West on Justice in Benghazi: ‘Launch a Very Surgical Military Operation’

By Penny Starr | September 11, 2013 | 5:04 PM EDT

Lt. Col. Allen West was one of the speakers at a press conference on Sept. 11, 2014 at the Capitol to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 11, 2012 terror attacks in the United States and Benghazi, Libya, respectively. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – At a press conference to mark the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, former House Representative and Lt. Col. Allen West (R-Fla.) said justice would be best served by a military strike to kill the perpetrators.

“I would think we would be able to launch a very surgical military operation to go in and bring the right kind of justice: to kill those who killed our Americans,” Allen said when asked by CNSNews.com how justice could be achieved one year after the attack. “I think that’s the best way to do it.”

West spoke at the press conference with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the former deputy undersecretary for Intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, and Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and the attack 12 years later on the State Department facility in Benghazi.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. (AP Photo)

Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information officer, and Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, two former Navy SEALs working as security personnel at the consulate in Benghazi, were killed.

West said the attack in Benghazi was not a matter that called for a police investigation, but one that should be addressed by the U.S. military.

“If you want to have military action I think it’s very much justified in Libya because that was part of our national security interest,” West said. “It was a consulate that was attacked and there were Americans killed.”