Allen West on Marine video: ‘Unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell’by George Bennett | January 13th, 2012
West offered his reaction in an e-mail to The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine and website.
West is a 22-year Army combat veteran whose military career ended after a 2003 incident in which he fired a gun near the head of an Iraqi detainee to scare him into divulging details of a suspected ambush. West, initially charged with assault, ended up being relieved of his command, paying a $5,000 fine and retiring as a lieutenant colonel with a full pension.
West’s e-mail details incidents in which U.S. troops or military contractors were killed and had their bodies desecrated. His e-mail concludes:
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”