Skip to comments.Leadership America is Longing For (LTC Allen West)
Posted on 08/03/2008 9:52:26 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
Leadership America is Longing For
Phil Orenstein August 3, 2008 Uncategorized
Get to know him. Campaign for him. This is the leadership America is dying for, says political blogger Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs who has been so electrified by the candidacy of Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Ret) that she has devoted an ongoing blog to the man and his message and to get Republicans and Conservatives from every corner of the country to focus on this race.
I too am very excited from what Ive recently learned about this man of integrity and his candidacy. Ultimately, I am proud to support a man who sacrificed his military career, his honor and his rank to protect the lives of the men under his command. Col. Allen West is running for Congress in Floridas District 22 which hugs the Eastern shoreline from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton. I am supporting his candidacy to ensure that moral voices prevail in Congress not only to defend the honor of the brave young men and women who serve in our military forces, but to defend the honor of America as a nation.
In his more than twenty years of military service in the U.S. Army he faced down the worlds most virulent terrorists in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In OIF, Col. West was commander of the 4th Infantry Division, responsible for the lives of 700 men and women, who were constant targets of Sunni terrorists after the fall of Baghdad. When suspicions arose that an Iraqi policeman was hiding information about a planned attack on his men, interrogators worked him over without success. Then Col. West took over the interrogation and fired his pistol over the policemans head, which scared him into divulging the plans of the ambush, which saved the lives of his men. But instead of receiving the highest honors and praise for his valor, he was charged with assault and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was discharged and fined for misconduct and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Never apologetic for his actions or bitter for being punished for the crime he never committed, he left his military career with a sense of pride and honor. I sacrificed my career for my soldiers and thats the bottom line, he said. Nobody likes a whiner. You make the decision, you stand by it and take responsibility for it and you accept the consequences and you move on with your life. Later he returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army. After finishing the assignment in November 2007, he returned home to Broward County where he began his new career in politics. He saw there was a lot of work to be done, and proceeded to take on the challenge of a Congressional campaign as his next assignment.
Republicans have lost the moral high ground in Congress and as a result lost control of Congress. The Mark Foley sex scandal that led to his resignation just before the November 2006 elections was only the tip of the iceberg. Dennis Hasterts long reign as Speaker of the House and the Republicans who lost Congress, lost their principles of limited government and individual liberty as well as their vision for America long before the Foley scandal hit the national media.
Col. West, whose Congressional District 22 falls just south of former Rep. Foleys District 16, has a bold vision for America which he communicates effectively as he did in a recent speech to Broward County Republicans. Supporters in Florida who have heard him speak, say he is a true American Hero with the charisma of Ronald Reagan and the intellect of Newt Gingrich.
His resume is one of action, and action speaks louder than words, but words followed by action make for an unbeatable combination. His speech at Broward County addressed the issue of vision. As battalion commander for the Armys 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, vision was the most important principle he tried to inculcate in his subordinates. When any unit, organization or country lacks vision, the people are lost, he explained. If our leaders had vision in 1975, we would have learned our lessons from the long lines at the gas pumps, and we would be energy independent today. We never learned the lessons of the failed 1986 amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens which today has exploded out of control simply because we lacked vision. The same lack of vision applies to the Panama Canal debacle, which we gave away to China, now drilling off our own shores. The same goes for our failure to stand by the Shah of Iran, when we couldnt envision the Islamic fundamentalist alternative that was 1000 times worse, or our failure to rewrite the tax code, and reduce taxes, or the failure to uphold fiscal conservative principles.
Excerpts from Col. Wests August 2007 column on Atlas Shrugs, The Global Jihad and its Ramifications for America shows his grasp of domestic and international issues and his sweeping vision for the solutions to the global crises that confront us today:
This global jihad exploits our open borders and it does not take a genius to realize that this is a terrible gamble. It has become too simple to infiltrate the US from our porous borders, and as the Ft Dix incident showed us, we are walking a fine line .
The global jihad has penetrated our American cultural, educational, financial, and political systems in an attempt to desensitize us under the mantra of multiculturalism. Our own constitutional rights are being used against us to foment hate and dissent right under our noses. Consistently we see subtle challenges to our rule of law seeking to create a gap of exploitation by which Sharia could be further promulgated. Our Middle Eastern studies programs in universities all across America are infested with those who openly speak against our republic. This was not the original intention of these educational programs. Even the attempt to open an American taxpayer funded Islamic school has to give one concern.
The financial and political impact in America of Saudi money is far-reaching. The energy bill recently passed by Congress did nothing to strengthen Americas energy independence. We must cut the ties to the Middle East. As long as the petrodollars roll in, Wahabbism/Salafism will be exported out, and to our shores this global jihad makes its intentions very clear. It is up to us to make a stand and turn it back, such as Charles Martel did in 748 AD at Tours and at Vienna in 1683
- Secure our borders and enforce the laws of the land on illegal immigration.
- Make the hard calls on repairing our economy cut taxes and curtail spending.
