Rep. Allen West comment on the Marine incident "Shut Up, War is Hell"

These are comments made by Allen West, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) on the Marine incident in Afghanistan to the Weekly Standard:

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it.

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“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.”

I love this man. He tells it like it is. Airborne all the way Colonel West. I will go into combat with you any day, anytime.

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Comment by Judy Stavropoulos on January 22, 2012 at 12:25am


Comment by Philip Hoffman on January 21, 2012 at 10:37pm

I love how Hillary et el sound off about our military personel.   How quick they forget about the incident when a William Jefferson, while in Europe ( Russia) < demonstrated agains the United States and our Military.    THAT WAS AND STILL IS TREASON.

Comment by Willard A. Flippin on January 18, 2012 at 10:08am

Excellent analysis of the situation.  Unlike the grovelling we hear from Panetta, Clinton, and Obama.  Of course all these arm-chair heroes have never actually participated in combat situations.  Personally, I think these young Marines are heroes.  Perhaps they should have fed the bodies of these Muslim fanatics to a herd of swine.  That might signify, "Mr. Taliban, we are here to kick your a**, not to mollycoddle you." 

Comment by Joseph DeLuna on January 18, 2012 at 9:26am

West Is Right!

Comment by Kelly Randall on January 17, 2012 at 12:29pm

Why people believe everything they see in this day and age of technology I really wonder.  Does anyone know whether this video was "doctored"?  But I really agree with Mr. West's words!

Comment by Mary Creekmore on January 15, 2012 at 6:21pm

You know, it would be really hard to watch a certain group of people kill and mutilate your best friends and NOT want to pee on their dead bodies.  I don't take any offensive to what those marines did.  I DO take offense to the fact that we are supposed to have "talks" and "play nice" with the Taliban. 

Comment by Gary on January 15, 2012 at 5:45pm

We need more like Alan West, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio....The future is bright for the Right

Comment by Cliff Parker on January 15, 2012 at 4:59pm

This is a nonevent. Get real. Get out of the middle east. Develope our own energy.

Comment by Sue Carroll on January 15, 2012 at 4:30pm

Go West!!!  Love this man!

Comment by thornley traylor on January 15, 2012 at 3:35pm

 god bless rep. west. And god bless these young marines for standing in the gap. they know who the true enemies are to freedom.

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