Allen West “There can be no more excuses, the American economy is deteriorating”

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by Allen West via Facebook

There can be no more excuses, the American economy is deteriorating, and has been over the last four years. Today’s first time weekly jobless claims number comes on the heels of the news of our economy contracting. I would hope we will now pay attention and stop falling for empty rhetoric and distractions.

And how ironic that today former Sen. Chuck Hagel is having his confirmation hearing after our ally Israel has received a new threat from Syria and Iran. Why? Because they stopped a shipment of arms headed to Hezbollah. Oh yeah, that is the same Hezbollah Hagel did not want to declare as a terrorist organization.

Rep Allen West “As soon as you don’t see someone as a threat, they become one”

By: Michele Kirk – Source: BIZPAC Review
Date: July 29, 2012
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST: BIZPACREVIEW.COM

Congressman Allen West responded with concern to an audience question about a possible Russian naval base in Cuba at Friday’s monthly town hall meeting.

“We have a soft underbelly right here in the United States of America, as we look to our south, and we’ve got to pay attention to it,” West said.

West pointed out that the only real military presence America has in this hemisphere is the Coast Guard, quoting the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, which oversees the region.

“I have big concerns about what’s happening right here in our hemisphere,” West said. “We don’t have anything in this hemisphere, but yet you have Hezbollah training camps, you have Hugo Chavez, you have the Ortega brothers, and you have narco traffickers in Mexico that are working with Iran and Hezbollah.”

The congressman said President Obama does not think Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a credible threat, warning that as soon as you don’t see someone as a threat, they become one.

Rep Allen West: Update: Americans still waiting on response from President Obama

(WASHINGTON)– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today in response to the following letter he sent to President Obama more than a week ago, which has yet to be addressed by the Commander in Chief:

“President Obama has not shown the appropriate level of concern on this matter, not to me, but to the family members for whom Memorial Day has a very personal meaning. As well, the men and women whom President Obama serve as Commander-in-Chief deserve a response. Such a degree of silence from the mainstream media, as well as the White House, on this subject is quite telling to those whom have served our Constitutional Republic in defense of her people, and its honor. President Obama’s betrayal by this decision has now taken on a new image, utter disregard. I shall not stop addressing this issue of the release of Ali Musa Daqduq until President Obama responds to the American people.”

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE AND LETTER:

May 16, 2012

West: President Obama’s release of a known Hezbollah terrorist is an “utter betrayal”

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today after sending a letter to President Barack Obama condemning the Administration’s release, to the Iraqi court system, of a known Hezbollah terrorist responsible for the murder of an Army officer and four other service members:

“It is with great disappointment and concern that I write to President Barack Obama today with regards to Ali Musa Daqduq and the decision by the Administration to release this madman to an Iraqi court, who in turn set this known terrorist free.

Ali Musa Daqduq led a well-planned and coordinated attack in Karbala, Iraq in 2007 in which one American soldier, Captain Brian Freeman, was killed and four other service members were abducted and later murdered.

The Administration mistakenly used the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),  which required Iraqi citizens to be handed over to Iraq before December of 2011, as a reasoning for Daqduq’s release to an Iraqi court.  However, since Ali Musa Daqduq was born in Lebanon, and was in fact a Lebanese citizen at the time of his capture, SOFA should not have applied to him.
As someone who served 22 years in the United States Army and served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I can tell you that true leadership means making responsible decisions, not necessarily popular ones.  The President had options when dealing with this terrorist.  Daqduq could have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay where he could have been tried in front of a military commission.
The fact that our President makes these kinds of decisions, while American soldiers like Michael Behenna, William Hunsaker, and Joseph Mayo remain imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for incidents that occurred during the heat of battle, is pure hypocricy.
I find the release of Ali Musa Daqduq to be an utter betrayal, not only to those who perished at the hands of this terrorist, but to all men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I ask President Obama for a prompt and personal response to this decision. As the Commander-in-Chief,  he owes the American people nothing less.”
For a copy of the letter Rep. West sent to President Obama, click here.

