Colonel Allen West’s Address to the Wednesday Morning Club

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Below is Colonel Allen West’s speech at the Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club on October 21, 2011. He is first introduced by David Horowitz. To see the video of the introduction and speech, click here.

David Horowitz: Colonel Allen West, one of the bravest and wisest members of Congress, and already — even though he’s only a freshman still — a leading voice in the Republican Party.

Colonel West is also the number-one congressman the Democratic National Committee has targeted for defeat.  In the coming national election, which promises to be the ugliest in our lifetime, he will be a prime focus of the Democrats’ incoming fire.

Have you noticed that the Republicans most viciously targeted by the Democrats are women and blacks?  There’s a reason for that.  Democrats will tell you that it is because they care about women and blacks.  But that just tells you what you already know — that Democrats are hypocrites and liars.

Democrats control the school systems of every major inner city in America, from Harlem to Detroit to South Central Los Angeles.  They control them 100 percent and have for more than 50 years.  There is no greater oppressor of poor black and Hispanic Americans than those responsible for these failing schools.  Democrats run them as a jobs program for adults and a cash cow for their leftwing union base.  Every year, the lives of millions of poor black and Hispanic children are destroyed by the Democrats who run these schools and fail to teach in their classrooms.  But Republicans are too polite to mention it.

Democrats view politics as war conducted by other means, a fact that Allen West is the only Republican I have known to recognize.  Democrats view women and blacks as cannon fodder in their war.  They are not ends in themselves, but a means to power.

If Democrats lost just 10 or 20 percent of the black vote nationally, they would lose virtually every state in the Union.  That’s why they hate and fear Colonel West.  They hate him because he is black, and they fear him because he will not fold under fire.

Democrats have stamped everyone in this country with a racial or gender tag, doled out privileges on the basis of the tags, and deployed the so-called race card as a weapon of choice.  “Race card” is a euphemism for the reflexive racism that is the Democrats’ first and last resort.

Republicans respond by pretending not to notice race.  Or gender, for that matter.  The Republican Party of California does not have a single female elected official.  How politically obtuse is that?  Why are there so few black elected officials in the Republican Party?  Because Republicans think that they are above noticing race or gender and make no sustained effort to recruit blacks or women.  That would be acting like Democrats.

Well, politically speaking, if you want to understand the art of political combat, study the Democrats.  They are very good at it.  Democratic attacks are always directed at rich, white Americans and their Republican defenders, and are always conducted on behalf of poor Americans and minorities, particularly black Americans, the victims.

Here’s why Democrats are terrified of an articulate black Republican like Colonel West, who will not be intimidated by their racist tactics.  He will blow their cover and destroy their game.

I loved it when Colonel West joined the Congressional Black Caucus, uninvited.

In effect, he said — you’ve got a race club, and I’m the correct race, so here I am.

Until that moment, the Congressional Black Caucus was a group of extremist left-wingers, which said to Americans the Left cares about black people, and the Democrats represent black people, and Republicans don’t.  In one gesture, Colonel West blew the lid off this charade and said — well, no.  Actually, black people can make up their own minds, just like everyone else.  And this black man understands that Democrats are bad news for African Americans, as they are for all Americans.

In an event last night, Colonel West pointed out that the head of the Congressional Black Caucus recently said that if Obama, a black Democrat, wasn’t in the White House, they would be marching on Washington.  Why?  Because while the nation is suffering from a disgraceful 9 percent unemployment rate, as Colonel West pointed out, 17 percent of black Americans are out of work — 20 percent of black males and 45 percent of black teenagers.  Obama and the Democrats have pursued policies that have devastated the black community.  But most Republicans are too proper, too above-it-all, to mention that black America has suffered more from Democratic policies than any other group; that Democrats’ policies have racial consequences.

Republicans are very good at talking about the current economic crisis in terms of numbers and ratios and deficits.  But they are very poor at talking about it in terms of the people that Democratic policies hurt.  They know that the subprime mortgage crisis was created by Bill Clinton and Barney Frank, and Obama’s ACORN criminals.  That’s a good beginning.

But what about the victims?  Who are the number-one victims of the Democratic housing tsunami?  They are poor, largely black and Hispanic Americans who were snookered into buying homes they couldn’t afford, and then lost them.  How traumatic is that?

But even worse is the devastation visited on the black middle class.  If you are rising on the economic ladder in America, your chief investment is your home.  That’s where your money is.  And because of the mortgage crisis created by Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Obama’s ACORN, home values have dropped 30 percent.  In this crisis, middle-class African Americans have lost $100 billion.  Democrats don’t want any Republicans, and especially articulate black Republicans, telling black America that.

I’ve introduced many speakers on this platform, and many elected officials, but none who’ve inspired me or given me such confidence in the American future as Allen West.  Colonel West was born into a military family in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Martin Luther King.  Four generations of the West family have served in the United States military, defending our country.

Colonel West joined the army after graduating from the University of Tennessee, and also has a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State.  In the army, he was a member and training officer in the 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, and then assigned to the First Infantry Division, where he was a commanding officer in the 6th Field Artillery Regiment.

During this service, he was promoted to captain and was then deployed to Iraq during the Gulf War, where he participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He returned to the United States to participate in the Reserve Officers Training Program and was named ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993.  He was then assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division and promoted to major.  He was then made the executive officer of the 377th Field Artillery Regiment.  In 2002, he was promoted to colonel and made a battalion commander in the 4th Infantry Division.  He was then deployed to Iraq for the final battle against Saddam Hussein and his monster regime.

