By tmcbpatriot | March 26, 2012 | 4 Comments
The other day I read that Allen West, Congressman from Florida, said this about the killing of Treyvon Martin: “I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin…The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit…This is an outrage.”
Did I say mad as hell? I meant outraged. It’s a funny thing though. The incident in Florida vaguely resembles another by someone Mr. West might know:
December 13, 2003
U.S. officer fined for harsh interrogation tactics
The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division on Friday accepted a U.S. military investigator’s recommendation and ordered administrative action against Lt. Col. Allen West, who was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee [Emphasis mine]. Following a military hearing, West was fined $5,000 over two months.
As CNN reported about the incident:
“Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the 4th Infantry’s top general in Tikrit, could have rejected the recommendation and ordered a court martial. If he were to be found guilty at a court martial of the two articles against him, West could have faced 11 years in prison.”
As it turned out, no charges were ever filed. Mr. West was given the choice of court-martial or retirement. He chose the latter, along with a full pension and his concealed weapons carry permit securely in tow, I assume.
As for the shooter in Florida, Mr. Zimmerman, no charges have been filed against him either. He told police he acted in self defense. There is a law in Florida called the Stand Your Ground Law, a law invented by gun loving Republicans like Mr. West, that actually allows someone to kill someone else in cold blood and claim self-defense.
My guess is that Mr. Zimmerman will simply say he was a “concerned citizen” protecting his neighbors from dastardly deeds. I wouldn’t be surprised if he said something like:
“I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my neighbors…If it’s about the lives of my neighbors at stake, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.”
Of course this is not something Mr. Zimmerman said. But it is however nearly verbatim to what Allen West actually said when asked to answer for his misconduct in Iraq. The difference here is that in Florida a man was actually killed in cold blood. In Iraq, West only pretended he was going to do the same thing, while allowing soldiers to beat the man for twenty-five minutes.
Republicans usually reward tough guy behavior, especially during war time. Many on the right have defended Allen West, so much so that he was rewarded for it in 2010 by being elected Congressman. So why then isn’t Congressman West defending Zimmerman?
West explains it thusly:
Let’s all be appalled at this instance…because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.
So to get it straight, Congressman West is outraged because of senseless violence. But what about all the senseless violence that happens every day in America, especially with guns? On that topic, West blames the left. No, seriously. He has said that “the left…uses [gun] violence as a call to eliminate 2nd amendment rights.”
Here he is saying it:
For people like Congressman West, senseless violence is the result of welfare and the left’s master plan to “take our guns away.” So then why the sudden outrage? Why is a Tea Partier, a proud 9MM gun owner, a hummer owner, a proud supporter of the NRA, and a man who committed a criminal act in Iraq and walked away scot-free, guns in tow, outraged?
Could it be because Congressman West — after having “sat back and allowed [himself] time to assess the current episode in Sanford, Florida” — was really just waiting to see how the FOX “news” crowd would respond to this story first? After all, this is a political opportunist. This is a man who nearly killed another man in cold blood and walked away with a pension. This is a man who supports racial profiling of muslims. This is a man who said that anyone “challenging me on my support to [Paul Ryan's] visionary plan to restore our economic security will be signing up for a suicide mission.”
The press reports on Congressman West’s outrage as if it is nothing more than an interesting news tidbit. Truth is, West and the shooter in Florida actually have some things in common. They both committed unlawful acts “using improper methods,” both got away with it, and both got to keep their guns. One even became a Congressman.
Now, if that is not an outrage then I dont know what is.
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