Tuesday, May 19, 2009

To everything there is a season - except for this


"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting."

A famous bit of movie dialog from A Knight's Tale, right? Count Adhemar's famous insult to "Sir Ulrich" (Heath Ledger) that then comes around to be repeated by Sir William ("Sir Ulrich" by his real name) to Adhemar?

Nope. It's a slight rewording of a passage found in the Book of Daniel, in the Tanakh/Old Testament — as well as on an official Intelligence Report filed by former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, with his boss, former President George W. Bush.

According to a photo article breaking in GQ, Rumsfeld played on the President's deep faith and frequent use of scriptural references in White House business by decorating war reports with Bible verses. Apparently, if Dubya could be made to feel righteous, he'd also feel victorious instead of curious, and Rummy could carry on with the FUBAR plans he'd failed to make for invading Iraq. The Secretary could also ignore a key command from another part of Scripture, in Exodus 20:7 — "Lo tisah et Shem YHVH Eloheicha l'shav" — "Do not make the Lord's name worthless." You know, by crassly exploiting it rather than revering it, stuff like that.

A few of the cover pages, as shown in GQ, appear below (click image for a clearer view). WB, shaken to the core by this latest revelation, suddenly finds the term "religious extremists" to be a hell of a lot scarier than it used to be.

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