Allen West had some words for the pond-scum of the senate last night. Every word West had to say was well deserved. In fact, I doubt if there’s anyway possible many of us could have been as controlled with our words as West was if we had been in the same situation. Nevertheless, West minced no words when it came to Reid using the sequester BS on the back of our dead Marines that lost their lives yesterday at Hawthorne, Nevada…which of course had zilch to do with any of this! – Dems motto…”Never let a crisis go to waste!” Despicable, deplorable disgrace!
Here’s what was said last night during a segment on Fox…here’s the transcript:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: This is a “FOX News Alert.” An 8th Marine has died after a mortar shell explosion during a training accident in Nevada. Several Marines were also hurt in the desert warfare training. And tonight, new outrage over Senator Harry Reid’s remarks. Is he playing politics with this giant tragedy?
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SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), MAJORITY LEADER: Mr. president, late last night, seven of our Marines were killed in Hawthorne, and many others were injured in that explosion during a training exercise near the ammunition depot, Hawthorne, Nevada. And Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things that sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. I mean, cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way the sequester was written.
It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary. These men and women, our Marines, were training there at Hawthorne, and with the sequester, it’s going to cut this stuff back. And with the sequester it’s going to cut this stuff back. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military, they are significant.
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VAN SUSTEREN: Senator Reid wasting no time using this military tragedy, our nation’s now tragedy, as an opportunity to talk about the sequester. And his comments are sparking outrage, former congressman Allen West tweeting, “Senator Reid, disgusted by your attempt to politicize the deaths of seven Marines in Nevada, if you possessed any shred of honor, you’d apologize now.”
Well, late today, Senator Reid’s office issuing this statement. “In the wake of the Hawthorne tragedy, Senator Reid’s thoughts are with the Marines who were killed or injured and their loved ones. The idea that Senator Reid thinks the Hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiated by his remarks on the top. Marines would not be forced to operate under unsafe conditions due to budget cuts.”
So is that the apology Congressman West was looking for? He joins us. Nice to see you, sir.
ALLEN WEST (R-FL), FORMER CONGRESSMAN: It’s a pleasure to be with you, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Before we get to the topic of whether or not that is what you’re looking for from Senator Reid, your thoughts tonight with the announcement that now we have lost an 8th Marine in that explosion?
WEST: Well, absolutely, condolences go out to the families of all those Marines that lost their lives, especially one of the families who live locally in the south Florida area where I reside.
But that apology or faux apology is not sufficient. I believe the most important thing that Senator Harry Reid must do is to go over to the Marine barracks at eighth and stand there with the commandant of the Marine Corps before a formation of Marines and truly give an apology for what he said on the Senate floor because for him to try to draw a connection between sequestration budget cuts and what happened — we don’t need anyone politicizing this event, especially when just May of last year, 2012, he had a totally different stance, and that was in a political article.
But Greta, I received countless amounts of e-mails from the regiment of retired Marines, and I’d just like to take the time to read one of those statements from a very senior retired Marine officer Causi Jay when he said, “The majority leader of the Senate, a position which calls for the utmost in principle-centered behavior, statesmanship, civility, dignity and decorum, not to mention intellect and common sense, stoops to such callow crassly political statements as those uttered by Senator Reid. He demeans the office he holds, as well as the entire body he serves, and that would include his fellow senators, constituents and all Americans, especially those who have made and repeatedly honored a commitment to serve in harm’s way when required.”
You know, I was an artillery officer for 22 years in the United States Army, and I have a lot of experience with mortars. And one of the things that he should be looking at and just allow people to do the investigation is to bore a riding pin in that 60-millimeter mortar system, which is also a common instance in 81-millimeter mortar systems, as well as the possibility of a hot cookoff with that mortar round.
So for him to go on the Senate floor and try to use this as some type of political statement — he needs to send an apology not just to the families, but to all the Marines, and especially with the commandant of the Marine Corps.
VAN SUSTEREN: Is there any chance in your mind that it was just a clumsy statement? Let me give you another spin on it, that what he meant is, you know, the sequester is so painful to the military, that he — you know, it was just very sort of clumsy and trying to highlight the pain of the sequester and that it just sounded wrong? I realize that his statement isn’t exactly an explanation of that view, but is there any chance in your mind that that was just, you know, a stupid way to say something?
WEST: Well, let me take this quote from the — this senator Harry Reid from last year denouncing the Republicans, scrambling to do away with the cuts to defense. “I will not accept that,” Reid said. “My people in the state of Nevada and I think the country have had enough of whacking all the programs we’ve cut to the bare bones. And Defense is going to have to bear their share of the burden.”
So not only has he offended the United States Marine Corps and these families who lost their loved ones, he’s also a hypocrite when you think about what he said just May of last year.
So I don’t see this as a clumsy statement. I see this as a deliberate thing that he has said, much the same as when he accused Mitt Romney of certain things from the Senate floor. Harry Reid has to be called responsible for the statements that he made.
Do any of you have a message for Reid? If so…Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!