Allen West “Our enemies are watching us slowly dismantle Military capability. The wolves are salivating”

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Realignment of military budget must have enemies cheering

Written by Allen West on November 19, 2013

According to the New York Times, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is pondering “realignment” of the military budget, which means a shift in strategic posture. That’s the sort of news which should cause grave concern about our military readiness – unless, of course, you’re one of our enemies.

According to Secretary Hagel, “The Army was the principal institution fighting those two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), as the armies normally are in land wars,” Mr. Hagel said. “So as those requirements have come down, there’s going to be an adjustment.” That view is driving a new look at the Pentagon’s traditional, even distribution of funds. Hagel further states, “I don’t think you can just make easy, simple assertions based on simple formulas — a third, a third, a third,” he said. “That might turn out to be just about right, but it may not.”


Rep Allen West – Supporting Our Troops

There he goes again.

President Obama has decided he needs to cut the budget.  But he’s trying to do it on the backs of our brave men and women in uniform.

More than ever it is critical that I run an effective campaign to help fight for our values.

Here are the facts.  The Administration recently jacked up the prices our soldiers will pay for health insurance.  But civilian employees — union members — won’t have to tighten their belts one bit.

This is an affront to our soldiers who risk literally everything so we can remain safe and free.  But in President Obama’s world, it makes sense.

You see, it’s an election year.  Obama and his political advisors know that federal employees are already pro-Democrat.  They have a vested interest in government getting bigger.

And the last thing he wants to do is alienate a voting bloc that he needs in November.

But buying votes with military benefits is just wrong.  And we shouldn’t stand for it, or other policies which run counter to what we believe as Americans.

I’ve always worked for a leaner, smaller government.  We must do more with less.  Our debt and deficit are out of control.  That’s why one of my first acts was rooting out waste in the Department of Defense.  There are no “sacred cows” when it comes to saving taxpayer dollars.

But forcing those who make the ultimate sacrifice to pay more doesn’t line up with what is true and right about our country.  We should be honoring our military, not penalizing them.

Thank you for all you have done for the campaign, the nation, and the values we hold dear.

Steadfast and loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress


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Rep Allen West’s Legislative Low Down & Weekly Wrap Up

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  Reflecting on the past week, I will tell you that Saturday morning got off to a very emotional and great start. My youngest daughter, Austen, was sworn-in as a United States Navy Sea Cadet, part of the USS Spruance Division in Fort Lauderdale. Our family was there as she placed her left hand on the American flag and took her oath.  Could this lead to the first Sailor in the lineage of service in the West family? It will make the Army-Navy game quite personal!

In keeping with this military theme, the past week was really about national security in many different ways. I pray there will be a strong, capable United States Navy and United States Military, for my daughter to join in the future. I am deeply concerned that again our Federal Government is forcing our men and women in uniform to pay the bills for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington D.C.

Let us not forget that 62 percent of our federal spending is mandatory spending; net interest on the debt, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, and Social Security. Our defense budget, base and overseas operations, makes up only 19.6 percent of the total. Even if we eliminate the entire defense budget, America still runs close to a trillion dollar deficit this year.
It will take courageous leaders who will stand up and tell the American people the truth. We must protect and preserve our mandatory spending programs, however they have to be reformed in order to address our deficits and ever increasing debt.

On the heels of the news about harmful cuts to our military — which will take our Army and Marine force strength down to dangerous levels — Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, stated we are going to end combat operations in Afghanistan sooner than expected. This is a repeat of the strategy which fails to understand the enemy has a vote. There are only two ways to end a combat operation or war — you win or you lose. You do not stop in the 4th quarter and tell the referee that you are going to leave the field. And as expected, following Secretary of Defense Panetta’s statement about Israel’s contemplation of an attack on Iran, America got a threat from Iran’s Supreme Leader.

We MUST stop telegraphing weakness.

