Colonel Allen West’s Address to the Wednesday Morning Club


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I believe in peace through strength.  That’s military strength, it’s moral strength, it’s economic strength, it’s personal strength.  Above all, it’s the strength that it takes to make a stand.  Militarily we have to stand up against the notion that investing in our troops isn’t necessary.  It is always necessary to invest in the strategic strength of the United States of America.  We cannot allow our military and veterans to be cast off to the side.  And it does upset me that we do not see more of our presidential nominee candidates on the Republican Party side not talking about national security and not talking about their vision for securing the United States of America.

These men and women put their lives on the line for us, even during those so-called times of peace.  And if we aren’t willing of giving them every ounce of support that they need, then we do not deserve to have the title of being called a [hegemon].  We are truly the world’s last best hope for freedom and democracy.  We are that lighthouse to a stormy sea.  But we’ll cease to be those things if we forget our fighting men and women, our fighting men and women who are the fittest, finest force that the history of this world has ever known.  And we have to be sure that that never changes.

Morally, we have to stand up to the unerring axiom that there is good and evil in the world.  And in those cases where evil brings the fight to good, we must be willing to ensure that good does prevail.  We must stand beside that friend, Israel, who shares our commitment.  And that means battling violent extremism wherever it is in operation.  That means in Tel Aviv as well as New York City.  It means in Jerusalem, just the same as Chicago or just the same as LA.

But economically, we have got to move away from this sense of crony capitalism and the adverse effects that it has on our national security.

We spent $1.36 trillion propping up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  That would’ve funded the entire base budget of the Department of Defense for three years.  We spent $79.69 billion to bail out the automobile industry.  That would’ve funded navy shipbuilding for over five years.  We spent $535 million of taxpayer money into the now-bankrupt solar power company Solyndra.  That would’ve completed this year’s navy backlog of ship maintenance, and you still would’ve had $200 million left over.  We spent $3 billion in taxpayer money for Cash for Clunkers.  That would’ve purchased 125 new amphibious assault vehicles to meet the military needs of our United States Marine Corps to get them from ship to shore.

China now has over 60 attack submarines.  We’re about to fall under the requirement of 48 attack submarines.  With the taxpayer money that we spent to bail out AIG, we could’ve purchased 44 attack submarines.  The money that we spent to bail out Bank of America would’ve covered our navy carrier shortfall 10 times over.  With the taxpayer money that the United States pays to China in the interest on public debt, the air force could’ve afforded to buy three F-22 fighters, jets, per week.  But of course, we have canceled that program.

Finally, we have to take a stand and be firm in our convictions.  And that is understanding that it is America’s people that make America great.  Because as David Horowitz so well knows, there is tyranny in the idea that at the end of the day, a person is not responsible for his fortune or for his fate.  And that is the tyranny we face here domestically every single day, from within, with a liberal, progressive, socialist agenda whose goal is to prop up, to grow and to promote the bureaucratic nanny state.  That type of thinking leads inexorably to a government that usurps the dignity of the citizens it professes to be serving.

We must not forget that each of us has the right, given [to] God, to fail or succeed; to make of our own lives what we may with as little interference as possible.  For it was Thomas Jefferson who said the government that is big enough to give you everything that you want is also big enough to take it away.

We must never forget the incredible American heritage that we must be proud of.  So I want to share with you a couple of final quotes.  As Roger Sherman warned us after signing the Declaration of Independence — sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish and the freedom they hope to preserve were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.

And if that is not enough, let’s close by remembering the words of John Stuart Mill, when he said war is an ugly thing, but it is not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth a war is much worse.  Therefore, the magnificence of David Horowitz and his Freedom Center is that they understand that we are fighting against that decaying state of moral and patriotic sense in our America.  But leave here today taking heart.  Because we shall prevail.

So God bless you all.  God bless our America.  And thank you for having me here.

Unidentified Speaker: The congressman can take a couple questions.  We are taping this.  So Elizabeth has the microphone.  So if someone has a question, she will find you.

Carl: Yes, thank you, Congressman.

I’d like your insight as to what are the criteria for the use of American forces.  There’s one school that says you use the American forces when the national interest of the United States is involved.

