Colonel West: McCain Criticisms Shouldn't Disparage His Service to the Nation

Focus on the Politics of the Arizona Senator

Dom Giordano
May 11, 2018 - 1:53 pm

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Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, Colonel Allen West joined the Dom Giordano Program on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT discussing the Senate intelligence committee questioning CIA Director nominee, Gina Haspel, on the use of torture in the past by the United States.

“I would look at Senator Kamala Harris and all the rest of them and say when you’re in the position where the lives of the American people are at stake you don’t sit here and make these cavalier armchair quarterback, looking in the rear view mirror decisions. The American people are trusting you to keep them safe and we know that we have gone through it, we want to make sure that did not happen again. As a matter fact, we’re not talking about a system of torture. Yes, four to five people were water boarded, that is what happened. This is not something we have consistently done but the circumstances caused us to take some drastic measures and these were measures that leaders decided that they would undertake."

West went on to say that the 'holier than thou’ attitude from the left, specifically Senator Kamala Harris is not something that would be received by the public.

"I don’t think she is ready to be a President of the United States of America because we don’t need folks that draw this little box and say ‘I can’t operate outside this box.’ We went through eight years of a person like that in Barack Obama. We saw Otto Warmbier be returned to North Korea in a coma as opposed to President Trump who brought back three Americans standing up.”

West also said that the criticism towards Senator John McCain, after he spoke out against voting for Haspel, shouldn’t include McCain’s own experiences as a prisoner of war and a victim of torture.

“You need to address these issues, by issue, and you know the snide comments joking about his death or the songbird McCain thing that’s below the level that we should be having a discourse about. What I do find very disconcerting is that John McCain voted for John Brennan to be the CIA Director and now we have someone that Leon Panetta, the former CIA Director, that said ‘absolutely, Gina Haspel should be confirmed as the CIA director, she worked under me. She has more qualifications than anyone could understand.’ So I think that when you look at this matter of politics or hurt feelings, maybe that’s why Senator McCain is saying the things he’s said. We should take it from that perspective and not try to demean, dishonor, denigrate or disparage him and his service to this nation.”