Roll Call Special by Congressman Allen West “U.S. Must Understand 21st-Century Combat”

By Rep Allen West

Special to Roll Call

Nov. , 2011 Midnight

Today’s paradigm of battle and combat operations is completely different from what I experienced in 1982 when I was commissioned as a young lieutenant in the U.S. Army. At that time, the battlefield was much simpler.

In broad strokes, there was the Soviet Union on one side and the United States on the other. We were familiar with their tactics and equipment, and they with ours. Both sides wore uniforms, and every now and then we would stage war games on border control missions.

That paradigm has completely disappeared, leaving in its place an asymmetrical battlefield with non-uniformed, non-state belligerents using unconventional weapons and tactics. If the United States is going to be successful in protecting its citizens and interests, it must quickly understand and adapt to this new battlefield and be prepared for success and victory.

While America may lack an appropriate strategic level perspective, we will never lose at the tactical level on the ground because the United States has the best soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the world has ever known. But without the correct strategic and operational goals and objectives, we will find ourselves on the proverbial hamster wheel. No matter how much effort we exert on the wheel, we will not make forward progress.

To begin with, we must correctly identify our enemy. It is frankly naive to say we are at war with “terror” because a nation cannot be at war with a tactic. Imagine, if during World War II, the United States went to war against the “blitzkrieg” or the “kamikaze.”

Further, we cannot narrowly define the enemy as simply al-Qaida or the Taliban. It is just as ridiculous to say we declared war against the 12th German Panzer Division or the 55th Japanese Infantry Regiment in World War II or the 7th Guards Tank Division during the Cold War.

Before the rise of al-Qaida, the terrorist group which had inflicted the most damage on the United States was Hezbollah. Now Hezbollah has become a very capable military force, albeit one without state or uniform — so capable in fact, it has armed missiles within striking distance of every city in Israel.

The Obama administration has failed to identify Hezbollah as an enemy. On this 21st century battlefield we are not fighting against a single organization, leader or nation. We are fighting against the ideology of Islamic totalitarianism, manifested at a tactical level as terrorism, which knows no country and recognizes no borders.

Until we, as a nation, are able to correctly and openly identify our enemy, we will continue to put our men and women on the ground in harm’s way without a clear mission for success. Once we have identified the enemy, we must ensure we have clearly identified the specific strategic level objectives to effectively fight. I believe there are four:

1. Deny the enemy sanctuary. The number one asset our military has is strategic mobility. When that is curtailed by a focus on nation-building or occupation-style warfare, we eliminate our primary advantage, and worse, our military forces become targets. Because this enemy has no respect for borders or boundaries, we must be willing to take the fight directly to him.

2. Cut off the enemy’s flow of men, material and resources. We have to interdict the enemy’s flow of resources in order to prevent the ability to fund, supply and replenish his ranks.

3. Win the information war. Unfortunately, the enemy is far more adept at exploiting the power of the Internet, broadcast media and dissemination of powerful imagery. In addition, I fear our media now sees itself as an ideological political wing. If we cannot fully use our own national informational power as an asset, we will lose the strategic battle, if not our country.

4. Cordon off the enemy and reduce his sphere of influence. We must shrink the enemy’s territory, but we are not being effective. We are allowing, if not welcoming, the enemy into the United States. What happened with Maj. Nidal Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter, should not have happened in this country. We must not turn a blind eye to a very bold enemy who is telling us exactly what he wants to do and is willing to bring the battle to our doorstep.

We must recognize that Afghanistan and Iraq are not distinct wars, but combat theaters of operation. It is up to our elected leaders and our senior military officials to identify and agree on the correct strategic goals and objectives in order to be successful on these battlefields and others. When we have a proper national security strategy, we will have a focused national military strategy, preparing the defense-industrial base to develop the right weapons systems for victory.

We must be mindful of the wise words compiled by Sun Tzu in “The Art of War” more than 25 centuries ago, “to know your enemy and to know yourself and to know the environment and countless amounts of battles, you will always be victorious.” If we do not understand this simple maxim, we face dark days ahead.

For the sake of our nation, and of all nations who seek freedom for their citizens, we must clearly identify the 21st century battlefield and ensure we are victorious on it.

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