Senator Inhofe said he is outraged at the “humanitarian go-gooders” at the Iraq prison abuse hearings yesterday:
“As I watch this outrage, this outrage everyone seems to have about the treatment of these prisoners . . . I’m probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment,” Inhofe told fellow Armed Services Committee members investigating the treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. “You know, they’re not there for traffic violations,” he said. In the cells where the primary abuse took place, “they’re murderers, they’re terrorists, they’re insurgents.”
Several senators cited a Red Cross study concluding that as much as 90 percent of those detained in Iraq “had been arrested by mistake.” Inhofe, 69, was unimpressed. “I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons looking for human rights violations while our troops, our heroes, are fighting and dying,” he said. “. . . I’m also outraged by the press and the politicians and the political agendas that are being served by this.”
So why is he so outraged? Inhofe is another one who believes that GOD wants us in Iraq. After 9/11, Inhofe said,
“One of the reason I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States of America,” Inhofe huffed, “is that the policy of our government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.”
From the Senate floor, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., preached what was essentially a sermon about Israel last December. “The Bible says that Abram [Abraham] removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord,” he said. “Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am giving you this land’ … This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.”
As Inhofe’s speech suggested, for elements of the Christian right, pro-Israel fervor has ascended to the realm of the sacred. Christian leaders Ralph Reed and Gary Bauer both say that their support of Israel — and Israeli expansionism — is partly rooted in biblical injunction. Bauer says, “There are a variety of Old Testament scriptures in which God is saying to Abraham that the people of Israel will occupy all the land between the sea and the river,” which he says means the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. “There’s a belief that this is covenant land,” he adds.
To make matters even worse, we’re learning that Gen. Boykin is involved in this scandal. Why is this so bad? Boykin is this wingnut:
Boykin touched off a firestorm last October after giving speeches while in uniform in which he referred to the war on terrorism as a battle with “Satan” and said America had been targeted “because we’re a Christian nation.”
It still seems that we don’t know the “real” reasons we’re at war in Iraq. There is no question that Inhofe and Boykin’s prominence in this scandal will fuel suspicions in the Arab world that this is a religious war, Christians against Islam, and, in fact, it is looking more and more like this may be part of the master plan.