I spoke to the Reserve Officers Association this week and laid out a national security strategy for the 21st Century Battlefield of “Engage, Deter and Strike.” We talked about how we must conduct a global threat assessment in order to develop the requirements and capability to meet any threat for the next 15 years.  I also had the distinct privilege of addressing the Arlington Virginia Squadron of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. I built upon the national security strategy and articulated how we must have individuals who understand the tactical level of war serving on Capitol Hill. It is imperative to ensure we have those individuals who can state why we must move away from a Cold War Era forward-deployed military to a power projection force that focuses on strike operations and not nation-building/occupation-style warfare. We discussed how the Marine Corps Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) model is key to understanding how we tailor our forces going forward. Lastly, the Marines and I discussed how we need to create a national military strategy which drives the weapons systems being developed by the defense industrial base.  We need more attack and troop transport helicopters and close air support platforms.

What was special about this week was the chance to speak with allies as well. I had a fantastic conversation with Brigadier General Shmaya Avieli who is head of the Israeli Defense Export and Cooperation Department. We must work with our allies in new weapon system development in order to reduce our procurement and research and development timelines. When we can have more common operating platforms with our allies, we can reduce our logistical support chains and costs which is another driver of the Department of Defense spending.

Also this week, I had the honor of speaking to 30 Officers and Interagency workers attending the Canadian Defense College National Security program, their version of the United States military War College. Having served alongside the Canadian Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I was able to use anecdotal stories of how we must have better coordination of National and Operational security strategies to ensure our success at the tactical level. Interestingly enough, we are coming-up on the anniversary of the establishment of the 1st Special Services Brigade “Devil’s Brigade” which was the joint US-Canadian venture and the precursor to our Special Forces.
The closer for this week of national security and defense-related topics was the deployment ceremony for the US Army Reserve 841st Engineer Battalion. Special hat tip to Miami-Dade College North Campus for hosting the event where I was joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Men and women from our local area, and other states as far away as Georgia and Alabama, are deploying to Afghanistan’s RC-North. They represent all that is best about America and are the true one percent who ensure the other 99 percent live in a land of liberty and freedom. We must guarantee they have proper ROE (Rules of Engagement) to enable them to engage the enemy on the battlefield.

The lesson learned for all of us is that the world is still a very dangerous neighborhood. We cannot pretend to believe that targeting our military will relieve our fiscal woes. We must listen to our allies and find the means by which we can cooperatively grow stronger and confront the growing adversaries who wish to promote their hegemonic dominance.

At each opportunity to speak, I challenge more of our uniformed men and women to “ruck up” in a suit and tie and seek out offices to run in their communities.  Capitol Hill I can attest is in need of true warriors and those who have a conviction and commitment for our Constitutional Republic.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update: The House got back to full legislative work this past week:

– CLASS Repeal — Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2012 by a vote of 267-159, I VOTED YES. Twenty-eight Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would repeal Title VIII of the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which established the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program—a national, voluntary long-term care insurance program for purchasing community living assistance services and supports.

– Pro-Growth Budgeting — Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3582, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2012 by a vote of 242-179, I VOTED YES. Four Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a supplemental estimate of the macroeconomic impact of any major bills reported by a House or Senate committee. Under H.R. 3582, a “major bill” would be defined as legislation with any one-year estimated budgetary effect of more than one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in that year.

– Baseline Reform — Friday, the House approved H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act of 2012 by vote of 235-177, I VOTED YES. Four Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would remove the automatic annual inflation adjustment from CBO’s discretionary baseline spending projections, thereby removing the baseline assumption that discretionary spending will increase each year.

– FAA Authorization (Conference Report) — Friday, the House approved the Conference Report on H.R. 658, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 by a vote of 248-169, I VOTED YES. Twenty-four Democrats supported this legislation. The Conference Report would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations and programs for four years, from Fiscal Year 2012 through Fiscal Year 2015. The legislation would provide a total authorization of $63.4 billion over the four year period, including $50 billion in discretionary authorizations and $13.4 billion in contract authority through the Airport Improvement Programs (AIP).

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 31 January, cast my vote and conducted several media interviews on the Florida GOP Presidential primary.

– Wednesday, 1 February, addressed the Reserve Officers Association Conference, met with Kristina Hebert of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida who attended the Small Business Committee full hearing on “The State of American Small Businesses.” Met with Brigadier General Shmaya Avieli, head of the Directorate for Israeli Defense Export and Cooperation.

