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Kelly's Hero: Allen West

2:26 PM, Mar 22, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Jack Kelly writes "in search of a true black uniter" and concludes:

The first black president of the United States is more likely to be someone like Allen West than Sen. Barack Obama....

You'll remember Allen West as the Lt. Col. in charge of an artillery unit of the 4th ID who, back in August 2003, was reprimanded for, as the Washington Post put it, "abusing a prisoner during an interrogation by firing his pistol near him." This "abuse" produced information about an impending attack on American troops and a raft of legal troubles for Lt. Col. West.

West has since left the military to work as a teacher in a Florida public school. He is also running for Congress in Florida's 22nd district (he's a Republican). Kelly quotes from an old interview with West, "The flag that will one day drape my casket is not a rag to be burned in some semblance of self-expression." Likewise, West probably wouldn't be a big fan of removing said flag from one's lapel in a self-indulgent flourish of "true patriotism." And I doubt he'd sit in the pews for 20 years as his pastor preached "God Damn America." Just a hunch.