Allen West Suggests Congressmen Should "Get Shot at a Few Times" to Change Opinion on Afghanistan

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The U.S. House is nearing two different votes demanding that President Barack Obama set a definite timetable on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but Rep. Allen West doesn't want to hear any of that hippie talk.

Instead, Lt. Col. West would prefer that congressmen urging an exit from Afghanistan head over to the battlefield and start taking bullets.

"I would take these gentlemen over and let them get shot at a few times and maybe they'd have a different opinion," West told the Miami Herald.

So how many congressmen does West consider be pumped full of lead?

Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich put forward a resolution for immediate U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in March, garnering 93 votes -- including 85 Democrats and eight Republicans.

Since the two current proposals in the House ask for a timetable for exit from Afghanistan -- instead of immediate withdrawal -- it's probably safe to say that number would be a bit higher.

To be fair, West isn't only proposing irrational conversation -- like sending congressmen to war -- to keep troops in Afghanistan.

"Is the Taliban still fighting? I spent 2.5 years in Afghanistan," West told reporters. "Just because you kill Osama Bin Laden does not mean that the Taliban has stopped fighting. Now, can we fight a little smarter? Absolutely."

In case you missed New Times' candid conversation with Allen West, click here.


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matt gordon
matt gordon

If West talked this crazy during the campaign, then he lucked into a district of like-minded craziness.

MarDivPhoto
MarDivPhoto

Wow, so people don't like what West says, and instantly doubt his military record, allege he wants congresspeople shot, and write him off as a macho maniac?  His record in the military is public knowledge, he was not always in the rear with the gear, and by firing his 9mm (not a .45, more ignorance of the situation) he saved the men he was leading from going into an ambush.Anyone who has been in combat understands it is a profound learning experience, and the rhetorical suggestion that congresspeople would likely be changed by it is not crazy machismo.But none of that appears to really matter, he is a frank conservative who answers every question he is asked, and has the temerity to mention his military experience, and on top of that, he happens to have dark skin.  Clearly all that is enough to merit scorn and disparagement from people who have a different view of politics.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Another day, another Allen West moment of lunacy. He can't help himself. When he becomes consequential, someone will expose him right off of his "look at me" pedestal. Imagine Kucinich vs. West PPV debate. I would pay for that one.

BTW, other than building up frequent flyer miles, why would anyone travel 12,000 miles to a place they don't belong, attempt getting shot at to justify and validate being there in the first place? Beats all hell out of me Allen.

Wasn't West's 2.5 years in Afghanistan as an employee of a private corporate security firm?

Dave E
Dave E

A shot of reality is always the best medicine! 

Tartanmarine
Tartanmarine

Did West say Congressman should "be pumped full of lead"? Or did the writer add that? As a Marine Vietnam veteran, I can attest that being under fire, even if you are one of the majority that is not hit, changes your understanding.

Robert A. HallAuthor of "The Coming Collapse of the American Republic"(All royalties to a charity to help wounded veterans.)

nanook5
nanook5

so BKT is leaving but the Allen West propaganda is staying? What a relief! (Too bad about Thorp tho)

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

P.S.   Is there any evidence that Allen West was ever shot at during his military career?

Just asking...

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

West has penis issues. This guy cannot control this compulsion he has to notify everyone of his macho nature. You would think that a United States Congressman could debate the issues on the merits without always acting like some douchebag bully in the sandbox.

He has already exposed himself as a pseudo-intellectual.

I now have no doubt that he is also a pseudo-tough guy.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

About time West dusted off his famous .45 -- nthing like a round let loose your near noggin' to convince me to vote anyway Allen so desired!

Another perfect example of Democracy by Six Gun!

Strategery.

Wordsmithy
Wordsmithy

OK, tell me again. why do you people continually give currency to the blithering rantings of this madman? Maybe if he doesn't get so much attention, he'll begin to realize that most of us think he is a moron and a disgrace to the country. But you keep pumping him up, worse than the national media do with idiot Palin. Pitiful, folks, him and you.

nanook5
nanook5

well the trouble is that West is still in office. Palin should be on her way to rich loudmouth island once the Kardashian backlog is cared for.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

I can see his train of thought, but I don't think being involved in a dangerous war would necessarily compel a sane being to want others to suffer the same fate.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

That is why I smoke pot.   I am doing my best to take part in The War On Drugs.   Damn that kronic.

Sorry, I mean the medical marijuana. I have my card! I do live in Cali.

nanook5
nanook5

i'm thinking getting shot at is a great incentive for ending a war for anyone unafflicted by bloodlust...

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