The other day, I put in the comments that I was waiting for dicksmith to write a post at VetVoice before I commented on Allen West’s statement about the urination video and, like clockwork, dicksmith couldn’t resist calling the former Lieutenant Colonel a “war criminal”.
I’ve never made a secret about how I feel about war criminal Allen West, a disgraced former military commander who supervised and participated in the savage torture of an Iraqi detainee. So when I read a statement like the one above from Allen West, as someone who has been shot at by the Taliban I have to respond.
“Savage torture”? Really? LTC West merely fired a handgun in proximity to a captured prisoner (into a clearing barrel) to make that prisoner think he was being executed, which induced the prisoner to give actionable intelligence related to a planned ambush on LTC West’s troops. West’s commander decided that the incident warranted only non-judicial punishment and West was fined $5000, then he retired. So that’s “savage torture” in dicksmith’s world.
So Allen West made the following statement in regards to the Marines’ video;
As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.
West prefaced that statement with a recommendation that the Marines be punished with non-judicial punishment. His statement above was meant to quell the media frenzy which swirled around the video – not excuse the behavior. Taken in it’s entirety with out selective editing, West meant for his statement to admit the seriousness of the crime, but also to end the liberal hand-wringing about how we’re creating more terrorists and making the troops less safe.
I have been shot at by the Taliban, Congressman West. And it doesn’t mean I’m okay with what these Marines did or that they should get just a slap on wrist. How about this for a new rule:
Unless you haven’t been charged with abusing detainees, shut your mouth. War is hell, but that doesn’t give anyone the excuse to act like the enemy.
West certainly didn’t say it was alright to abuse the bodies of our dead enemies, and he was telling the media to shut up and to quit making this a bigger story than it should be, if dicksmith didn’t understand that, he shouldn’t be putting his paper-thin, mud puddle-deep intellect as analysis on the internet.