While in Iraq, Colonel West was nearly court-martialed for attempting to pry information out of an Iraqi police officer who was suspected by an intelligence specialist of participating in a plot to ambush Colonel West and his men.  Colonel West’s crime was using rough methods to get information which might save the lives of his men.  This included the charge that he fired his weapon next to the man’s head and threatened to kill him, a method which immediately produced the information.

Colonel West was eventually fined $5,000 by his own government for the incident and retired after 22 years of service.  At his hearing, Colonel West was asked if he would act differently if the same circumstances came up again.  He said — if it’s the lives of my soldiers at stake, I would go through hell with a gasoline can.

The most important characteristic of a political leader is his moral fiber.  If our leaders can’t stand up under fire, if they won’t protect us and our country, we are lost.

Allen West was nearly court-martialed during a Republican administration, which was already folding under the attacks from the Left.  After voting for the war, the Democratic Party turned against it and conducted a five-year scorched-earth campaign against our men and women in arms.  They portrayed their own country as an aggressor without principle and their Commander-in-Chief as evil — a man who launched a war for no reason and lied to get hundreds of thousands of men and women killed.  The Democrats accused their country of wantonly murdering Iraqi civilians and of deceiving the American people to lure them into a war against an adversary who was no threat.  And no Republican fought back.

The Commander-in-Chief remained silent and never defended himself.  The Democratic saboteurs who conducted a psychological warfare campaign against their own military and their own country, who called their commander a traitor and their military personnel torturers and killers, got away with it, with no consequences.

With leaders on the one side who will attack our country and on the other who will not defend it, we are lost.  We have a long way to go and a lot to make up to get back to an America that we can be proud of, to an America that is proud of itself.  If there are men and women who can lead us back and restore our nation, Colonel Allen West is certainly one of them and is a model to others and to all of us.

Colonel West.

Allen West: Thank you.  Thank you so much.

You know, it is really an honor to be here.  And, you know, having gone to the University of Tennessee, and now being in Beverly Hills, I kind of understand how Jed Clampett felt when he finally got to move to Beverly Hills.

This is special.  Because four years ago this time, I was packing up my gear, getting ready to end a two-and-a-half-year assignment in Afghanistan down at Qandahar.  Here today, I’m standing before you all, here in Beverly Hills.  And I just want to tell you — that is a testimony to the greatness and exceptionalism of the United States of America.  Because parents who were born in 1920 and 1931 in South Georgia probably never thought that their young son, who was born in 1961 in that inner city, would ever have the opportunity to be here at the Four Seasons Hotel, speaking to such a distinguished group of Americans here in the city, which everyone recognizes as the capital of the entertainment industry of the world.  So, that’s what we must never forget, is the greatness of this nation.

But today, we’re here to talk about — how do we secure the greatness of this nation?  And I want to thank Mike so much for bringing me here to the Horowitz Freedom Center, to have this opportunity to speak to you all.  And I just want to understand one simple thing — the moxie that it takes to make an ideological pivot, which is what Mr. David Horowitz did.  To sit now and be such a strong champion of conservative values, to publicly denounce the things that you once stood passionately for — that’s not easy.  Because now he has taken on that great liberal establishment in places where its foothold is the strongest.

But I know one simple thing about Mr. David Horowitz — that he is committed to ensuring that our young people — the future of this United States of America, these great states, this great Constitutional republic — enjoy the freedom, and decide for themselves what they can believe in.  And he recognizes how crucially important it is that our schools and universities be places that are wholly and deeply welcoming for all perspectives, and not just those of the Left, the center Left and far Left.

So David, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for what you’re doing.

Before I get started, I want to give everyone a framework about our discussion today about national security.  Cuts to military [in strength] — today, the United States Army has 569,400 soldiers.  With the force budgets that we put in place, about $478 billion over the next 10 years, that will take the military, the army, down to 481,000.  If the Super Committee does not do their job, it will take the United States Army down to 426,000.  The United States Marine Corps today sits at 202,000 Marines.  Under the current force structure and budget cuts, they will go down to 173,000.  If the Super Committee does not do their job, they will go down to 145,000.

In 1990, the Army had 172 combat maneuver battalions.  Today, we have 100.  Under the current funding, we will go to 78.  If the Super Committee does not do their job, we go down to 60 to 70.

Naval warships — in 1990, 546.  Today, we have 285.  We’re going to go down to 263.  And if the Super Committee fails to do their job, we will go down to 238.

United States Air Force fighters — 4,355 in 1990.  Today, we have 1,990.  We could go down to 1,512.  Strategic bombers — in 1990, we had 282.  If the Super Committee fails to do their job, we will go down to 101.  Strategic and tactical airlift — in 1990, we had 872; with the current funding, 572.  And if the Super Committee fails to do its job, we will go down to 494.

Those numbers are what is happening in the United States of America when we talk about our national security.  And for those of you that don’t know, I do sit on the House Armed Services Committee.  I sit on two subcommittees — the Military Personnel and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, which does have the oversight of our Special Operations forces.

So with that being said, came here to talk to you about what I think is still the most important issue for the United States of America.  And that’s our national security.  How do we stand strong in the face of internal and external threats that seek to tear us down?  There are those who are uncomfortable talking about the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.  But I think it’s critical that we have that conversation.

You see, our enemies believe that the things which make us great — they think it actually makes us weak.  They see us as tolerant, pluralistic and inclusive.  And they believe that those values will be our undoing.  If we avoid mentioning the dangers we face for fear we’ll offend someone, then we let our oppressors win.  Because when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it will lead to cultural suicide.  And if we continue to show them that they’re right — and that we are weak and unable to defend ourselves — then we are not holding true to our American way.

