Allen West Weekly Wrap Up 5/10/13 – Benghazi, Extortion 17, Leadership and more

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The Essence Of Leadership – Lessons from my life and recent American history

Back in 2003 as a combat battalion commander in Iraq, I made a decision that changed the course of my life. I took an action to protect the men under my command by firing my service 9 mm Beretta pistol over the head of an Iraqi policeman who we heard had been supporting insurgent forces with information leading to ambushes against our unit.

Left-wing progressives have stupidly called me a “war criminal,” and they unfortunately misinterpreted my departure from the military. Just so those chuckleheads know, I did not resign. I retired with full honors, benefits, rank and title. The problem for some critics of the war on terror is that they fail to understand we are not playing hopscotch but are engaged in battle with a non-state, non-uniformed enemy.

I understood that and will always stand by my action in 2003. Here was my response when asked if I would take the same action: “If it is about the lives and safety of my men, I would go through hell with a gasoline can.”

My Dad and older brother both served in combat, the former in World War II and the latter in Vietnam. They were enlisted servicemen, and I was the first commissioned officer in the family. (Now my nephew is the second.) Right before I headed off to Fort Sill, Okla., my Dad and brother taught me that as an officer and a commander, my first responsibility would be the well-being of my men.

The lesson they conveyed to me is that if my troops knew I would train them hard but never use them for my personal advancement, I would be a successful leader. We would always accomplish our mission.

Tough questions about Extortion 17

This week America has been confronted with tough questions about leadership.

The first queries came on Thursday at the National Press Club. I attended a press conference moderated by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch. The subject was the horrific special operations mission of Aug. 6, 2011, call sign Extortion 17.

America suffered its single greatest loss of special operators – 22 Navy SEALS of the famous SEAL Team VI, five crewmembers of a U.S. Army CH-47 and three U.S. Air Force tactical controllers. Parents of four of the fallen warriors were at the press conference, which was live-streamed on www.trentovision.tv.

The event called attention to the importance of leadership because appalling, systemic failures in leadership resulted in this tragedy:

  • Why was the quick reaction force called into action that day?

  • Why were they transported in a CH-47D instead of the typical Special Operations MH-47 aircraft? Why was a CH-47D sent into the hot landing zone of a three-hour firefight?

  • Why were there no pre-assault fires or accompanying attack helicopter support for Extortion 17?

  • How did the Taliban know these special operators were going into that river valley hotbed in Wardak province?

  • Why were seven Afghan commandos switched out at the last minute for this mission and the manifest never changed?

And most egregious, who made the decision to let a Muslim cleric give a prayer at the ramp ceremony for these fallen American warriors – a disrespectful scene made clear when one sees the video with translation?

Thanks to media bias, we do not hear much about Afghanistan, especially the fact that 79 percent of the deaths and nearly 15,000 casualties in Afghanistan have occurred during President Obama’s tenure as the commander-in-chief.

Benghazi is a big deal

Congressional hearings about the terror attack at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, further highlighted the results of lousy leadership. Again thanks to media bias, Americans might believe Benghazi is nothing worth discussing – old news that happened a long time ago. But imagine if the attack had happened during a Republican presidential administration.

The hearings forced the Obama administration to answer – or to dodge – questions about the tragedy:

  • Why was U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens traveling into eastern Libya, a place where the black al Qaeda flags fly prominently, in or around the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks?

  • Who gave the stand-down order to U.S. forces ready to help after the attack on the embassy began?

  • Who altered the talking points memo that initially called the incident a terrorist attack by Ansar al-Sharia, who is affiliated with Al Qaeda?

 

Losing an ambassador cannot become the new normal, and abandoning former Navy SEALS engaged in mortal combat is reprehensible.

Are some Americans so concerned with protecting a likable president and shielding a presidential candidate they believe is entitled that they would sacrifice Americans? Do they seriously believe that is leadership?

Service versus speechmaking

Those who want to attack me for the action I took in Iraq, I just laugh at you. I took the action so I would never have to face tearful parents like those who lost their sons in Extortion 17. I took the action so the families of those killed in Benghazi – Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glenn Dougherty – would not have to wonder why it happened.

Leaders serve those for whom they are given the privilege to lead. They do so selflessly, with no regard for their own personal advancement or comfort.

If we are to secure the blessings of liberty for the next generation, we had best figure out what a leader is. He or she is not a charlatan, not a usurper and certainly not merely a smiling, delightful speechmaker.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

 

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WATCH: Allen West discusses Obama’s character, sequester with Sean Hannity

by RightSightings Published on Mar 4, 2013

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Rep Allen West “On The Record” 12/3/12 with Greta – Video

Published on Dec 3, 2012 by 

Greta and Allen West discuss the mess that is leading us to the fiscal cliff and the immediate rejection of the Republican’s offer by President “let’s nosedive off the cliff” Obama.

