Allen West “More Outrageous treatment of our Military – This is utter BS”

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by Allen West via Facebook

More outrageous treatment of our military. Army 1LT Clint Lorance from Celeste Texas, a 28 year old ground combat platoon leader in the 82d Airborne Division was just sentenced to 20 years in Ft. Leavenworth on two counts of murder. In July 2012, 1LT Lorance ordered the engagement of two Taliban scouts who were tracking his platoon’s movements while on a patrol in Kandahar province, a platoon that had recently experienced losses, including the previous Platoon Leader. According to our ridiculous Rules of Engagement, soldiers in a combat zone are told to hold their fire unless there is evidence of hostile action or direct hostile intent. I spent two and a half years in southern Afghanistan, and we all knew the Taliban utilized fighters on motorcycles and cell phones as scout/trackers. If there are enemy combatants reporting your patrol movements in order to facilitate an attack, how is that not hostile intent? CPT William Miller, the government prosecutor, said 1LT Lorance “used his rank and position to harass, intimidate, threaten, and murder Afghans.” What an incredible dilemma for our men and women in combat: fight and kill the enemy and be sent to prison. Or be killed by the enemy and be denied your death gratuity benefits. This is utter BS and I implore true Americans, and veterans, to melt down the White House, DoD, and Department of the Army phone lines and email.

@AllenWest “Extortion 17, Benghazi, and Camp Bastion….America better wake up and recognize the error you made”

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by Allen West via Facebook

15 September 2013, was the one year anniversary of the Taliban attack against US Marine Corps base Camp Bastion in Helmand Province Afghanistan. The attack was the largest loss of US combat aircraft since Vietnam and resulted in the loss of two stellar Marines, one being the AV-8B Harrier Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Raible. I want you all to remember this incident because our American Marines were not being guarded by Marines, but Tongans. The fifteen Taliban had conducted reconnaissance and surveillance and exploited the weakness and were able to breach the base perimeter. This failure has never been a focus of the Obama administration to rectify and explain to the families of the Marines who were killed and wounded. I suppose this was not part of the campaign narrative in 2012. Extortion 17, Benghazi, and Camp Bastion….America better wake up and recognize the error you made. Semper Fidelis.

Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap & Highlights

Dear Patriots-

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans.  It is Friday, October 12th and time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination.

I must begin by discussing what has to be a most disturbing issue for the American people, the Benghazi Consulate terrorist attack. This week, the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on this incident and we are still receiving conflicting messages and information.

Anyone suggesting this is a “politicized” issue is just trying to preclude the truth from becoming evident to the American people. A very serious mistake was made and it cost the lives of four Americans. The intelligence of the American people was insulted, and continues to be insulted with “excuses” and “blame games.” It has been one month and we are still not any closer to having a definitive statement from the Obama Administration on the truth about this terrorist attack. Vice President Joe Biden’s dodging of the question during Thursday’s debate on whether the attack was indeed an “intelligence failure” shows the Administration is still not willing to accept responsibility.

The testimony this week of the Benghazi Consulate’s Regional Security Officer in front of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, clearly outlined that prior to the attack, there had been a request for security personnel. This request had been denied, not because of any budget cuts, but because of someone’s inaccurate assessment of the security situation. As a matter of record,  the Regional Security Officer had received additional “hostile duty” pay, so budget cuts would have had nothing to do with this incident. Yet somehow, someone deemed it not “hostile” enough to fulfill his additional security request.

Consider President Obama’s actions in the immediate week following the attack.  He took a trip to Las Vegas, partied with music stars Jayzee and Beyonce, and did television interviews with Dave Letterman and The View. This is an unacceptable and insensitive course of action from a President after a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of 9-11.

I find it unconscionable that President Obama stated just this week in San Francisco that “Al Qaeda is on its heels.”Perhaps the President should listen in on more of those “intel briefs” by actually sitting, being briefed and asking questions, rather than just taking the briefing papers and reading them on his own.  If so, he would hear firsthand how Al Qaeda is not nearly decimated or “on its heels.”  The terrorist network continues to exist in the Maghreb (North Africa), Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), is resurging in Iraq (a large jailbreak of terrorists recently in Tikrit), is operating in Syria, collaborating with the Afghan Taliban, and joining forces with Al Shabab in Somalia and extending into Sudan.

