Palm Beach County GOP, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) has always struck me as something of an asshole. He seems tightly wound to put it mildly. Given he has a raging hate on constantly it's not hard to understand why the Tea Partiers like him so much.
For those of you who aren't familiar with West here is an incident from when he was in the military that pretty much sums up who he is.
While serving in Taji, Iraq, West had his men detained a civilian Iraqi police officer named Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi whom they believed was planning an attack of some kind.
West, who was not responsible for conducting interrogations in Iraq and had never conducted nor witnessed one decided he should interrogate Hamoodi anyway.
During this interrogation Hamoodi was beaten by four soldiers about the head and body. After the beating West decided he should fire his pistol next to Hamoodi's head. After being tortured by West and the 4 soldiers Hamoodi provided West with names and information, which he later described as "meaningless information induced by fear and pain." No plans for attacks or weapons were ever found.
West said "At the time I had to base my decision on the intelligence I received. It's possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi."
West was later charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
He was ultimately forced into retirement and fined $5,000.
West is quite the charmer.
This incident was just the thing to get Allen elected by an adoring Tea Party in Florida where he continues to charm.
Here is what I can only assume is West's latest entry into the asshole of the year award...Speaking to a Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach County GOP, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) opened his asshole mouth and said spoke this asshole statement:.
"We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, (audience boos) and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain't on the table," West then went on to say: "Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America."
West finally added, "Yeah I said 'hell.'"
Keep up that charm offensive Allen you're just what the party ordered!