I love my Army, but in the case of Major Matthew Goldsteyn, the Army is completely wrong. Here is why:
How can the Army charge this highly decorated Special Forces Green Beret officer with the premeditated murder of a known Taliban bomb maker in a combat zone, Afghanistan? Here is someone who had American blood on his hands. The absurdity comes in that the same Army decided to release a coward, deserter, whose actions resulted in the deaths of American Soldiers, Bowe Bergdahl. Are we to believe that the life of a Taliban bomb maker is more important to the US Army than the lives of Americans? Bowe Bergdahl walks the streets free, all charges dropped. Some activist Army judge decided that his time in “captivity” with the Taliban was punishment enough.
That, folks, is bovine excrement. Bergdahl would not have been in Taliban custody — and he did not look the worse for it — if he had not deserted his post in combat, a crime punishable by the death penalty.
Major Goldsteyn killed the enemy, and now he is facing, at a minimum, life in prison, Ft. Leavenworth, I suppose right beside US Army 1LT Clint Lorance, who also faced and killed the enemy in Afghanistan.
Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, sir, grow a pair and bring an end to this disgusting procedure. Who the heck will want to join the Army if all it is about is placing women in infantry units and imprisoning warriors? I call upon you, right now, Secretary Esper, to stop this proceeding against Major Matthew Goldsteyn, and release 1LT Clint Lorance. This is highly disturbing, and I know a thing or two about the Army system of “justice.”
There are many of us, veterans, and current soldiers, watching this case, and what you and Chief of Staff General Milley will do. Both of you seek higher aspirations. General Milley, do you truly believe you deserve to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Yes, this is upsetting, and you both should be upset. The mission of the US Army is to train, deploy, and fight . . . that means kill the enemy. If the Army is now about imprisoning those who rightfully kill the enemy — and in the case of Clint Lorance, the Army withheld exculpatory evidence — then just admit our Army is just a social justice experiment and no longer a warfighting entity.
As I have stated before, charging soldiers with premeditated murder in a combat zone is like writing speeding tickets at the Daytona 500.
SecArmy Esper and General Milley, explain to us why Bowe Bergdahl and Bradley Manning are walking free before you go any further with this nonsense, this abject stupidity. A Taliban bomb maker is dead . . . that’s a damn good thing!
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.