The Obama Administration has already destroyed our economic security.  Refusing to call this Radical Islamic Fundamentalist enemy out for what it is, the Administration seems bent on destroying our national security as well.

During his speech to the United Nations, President Obama stated, “The future does not belong to those who would slander the prophet of Islam.”  Our President should have stood strong and supportive of his own country and said“The future does not belong to those who will not support and defend our United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

In closing, last week I had the honor of being invited to the 70th birthday celebration of a dear supporter, friend, mentor and Town of Palm Beach Councilman, David Rosow, hosted by his lovely wife, Jeanne. The birthday dinner party was held on Palm Beach Island at the Sailfish Club and one of the many distinguished attendees was Mr. Rush Limbaugh, who happens to be a constituent of the district I represent.  Into this illustrious setting, walked the son of Herman Sr. and Elizabeth West born respectively in 1920 in South Alabama and 1931 in South Georgia, accompanied by the daughter of Marine Security Guard (Ret) Keith and Patricia Graham, Jamaican immigrants to America. When my parents and the parents of my wife, Angela, were born, our parents would not have been able to visit Palm Beach Island, much less attend an event like this. However, it is because of the vision and dream of our parents that all things are possible in America, that Angela and I would be right there some 51 years later.

Herman Sr. and Elizabeth’s son is the Congressional Representative for one of the highest per capita income zip codes in America, the Town of Palm Beach. By my side that evening was my wife of 23 years, mother of our two daughters, and an accomplished woman with an MBA and a PhD.  It did not require President Obama and his economic and social justice policies of fairness, fair share, fair shot, or economic patriotism to enable my wife and I to walk into the Sailfish Club last Sunday. It was Thomas Jefferson, who articulated that we have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness endowed to us by our Creator,  not man, and therefore not government. We are all created equal and have the access to the equality of opportunity this country has perfected and affords to its citizens and all who come to our beautiful shores.

America is a great and exceptional nation, and as Angela and I drove home that night we were reminded of such. I pray all of you realize how blessed we are to live in the greatest Constitutional Republic the world has ever known.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:
– Saturday, 6 Oct; participated in the New Horizons 5K Race in Port St Lucie; attended the University of Tennessee South Florida Alumni picnic; threw out the first pitch at the Brothers in Arms Saluting our Heroes Softball Showdown-picture here

– Sunday, 7 Oct; participated for the fifth straight year in the 16th Annual 5 Mile Dunn’s Run in Deerfield Beach to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.

– Tuesday, 9 Oct; received the RetireSafe 2012 “Standing up for America’s Seniors Award- picture and info here; addressed Juniors and Seniors, to include the JROTC Cadets, at Forest Hill High School on my life from being a High School JROTC Cadet to today, and the key principles of leadership.

– Wednesday, 10 Oct; met with Canadian Consul-General Louise Leger to discuss the topics of national security, sequestration, Middle East foreign policy, and trade and economic ventures between Canada and Florida- pictures here; hosted a town hall meeting with special guest Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Danny Danon and approximately 10 Israeli Mayors in Century Village in West Palm Beach; addressed and provided a legislative update to the Martin County Veterans Council on the topics of veterans healthcare, military voting, and military defense cuts.

– Thursday, 11 Oct; attended the Treasure Coast Builders Association breakfast in Port St Lucie; was joined for the day with Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK); Keynote speaker for the 82d annual meeting of the Indian River Citrus League; received the Florida Farm Bureau’s “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award-picture here— along with Chairman Lucas, addressed Farm Bureau Members on critical issues of the Farm Bill- pictures here, funding for invasive species research, immigration reform, tax reform, and concerns from respective commodity sectors of Florida agriculture.

– Friday, 12 Oct; commencement speaker for the graduation exercise of 150 graduates of MedVance Institute in Port St Lucie.

Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up, Legislative Update and Weekly Highlights 1/23/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.

