Happy Veterans Day!
We didn’t start the wars or choose the enemies we were asked to fight, but we did what we had to do.
I’m pleased to see that Lt. Col. Allen West won his race for Congress. I probably would disagree with him about the wisdom of going to war against Iraq, but I’m in 100 percent agreement with what he did in Taji on August 20, 2003 when he fired a shot past a detainee’s head in order to get him to reveal plans for an ambush against his unit. In doing so, he put the safety of the men under his command ahead of his own career. Although the detainee was not harmed, Col. West was charged with assault and put through an Article 32 hearing, which ended his career.
But this is what we do in war — we take care of each other. Col. West is the kind of officer most of us would be glad to serve under. I’m glad he has finally been vindicated. (And I hope the officers who ran him out of the Army will have to come before his committee to beg for funds…it will be fun watching them them squirm!)
So, to Colonel and now Congressman-elect West, and to all my other fellow veterans out there, celebrate your day!