We must not fall prey to the need of being PC, politically correct, to those who are morally devoid.  Instead, we must demonstrate that we can still be strong when it comes to protecting those principles and values for which we stand — that we are doubly capable of rooting out evil and bringing it to justice.  Our values animate us and give us the legitimacy that allows us to exist in this republic — and that far from bringing about the downfall of this great experiment in democracy that we call America, those are the reasons why we thrive.

We must be ever-vigilant, for there will always be those who are seeking to bring about our destruction.  And for us to believe otherwise would be foolish, and totally unbefitting of what we tend to be, which is a superpower.

But vigilance requires realism on our parts — not blowing the threat of terrorism out of proportion, but accepting it for what it is — a very real danger to our cherished way of life.  There should be no question whatsoever on the lips of the world about America’s commitment to eradicating evil.  And it must be absolute.

And the first step in combating evil is being honest with ourselves about the scale of that which we are facing and who’s behind it.  We have to now understand that it is an Islamic totalitarianism, a great black cloud that stains our age, and it’s up to us to rise to the occasion of defeating it.  We must come to the grips with a theocratic political ideology that is fundamentally the antithesis to our American principles, way of life, and our values.

In our Declaration of Independence, it says — we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights — among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  And if we fail to protect the first of these rights, we fail to protect them all.  Because without your life, there is no other safeguard that will matter.  And that is why national security is, and must remain, America’s number-one priority.

And we have to do a better job in supporting our men and women on this present 21st century battlefield.  That means not just with bumper stickers, but with proper funding and supplies, with assistance for their families, with high-quality healthcare when they’re injured, and with good-paying jobs for them when they come home, when their tours of duty are complete.  Because an 11.7 percent unemployment rate for our veterans is unacceptable.  It is reprehensible, and we should not allow that to happen.

It is easy in the aftermath of conflict periods to become complacent, to lose sight of the reason for investing in our troops.  And we have seen this play out in our history.  We have seen it after the World Wars.  We saw it after the Cold War.  And we’re again seeing it today.  We spend and spend as the wars rage on, and then watch as our military atrophies for the lack of funding as soon as they’re over.  We cannot continue with the practice that I call the peaks and valleys of military readiness, where we try to ramp up for an operation and then, as soon as we believe that that operation’s complete, we look to the military to be the bill-payers for the fiscal irresponsibility of this nation.  And we put their readiness and their preparedness at stake.  That type of thinking cannot be any more misguided.

The bottom line is this — if you wait until your forces are called upon to fight before you think about their needs, then the war is already over.  You’ve already lost it.  Our servicemen and -women are the very embodiment of everything that’s right about America.  And after 22 years of serving beside them, after having a father who served in World War II, an older brother who served in Vietnam, and a nephew who is serving now, I think I know a little bit about the steel and the spines of the American fighting man and woman.

The young people who comprise the armed forces of the United States are, without a doubt, today the strongest and most competent soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coastguardsmen the world has ever known.  They serve willingly and with valor.  And they are imminently deserving of our gratitude and our support.  As long as we are faithful to the cause and to those who fight it, as long as we recognize what we are up against and resolve that we will not be defeated, there’s no doubt in my mind — and should not be any doubt in any of your minds — that we will come out on top.  Because there’s a resiliency in the American fighting spirit that cannot be broken, even in the face of the impossible.

We are a nation that was forged in the heat of a revolution, that has truly been through hell and back, that has been through civil wars, world wars, regional combat conflicts.  But the flame of our fighting spirit continues to burn as bright as ever.  Even through the darkest days and the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, we somehow rose to that challenge.  And that is why I have great faith in our ability to weather any storm.  Because that is, after all, the American way.

But for some, that means just weapons and ammunition.  But what I have to tell you today — it means strategic foresight.  American troops, when you study our history, have never lost at the tactical level on the ground.  But if we do not have leaders that can provide for them well thought-out objectives, they can win every single battle, but we will still lose the war in the end.  For those who served in Vietnam, they can tell you that is exactly what happened.

So let me ask you a question — when was the last time you heard anyone, any leader, over the past 10 years or so, say — these are our strategic objectives as we prosecute this war?  War on terror is a horrible misnomer.  Terror is a tactic.  A nation cannot fight a tactic.  But yet, we are [ruttle a ship].  Because when you read the most recent national security strategy coming out of the Obama Administration, it talks more about global warming, and it never mentions radical Islamism, jihadism or violent Muslim extremism.  It wants our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines to fight the weather.

See, the problem is you haven’t heard that.  You haven’t heard anyone talk about this new 21st century battlefield, which is so different from the battlefield that I participated on in 1991 as a young captain in Desert Shield-Desert Storm.  We have to recognize the emergence of the non-state, non-uniform belligerent that does not respect borders and boundaries.  We have to understand that we must move away from a Cold War-era forward-deployed military, and get back toward a power projection military that can go into all of these geographic areas of responsibility and deny the enemy sanctuary, to cut off his flow of men, material, resources and supplies.  It means that we have to go back to those numbers that I gave you first and foremost.

And we’ve got to do something that we have not done since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  We’ve got to go geographic area of responsibility by geographic area of responsibility, and look  at the requirements that are necessary based upon an analysis of the enemy and an intelligence assessment that sets our capability and our capacity for the next 20 to 30 years.

But I can tell you, that’s not what happened after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  When you read things like Francis Fukuyama, who wrote that this is the end of the world as we know it in all type of ideological conflict — he had it absolutely wrong.  If you had instead read Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” — Huntington had it right.  But yet, once again, we saw the military as the bill-payer of such things such as midnight basketball.

