A Pentagon investigation has determined that U.S. Lt. Gen. William Boykin “violated regulations by failing to make clear he was not speaking in an official capacity when he made church speeches casting the war on terrorism in religious terms,” according to press reports.
The probe by the Defense Department's deputy inspector general also found that Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, violated Pentagon rules by failing to obtain advance clearance for his remarks, which gained wide publicity last fall.
Readers of this blog will remember that Boykin made dozens of appearances in uniform before evangelical Christian organizations where he claimed God had put George W. Bush in the White House despite the obvious preference voters had for Al Gore and that Islam was a satanic religion.
Now the Pentagon has to decide what punishment Boykin will face.
He should be made to resign.
His remarks have hurt America’s prestige around the world and our relations with Muslims across the globe. Boykin dishonored the country by making his religious and political comments while in uniform. He is not fit to serve the nation.