Wednesday, December 10, 2003
A dose of sanity: Lt. Col. Allen West will likely face some sort of administrative punishment, not a court-martial.
Mr. Puckett said he was informed yesterday by the division's judge advocate that the hearing officer, Lt. Col. Jimmy Davis, recommended what is called Article 15 punishment, not a trial.
Under this procedure, Col. West would appear before Gen. Odierno. The general would be limited in his punishment options to a written reprimand, forfeiture of pay and confinement to quarters.
My suggestion: A letter of reprimand and send him back to his command.