– Thursday, 2 February, met with representatives from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Taped an interview with CBS News investigative reporter on the two month payroll tax increase fees on government sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) loan guarantees. Video here. Linked up with Iraq combat buddy SGM(R) George Gurrola and escorted him to House chamber and gave a Capitol tour after evening votes. Addressed the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

– Friday, 3 February, conducted an after action review and gave guidance for next Conservative Black forum. Addressed Officers from the Canadian Forces College National Security program. Met with Cindy Chafian Executive Director of “The Mommy Lobby” who asked me to be on her Board of Advisors which I proudly accepted.

– Saturday, 4 February, addressed the Soldiers and Families of the 841st Engineer Battalion at their deployment ceremony. Attended the wedding party for Mr. Bill and Mrs. Sharon Petraglia Jr. The Petraglia Family are just wonderful and have always been there for me, God bless and long life to this new American family.

– Sunday, 5 February, attended the World War II Chaplain’s Memorial Ceremony in Boynton Beach to commemorate the memory of the Four Chaplains who sacrificed their lives during the sinking of the US troop transport Dorchester on 2 February, 1943.

– Monday, 6 February, flew back to Washington DC, recorded video address for Combat Veterans for Congress. Participated in the HASC panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry.



Congressman Allen West – Weekly Wrap and Highlights

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time for our first weekly update of the new year. This will undoubtedly be a crucial year for the future of America.

As I reflect upon a year ago, I remember what many termed the “Arab Spring” when referring to the hoped-for birth of democracy across the Islamic world. However, today we now clearly see this as the “Arab Winter,” especially when one considers that in this month the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamists groups shall have a 60-65% control of the Egyptian government.

Radical Islamists are promulgating their anti-Western, anti-America message and goals all over the world, not just in the Middle East and in Southwest Asia. Please read here about the latest terrorist threat on our own soil- this time in Tampa, Florida- mere hours from our Congressional District.

If that isn’t enough to worry about- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be traveling through Latin America this very week strengthening alliances in the region. Does everyone remember the Monroe Doctrine?

We have a 28-year-old “4-Star General” now in charge in North Korea and he will likely want to take some action to prove his “street cred.” As well, China is expanding its strategic military capability by way of its maritime and air forces. Need I remind you all the last time that occurred in an Asian nation?

With all of this as a backdrop, President Obama made an unprecedented trip to the Pentagon to release his “strategic vision” for our military – a vision which is a nightmare. The President fails to realize the “enemy has a vote” and is preparing to set up America up for another Kasserine Pass or Task Force Smith. We cannot have the United States Military as the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington D.C. Currently, our Department of Defense spending is around 19.6% of our total budget. In terms of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) we are only at 4.5% in defense spending, and that includes funding support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In contrast, our mandatory spending (net interest on the debt, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, and Social Security) makes up 62% of our federal budget. In Fiscal Year 2011 we saw a 6.7% increase in MEDICARE spending, but less than a 2% increase in defense spending.

With President Obama’s vision, we shall see defense spending over the next ten years drop to 2.7% of our GDP, while mandatory spending grows closer to 12% of GDP. One has to ask, what does President Obama believe to be the essential task of the federal government?

My recommendation is simple: develop a National Security Strategy of “Engage, Deter and Strike”, and from there enact a threat assessment across our geographic AORs (Areas of Responsibility) which looks at threats in those regions for the next 15-20 years. Then develop the requirements, capabilities, and capacities necessary to meet that strategy.

Other evaluative criteria for this strategy: eliminate nation-building or occupation style operations; move from a forward deployed to a power projection platform military; eliminate sustained deployments in a combat zone longer than eight months for our troops and allow for a two-and-a-half year “dwell” time back at home. In addition, we should reduce weapon system procurement and acquisition development timelines down to five to seven years and enact a 10-15% cut across higher headquarters staffs.

No President gets to decide where this country will fight, the enemy will make that decision. The Commander-in-Chief needs to be able to protect this nation and our interests abroad.

I am constantly reminded of Alexander the Great’s famous quote, “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” America always must be led by a lion with a vision of “peace through strength.”

