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13 Jan
Colonel Allen West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell’

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines’ video, and has given us permission to publish it.

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

Comments from Gary Gatehouse

As a Vietnam Veteran I fully endorse what Allen West has said.  The same can be said about the Vietnam War when our men were gutted and hung upside down by the Viet Cong,tortured in the Hanoi Hilton (North Vietnam) nothing was said at the time by the mainstream media, they were too busy spewing left wing hate the war hate the military to tell the truth..

The hell with the media, the hell with all you limp wristed liberals who would run away from serving in the military to protect your country.  Unless you have walked in these men shoes (past and present) like Col West said   


Gary Gatehouse
DaNang,South  Vietnam