No, his crime was committed against a member of a uniformed military. This was before suicide bombers, and IED's. He committed a crime. He violated the Geneva Convention in his treatment of a prisoner of war. His act was a blatant violation of the Law of Land warfare. Something every soldier gets pounded into their skulls at least once a year. Had an enlisted soldier conducted a field interrogation in this manner they would be sitting in Leavenworth to be dishonorably discharged as an E1 at the end of the sentence, but as an officer he was allowed to retire with his full pension.
Mr. West speaks well for the conservative movement, but do we really want to be represented by a criminal?