A lot of Americans don’t know who Brian Mast is…
But for those of us that live in Florida — he needs no introduction.
First and foremost…
Brian Mast is a patriot of the HIGHEST order.
What that means is — he’s given more than almost anybody in the love and defense of our great country.
A second generation of Mexican descent, Brian enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000 before transitioning into active duty where he became an explosive disposal technician in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
In September, 2010, while clearing a road for the Army Rangers, Brian took a wrong step onto an improvised explosive device — resulting in the loss of both legs and one of his digits — leading him to be awarded the Purple Heart.
Brian walks with the assistance of two prosthetic legs…
And decided to run for Congress while healing up and working in the public sector — putting his knowledge of explosives to good use.
In 2016 — Brian won the election for Florida’s 18th congressional district and has since shown himself to be a very competent and compassionate lawmaker.
That being said…
While Brian may no longer be a soldier — he still possesses the heart of a warrior and will continue to fight for what he feels is right…
Something the House Foreign Affairs Committee found out firsthand recently.
How to Put Bureaucrats in Their Place
While discussing the elimination of known terrorist and Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, and whether there was an imminent threat to American lives, Brian had one of the most powerful moments in recent House Committee memory.
Mast addressed the committee and witnesses, and said “I look at Soleimani as a terrorist machine gun nest, really. He’s been spraying rounds at the U.S. for many years on many different fronts,
“You want to ask is [an attack] imminent? Well, just because this machine gun nest might be taking a moment to reload, that doesn’t mean that it’s not an imminent threat.”
Which is true…
But then came the “mic-drop” moment that shamed the room into silence.
“I want to ask a question which some people may call rhetorical,” Mast said. “If you walk out this hallway and you take a right and another right and another right, you are going to come to several beautiful walls that have the names of our fallen service members on the War on Terror. I would ask, can any of you provide me one name on that wall that does not justify killing Soleimani. I got 2 minutes and 30 seconds, I will be more than happy to sit here and wait. Somebody provide me the name on the wall that does not justify his killing.”
And he did…
He sat there in silence as the rest of the room sat there in silence because they couldn’t justify ONE American name that was worth LESS than a terrorist murderer.
Even when committee chairman, Eliot Engel, pushed Brian, he didn’t back down, “I am continuing Mr. Chairman,” Mast replied. “I got two minutes remaining, I will sit here and wait for somebody to provide me with the name on that wall that did not justify the killing of Soleimani.”
Making The Point REAL
A frustrated Engel pressed again, “I think you made your point. You are out of order.”
“I will not yield back my time,” Mast fired back. “You are out of order for reclaiming my time.”
Engel pressed again, “You are out of order. You are out of order Mr. Mast. You made your point.”
“I know that there was not one name offered that did not justify the killing of Soleimani.”
While the entire committee sat there during LONG moments of silence.
It was powerful.
And it sent a message to Dems…
This man murdered Americans and others all over the Middle East — the question wasn’t IF he’d strike again — it was when…
And Brian Mast is fine with the drone strike that took him out as long as it kept another American name from reaching that wall.
“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” ― Thomas Jefferson
*Editor’s Note: You can see Brian Mast’s mic-drop moment in our video section — follow this link to watch it now.