Allen West “Over the past two days there has been an interesting paradox emanating from the Pentagon, which no one is paying attention to.”

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by Allen West Via Facebook

Over the past two days there has been an interesting paradox emanating from the Pentagon, which no one is paying attention to. It seems that next month the US Military is opening up benefits and post housing privileges to same-sex couples. And those in same-sex relationships who are not married are being granted leave to travel to states where same-sex marriage is allowed, in order to get married and qualify to receive these benefits and privileges. On the other hand, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) where our wounded warriors are assigned to recover from their horrific injuries, just announced deep budget cuts. Imagine this, the Pentagon is granting leave for same-sex couples to travel to get married, but the WRAMC Warrior Cafe is now closed on weekends. Priorities?

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Allen West “Did the U.S. Military chose to make an example of Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley” via @Next_GenTV

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Did the U.S. Military chose to make an example of Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley after a letter signed by 57 Muslim, Arab and South Asian organizations was sent to John Brennan criticizing government agencies for “anti-Muslim” bias? Col. West speaks with Lt. Col. Dooley’s attorney, Richard Thompson, who argues that his client is being treated unfairly, and in a manner that undermines national security. Tune in to hear the full story.

Raquel Okyay: Human Events “GO WEST!” “Allen West that is”

 

By: Raquel Okyay

Republican Allen West was elected to the United States Congress representing Florida’s 22nd district in the Tea Party wave of 2010.  West is the first black Republican Congressmen from Florida since 1876, when Rep. Josiah Walls left office.  He is known as rock star Republican, Tea Party Caucus stalwart and unabashed Constitutionalist.

Congressman West’s down-to-earth, southern charm reigns in supporters of all colors and cultures from both sides of the aisle.  What makes West so unique is that he is unafraid to speak his clever mind and steam rolls ahead without fear of rebuke, promoting conservative principles that often get lost in the business-as-usual attitude that plagues Washington.

West is a war hero, with more than 20 years active duty service in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.  Respect for West in this capacity is unending.

Dr. Richard Berry explains in “A Missing Link in Leadership” the relationship West absorbed among his battalion.  “The love Lt. Col. West displayed as an individual and toward a group is quite obvious…I saw evidence of love transcending the space or relation between individuals and identified a genuine love Lt. Col. West had for an institution – the U.S. Army, and his organization – Lt. Col. West’s battalion.”

Indeed, West is a man of honor and humility, referring to his battalion as counterparts not subordinates.  “I loved my men and their protection was always my greatest consideration. We would always accomplish our assigned mission but never would I unnecessarily risk their lives, and if it called for that, then I would be there as well.”

After serving our country so well, West would go on to serve his community as a high school teacher in Florida, and serving our nation mentoring Afghanistan officers as a government contractor.  West gave us one good term as a congressman, and now he is requesting a second term from his constituents in the November election.  How does anyone say no to a proven American hero?

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Rep Allen West Statement: Steadfast and Loyal “Honoring their Memories, Today and Forever”

(WASHINGTON)-– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today in honor of the fallen and their families on this Memorial Day:

“Memorial Day is set aside every year to remember the ultimate sacrifice given by our Men and Women in uniform. Precious lives lost, so that we may live free.  One day a year is hardly fitting for such a gift to all of us, which is why Americans must always remember the price of freedom and never expect that it is free.

As a 22- year Army Veteran with several friends and relatives still serving in the Armed Forces, I have made it my primary mission in the United States Congress to act in the best interest of our troops, so that those who died did not die in vain.  This includes providing for the families of the fallen and providing for those injured even once the physical battle of war is over.  As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to fight to make sure our Military has all of the resources it needs, up until the last warrior returns home to their family safe.

The United States of America possesses the greatest military force the world has ever known. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman volunteer to protect and defend this country and all of its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. When our Men and Women in uniform take the oath to serve their country, every single one of them is prepared to die for his or her country, and yet their courage and selfless committment to their beloved Nation, surpass any fear they might have.  This is true bravery and loyalty. These are the greatest men and women of each generation.

