01/13/2012 04:10 pm ET Updated Jan 13, 2012

Allen West On Marine Incident: 'Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell'

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) had a strong reaction Friday to a recent video showing U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban bodies.

"Unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell," Allen, a former Army lieutenant colonel, wrote in an email to The Weekly Standard.

"All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill," the congressman wrote.

West pointed out that similar acts have been committed against American soldiers, but also called for a strict punishment for the service members. The Marine Corps have identified those behind the video and are deciding what disciplinary action, if any, to take.

Turning his attention back to the election, the inflammatory Florida congressman said on Friday that he wouldn't say no to a vice president offer from leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney -- though he admitted it's highly unlikely, reports the Sun Sentinel.

"I'm not going to say no but I doubt that I'm on anyone's list for consideration," he said.