Rep. Allen West is never short on words and this time is no exception. During a town hall meeting in Florida recently, West was asked some questions about his past, in particular an incident that occurred while he was still on active duty in the Army serving in Iraq. A little background:
Intent on foiling a reported plot to ambush him and his men, Colonel West, a battalion commander, made a calculated decision to intimidate the Iraqi officer with a show of force. An interrogation under way was going nowhere, Colonel West said in an interview, and he chose to take the matter into his own hands.
''This could get ugly,'' he told his soldiers. But, he said, he imposed limits: ''This man will not be injured and he will not have to be repaired. There will be no blood and no breakage of bones.''
Still, Colonel West wanted the Iraqi policeman, Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, to think ''this was going to be the end'' if he did not divulge what he knew. So Colonel West presided over what he considered a time-sensitive interrogation that grew steadily more abusive until he himself fired a pistol beside Mr. Hamoodi's head.
So, in true West fashion he said, "If you want to go back talk about what happened nine years ago to me, let's talk about the President doing blow."
H/T The Shark Tank