Allen West: Yes.

Carl: The other school says you use it on humanitarian, global interests.  And we went to war in Kosovo for humanitarian interests, we went to war in Libya for humanitarian interests, and we now have 100 troops in Uganda for humanitarian interests.  What are your views on that?

Allen West: Well, I think that when you look at the missions of the United States military, of course there’s a broad spectrum.  And you do have to have engagement in certain areas.  But I think that we have to be clearly defined in the goals and objectives any time we employ our military.

Now, when you’re talking about employing your military in a combat operation in that type of sense, then you have to have some type of threat against the United States, as we have been attacked, our interests have been attacked or our men and women in uniform have been attacked.

And I think that right now it’s a moving target.  First of all, we don’t really know who we’re fighting against.  And when you say this war on terror — but then you narrowly bring it down to it’s just Taliban or al-Qaeda, then what about Hamas?  What about Hezbollah?  What about Islamic jihad?  What about al-Quds?  What about Al oxa?  What about JET, LET, Hikani, Abu Sayyaf?  I mean, we can go on ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

So I think that that’s why you have to have people that sit back and really understand what is this 21st century battlefield.  There are many different parts of it.  I mean, there’s an economic war, as we talked about, going on with China.  But when you’re employing your military forces, if you’re employing them in a combat sense, you have to understand clearly what are the desired end states that you want to have.

A lot of people get hung up about what’s the exit strategy.  Well, the exit strategy has to be very simple, as I spoke to with a young Code Pink lady a couple of weeks ago.  She said you have to end the wars.  Well, first of all, there are only two ways that you end a war.  You win, or you lose.  And Ronald Reagan was very clear when he said — we win, they lose.

But the first thing we have to do is understand who is “they.”  And we have never been able to clearly articulate that on this modern battlefield.  Now, I have no problems with our military going in with humanitarian assistance.  When I was in Afghanistan and the earthquake hit over in Pakistan, we sent military support into Pakistan.  That is a means by which you can defeat the enemy.  Because now, all of a sudden, you are using that as a tool of propaganda to show that we are here to help; they are not.  And we have the capacity to do that.

But as well, you have to be focused on the enemy.  And I think that’s what we got away from, is really being focused on the enemy on this battlefield.  And we got to what I call, like I said, nation-building, occupation-style warfare.  Building schools, building hospitals, you know, repairing roads — that’s fine.  But that’s not really the essential mission of the United States military.  And what they don’t understand is that at nighttime, after you’ve built all these schools and the bad guy comes in, if you’re not there to provide that security, they could care less about the school and all of those things being built.

So once again, it comes back to having people that first define who the enemy is, so we can focus on this enemy.  Do the requirements assessment across the geographic AORs to develop the right capacity and capability.  We’ve got soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines that have been out there five and six tours.  You run them into the ground.

When it comes to these humanitarian assistance missions, make sure that we properly define them.  Because the last thing I want to see happen is exactly what happened in Somalia, back in 1993, where we decided we were going to go in for a humanitarian assistance mission.  And the next thing you know, it morphed into something totally bad, and we weren’t prepared for it.  And what happened?  The Battle of Mogadishu.  Eighteen rangers were killed, I think 59 to 65 were wounded; even though they were very successful — I believe the enemy body count was over 1,000.  But what did the enemy see us do?  They saw us withdrawing.  That’s the message that we don’t want to send.  Because remember Osama bin Laden said the United States of America is nothing more than a paper tiger, after he saw what we did in Somalia.

So the most important thing, in answering your question, is developing the strategic goals and objectives of the military.  That starts with the national security strategy coming out of the White House.  Then that goes over to the Pentagon to develop the national military strategy.  And then, that goes down to your combatant commanders — CENTCOM, AFRICOM, SOUTHCOM, [PCOM] — so that they can develop their operational theater strategies, and then that gets down to the tactical level.  Right now, we don’t have a definitive way ahead.

Allen West: Let me tell you this about Uganda.  You know, having been in the military for a few days — if you really want to go in and train a military, that’s called a foreign internal defense mission for your Special Forces guys — FID mission.  Special Forces A-Team — the basis of that is 12 individuals.  At most, one or two of those Special Forces A-Teams — they can go in and do it.  When you’re talking about 100 Green Beret going in, that’s something totally different.  And I don’t understand why we’re committing 100 Special Forces Operators to go chasing after some guy that’s been out there doing whatever for the past 20, 25 years.