We have to get away from nation-building and occupation-style warfare, and understand that it’s the strategic mobility and maneuverability that is the strength of these great United States of America and our military, so that we can then be in those places where the enemy is not suspecting us to be, and we can strike him quickly, and we can pull back.  On this modern-day battlefield, we don’t have any need to think that it’s our responsibility to rebuild.  Because that’s not what this enemy understands nor respects.  They understand strength, they understand you going in, they understand you kicking his tail and then being ready to kick his tail again.  That is what strategic-level thinkers need to be considering.

We need to look at our rules of engagement.  When we have rules of engagement that say we cannot engage the enemy until he shows you some hostile intent — well, having been in a few firefights, in two to three seconds, someone starts to lose their life.  And if you’re telling our fighting men and women that they have to wait those two to three seconds, that they have to wait for this enemy to show that he is a bad guy, that he has hostile intent, then we do not have the initiative on this battlefield.  We have to have the rules of engagement that allow our men and women to be able to be successful on the battlefield, and be on the offense.  Because you don’t win on the defense.

It means that we must starting sitting back and looking at all of these different countries.  We must look at Iran and understand that we’ve been at war with Iran since they took our hostages, that Iran is the one that is the number-one state sponsor of terrorism.  They are the center of this Islamic totalitarianism.  And the fact that now we have had a President that says we’re going to zero out our combat force in Iraq — I can tell you that Muqtada al-Sadr, the Mahdi Army, are just waiting for 1 January.  And it will be a bloodbath.

We have to understand that now the Kurds in Northern Iraq will once again look and say — we’ve been abandoned for the second time, just the same as we did after Desert Shield-Desert Storm.  That affects your credibility as a strategic superpower.

We need to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan, and understand that you will never have a secure Afghanistan until you contend with the enemy that has sanctuaries over in Pakistan.  The Hikani network is now far more powerful than al-Qaeda is.  And we know where their sanctuaries are.  If they don’t respect the borders and boundaries, then we must not, either.  And the ISI are not on our side.  But yet, we continue to spend and send $3 billion of aid over to a Pakistan which really is deteriorating into a radical Islamist state.

We have to look at China and understand that we are already in an economic war with China.  When you have a China that owns 27 percent of your national debt, that affects your foreign policy, that affects your national security.  And the trade and balance that China now has is not going towards building up a better infrastructure, the standard of living for the Chinese citizen.  Just recently, their first aircraft carrier rolled out.  Their strategic air force is being built.  And a lot of that technology they’re starting to get from us, even.

We have to understand that China poses an economic threat to us which will eventually become a military threat.  Because, don’t forget — when was the last time a major Asian nation invested in its naval force?  I think we all remember what happened then.

We must understand that Russia is still more so Soviet Union than it is a modern Russia.  And if you are to be fooled, Vladimir Putin is still KGB.

We must understand that you have a Stalinist regime in North Korea.  But once again, they are able to act out and continue to have international extortion because they believe that China has their back.  And as long as China owns 27 percent of our debt, they will continue to act out.  We must understand that Taiwan is very nervous about the military growth and development of China.

We must understand in Egypt that since Hosni Mubarak has been deposed, nothing has gone right in Egypt.  Ask the Coptic Christians.  Ask Israel what is happening.  The number-one strongest political entity in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood.  A lot of people are cheering today about Muammar Khadafi losing his life.  But what happens next?  Someone tell me, where are the chemical weapons, the biological weapons, the 30,000 shoulder-fired [man pas] that are missing from that country?  My concern is that somehow they will make it through Egypt, and the next thing you know, they’ll be over in Gaza Strip.

We must look at Syria and understand that that is still a satellite of Iran.  And they do not want to see that fall.  Because so goes Syria, then so may affect that link to Hezbollah.

We have to look at what is happening south of our border, in Mexico.  Illegal immigration is a national security issue.  Because there are certain elements that are coming across our border that are not favorable to us.  And we know that Iran was working with drug cartels to execute this assassination in Washington, D.C.  And the drug cartels are getting stronger and stronger.

We must be concerned about Venezuela, and the influence that they are having in South America, as well as the alliances that they are developing with Iran.  We must be concerned about Turkey.  Prime Minister Erdogan is taking that country down the road of being a radical Islamist.  And the deteriorating relations that we see between Turkey and Israel should cause us a lot of concern.

We must be worried about Yemen and Somalia.  Because we are playing whack-a-mole with this enemy, who will always try to establish himself anywhere that he can find a volatile, unstable situation.

We must understand that a threat to freedom anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere.  And freedom is under attack every day on faraway streets.  We have to be fearless in our support of our closest ally in the Middle East, which is the modern-day state of Israel.  Because anything less —

Anything less will weaken Israel, and there are threats from all sides.  Israel and America are united by a common enemy — this Islamic totalitarianism and terrorism.  And our shared commitment of liberty and freedom, and freedom of worship and democracy, are what brings us together.  But I am concerned, when you look at Gaza Strip and you see what happens with Hamas and Hezbollah.  Because the UN Mandate 1701 is not being strictly enforced.  So now you have 50,000 rockets and missiles that are stationed in Southern Israel, all pointed south toward Israel — Southern Lebanon, I’m sorry — pointed toward Israel.

And I must admit there’s an incredible precedent that has been established, when you trade one soldier for 1,037 terrorists.  If the recidivism rate is 10 percent, think about what that brings about.  We have now told a terrorist organization that a modern-day nation state is willing to go into negotiations.  That is not a good thing.  What happens if they get two soldiers next time?

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  • Beth

    I love Allen West.
    Now there's a man that is not afraid to speak truths. A True American….that deserves to be sitting in the seat of authority for America… cleanse the white house – Allen West!

  • Jeff

    Allen West is the new improved version of the Uncle Tom, a certifiable House Negro who has had no problem killing other people of color be it with his gun or by his votes. No wonder he appeals to the likes of David Horowitz.

