The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's incendiary speech
Wednesday to the Chicago Teachers Union was nothing more than political grandstanding but served its goal of getting attention, says former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.
"King said, 'I have a dream.' Obama said, 'I have a drone,'" Wright told the group on what would have been the 85th birthday of civil-rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Wright was President Barack Obama's pastor in Chicago, but Obama cut ties with him during the 2008 election campaign when video emerged of controversial statements Wright had made from the pulpit.
Wright seems to share that distancing, telling the teachers' group that Obama looks at a "kill list" every Tuesday to decide whom he will kill, Fox News reported. The 200-300 teachers and pastors at the event heard Wright say the U.S. government is based on racism, militarism and capitalism.
West, appearing on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,"
said Wright should have focused on the unemployment rate and out-of-wedlock births in the black community as well as the low graduation rate and high incarceration rate of black males.
When Van Susteren noted that one would think Wright would talk about education in such a setting, West, responded, "Well, he certainly is not going to talk about school choice in the black community in front of the Chicago Teachers' Union."
West also defended the movie "Lone Survivor"
against charges it is pro-war propaganda.
West, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, said he heard of the incident depicted in the movie when it happened in 2005. Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of a group of SEALs
sent to kill a Taliban leader.
"It reminds me of when the Spartans stood at the gap at Thermopylae and they refused to retreat, they refused to surrender," West said. "And Leonidas sent one Spartan back to tell the story of their bravery. And I think that's what Marcus Luttrell has been selected to do."
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