West previously made news for his controversial, among liberals anyway, but apparently successful anti-terror efforts in Iraq. CNN reported on the controversial part which was West's interrogation of a suspected terror-sympathizer:
West said the policeman, Yahya Jhrodi Hamoody, was not cooperating with interrogators, .... [West took] the suspect outside, put him on the ground near a weapons clearing barrel and fired his 9 mm pistol into the barrel.If I were under his command, he would have my loyalty.
Apparently not knowing where West's gun was aimed, Hamoody cracked and gave information about the planned ambush on West's convoy, thwarting the attack.
West said there were no further ambushes on U.S. forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post on October 4. ....
Asked if he would have act differently if under similar circumstances again, West testified, "If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."
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