So trust me, there are some members of Congress that are over there in Africa right now, that are delving into this a little bit deeper.  And we’ll do the same thing when we get back up there.  And I’m sure we’re going to have a hearing [and ask about] — Armed Services Committee.

Unidentified Audience Member: Thank you.

Of all the candidates, Speaker Gingrich, I think, has been the most forcefully critical of this Super Committee.  And he says it should be dissolved.  And your remarks pointed to some of the devastating results in the military if the Super Committee, quote, doesn’t do its job.

Allen West: Yes.

Unidentified Audience Member: Many of us wonder — how did that ever happen, where Congress walked away from its responsibility, handing it over to the Super Committee, and agreeing that automatic cuts in defense happen if they don’t do their job?

Allen West: Well, one of the things is, you know, everyone talks about compromise.  Compromise, compromise, you know.  I don’t believe in compromising your principles.  Now, I did vote for the Budget Control Act.  I believe it was a 70 to 75 percent solution.  I was not for this Super Committee.  But I wanted to see us push the ball a little bit further down the court.  This Super Committee thing was the brainchild of Harry Reid, that got included in this final agreement that got passed.

There are people in Washington, D.C., and there’s a few on that Super Committee, that see this as the opportunity to destroy defense in the United States of America.  And I think it’s so important that you all need to call your representatives and tell them that you don’t want to see that happen.  We have already cut the United States military $478 billion over the next 10 years.

Secretary Pennetta and the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, testified before the Armed Services Committee last week — any further cuts will decimate the United States military.  Another $500 billion — it’ll destroy the United States military.  And we’ve got to understand it can’t be the bill-payer.

We can fix the fiscal irresponsibility in Washington, D.C.  GAO Report came out back in February — $200 billion to $300 billion of redundant and duplicative programs in Washington, D.C.  There are places where you can find it.  But unfortunately, the other side, the Left, has never been fond of the military.  And I think you’re seeing that play out in a lot of the policies that have happened over these past 1,000-plus days of the Obama Administration.  We can’t allow them to stick a knife into our military.

Please support, you know, the great California Congressman who is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon.  Because he is doing a great job standing up for our military and drawing a line in the sand, saying that the Super Committee must do their job, and there will not be any further cuts.

The great thing is that whatever decisions the Super Committee does come up with, it has to come to the House and the Senate for a vote.  And if it has to do anything with further cuts to the military, it’s not passing me.

Unidentified Audience Member: Considering the sheer volume of cyber attacks originating from China, do you consider this an actual act of war?  And if so, what do you propose to do about it?

Allen West: Well, it is.  And we already have done something about it.  We have created a new military command called United States Cyber Command.  Because there are dedicated units in China which are seeking to attack not just our military systems but our financial systems all across the board, to include a lot of our defense military industry systems.

So, you know, we’re in a cold war era with China.  We have to come to that realization.  And the longer that we push it off, then we’re going to find ourselves at a disadvantage.  Because by 2016, if we don’t fix our economy, their economy is supposed to overtake ours.  It may not happen by 2016, but they are definitely on that way.  If we’re not careful within the next eight to 10 years, the world’s largest blue-water navy will fly under a Chinese flag.

Now, what difference does that make?  Well, when you talk about the free trade agreements that we just signed, the means by which a nation can expand its power economically — going back to the Phoenicians, they always knew this — was through the trade, was through the sea lanes of commerce.  And if you cannot protect the sea lanes of commerce, what good is it?

It’s going to hurt my heart to say this, being an old soldier — the strength of a nation is in its navy.  It’s not in its army.  Okay, I know.  I mean, whoever is taping this thing, I’m sure I’ll get turned in to the army police.

