Sacked Colonel Running For Congress

Lt. Col. Allen West has thrown his hat in the ring and will run for Congress this fall despite his behavior in Iraq which led to punitive action by his superiors. West held a gun next to the head of a detainee and fired a shot which led the man to reveal the names of three associates and helped break up a terrorist group. West was found guilty in a nonhjudicial hearing on three counts of aggravated asault He paid a fine and then left behind his grief stricken men who admired his behavior. West tuaght high school for a year befoegetting wij as a defebse contractor.

It is difficult sitting in judgement about a member of the military who makes instinctive reactions in the full fury of battle. Those of us who have not walked in his shoes musty hesitate for a moment before commenting. Colonel West was also an officer who was expected to set an example for his men. In violating rules and regulations, he told his men that was permissible if the circumstances warranted. The problem is which rules are to be violated and is the situation always to give permission for such behavior.

  • Army Mom

    My son has been to Iraq twice on one-year deployments. I hope his commanders would take the same care of him that Col. West took of his men. When the choice is between obeying a rule or protecting American lives–especially when no one is hurt by breaking the rule–there is no question what the choice should be. Col. West’s priorities made him a leader of his men, and will serve him well in Congress.

  • Fred Stopsky

    As I said, it is difficult evaluating behavior if one has not walked in another’s shoes. I recognize the difficulty of the situation and the behavior of Col. West. However, he was an officer, and had to set an example of obeying orders.