    • Beth

      Seperate from the fact that you are a creep (just my opinion) – you are a supporter of murderers and that's a fact:

      Taught in the koran:
      047.004 Beheadings – 033.052 Gang Rape of female 'infidels' – 005.041 Racism – 005.033 Crucifixions – 008.067 Treason – 033.061 Genocide "without mercy"

      Now – if you REALLY want to go after evil, jeff, – go after that. {lest you not only be found as a racist – but a liar and a murderer also)

    • Dale

      What about all the other African Americans? Are they Uncle Toms too? I think the biggest "Uncle" you need to worry about is Uncle Sam. His britches don't fit to well any more.

      I have to also make note of how liberals debate. If you can't win on the facts, resort to name calling.

    • al Kidya

      It's people like Jeff that gives America a bad name.
      Jeff, let me tell you something. This man's IQ is three times what yours it.
      You are a redneck and Col West is a gentleman.

      You fit right in with the Democrat party's ideal.
      When you are one day forced into learning Arabic or Chinese you may then wish you had listened to Col. Allen West.

    • mrbean

      Yassah, dun tell meh about Yakub and dem blue-eyed devils, dah whitey mans like Minsta Farrakan dun telled youse. Yassah, Cake wawk fah meh. Call meh dah honkey cracka an mistah West dah Unca Tom.

      • Ghostwriter

        mrbean,please come in to the 21st Century. Your post was disgusting. This is not 1875.

      • PatriotX

        Yet another example of our indoctrination centers/schools. People like you are probably why so many parents are grabbing their kids in a mad panick and dashing to enrole them in private schools.

        Do you really think that this man is an “uncle tom”? Please enlighten us as to why. Is it because he’s a conservative? Because he speaks english? His belief in God? What is it exactly? Is it because he’s a patriot and is not walking around with a king sized racist chip on his shoulder? I’m just curious.

    • PatriotX

      Yet another example of our indoctrination centers/schools. People like you are probably why so many parents are grabbing their kids in a mad panick and dashing to enrole them in private schools.

      Do you really think that this man is an “uncle tom”? Please enlighten us as to why. Is it because he’s a conservative? Because he speaks english? His belief in God? What is it exactly? Is it because he’s a patriot and is not walking around with a king sized racist chip on his shoulder? I’m just curious.

  • Beth

    Your post is sickening – and Tiresome.

    • aspacia

      Jeff is probably a jobless liberal — why jobless — he cannot think or make a valid claim; only pathetic, fallacious as hom attacks against an honorable man with more courage and backbone than the jellyfish jeff.

  • Bomb on Kaba

    America wake up,he know at least who the enemy are.

  • crackerjack

    West is a narcissistic hothead who was kicked out of the army for breaking the chain of command and incitung those under his command to unlawfull conduct. and thereby jeopardizing those he claimed to be protecting.

    Men of West's reckless nature, who cannot stick by the rules and who's actions endanger all involved, should not be given any form of responsibility over their fellow citizens.

    • Dale

      If I was one of the men under him, I would rather stand with him than you any day.

      Also, didn't he retire from the military? Retiring is not kicked out. He served and if I was in his position, I would retire too. The day I couldn't protect the people that depend on me is the day I would leave too.

      I just have to post this again too. "I have to also make note of how liberals debate. If you can't win on the facts, resort to name calling."

      Enough said.

      • Herman Caintonette

        His was a negotiated withdrawal, Dale. Rather than go through a court-martial — the case against him was sound — he paid a fine and left.

        As for name-calling, "ObamaYoMama?" I'm just playing the game by the rules of engagement you and yours have established.

        • Dale

          The choice on what was done wasn't up to him. The military chose not to court martial him, not West. He doesn't get a vote or a choice. I bet the military had good reason not to go through a court martial too. He did the right thing for his men. To have the military say otherwise would be a really bad idea.

          No, Obama is not my Mama. He isn't now and he wasn't when he was running on his socialist ideas either. His pastor, his exchange with Joe the plumber, his association with Bill Ayers and lots of other things was all I needed to hear. I don't like the idea that he was a senator either.

          • johnnywoods

            He was a Senator for 143 days mostly voting "Present". so he does not even get that. I knew he was a communist well before his election and was never going to vote for him. He is worthless .

        • Dale

          If the case was so sound, why negotiate?

          Obama is not, was not my Mama. To claim otherwise is sickening.

        • Ken

          Who the hell are you to pass judgment on a person who served his country honorably and probably saved lives through his actions?!? Oh, that's right, you're of the same ilk that despises the military ensures your right to be a hypocrite and then cry for us when the crap really hits the fan!! I cannot stand it when people try to belittle the people and institutions that ensure their freedom, even if that freedom give them the right to act like a petulant idiot!!

    • Sonshinepatriot

      Colonel West was an American that put a gun against the head of a terrorists and gave him 3 seconds to tell him where the kidnapped American soldiers in West’s unit were. This man put his career on the line to save his men and you call him reckless. I can just imagine your response to the same situation; too many Americans would die while you deliver their Miranda Rights in the middle of a battle and the Americans that died would have died in vain because you would of pulled out before victory was achieved.

    • aspacia

      He wanted information from a terrorist, and put a gun to the terrorist's head–I would have done the same in West's shoes.

      • PatriotX

        A typical liberal-leftist lame stream media half truth. The cruelest most destructive lies are usually the ones told in silence. You see, it’s not the lies that lame stream media chooses to tell it’s the truths that they refuse to tell.

        West did those things but I’m sure the patriot hating liars conveniently left out why.