As Americans enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and pay tribute to the men and women who have literally laid down their lives for us, I hope and pray each and every family member of the fallen find peace in knowing their country stands stronger because of their sacrifice, and they will forever be an American Hero.  My wife Angela and I, and our daughters Aubrey and Austen, will be reflecting on this somber day with sorrow for those lost, as well as an understanding that we live in the greatest country this world has ever known, not by luck, but because of the courage, commitment and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.”

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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.

Rep Allen West introduces Limited End Strength Reduction Act

Legislation assures military drawdown is safe and responsible 

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) today introduced the Limited End Strength Reduction Act of 2012, ensuring our Army and Marine Corps have the financial resources they need for a responsible drawdown in Afghanistan, while continuing to meet our National Security objectives. The bill slows the pace of the President’s end strength reductions by placing limits on the number of troops than can be eliminated annually.

“Our men and women in the Armed Forces do not need to continue to be the bill payer for fiscal irresponsibility,” West said. “We cannot ask our Army and Marines to fight these wars and not supply them with the resources they need to end these combat operations without undue risk.”

The bill requires the Army not be reduced by more than 15,000 members per year during fiscal years 2014 through 2017. The bill requires the Marine Corps not be reduced by more than 5,000 members per year during fiscal years 2014 through 2017.

“No one knows the perils of an insufficiently manned Army better than Allen West,” said United States House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA). “His combat experience and service to this nation, both in Congress and in the Army, give him unique expertise. This legislation helps us not only pave a path to security, it eases the strain on our heavily-stressed military. Mr. West’s bill has my full support.”

In addition, the Limited End Strength Reduction Act assures our military has the resources it needs to prevent overly burdensome or repeated deployments among our men and women serving, who have been at war now for more than ten years.

“Our men and women in uniform have paid a great price already, with years away from their families, serious injuries, both physical and emotional, and all too often, with their own lives,” West said. “We owe it to our military to continue to provide them the resources and support needed, and the Limited End Strength Reduction Act does just that.”

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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.

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The United West and a coalition of Florida Leaders joining together for a patriotic program honoring our military

The United West and a coalition of Florida Leaders, organizations and citizens will join together on  

January 10, 2012 at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida for a patriotic program honoring our

United States Military and promoting American values of freedom and liberty.

We owe our men and women who have served and are currently serving in the United States Military a debt of gratitude. Please join with us January 10th in support of our troops both active duty and retired, their families and orphaned children.

The overriding objective of this exciting program is to support the troops and educate Floridians on National Security issues. Our goal is to honor the bravery, sacrifices and work of our men and women in uniform who take extraordinary risks to protect our freedoms here at home.

In stark contrast to our program of supporting the troops, other organizations, including Occupy Wall Street activists from across Florida, will be convening on the State Capitol on January 10th to petition their elected representatives and selfishly demand that Florida provide their needs.

All citizens have the right to seek redress from our legislature.

However, our coalition of patriots is joining together to honor those who have selflessly suffered and sacrificed to ensure that these very freedoms and liberties…will continue to be enjoyed by all Floridians.

With your proactive participation we can show the world that our pro-American message of supporting our troops, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is first and foremost the duty and responsibility of not just our military but of all Americans.

 The United West has secured the 22nd floor of the Capitol building to present a powerful and moving event for all who attend.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Colonel Ben Knisley, U.S. Army (Ret.) former MIA – The Wounded Warrior Project

Capt. Harry T. Chaires (ret) – One Brave Marine Armed Security Contractor

David Beamer

Patricia Sullivan and The Tea Party Network

Jason Hoyt

Congressman Allen West (by Video)

Wild Bill for America

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY WILLIAM TEMPLE – Revolutionary War Re-enactor

  • Christian Action Network
  • Patriot Come Lately Radio Show Host
  • American Soldier’s Wife
  • Operation Restored Warrior
  • The Highlands Tea Party

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