By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Too much Old Testament and too little Sun Tzu has lost the war in Afghanistan. When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld assigned General Boykin the task of “Christianizing” the US Army, even if every hard hitting, foul mouthed war fighter had to be “cashiered” the task was taken to heart. Boykin’s efforts to infiltrate every level of the officer corps with Christian Zionists, notwithstanding they may be the worst leaders any military service has ever seen in wartime, was a tremendous success.
We now have an army ready to go to battle with Israel at her side except for one minor problem. Our allies are Muslims and winning our war depends on winning the hearts and minds of a Muslim population that is now seeing the absolute worst America has to offer, racism, bigotry and incompetence. The Wiki-leaks scandal forced the army to evaluate its performance, in fact put a gun to its head. The situation in Afghanistan had been steadily deteriorating since 2003 and American failures had bled over to Pakistan. Attempts to blame Pakistan’s ISI for American failures was a desparate measure to shift blame and save careers. This is what we learned:
- Instead of working with our allies, the Afghani Army and Police and Pakistan’s highly professional forces, many commanders would never leave their command areas or if “out among the towelheads and wogs” never left their vehicles. Thus, General Petraeus has instituted a policy demanding that his commanders “drink lots of tea” with locals rather than staring out of a vehicle while making irresponsible comments, too often in hearing range of subordinates. The path to leadership and the path to defeat had become one in the same.
- Attempts at developing HUMINT (human intelligence) sources have been a total failure. With many commanders having little education other than religion and the absolute minimum military background necessary to hold a commission, a pattern of “guessing, supposition and obfuscation” has replaced the “ears on the battlefield.” The result has been the almost continual use of American forces in family squabbles, local drug wars or inter-tribal strife, all the while claiming victory after victory over Al Qaeda and insurgency or Taliban units.
- Hatred of Islam by commanders, hundreds of whom were recruited from among Dominionists (part of an extremist Christian movement to overthrow America’s elected government by 2012) has been reflected in many units as a massive failure of both discipline and combat effectiveness. Abuse of, not only detainees and suspected enemy combatants, but local residents including women and children has been common. Serious incidents number in the thousands.
- Indiscriminate use of technology and firepower, drones, artillery and air strikes, often against unconfirmed soft targets has yielded a ratio of over 5 civilian deaths for each enemy combatant killed. With no reliable human intelligence, no signal intelligence whatsoever and highly subjective interpretation of imagery making up the backbone of our tactical input, enemy units currently operate with relative impunity over 93% of Afghanistan.
It isn’t that the “Christian warriors” are too busy praying to fight, it is just that they don’t know how. General Boykin, founder of our “Crusader Army” is a case in point:
“Lt. General Jerry Boykin’s Secret “Warrior” Recruitment Program
As one reads or recites the facts surrounding Abu Ghraib, one is tempted to ask how the American military, with its code of ethics as reflected in the high traditions of West Point and our Naval Academy—where men and women are imbued in the tradition of honor— could have turned into such a ruthless band of sadists? The answer is: They didn’t. Someone else did it.
There is evidence the U.S. military, like the Southern Baptist Convention before it, has been targeted as an institution to be taken over and replaced with dominionists who are decidedly less educated and less honorable. These are men and women who may be willing to do anything to further the cause of world domination. There is also evidence dominionists have infiltrated the military with willing personnel and that the military has similarly infiltrated the churches.
The next chapter of this story begins with Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, the Pentagon’s senior military intelligence official. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1971. That same year, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army where he rose through the ranks to Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) Fort Bragg, N.C. and then in June 2003 to the present to Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence at the Pentagon.
There is no question that Lt. Gen. Boykin is a brave soldier and he is undoubtedly a personable man. But in searching through data available on the web, it appears that while the general has spent thirty three years in the military, he has had very little formal military education with the exception of a year at the Army War College in 1990-1991.
Boykin became the focus of media reports when he spoke about his involvement in the war on terrorism at twenty-three Baptist and Pentecostal churches across the country, accompanied by two military aides. According to a 10-month internal investigation conducted by the defense department’s deputy inspector general for investigations and reported by the Washington Post, Boykin received reimbursement for his travel costs from one of the sponsoring church groups and failed to report that fact. He wore his uniform and gave the impression that he was representing the military.
The investigation confirmed that Boykin said that the U.S. military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to defeat its enemy. In fact, he told the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla. on June 30, 2002, “What I’m here to do today is to recruit you to be warriors of God’s kingdom.”
Though the 2007 economic crash and an endless series of embarrassing scandals ended the neo-con agenda, Dominionist control of key institutions, the Supreme Court, the media (in partnership with Zionists and ‘Israeli Firsters’), key regulatory authorities and even congress, with the Israel lobby crippling any reassessment of America’s war failures, has allowed failed policies to continue unabated. No place has this been more evident and more tragic than within the American military.
Though Dominionist ploys continue, the “Ground Zero Mosque,” the Mojave Cross, gun seizure scares along with endless streams of counterfeit documents, “urban legends,” and continual fear mongering, the American public has less and less interest in such things. The majority of American families are less than two paychecks away from homelessness and hunger following years of a lowered standard of living and diminished democratic freedoms.
Will General Petraeus be able to re-educate, replace or remove commanders who have destroyed the morale and combat effectiveness of unit after unit and put America’s war effort in Afghanistan into a seemingly hopeless spiral? There is no question that the problem has been finally recognized. That cynical political forces, under the guise of religious war would exploit America’s professional volunteer army, seeking a level of naive compliance and obedience, “command through mediocrity,” is a part of our history.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.