Congressman Allen West justifies the behavior of Marines urinating on corpses because of the way American soldiers have been treated, as of that should be the standard for our own behavior. In an email to the Weekly Standard, he writes:
“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.”
Richard Allen Smith of VoteVets.org says, “The day anyone should listen to Allen West about how service members should be punished for the things shown in that video is the day we should start taking pet care advice from Michael Vick.” West was once fined $5,000 for harsh interrogation tactics he used on an Iraqi detainee.
In testimony at an Article 32 hearing — the military’s version of a grand jury or preliminary hearing — West said the policeman, Yahya Jhrodi Hamoody, was not cooperating with interrogators, so he watched four of his soldiers from the 220th Field Artillery Battalion beat the detainee on the head and body.
West said he also threatened to kill Hamoody. Military prosecutors say West followed up on that threat by taking the suspect outside, put him on the ground near a weapons clearing barrel and fired his 9 mm pistol into it.
- Rep. Allen West Tells Critics Of Urinating Marines To Shut Up (alan.com)
- Allen West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell’ | The Weekly Standard (ddbarton48.wordpress.com)
- Allen West To Those Who Condemn Marines For Pissing On Enemy Corpses: “Unless You Have Been Shot At By The Taliban, Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell” (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)