  • al Kidya

    I love Congressman Allen West and my only regret it that he isn't running for President of the United States.

    The US needs a man with his intelligence and foresight.

  • C"H"Martel

    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad," will be available within the month and one may pre-order at For the first time in history "HSM" appear together on a book cover. The idea behind the book is to make headway against the ludicrous idea that Muhammad should be conjoined with any religious leader/founder. Once this comparison, driven by actual names, has been made then it must be attacked. Once the attack has been launched then the attackers will be forced to defend their attack. Since the attack is indefensible then the "religion" Muhammad (if he existed) founded will begin to be viewed as the scam it is. This book has been written under the principle of KISS. And nothing is simpler to understand than Hitler and Stalin…..and now, Muhammad. Thank you for your time…….C"H"Martel

  • aspacia

    West has my vote–Heck I may move to his district from Sin City.

  • al Kidya

    I look forward to the publishing of your book, Martel.

    Do you mean to tell me there actually was someone who would publish it? LOL
    That's my kind of publisher.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Draft Allen West for President of the United States! He would bring experience, intelligence, conservative values, and above all, love of our country and constitutional law to the mix at the next Republican debate. And, there would be no contest in a debate between West and Obama — the patriot would win against the con man — because, after many years of falling prey to deception from their elected leaders, Americans have become discerning, and can detect a fraud a mile away.

    • johnnywoods

      How about Cain/West ticket? Now that is a dream come true.

  • Sadie

    West says it like it is. Why is he not running?

  • al Kidya

    West has indicated before that running for President or any higher office "would not be solely up to him". He said that "such a decision would be in God’s hands, and he also said that his wife would have something to say about it as well."

    I believe Con. West would like a leadership position in the White House along the lines of Defense Secretary.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Though I have to denounce Jeff's remark, Batty-Man is what he is. He was forced out of the military for violating the UCMJ, and as often happens, his retirement was negotiated with JAG. He's no hero. Not even a particularly good soldier. Evidently, the Peter Principle applied.

    What I see him missing is the larger strategic picture, which was always determined above his pay-grade. Israel First Neo-con nut-bags got us embroiled in two elective wars, both in violation of the Reagan Doctrine and a vindication of it ("History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap"), costing us upwards of $4 trillion (by contrast, Obama got rid of Gadhafi for $1 billion). And to add insult to injury, Republican nut-bags offshored 7,000,000 American jobs, denuding us of our industrial base, in a case of labor arbitrage — and the intellectually-challenged Rick Perry seems to be doubling down on that nonsense, proposing a tax code which would incentivize offshoring even more. We wasted what we had on what can only be called a resource war in Iraq (Col. Lawrence Wilkinson spelled it out, as did the CATO Institute, before we fired a single shot), and our economy has been so sabotaged by Republicans that we can no longer afford to be the world's policeman.

    Pax Americana is dead, people. Feith, Wolfowitz, and the other PNAC traitors killed it; FrontPage Mag is simply bayoneting the wounded. Uh, whatever happened to being a "well-armed dove" (Reagan, again)?

    As for the military being downsized, where is the problem? We have drones to do what we used to have our soldiers do. And frankly, if we stuck to defending our own interests — to hell with Israel — the downsized military is more than adequate. But as long as you would rather gnaw your arms off than ask the top 1% to pay a more equable share of their income to pay for it, that is all you are going to have. If Israel goes away, it will have been your fault. Personally, I could care less.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      You can't get your facts straight, your ability to ratiocinate is decrepit, your ethics are puny. This country is at risk from the Chinese and the Muslims, but far more dangerous is the enemy within: You.

      Get the hell out.

      • Herman Caintonette

        I just love the unbridled hatred. My facts are straight, you are the one who is crooked.

    • Stephen_Brady

      "Neocon" and "… to hell with Israel".

      This merely proves my point that those who scream the loudest about "neocons" are simply anti-Semites.

    • Dale

      Get your facts straight. You should read this article, by the very left leaning New York Times no less:

      "Like other Tea Party candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin, you came from a nonpolitical background. A longtime Army officer who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, you retired in 2004 after being investigated for firing a handgun close to the head of an Iraqi policeman during an interrogation. Is that correct?
      Yes, I did that, but let me tell you what happened. I went through what is called a nonjudicial punishment, where I was fined $5,000. I redeployed from Iraq, and I retired with full rank and benefits and an honorable discharge, and that’s the end of it. '

      Note it says he received full benefits and a honorable discharge. He didn't get a dishonorable discharge, not a general discharge but a honorable discharge. Yet you claim he got "forced" out.

      Poor liberals. Can't fight the facts so resort to name calling as usual.

      • al Kidya

        Good article, even coming from the NY Nazi Times.

    • Ronald W. Carnine

      You say Mr. West is not an honorable man and I say you wouldn't know one if you saw one. One of the aspects that isn't mentioned very often in the military and in law enforcement is the political aspect. More good military men and women, as well as cops, bite the dust because of it. We see it in the case of Mr. West. He speaks his mind, and the next thing you know he's retired. The brass of the military and most law enforcement agencies are in place because of politics, usually left wing politics. Mr.West is a victim of this nonsense. So we lose a very skilled military officer because of it. Every college and training center should teach a class on politics and how it can effect the soldier and cop and how to survive it. Mr. West is going in a different direction and therefore we will still hear from him now and then. The leadership of the military should be ashamed of themselves. We can't afford to lose men like him. May God bless him.

  • tanstaafl

    West is an honorable man and an American. I wish I could say the same about all of our leaders in Washington.

