According to GQ, these cover sheets were "the brainchild" of Major General Glen Shaffer, a director for intelligence serving both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense. However, the briefs were often delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White House.
Despite fear over fallout (GQ noted that Pentagon staffer would later said it “would be as bad as Abu Ghraib”), the practice continued because higher-ups "appreciated the cover pages."
One example is shown above, and some examples are:
- Saddam Hussein striking a dictatorial pose: “It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.”
- An image of tanks entering an Iraqi city: “Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, The nation that keeps faith.”
- An image of a tank at sunrise: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
- An image of a soldier in Baghdad: “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”