My other concern coming out of this past week is not just about the “recess appointments” made by President Obama, but rather the accompanying rhetoric. Our Founding Fathers established a Constitutional Republic rooted in the rule of law and a system of checks and balances between coequal branches of our Federal Government. America is not an imperial monarchy and no one gets to bypass Congress to implement his ideological agenda.  I hope America is now realizing that elections have consequences.

I am pleased the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5%, but let us not start dancing in the end zone yet. We need to have a consistent drop and never forget that we have millions of Americans who have dropped from the rolls because they are no longer seeking employment, as well as many more who are underemployed. I want to be assured this drop from 9% to 8.6% to 8.5% is not just a “seasonal bump.” Only free market-oriented, private sector, fiscal, monetary, tax, and regulatory policies will create the conditions for sustained economic and job growth.  Furthermore, a year from now, Americans must realize that we could see the most massive tax increases in our history.

I want to close with a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” which was written in the mid-1800s: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

In this critical election year, beware the individual who promises more spending to placate the electorate and expands the level of dependency upon the State. That person, truly a Statist, will end the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known, our America.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 3 January, addressed the Federated Boca Raton Homeowners Association, visited Randy Lebolo of Lebolo Construction Management Company- Randy came to America years ago from Colombia with just a pair of shoes. Now he is watching his business suffer under insidious anti-business policies emanating from Washington. Visited Anne Chung at her small business, Tropic Pharmacy, to talk about how policies are squeezing out small community pharmacies. Visited the Moran Boys and Girls Club center in Deerfield Beach and served evening meal to kids. Addressed the Coral Springs City Commission on one-year update. Addressed the Boca Raton TEA Party Chapter on challenges for 2012 and the future for the Constitutional Conservative grassroots movement.

– Wednesday, 4 January, Visited Diabetic Care Network in Pompano Beach, a 20-year business that is suffering under the newly-instituted government policy of competitive bidding in MEDICARE. Met with local Pearl Harbor survivor and World War II hero, Abe Stein. Ended the day addressing the Town of Davie Council meeting, providing a one-year report.

– Thursday, 5 January, Visited Double Eagle Distributing in Deerfield Beach to discuss how tax and regulatory policies affect small business growth. Addressed the West Palm Beach Rotary Club providing a Washington update and responding to questions and concerns. Met with the Palm Beach Economic Council about local private sector initiatives and general fiscal and tax policy. Addressed the Northern Palm Beaches GOP Club and installed their newly-elected officers for 2012.

– Friday, 6 January, Met with Dean of College of Business and Heads of the Entrepreneurship program at Florida Atlantic University on expanding a veteran-oriented entrepreneurship program from Syracuse University to FAU. Visited local small business Mobile Help, located in FAU Business Technology Park. Mobile Help provides alert/alarm systems for seniors in case of immediate medical emergency. It is a testimony to American individual industrialism, innovation, and ingenuity. Ended the day with a Shabbos dinner at the home of Dr. Ben and Cara Freedman in Boca Raton.

– Saturday, 7 January, Attended the 2012 Town of Palm Beach Policemen’s Ball—-My wife, Angela and I sat with those one-percenters who were raising funds to provide for a well trained and equipped Police Force, to ensure the strength of their pension plans, and to provide a scholarship foundation for their families. What always astonishes Angela and me is the fact that our parents would not have imagined we would have achieved so much. But thanks to American exceptionalism and the opportunity it provides, Angela holds a PhD and I am the Congressional Representative for Palm Beach and Broward Counties. America is about everyone having the opportunity to achieve, yes, all 100% of us!

– Sunday, 8 January, Attended a reception put together by Agudath Israel of Florida to discuss security issues relating to the State of Israel.


Rep Allen West: Cutting Spending While Protecting the Mission – Roll Call Special by the Congressman

Written by Congressman Allen West for Roll Call

During President Barack Obama’s tenure, the national debt has risen to almost $15 trillion, up from $10.6 trillion when he first took office. A significant portion of this debt can be attributed to the immense growth of the federal government since 2009.

The president has increased the federal debt by nearly $5 trillion since taking office, and historic levels of excessive spending have created record deficits in the past three fiscal years. Now, more than 41 cents of every dollar spent by the government is borrowed and 47 percent of the federal debt is owned by foreign nations.