  • al Kidya

    Sure, West was forced to retire after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a detainee in Taji, Iraq. He pointed a gun at a terrorist's head and asked him where one of his captured soldiers was being held. No PC, no ridiculous "Rules of Engagement – Read him his miranda rights". To me, and many others, "He is a hero" for doing what he did. He cares as much for one human life to put his career on the line…that is his way and he cares just as much about every American life. That says a lot.

    I would have done the same thing.

    Caintonette, you're of the same league of traitors that is running the US right now. We need you OUT!

    • Herman Caintonette

      I don't know about you, but when it comes to management, I prefer Obama's style to that of the former Harvard MBA President. He used our military might in a cost-efficient and strategic way, which is what a competent CEO does.

      Shrub could have showed that kind of brilliance if he had only threatened an invasion of Iraq; as Sun-Tzu rightly counsels, the acme of skill as a military leader is to win every battle without ever firing a shot. But as we all know now, Iraq was a resource war, which became a failure because the Iraqis understood the obvious, and fought back.

      How does putting AMERICA'S interests first — as opposed to Israel's — constitute treason? The three Jews on the Supreme Court are more of a threat to my liberties than the Islamic Brotherhood.

      Go ahead. Explain that one to me.

      • fiddler

        "I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse". How's that one?

      • Stephen_Brady

        "Three Jews …"

        Like I said, you're an anti-Semite.

      • al Kidya

        Is that Caintonette or Cain, as in Cain slew Abel?

        You are a pathetic neo-Nazi anti-Semitic moron!
        I won't even discuss anymore with the likes of you.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Unless people wrap their minds around the fact that Alan "Bubbles" Greenspan (easy money), Goldman Sachs (rampant wire fraud), and the credit ratings agencies (slapping AAA ratings on junk bonds) were the actual proximate causes of the meltdown (bad loans were made because they were profitable for those making and packaging them), and that the fault lies squarely at the feet of Wall Street (both Fannie and Freddie were encouraged to make dubious loans pursuant to BushCo's Ownership Society initiative), we won't begin to solve the problem. Wall Street must burn.

    On the positive side of the ledger, while a lot of Jews were involved in the fraud, this was an equal-opportunity bank-heist. Little danger of a repeat of Krystallnacht.

    Batty-Man either isn't bright enough or experienced enough in matters financial to make a proper diagnosis of our problems. While I would quickly rely on his ability to defend a perimeter, questions of statecraft are obviously beyond his skill set.

    • Stephen_Brady

      "On the positive side of the ledger, while a lot of Jews were involved in the fraud …"


    • mlcblog

      I don't think you are qualified to judge him.

      • Stephen_Brady

        Agreed, wholeheartedly!

  • Marty

    Representative West should be the next National Security Advisor and work closely with the next Secretary of State, John Bolton. They understand and are prepared to confront the threat islam poses to western civilization, democracy, and human rights. islamism is in the tradition of communism and fascism: totalitarian, violent, and genocidal. Even the nazis considered the defeat of islam at the battle of tours a setback for europe. It's no wonder. muslims supported and hoped for a german victory and the extermination of the Jews. They are still doing this, but have since allied with communists to wreck the American democracy. It is always feasible for two evils, however ideologically opposed to one another, to form alliances when the target is the West.

  • al Kidya

    I hate to burst your bubbles, Caintonette, but the Fannie Freddie debaucle was not a "BushCo Ownership Society Initiative. __The Liberals, like you, keep telling us that the Bush Administration is responsible for the housing and mortgage mess and that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Democrats had nothing to do with it. The fact is that Clinton and other liberal Democrats pushed for easing of the rules, and Dodd, Frank and Obama resisted any tightening, as well as benefited financially for their efforts. Below is a piece from the New York Times from 1999 when Obama was Senator and Bill Clinton was President._See 1999 NY Times article: Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending__

  • al Kidya

    So, you can blame the banks, the mortgage companies, and Obama's ACORN for lobbying for sub-prime lending…not Bush and Co._''Fannie Mae has expanded home ownership for millions of families in the 1990's by reducing down payment requirements,'' said Franklin D. Raines, Fannie Mae's chairman and chief executive officer. ''Yet there remain too many borrowers whose credit is just a notch below what our underwriting has required who have been relegated to paying significantly higher mortgage rates in the so-called subprime market.''

    • Herman Caintonette

      There wasn't a housing bubble until Glass-Steagall was disemboweled, and virtually everything was commoditized. First, it was electricity (Enron). Then, it was mortgages. Finally, it was oil, which was the straw ($130/bbl oil, translating into $4.50/gal. gasoline that broke the camel's back.

      The aftermath of EVERY speculative bubble is a crash, and the underlying problem is that we have too much capital chasing too few legitimate investment opportunities. The rich have too much of the pie, which is fatal to any capitalist economy.

  • Herman Caintonette

    chez: ""It's possible because it's NEVER been about race with the Tea Party, it's about FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY and the future of our country!"

    The Tea Party was bought and paid for by the Koch Klux Klan (the Koch family was heavily involved in starting the John Birch Society). Herman Cain is the Kochs' stalking horse — he used to work for the Kochs, and has no ground organization to speak of, which is why he is not regarded as a serious candidate. To the extent that it was in any way organic, he Tea Party is merely the latest incarnation of the Dixiecrats, which always seem to rise up whenever a Dem is in the White House. Nothing new here, except that they have managed to exacerbate our collective misery through their intransigence and hatred of all things sensible.

    OWS is entirely organic — the logical extension of the Greek Summer and Arab Spring. And it has caught on world-wide. That it would arise in Australia is astounding, as their economy is doing extremely well, and they don't have illegals undercutting the wage base. It is about wasting less money on resource wars which enrich the privileged few, and more about investing in people.

