Allen West on the Marines Incident: 'Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell'

Aurora 2012/01/14 01:30:52

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1:37 PM, Jan 13, 2012

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.


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

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

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