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Allen West Brigade 2012 – Published Nov 19th 2012

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Published on Nov 19, 2012

Thank you to all the wonderful patriots from around this great nation and abroad. Your steadfast and loyal support of Congressman West reiterates there are still american’s left that will stand up for their fellow man. Enjoy this video as a thank you to just a small portion of his support base and conservative army.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tim Edson Campaign Mgr for Allen West Released the Following Statement

JUDGE THWARTS MURPHY’S ATTEMPTS 

TO SUPPRESS VOTE IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY

 Stuart, FL – West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson released the following statement regarding the 19th Circuit Court’s ruling today against Patrick Murphy’s attempt to halt the retabulation of early votes:

“We are pleased the judge did not concede to Murphy’s desperate demands to halt the retabulation of early votes already underway in St. Lucie County. Clearly, if the canvassing board has already agreed there were discrepancies and under- or over-counted ballots, it would make no sense to halt the retabulation. From the start, Murphy’s motion was procedurally and substantively lacking.
 
Once again, all we have ever asked for is a fair and accurate count of the votes to preserve the integrity of the voting process for the citizens of District 18. Integrity is something Patrick Murphy and his band of lawyers seem to have in short supply, as evidenced by their continued attempts to prevent votes from being counted.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Murphy Attempts to Suppress the Vote in Allen West Retabulation

PATRICK MURPHY ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS VOTE IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Stuart, FL – West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson released the following statement regarding Patrick Murphy’s lawyers’ attempt to get the 19th Circuit Court Judge to disallow the retabulation of early votes agreed to by the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board:

“In a last-ditch effort to suppress the vote, Murphy’s lawyers submitted sloppy and incomplete papers to the Court this morning to try to strong-arm the judge into preventing today’s retabulation already underway. The Murphy team’s motion is procedurally and substantively lacking. With every action attempted, Murphy demonstrates a complete lack of respect and utter disregard for the voters of St. Lucie County.

Murphy’s efforts bring to mind the dark times in our nation’s history when politicians tried to manipulate the law to suppress the votes, and we are appalled by Murphy’s apparent contempt for the voting rights of citizens to have their ballots accurately and fairly tabulated.

Murphy knows there are votes that have not been counted, but he’s taking legal action to ensure the results are certified anyway. Perhaps the Justice Department should investigate Murphy’s attempt to steal himself a seat in Congress at the expense of the voters in St. Lucie County.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tim Edson, Campaign Manager for Allen West

NEW VOTE COUNT DISCREPANCIES CAST FURTHER DOUBT ON ACCURACY OF ELECTION RESULTS

Stuart, FL – West for Congress today sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, detailing vote count discrepancies uncovered during a review of public records released today from the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office. Specifically, while the campaign has not yet been provided access to the poll book information for votes cast on Election Day, an examination of the early and absentee ballot information raises significant questions relating to nearly 1,000 votes.

According to Tim Edson, West for Congress campaign manager, “If there is this much discrepancy for early and absentee ballots, just imagine how inaccurate the counts might be for all precincts on Election Day. As we have said from the beginning, we are simply seeking an accurate and fair count of all votes so that we may preserve the integrity of the voting process for the citizens of District 18.”

Read the full text of the letter here.

 

Rep Allen West Nov 13, 2012 “On The Record” with Greta – VIDEO

by sarahnettoo

Published on Nov 13, 2012

Congressman Allen West goes OTR with Greta Nov. 13, 2012

Statement from Allen West for Congress – Preliminary Injunction Request

WEST SEEKS COURT ORDER FOR RECOUNT

Stuart, FL – Congressman Allen West, along with eight other named plaintiffs who were early voters in St. Lucie County in Florida, filed a complaint today in Circuit Court in St. Lucie County.  The complaint asks the Court to immediately issue a preliminary injunction ordering Defendant Gertrude Walker, as St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, and Defendant Dan Detzner, as Florida Secretary of State, to convene the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board for the purpose of counting all votes cast in the election for the 18th Congressional District during the early voting period, and ordering Defendants to refrain from certifying results of the election for the 18th Congressional District until all ballots cast during the early voting period have been counted.

The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board met on Sunday, November 11, 2012 for the stated purpose of recounting “all ballots cast during early voting.”  This “refeed” was not conducted pursuant to Florida’s automatic recount statute, but rather as part of the canvassing process.  The Canvassing Board, however, re-fed only ballots cast on three days during the early voting period.  This limited, partial re-feed – not conducted pursuant to any statute – uncovered significant errors in the initial tabulation of votes.  Nearly 1,000 votes disappeared from the count, and neither the Canvassing Board nor the Supervisor provided any explanation for this selective recount.  Despite publicly announcing a hearing for the purposes of re-feeding all early votes, counsel for the Canvassing Board advised publicly that “Tallahassee” recommended counting only those specific three days – all without providing information as to who advised a selective re-feed or the basis for doing so.

It stands to reason that if the remaining early votes were to be recounted, additional errors would be uncovered and the tabulation of votes revised accordingly.  Until these remaining early ballots are recounted, however, the Canvassing Board has arbitrarily applied differing counting standards to similarly situated ballots. The erroneous decision of St. Lucie County to “re-feed” only some of the early votes cast in this election violates the Florida Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to voters.

In addition, the County has violated both the Florida Open Meeting Law, Florida Sunshine Law and the Florida Constitution by meeting behind closed doors and without providing the required notice to the public.

VIDEO – Rep Allen West on Hannity November 12, 2012

by sarahnettoo

Published on Nov 12, 2012

Congressman Allen West Joins Sean Hannity Nov. 12, 2012