    • al Kidya

      Got more good news for you, Caintonette!
      The KKK was formed from the terrorist ranks of the Democratic Party.
      Are you sure you know who you're supporting in government?
      You better watch which way you throw your money, Bubba!

    • Dale

      Then who paid for OWS. Oh, George Soros and his underlings. Yea, he is a real good American.

    • TheRealDave

      Sir, you are one sick individual. I'm guessing you are NOT American, are you? I ask because no clear thinking American would make the comments you made.

  • Robert A. Hall

    You can tell when a black guy like Col. West escapes from the Old Democrat Plantation. As you can see in some comments, they send the slave-catcher dogs after the uppity rascal. Imagine thinking for himself, loving America and fighting for defense instead of more vote-buying entitlements. Intolerable! I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.  

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
    For a free PDF of the book, write tartanmarine(at)

  • alexander

    We have to change this: HALF of U.S. income tax is consumed by collecting process, i.e. "collectors"…………….and they all vote for Democrats.

  • xlent

    Seems "hate" pretty well sums up ole herman… As for the good Col. West he is like water on a parched desert.

  • johnnywoods

    Allen West is an officer and a Gentleman and his critics are not worthy to polish his boots.

  • Hercules

    We have a world in crisis. In Europe we face the possibility of the EU collapsing under the weight of its profligate decades-long socialism. In the Middle East and North Africa we see the resurgence of Islamism, the scourge of mankind since 700 AD. Israel is in mortal peril as its enemies increase and it becomes increasingly isolated and threatened. 911 occurred in 2001, while 7 years later we suffered perhaps the greatest financial and economic collapse since the Great Depression. The US has a despot for a President whose convictions are decidedly Marxist, Socialist and anti-American. Every day there are incidents around the world suggesting the world is insane and getting more so. And who do we have to save us from all of these calamities? The very politicians and elitists who created them in the first place. Anarchists and revolutionaries have risen from their long slumber since the French Revolution to threaten us with the Great Terror yet again. David Horowitz and Allen West are assuming roles like those of Washington, Jefferson and Adams did in our War of Liberation from Tyranny. I suspect that men alone will not be able to avert the disaster which is part of the next convulsive storm. It will require something greater than men have to offer.

  • bshade

    Dear Officer West, as you know, we have a problem in Washington, DC, in the Republican party. The problem is cowardice! The Republicans have not taken a bold stand against the abuses of power committed by this administration, bypassing Congress, allowing the EPA, the NLRB, the Energy Dept., the HHS, the FCC (internet neutrality? haha!), our rights are being stolen, and no elected leader is outraged and taking a stand for our Constitution.
    Courage is lacking, the majority of taxpaying American citizens are being ignored and not represented by our leaders. We need someone of courage! Why not consider that you can be even more of a leader against this marxist takeover of our nation!
    For all you so-called republican leaders who are to represent the taxpaying Americans, the Lord says, "do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord will be with you in whatever you do!"
    We need a PR firm to be "out there"always in front of the cameras to tell the truth. Colonel West, this may be your time to lead once again.

    • PatriotX


  • qsome

    Congressman West is one of the most interesting congressman to listen to. you don't get bored when he is talking. if or when he decides to run for president he will have so many volunteers. i know i'll be one.

  • ebonystone

    Interesting article, but Horowitz is off his rocker when he says: "If Democrats lost just 10 or 20 percent of the black vote nationally, they would lose virtually every state in the Union."
    Actually, if Obama had lost 20% of the black vote, he might have lost enough states to lose the election, but he would still have carried most of the states that he did.
    Two examples: in California, Obama got 6,126,000 votes, McCain 3,496,000. Blacks comprised 6.7% of the population. So if their share of the votes was the same as their share of the population, blacks had ca. 675,000 votes, and 20% of this is ca. 135,000. So Obama would have had ca. 5,991,000 and McCain 3,631,000. Obama still wins.
    In Maine Obama got 349,000 votes and McCain 243,000. Blacks are 1% of Maine's population, and presumably of its voters — ca 6,000, 20% of which is ca. 1,200. So Obama gets only 348,000 and McCain gets 244,000. Obama still wins.
    The same calculations can be made for most of the states Obama carried.

    • ebonystone

      O.k., I did the calculatlons for all the states for the 2008 election. Assuming that Obama lost 20 % of the black vote, and that all of those went to McCain instead, NcCain would have picked up Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia, gaining 76 electoral votes for a total of 249. Obama would still have won 288 electoral votes, and the Presidency.

  • TheRealDave

    Too bad that West isn't running for POTUS. His country needs him again, but this time a much higher office is calling!

  • aspacia

    Yes, sounds like my family and my pot smoking brother when he was alive.

  • PatriotX

    Yea, I know, I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing the usual “racist accusations” thrown at conservatives. You know, let me change that. It’s thrown at people who are sincerely concerned about our nation as a smoke screen to cover up obvious flaws in our present administration in office. I can’t believe that Sharpton, Jackson and the wicked witch from California were actually telling blacks to re-elect Obama because he’s black.

    Everytime they open their mouths it set’s blacks and everyone else back 40-50 years.

  • Stephen_Brady

    I wonder if Herman is a member of the National Socialist Movement, given the acidity of his anti-Semitism. His views certainly match theirs, and they claim to be truly socialist, which matches his worldview (or should I call it "Weltanschaung"?).

  • Herman Caintonette

    I challenge anyone to explain how our continued support of Israel — which costs us more in aid than our gross exports, and complicates our foreign policy in every corner of the world — is worth the cost.

    The PNAC neo-cons are 'Israel-first' traitors. If they want to leave, they are more than welcome.

  • Dale

    You must not read the Bible.