Steve Benen has thoroughly documented Lt. Gen. William Boykin’s cartoonishly enthusiastic evangelist streak. The next time you see a jihadi video ranting about imperialist American crusaders out to destroy the Muslim religion, keep Boykin in mind. We really have guys like that. It’s worse than scattered nuts like Coulter and Malkin or the odd presidential freudian slip. We had a guy who presented our side in exactly the same terms that terrorist recruiters use to describe us running counterterror operations at the Pentagon.
Now Boykin’s gone, the nutters seem to have quieted down at the Air Force Academy and we have a Secretary of Defense who seems minimally capable of doing his job. Chalk it up to the soft bigotry of low expectations, but I feel something verging on relief.