President Bush said Tuesday that controversial remarks by Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin about Muslims and Islam do not "reflect my point of view, or the view of this administration" — sharp language from an administration that tends to circle the wagons when a member is under attack.
President Bush told ambassadors from Muslim states that his administration does not tolerate anti-Muslim bigotry, but he stopped short of condemning a senior Pentagon official who said Muslims do not worship "a real God." Boykin, an evangelical Christian, sparked an international uproar by giving speeches while in uniform referring to the U.S. war on terrorism as a battle with "Satan" as the enemy, and saying Islamic radicals wanted to destroy America "because we're a Christian nation."
The trouble is, General Boykin IS a member of the administration AND he often speaks his bigotry in uniform. Any General who sees the war as a holy war against satan is unfit to be a general in the US military and much less fit to be a key member of the President's administration.
Citing the review of the highly decorated three-star general by the inspector general of the Defense Department, Mr. Bush said Gen. Boykin "doesn't reflect my point of view or the point of view of this administration." It was the second time Mr. Bush has spoken on the Boykin comments amid his attempts to portray the war on terror as not being a war against Islam, but against extremists who have "hijacked a great religion."
In one speech Boykin referred to a Muslim fighter in Somalia who said U.S. forces would not catch him because Allah protected him. "Well, you know what I knew, that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol," Boykin said.