- Reevaluate foreign aid spending and bring the American taxpayer funds back to the people.
- Return social security to what it was intended to be: non-taxable, part of an independent trust fund, and give options to future generations.
- Seek out our true energy independence; we have to wave goodbye to the Middle East and not be held hostage to a resource we possess in abundance.
- Strike back hard at Islamic terrorist organizations in their sanctuaries enemy-oriented, not terrain-oriented (as we are doing now), disrupting, interdicting, and isolating them and their support.
- We must end the revisionist education theory and develop pride and skills in our young people. This is about our future.
Friends, there is much to be done, but that is why we are Americans!
This is the message that Americans need to hear. Col. Wests message of vision, courage and responsibility is what inspires Americans of all political stripes. This is the message that will defeat Islamic terrorism. This is the true leadership that all Americans are longing for. This is the message that will win seats in Congress as well as restore the moral high ground. This Tuesday, August 5th he will be speaking at a fundraiser in New York City. Please visit the Col. Allen West for Congress site to help his campaign with donations and give him your generous support. Go West!
ALLEN WEST PING!
This guy looks like the real deal. God bless him with success.
LTC West did his job as a CO.
Let’s not over-do. Col. West was not commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Lt. Col. West was a battalion commander within the 4th Infantry Division.
“...When suspicions arose that an Iraqi policeman was hiding information about a planned attack on his men, interrogators worked him over without success. Then Col. West took over the interrogation and fired his pistol over the policemans head, which scared him into divulging the plans of the ambush, which saved the lives of his men. But instead of receiving the highest honors and praise for his valor, he was charged with assault and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was discharged and fined for misconduct and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel...”
That makes my blood boil! The man should have been given a metal!
Yeah! Allen West is a real American hero.
God bless this man and may we all work together to get him into US Congress!
Col. West sounds awesome -- but this statement by the writer reveals a total ignorance of matters military -- it is an embarrassment to the candidate. No doubt Col. West has not forgotten what he commanded, and it was a battalion, not the entire 4th ID. The writer needs a good kick to get things right and not undermine the candidate in this way.
“Lets not over-do. Col. West was not commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Lt. Col. West was a battalion commander within the 4th Infantry Division.”
In other words, closer to the fighting. I’ll be sending in my second donation.
He has the conservative values we need in Washington, along with the military backbone needed to fend off the invidious temptations that have turned so many hopefuls into same-olds.
My sense is he’ll not end up on the “culture of corruption” list.
I hope my young nephew, an Airborne Ranger, rates such a conscientious officer. It is every families’ most desperate prayer, to have their relatives life given the value it deserves. Thank you, Colonel.
WOW! He sounds great. The heck with Congress let’s get him as President!
I liked what I’ve read about Duncan Hunter and his son as well. We conservatives need to get a move on to get these types of men into the spot light.
Please add me to your ping list. thanks.
We need this man in the pipeline - we could count on him to have our backs, the devil take the hindmost.
Here's a man that could well become the first black POTUS, not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of hid heart and mind....MLK would approve.
West has balls, and isn’t afraid of having them. Thanks for the ping. GO WEST!
ALLEN WEST PING LIST
Thanks for the ping. Below I’ve copied a letter I just sent in to the Free and Strong America PAC in response to their request for $$$$ - I mentioned Lt. Col. Allen West, so I thought it may be of interest to this group.
To Whom It May Concern;
As a contributor to Gov. Mitt Romneys campaign, I usually appreciate his advice as to where my money could best be spent now. I, however, will not donate directly to John McCain, unless I hear a more conservative message from Mr. McCain. While McCain may begrudgingly get my vote, I want to donate money toward conservative candidates running national races. When my husband (it was actually I who donated, but my husband receives the letters) received a letter from Mitt on behalf of the Free Strong America PAC, I was ready to get out my checkbook and donate, until I went online and looked at the candidates. There was one glaring oversight and Im afraid I cannot donate to an organization that supposedly champions conservative values and candidates and yet omits Lt. Col. Allen West who is running against Ron Klein in Florida District 22.
If someone from your organization could let me know which of Lt. Col. Allen Wests beliefs are in conflict with the conservative agenda, or why he isnt on your slate of conservative candidates when others like Libby Dole and John McCain, who are at best lukewarm toward conservative philosophies, I may consider opening my checkbook again.
I did want the PAC to know that I am committed to advancing the conservative philosophies and conservative candidates. A FReeper acquaintance of mine composed a list of conservative candidates running across the nation, very few of whom are represented on your slate. The only one, in fact, that I recognize is Tom McClintock and meanwhile several Iraqi war HEROES are left off the list HEROES who put their life on the line for our country when asked, yet who are getting little support from the GOP, and from PACs, such as these who champion conservatives. Lt. Col. William Russell, Lt. Col. Allen West, and others who have the potential to win, yet who go ignored by PACs, and the GOP, bring true conservatism to the table.
In short, in response to the letter I received, Id like to point out that I remain committed to ensuring conservative achieve victory this election year. My question is, how committed are you to conservatives?????
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