Thursday, February 21, 2008

In which I abandon the "In which" headline device and revert to swearing, as so: Oh yeah, that'll fucking help the War on Terror.

On of the hallmarks of the Bush years hasn't been the War on Terror or the War on Iraq, it's been the War on Competence. Over and over again loyalty and ideology have been rewarded with positions far outstripping talent or experience. (Head of FEMA? Take the position. It's a heckuva job, Brownie!) We've been watching the Peter Principle writ large and applied by the delusional.
So what do we make of this, which purports to be in aid of the WoT:
Crooks and Liars » Air Force Academy Criticized For Hosting “Terrorism Experts” With False Claims
The Air Force Academy was criticized by Muslim and religious freedom organizations for playing host on Wednesday to three speakers who critics say are evangelical Christians falsely claiming to be former Muslim terrorists.[..]
The three were invited because “they offered a unique perspective from inside terrorism,” Major Ashworth said. The conference is to result in a report on methods to combat terrorism that will be sent to the Pentagon, members of Congress and other influential officials, he added.
Members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group suing the federal government to combat what it calls creeping evangelism in the armed forces, said it was typical of the Air Force Academy to invite born-again Christians to address cadets on terrorism rather than experts who could teach students about the Middle East.
“This stuff going on at the academy today is part of the endemic evangelical infiltration that continues,” said David Antoon, a 1970 academy graduate and a foundation member.
The three men were invited to talk about being recruited and trained as terrorists, not religion, although one of them, Zak Anani, did tell students that converting to Christianity from Islam saved his life, said John Van Winkle, another spokesman for the academy.

Ah, yes. Christianity leads the way. Certainly we wouldn't need to push forward with ACTUAL facts or experts, would we?

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