Representative Allen West wants to go back in time, 9 years ago to be exact. West was asked about his military record at an event in Boca Raton on Tuesday and he responded that he would rather talk about President Obama’s drug use around that time. At that time West had been involved with the alleged mistreatment of an Iraqi prisoner.
Speaking at the town hall West said,
“If you guys want to go back and talk about what happened nine years ago for me, let’s talk about the president doing blow and smoking dope,”
In 2003, lieutenant colonel Allen West supposedly watched as soldiers beat an Iraqi officer. After the Iraqi was given a beating his head was placed into a barrel of water which west fired a gunshot into (he fired the gunshot away from the Iraqi).
West was fined $5,000, and resigned with full benefits over the incident. When asked about the details of the vent West said,
“I was not convicted of anything. I think everyone knows that. If you guys have a problem with the fact that people were out there planning on killing my soldiers and I found a guy and I put a pistol, shot above his head… If you guys have a problem with that, you need to go talk to someone else, because if I’m in that exact same situation, I’m making the same decision.”
West also had a little bit to say about MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who ignited a media firestorm this week by saying he felt uncomfortable calling soldiers heroes on account that the term helps justify unjust wars.
West said of the incident,
“Maybe there are people out here that agree with that little kid Chris Hayes, who made that statement about how he doesn’t consider those men and women who gave their lives heroes,”
Watch a video of Allen West at the Town Hall talking about President Obama’s drug use.