Retired General Stands by Bible Verse Decision

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The military official responsible for including Bible verses on the covers of intelligence briefings early in the Iraq war says he doesn't regret making the decision to do so.
        
Retired Air Force Gen. Glen Shaffer said Tuesday that he makes no apologies for including Bible verses on the covers of intelligence reports.

GQ Magazine reported that briefs for former President George W. Bush had cover sheets containing "Crusades-like" Bible messages.

Shaffer said the reports were prepared for a group of 12 to 20 senior Pentagon officials he called "people of faith."

After compiling intelligence all night, he said the cover sheets were created last-- a mixture of pictures from the front lines and Bible verses, meant to encourage those privy to the reports.

One image showed a group of soldiers who appear to be praying, with the scripture heading "Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually."

Another included a picture of Saddam Hussein with the verse, "It's God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men."

Shaffer said the reports were not prepared specifically for Bush, but that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sometimes took the reports with him to the White House when attending intelligence briefings there.

Shaffer added that only one person raised concern about the verses, and that it was more of a suggestion to be more politically correct, than a specific problem with Christian verses.

Six years after retiring, Shaffer told CBN News he was surprised to see the cover sheets make news.

He says he's not ashamed of the slides and believes they were entirely appropriate during a time of war.

A Pentagon spokesman says Bible verses are no longer included in daily briefings.

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