It has been a week of surprises in the GOP primary with John Huntsman and Rick Perry dropping out, a final count in Iowa giving the caucus victory to Rick Santorum, and a blowout win for former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Palmetto State.

Speaker Gingrich’s victory is a testimony to two factors: debates matter, and people are looking for someone who will fight, both the establishment and the liberal elite media.

We all know Speaker Gingrich is quite at home on a debate stage and he truly showed that this past week. However, even in the light of character attacks, the two confrontations with reporters Juan Williams and John King elevated the Speaker to a different level.

We have had three very different candidates win the first three primary contests of this season. Quite perplexing. It is now on to Florida. Florida will be a true indicator because of its size and varying demographics, from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.

Can Speaker Gingrich maintain this new-found momentum? Can Governor Romney recapture his focus? Will Senator Santorum find a niche in Florida and remain relevant? Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. One thing is for certain, at least our GOP candidates are being fairly vetted and answering hard questions.

As far as the Oval Office, this has been one heck of a week. How many of you know President Obama cancelled the largest-ever joint military exercise with Israel? This exercise was to focus on THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), which is a fancy way of saying missile defense. This cancellation came just two days before we found out President Obama had sent a secret communiqué to Iran’s supreme leader requesting talks.

Of course, there are those who say, so what? Well, the so what is that we cancelled the missile defense exercise because we did not want to “offend” Iran. Consider the message it sends to a nation run by theocrats and a mad man whose belligerence knows no bounds.  This comes as we have been considering releasing Afghan Taliban leaders to show good faith to the Taliban in order to begin negotiations. But then again, Vice-President Joe Biden stated we are not at war with the Taliban.

A critical part of our national security, as well as our economy and job creation, is energy independence. President Obama surrendered this week to the State Department to declare the Keystone XL project is not now in the national interest. A project studied over three years needs more time to be studied? I suppose this is what you get from a President who has a history of voting “present” most of his short political career.

America  needs the Keystone XL project now, especially when we here in South Florida are watching China place oil rigs capable of drilling just 45 miles off our coast. This issue is far from over.

On Friday we hit the magic “three year number” for the Obama Administration. By the President’s own words, he stated that if he had not turned things around in three years, he would be a one-term President. However, now he is asking America to give him four more years to fundamentally change America.

I hope Americans ask some fundamental questions before making that decision:

• What was the National debt three years ago?
• What was America’s global competitiveness standing?
• How many more Americans are on the poverty rolls and on food stamps in the last three years?
• What have our deficits been the last three years?
• What was the average price for gasoline three years ago?
• What was the average price for health insurance premiums three years ago?
• What was the price of a gallon of milk or a carton of eggs three years ago?
• How many Americans have lost their jobs or careers in the last three years?

Hardworking American taxpayers and families are losing their economic freedom and individual sovereignty, which is the unmitigated truth.

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address.  It is not too late for the President to work with the House of Representatives and develop a plan of action which will restore this great Republic and promote equality of opportunity, not equality of achievement.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

The House of Representatives had only one day of legislative activity this past week, on Wednesday. The House passed the “Motion of Disapproval” for the President’s requested $1.2 trillion increase to the nation’s debt ceiling. I voted to support the Disapproval of the request to increase the debt.

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 17 January, flew back to Washington, D.C. and met with Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland, participated in the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry, opened up the Second Session of 112th Congress.

– Wednesday, 18 January, participated in a classified House Armed Services Committee members-only briefing on Iranian security and economic developments, participated in a House GOP Freshmen press conference on 1,000 days without a budget.

– Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 January, attended the House of Representatives GOP Strategy and Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD.

– Sunday, 22 January, addressed the Galt Ocean Mile L’Hermitage Speakers Club and flew back to Washington, D.C.

– Monday, 23 January, conducted a Black Conservatives Forum on Capitol Hill, see the video of the Forum here.  Spoke at the March for Life Rally.  

Rep Allen West asks “Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?”

Via an exclusive email to The Weekly Standard by Daniel Halper

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines’ video, and has given us permission to publish it.

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

READ MORE HERE: THE WEEKLY STANDARD