Allen West Says We Need to Focus on Economy, Sends Letter to Obama About Convicted Murderers

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Congressman Allen West wants us to focus.

"It seems like just about every week the liberals and their media allies try to change the subject while putting the best spin, however unbelievable, on the state of our economy and our nation," he wrote on Facebook yesterday evening.

So when we found a press release about a letter he sent to President Obama yesterday, it was probably about the economy, right? Jobs? Health care? Gas prices? Nah. It was about soldiers convicted of murdering Iraqis, and how rotten it was of Obama to make them serve the sentences handed down by military courts.

West's beef starts with a suspected insurgent named Ali Musa Daqduq, who was released by Iraqi officials earlier this month after being turned over to them by American forces late last year. Daqduq has extensive ties with terrorist groups, but the Obama administration gave him to the Iraqi judicial system during the wind-down of the Iraq War rather than sending him to Guantanamo Bay. It's been a contentious issue for a while, though not one that has any effect on that United States economy West says we're supposed to care so much about.

The Daqduq affair is especially troubling, West wrote to Obama, because of American soldiers who are currently in prison. "American soldiers like Michael Behenna, William Hunsaker, and Joseph Mayo remain imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for questionable incidents that occurred during the heat of battle," West wrote.

What happened with those guys? Was it really that questionable? No. All three were convicted years ago of executing Iraqi civilians and were sentenced to prison time.

Behenna was convicted in a 2009 military trial and got a 15-year sentence for taking a prisoner he was supposed to release and instead stripping him naked, performing a freelance interrogation, and killing him. Prosecutors said it was an execution; Behenna said he acted in self-defense and is currently appealing for a new trial.

As for Hunsaker, he was involved in a scheme with three other soldiers in which they blindfolded three prisoners, cut off their plastic handcuffs and forced the men to run away as the soldiers shot them. One of the soldiers was accused of hitting and cutting the other soldiers to make it look like there had been a struggle. Hunsaker admitted to the killings and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Mayo was one of three soldiers accused of executing four Iraqi prisoners next to a canal after investigators determined there wasn't enough evidence to hold them. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

So there we have it -- three American soldiers, eight Iraqi corpses, and one congressman -- who went through an Article 32 hearing of his own for abusing an Iraqi -- who wants to excuse their behavior.

"Men who were sent to a distant battlefield to defend our freedom are now imprisoned with little chance of freedom anytime soon," West wrote. "If terrorists such as Daqduq walk free, then surely men who made mistakes in the fog of war such as Behenna, Hunsaker, and Mayo deserve leniency."

West also asked for a "prompt and personal response to this letter."

"Mistakes in the fog of war"? They executed people. When Obama said he supported gay marriage, West called it it "irrelevant pandering" that seeks to distract from the economy. What is it when West starts campaigning for leniency for killers? And if he's so concerned about the economy, why no mention of it when he starts spamming the Oval Office?

Here's the letter West sent. Might as well forget about the Arbitrary Capitalization, that West called the House Democratic Caucus the "Democrat Caucus," and that he misspelled "military installation." It's only correspondence with the president.



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CaptainBungholio
CaptainBungholio

"American Military Instillation"  (bottom of the third paragraph).  Mr. West should fire his secretary and then quit himself!

thatguy
thatguy

I agree that Mr West went off target with the mention of US Warfighters imprisoned for criminal acts. The point of his letter I believe was to point out the president's release of a TERRORIST!  Regardless of the acts committed or allegedly committed by these individuals, Daqduq is still a TERRORIST. He committed crimes much worse than the US Warfighers mentioned in the letter,   yet was released, against policy and against the better good of the United States. The man is a TERRORIST. Can people stop nit picking and realize the man realeased was a (wait for it)......TERRORIST

Disgraceful
Disgraceful

This is a clear example of a war criminal making excuses for other war criminals. Allen West thinks any dirty deed done in combat is justifiable despite the effect it has on the image of the the US or that it might be contrary to the broader mission objectives.  He is not a patriot but the exact opposite, a disgrace to his country.

Bsfurg
Bsfurg

The Demowits still think Obama is God and the American still dont mind being his slave.. e have to get him and his thugs out of the WH . We have to get to the kids and the women to wake up and see Obama for whas he is ... A muslim in our WH.

USMC SEMPER FI
USMC SEMPER FI

Allen, keep up the good fight. As a former Marine, I can tell you that in the fog of war, many things happen. Some not so pleasant things happen as well as horrific things. People change when they are put into a combat situation. As for Obama, he's a looser from the start. I have lost all respect for this man. Let us also remember, it isn't the man in the White House that is running this country, it is his puppet masters, who ever they may be. We no long have a two party system, it has turned out to be a one party system.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Mr. Obama showed his concern for the economy by submitting a detailed budget for congressional consideration. In response, the ever-partisan, ever-dense Mr. West responded by declaring that the Joint Chiefs of Staff were lying about their Pentagon budget numbers. So if Mr. West knows more than the President and the Joint Chiefs, what's he doing as just a loud and crazy back-bencher in the House?

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