Apart from defense, federal spending has hovered around 16.5 percent of the economy since 1980, through Democratic and Republican administrations. But under Obama, nondefense spending is soaring to 23 percent of the economy this year and is projected to remain at historically high levels in the future.

While I can agree in certain instances with across-the-board spending cuts, defense cuts must never hinder the ability of those serving on the front lines of battle from completing their missions. We cannot put the failures of this president and his massive spending agenda on the backs of the men, women and families of our armed forces. The United States must remain the most powerful military force in the world, and we must always stand with our troops as they ensure our national security.

However, that doesn’t mean we cannot find savings within the Department of Defense budget. In fact, I found three places to cut spending and sponsored three bills to do so: H.R. 1246, H.R. 1247 and H.R. 1248.

• H.R. 1246 will reduce the printing and reproduction budget by 10 percent.

• H.R. 1247 will reduce funding for defense studies, analysis and evaluations by 10 percent.

• H.R. 1248 will restrict payout of annual nationwide adjustment and locality pay for below satisfactory workers.

I have since challenged all 435 voting Members of the House to find their own programs to trim. Importantly, none of these cuts would affect our ability to be the most powerful military force in the world.

Nonetheless, Members on the other side of the aisle are claiming we need to make significantly larger cuts to defense, and we are now confronted with hundreds of billions in defense cuts over a decade because of the failure of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Even senior Obama administration officials are opposed to such enormous and damaging reductions. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, “The roughly $1 trillion in cuts … would seriously weaken our military, and … make us unable to protect this nation from a range of security threats that we face.”


Video Rep Allen West – Districts, payroll tax cuts and the future of the GOP” ABC’s This Week”

Rep. West sits down with WPLG’s (Miami) Anchor Michael Putney for an in depth review of 2011

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Rep. Allen West Says Defense Cuts Would Send ‘Horrible Message’

By Hiram Reisner for Newsmax

Florida Rep. Allen West said Wednesday if the failure of the defense-reduction supercommittee leads to additional cuts to the Defense budget it would not only send a “horrible message” to Americans but also to “our adversaries and our enemies all across the world.”
“I’m very worried about it — speaking from experience — having lived through a period when the military was made a bill payer for the federal government, and we saw what happened as far as the reduction of ammunition, and fuel, and spare parts,” West, who served in the Army for 20 years, told Fox NewsShannon Bream.
“So I think that when you look at the fact that we have made the cuts to the military — $466 billion over the next 10 years — another $500 billion to $600 billion, especially when we’re asking our military to do more at this time, would send a very horrible message not just across this country but also to our adversaries and our enemies all across the world,” West said.
The former lieutenant colonel said it is critical that Congress makes provisions to avoid cuts in the Defense budget and that President Barack Obama goes along with a congressional plan. Obama said after the supercommittee announced it had failed that he would veto any attempt to get around spending cuts, which were built in to a failure of the debt-reduction panel.
“I think the president has to — the most important title that the president of the United States has is commander-in-chief,” West said. “And if he is willing to put politics over the men and women that we have in uniform serving all over this country that were asked to stand on freedom’s ramparts and protect us so that we could have a Thanksgiving, then I think the president really is misguided in his statement.

VIDEO – Rep. Allen West on Fight to Avoid Defense Cuts After Super Committee Failure – Americas Newsroom

Congressman Allen West joined America’s Newsroom to explain why he’ll fight to prevent cuts to defense spending after the Super Committee’s failure to reach a compromise. Part of the $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts triggered when they failed to reach a deal will come from cuts in military spending.

West said, “The primary role and responsibility of the federal government is to protect the American people. Therefore, we need to make sure that we do have a strong defense.”

When asked how he balances his belief in the need for defense spending with pressure from his Tea Party supporters to cut spending in general, West said, “I think we also have to look at many different government agencies, failed, duplicative programs. Let’s start looking at the subsidies that we have coming out of the Department of Agriculture. Why do we have a Department of Commerce when we have a U.S. Chamber of Commerce? A Department of Energy that was created some 40 years ago to make the United States of America energy independent, but yet our dependency on foreign energy sources have increased from 18 to 66 percent.“