Congressional candidate Allen West impresses me. This speech only reinforced my view. So, I contributed some more to his campaign. I didn’t give him much, though. He’s doing pretty well this early in the election cycle, and there may be other equally deserving candidates, facing even tougher races, who will need support down the stretch.
Love that he wore a Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” tee-shirt.
Some background on this Hero’s war service here:
At his preliminary hearing, West acknowledged he allowed two soldiers to beat an Iraqi policeman who refused to reveal details of an ambush plot and fired his pistol near the man’s head, threatening to kill him.
As WorldNetDaily reported, under threat of an attack, West took charge of the interrogation of an Iraqi policeman, Yahya Jhodri Hamoody, determined to flush out details as he warned subordinates “it could get ugly.” Threatening to kill the Iraqi if he didn’t talk, West fired a pistol near the policeman’s head.
The scared policeman then immediately disclosed the information, leading to the arrest of two Iraqis last August and cessation of attacks on West’s 4th Infantry Division battalion.
At the hearing last month, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again.
“If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can,” he said.
“But that’s what’s going on out there in the streets here, and that’s how I feel about my boys,” he told the hearing, held in one of Saddam Hussein’s lavish palaces. “There is not a person in this room I would not sacrifice my life for.”
But Army prosecutors believe his actions in the town of Saba al Boor, near Tikrit, violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was charged with aggravated assault and faced a wide range of possible outcomes from no disciplinary action to a sentence of up to eight years in prison.
The prosecutors gave West a choice – face charges or resign within days of his 20 years of service, losing retirement benefits. West chose to face the charges and place his fate in the hands of Maj. Gen. Odierno.
Colonel West belongs with the greatest generation, the men and women who won World war II. He was there for his men, and he was there to win. I could not think of a starker contrast than that between President Obama and Colonel West. One has balls and the interests of America in his heart; the other doesn’t.