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More: Lt. Col. West pending Court Martial

My son is serving in Afghanistan and also my brother in Law. So I have a vested interest in posting this story in the next few months because Lt. Col. West could have been my son’s commander in the field. He made a great decision which saved US lives.

In Defense of Lt. Col. Alan B. West

By Jim Simpson

A few weeks ago, one very brave officer took a battle action that saved American lives and simultaneously demonstrated what may be the only way in many circumstances to obtain tactical intelligence on the insurgents in Iraq. Did he face a battalion of enemy guerillas alone? Did he run through an artillery barrage to save a wounded soldier? No. Something infinitely more dangerous: He defied the U.S. Army’s own legion of spineless lawyers and the gutless commanders who acquiesce to their edicts. Soldiers for the Truth

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