But I will also finish by saying this — United States Army has more amphibious landings than in the United States Marine Corps.  But we have to understand that when you look at what’s just west of here, and what’s just east of me, in Florida, we are a maritime nation.  And with the Panama Canal expanding in 2014 to have larger cargo ships, we’ve got to make sure that we are protecting that sea lane of commerce.  And we’ve got to make sure that we understand that China is an adversarial nation to us, and they are doing things that truly are mini acts of war, however you want to call it.  But it’s still an attack on our systems.

Unidentified Audience Member: I wanted to ask you — first of all, thank you very much for all of this.  But what is the ultimate, ultimate way to deal with Iran?  Because it seems to be very soon.  And what should the US do?

Allen West: There’s only one thing they understand, and that’s strength.  The lesson that Islamic nations have learned with the fall and the — well, killing of Muammar Khadafi — don’t give up your nuclear weapons program.  Okay?  Remember, in 2004, 2005, Khadafi gave up his program?  If he still had that program, do you think NATO would’ve been able to go in there willy-nilly, you know, freedom of maneuver, like they just did?

So, guess what — Iran is going to step it up.  Pakistan is going to hold onto it even tighter.  And if you start to see a proliferation of nuclear weapons throughout the Islamic world — remember mutually assured destruction, that theory that we had between us and the Soviet Union?  That’s gone.  No MAD theory with these guys.  So you’ve got to take an action.  You got to take an action against their military capability and capacity.

When people talk about — ah, just increase the sanctions — sanctions means nothing to them.  They could care less if their people are suffering.  You know, as I said last night, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is going to just get more falafel.  Okay?  And even worse, they will take that and use it against you by saying — the reason why you, our people, are suffering is because the West is putting these sanctions on you.

We missed a golden opportunity by not supporting that Green Movement.  Now, why did we not support that movement, and why did we allow Hosni Mubarak to be deposed?  That’s one of those Final Jeopardy questions.  But nothing good has come out of Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was deposed.  Just the same as nothing good has come out of Iran since the shah of Iran was deposed.

Unidentified Speaker: Okay, this will be our final question.

Unidentified Audience Member: On national security, a little closer to home — couple days ago, a couple of men were arrested for breaking into — I believe it was the State House in San Antonio.  And they were Islamic, and they were — they had some plans and schematics from other buildings across the country.  Friend of mine who lives in San Antonio told me that the local news was reporting that as a prank.  So what do we — you know, I mean, we’re talking about our own news media — what they’re not even telling us.

Allen West: Yes.

Unidentified Audience Member: It’s difficult to understand how we’re going to fight all this from the inside, inside our own country.

Allen West: Well, I got to tell you, once again, the porous nature of the border that you have south of here is a national security issue.  There’s a classification of individuals that are being picked up by our border patrol that are not, you know, Hispanic or Mexican.  And it’s scary.  Because most of them are coming from Middle Eastern backgrounds.  When you go along the border, you’re starting to find prayer rugs, you’re starting to find dictionaries that translate Arabic into Spanish, over into English.

So, you know, again, we’ve got to look at this thing from a strategic perspective and understand that one of the reasons why Rome saw itself collapse was when it stopped protecting its northern border.  We’ve got to secure that border, we got to enforce our laws.  And we got to make sure that we stop allowing sanctuaries to be used by this enemy.  Hezbollah is in our hemisphere.

Now, last thing I read, I think the Monroe Doctrine was still a valid piece of law.  And so we’re, sooner or later, going to have to look at making sure that we enforce that.  Because Iran’s going to come in, China’s going to come in, Russia’s going to come in, all in our back door.

You know, I’ll close with this quote, from Alexander the Great.  Alexander the Great said — I do not fear an army of lions if they are led by a lamb — I mean, sheep.  I do fear an army of sheep led by lions.  Right now, the world is a forest full of wolves, and the United States of America is looked at as sheep.  So we need guard dogs.  And we need lions.  And so I know that’s what each and every one [of you all] –

Allen West: So, God bless you, and thank you so much.

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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…..to 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

    ALLEN FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!
    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.

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    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad," will be available within the month and one may pre-order at http://www.satanstrinity.wordpress.com/ 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:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/magazine/02FOB-

      "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 …"

      Anit-Semite.

    • 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.

  • http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com 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)gmail.com

  • 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.
    TIME TO STOP IT!!!

  • 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

      Amen!!!!

  • 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.