The NY Times profiles Congressman Allen West, emerging Tea Party hero.
First, I deplore their violent eliminationist rhetoric:
Mr. West’s place in the Democratic crosshairs stems, he said, from the fact “that I scare the liberal establishment.”
Crosshairs is not in quotes so I blame the Times for inciting violence.
Secondly, the Times is a bit cryptic here:
But the most compelling part of Representative Allen B. West of Florida is his own biography, there for all to see: an African-American Tea Party activist Republican congressman and ally of hard-right Israelis who, after his beloved career in the Army ended under a cloud...
Cloud? Eventually we get this:
Mr. West, 50, was born and raised in Atlanta, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee on an R.O.T.C. scholarship and holds two master’s degrees.
In the Army, he rose to battalion commander during the war in Iraq. His 22-year military career came to an end in that theater when he was relieved of his command after using a gun to coerce information from an Iraqi police officer during an interrogation.