The video link at the bottom of this email, only 1:44 long, is worth viewing. This Congressman was an extremely popular commander in Iraq. He was forced to retire after an intense combat action where a few of his men were captured.
At the same time one of the enemy was also captured and brought before Col. West. Knowing that time was crucial and his interrogators were not getting anywhere with the prisoner, Col. West took matters into his own hands. He demanded thru an interpreter that the prisoner tell him where his men were being taken. The prisoner refused so Col. West took out his pistol and placed it into the prisoner's crotch and fired. The prisoner was told that the next shot would not miss. So the prisoner said he would show where the American service members were being taken. The Americans were rescued.
Someone filed a report on incorrect handling of prisoners and Col. West was forced to retire. Col. West was just elected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida. During the elections he was part of a panel on how to handle and relate to Muslims. His answer follows: