest of the cover sheets at GQ.

(Thanks to Mike for the link!)

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  • Larry Huffman

    The incredible debacle…both politically and economically…that the Iraq invasion (an illegal war, by constitutional standards)poroved to be, shows that these verses not only lacked any merit at all…but almost seems to mock the ferver with which they applied their ignorant religious views.

  • Tom

    My thought on the matter is, didn’t everyone involved with printing these things break the law by doing so, and can they be held criminally and financially accountable for doing so? I mean, the cost of the printing of these things if applied to Rumsfeld as a fine, would be a slap on the wrist, but it would be a prominent and important slap on the wrist.

  • SarahH

    I don’t know what (if any) legal ramifications apply in such a bizarre situation (I mean, who would think to come up with a law that bans this sort of thing? The principle behind it is the issue), but this has to be extremely frightening and disheartening for the vast majority of Americans seeing it, atheists and theists alike. These paint our invasion as a religious war, with religious motivations and potential religious rewards and divine aid.

    It’s jaw-droppingly scary.

  • VorlonGuyverOss

    Should these pictures prove to be real then the whole 8 years will be a nail in the coffin in the Bush administration, the party, and people responsible for putting them there.

    11 September 2001 put a sour taste of religious ideology in the minds of Americans and the world that saw the ramifications of the event.

    *** Could the “conspiracy theorists” have some valid information?

  • I’ll be really interested to see how the Christian community will react to this news, if these are indeed proven to be real. I wonder if they’ll be outraged, or if they’ll just react as if it is something they already knew.

  • mark

    I think its fake

    someone perhaps took a real breifing book and pasted the christian stuff with a computer and then pretended it was legit.

    I’m not convinced there is anything real here.

  • laterose

    What bothers me most of the really horrible graphic design. It’s not even consistent. Whoever does the layouts needs to have their layout program taken away.

  • Ian

    Should we be even more worried that the second intelligence briefing originated at

    310530 EST on Mar 3 ?

    Being bible-based barbarians is one thing, thinking there are thirty two hours in the day is quite another…

    Although on second thoughts I find the poor graphic design quite offensive too.

  • Ian


    Okay so I worked it out. The world’s most bizarre date/time system.


    Could you design a more obscure format?

  • He called it a crusade in public at least once.

  • Jason R

    I was in the military during the early 1990’s. We received notices like that regarding the Russians quite often. It’s nothing new, they just point it towards a different foe.

  • Siamang

    mark Says:

    I think its fake

    No. They’re real:

    This Sunday, GQ magazine is posting on its Web site an article adding new details to the ample dossier on how Donald Rumsfeld’s corrupt and incompetent Defense Department cost American lives and compromised national security. The piece is not the work of a partisan but the Texan journalist Robert Draper, author of “Dead Certain,” the 2007 Bush biography that had the blessing (and cooperation) of the former president and his top brass. It draws on interviews with more than a dozen high-level Bush loyalists.

    Draper reports that Rumsfeld’s monomaniacal determination to protect his Pentagon turf led him to hobble and antagonize America’s most willing allies in Iraq, Britain and Australia, and even to undermine his own soldiers. But Draper’s biggest find is a collection of daily cover sheets that Rumsfeld approved for the Secretary of Defense Worldwide Intelligence Update, a highly classified digest prepared for a tiny audience, including the president, and often delivered by hand to the White House by the defense secretary himself. These cover sheets greeted Bush each day with triumphal color photos of the war headlined by biblical quotations.

    These cover sheets were the brainchild of Major General Glen Shaffer, a director for intelligence serving both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense. In the days before the Iraq war, Shaffer’s staff had created humorous covers in an attempt to alleviate the stress of preparing for battle. Then, as the body counting began, Shaffer, a Christian, deemed the biblical passages more suitable. Several others in the Pentagon disagreed. At least one Muslim analyst in the building had been greatly offended; others privately worried that if these covers were leaked during a war conducted in an Islamic nation, the fallout—as one Pentagon staffer would later say—“would be as bad as Abu Ghraib.”

    But the Pentagon’s top officials were apparently unconcerned about the effect such a disclosure might have on the conduct of the war or on Bush’s public standing. When colleagues complained to Shaffer that including a religious message with an intelligence briefing seemed inappropriate, Shaffer politely informed them that the practice would continue, because “my seniors”—JCS chairman Richard Myers, Rumsfeld, and the commander in chief himself—appreciated the cover pages.

  • RobL

    It was too over the top for me to believe but after looking at some of the reporting going on related to it I think it’s legit. No wonder the Muslims think we are waging a holy war against them – apparently we are. Another Dr. Strangelove moment in the Bush administration. Once again proving that Military Intelligence is an oxymoron.

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