Posts on message boards and Twitter confirm that the writer of this email heard correctly. As unbelievable as it sounds, Cmdr. Steve Cincotta, a submarine commander stationed at Navy Mine Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego, did, in fact, embarrass himself and the entire U.S. Navy by identifying himself on national TV as an “undersea nuclear Christian warrior,” and MRFF certainly will be responding swiftly!
I’d hate to be stationed on this pious asshole’s ship. But I have a similar tale of Dominionist attempts to hijack this nation’s nuclear capability. When I was a young Lieutenant in the US Air Force, stationed at Peterson AFB, I heard stories from some older enlisted members about earlier attempts to take over the nation’s nuclear forces.
I heard that in the late 1970’s, some SAC officers were attending some extremely fundamentalist churches. On one occasion it was rumored that one of these officers mentioned that he would follow “God’s Word” instead of his orders. The person who told me this story had the opinion that “God’s Word” was really “Fundy Pastor’s Word”. Afterward some of these officers were quietly removed from the silos and stationed elsewhere. After all, the control of this nation’s nuclear response should not be in the hands of someone who is convinced he personally is at the right hand of God.
It looks like the Dominionists would love to have their hands on the nuclear trigger. This should be ringing some alarm bells in the Pentagon if they have any sense at all anymore.