After his brutal attack on four U.S. Marines in 2012, the victims’ families have looked to the Afghani justice system to punish Ainuddin Khudairaham. Instead, the man who killed three and seriously injured a fourth has been tried as a juvenile and sentenced to a paltry seven and a half year prison term. Nearly two years ago, Khudairaham, who served as an aide to local law enforcement, brought a rifle with him to the gym at a Helmand Province forward operating base and opened fire. He killed Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr., Cpl. Richard Rivera Jr., and Staff Sgt. Soctt Dickinson during the violent encounter Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West weighed in on the light sentence during a recent Fox News interview, explaining that it will have far-reaching effects throughout the U.S. military. “This is absolutely unconscionable,” he said, noting tests indicate that Khudairaham was potentially 18 years old when he committed the crime. The shooter “should not have been tried as a juvenile,” West noted; “and as a matter of fact, the family of Lance Cpl. Buckley was told that he was not going to be tried as a juvenile.” He called the sentencing “heinous,” suggesting that such a vicious criminal should be put to death.
“He should have been tried as an adult and he should have gotten the death penalty for doing what he did in cold blood,” West contended.
This injustice, he asserted, is symptomatic of widespread problems affecting America’s men and women in uniform. “It’s very damaging,” he said, “because it’s not just this incident. But when you think about the fact that we’re handing out pink slips to our combat leaders who are still there in Afghanistan but we cannot hand out pink slips to any of the managers and officials that are in charge in the Veterans Administration and have the blood of our veterans on our hands.” His outrage extends to the perceived inaction regarding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and the ongoing border crisis.
“We are allowing all of these individuals to include MS-13 [gang] members to come across our border but we can’t bring our own Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi across that border back home,” he lamented.
“This is a powder keg that is building up in the military community,” he noted, explaining that, if the Obama administration rewards accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl with back pay after his time in the custody of Afghanistan terrorists, the brewing tension might come to a boil. “If we don’t do the right thing and charge Bowe Bergdahl as a deserter, which I think the administration is trying to sneak past us and classify him as a POW, [and] he gets $350,000 in taxpayer money, I think that might be the fuse,” he concluded.