Allen West was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 7th, 1961. He is the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah Wells was elected 135 years ago, in 1876. He comes from a family of career military disciplinarians, with his father and brother serving in the military, and his mother working as a civilian employee of the U.S Marine Corps. West enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983, after graduating from the University of Tennessee. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from UT, and also holds a masters degree from the University of Kansas State in political science. He received a masters degree in military arts and sciences from the U.S Army Command and General Staff Officer college. This is a very intelligent man who succeeded at very high levels of leadership positions within the U.S military. He has also proven himself to be a good strong leader in a combat, which says a lot about his character.
Military career and controversy. (Now) Lieutenant West entered the Army on Nov. 1st, 1983 and served a total of almost 22 years of service in the U.S Army. His career is marked by a constant perseverance to excel, as is shown by his rapid advancement through the ranks. Neither his complete dedication, nor devout Patriotism to this country should ever be called into question. This man is a proven protector of American freedom, who has put his life on the line to prove it, time, and time again. While fighting in Taji, Iraq in 2003, a controversy occurred while West was interrogating a civilian Iraqi police officer whom West had been told had information about attacks on American troops in the area. During this interrogation LTC West was asked to assist in trying to obtain information that the others present felt that the prisoner was withholding. LTC West was accused of firing his pistol past the prisoner’s head while trying to make him give up more information.
Yes, the big controversy was about LTC West, an American troop commander at the time, “frightening” an Iraqi in trying to obtain information from him to protect his own men. In the events that followed, LTC West, an American soldier fighting in the pits of hell for this country, was found to have violated articles 128 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for “frightening” an Iraqi. This type of political correctness results in the inability to defeat the enemy and ever pull our troops out of Afghanistan and yes Iraq too. It will also have a negative effect on future recruiting when potential soldiers learn of this situation. LTC West is a true American hero and the shame lies on the faces of the politically correct military leaders who let this travesty put a black mark on LTC West’s stellar and dedicated career.
During his hearing, LTC West was asked by his lawyer if he would fire his pistol again under similar circumstances. His response to that question is all we need to know about this incident; “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.” This shows nothing but pure dedication to his men and our country, no matter how politically correct military leaders tried to spin it into something else. In support of that last statement, a letter supporting LTC West was signed by 95 members of Congress and sent to the Secretary of the Army. My only question there, is if the Secretary of the Army ever grow a pair, and take this undeserved black mark off of LTC West’s military record, or will they continue to play footsies with the Taliban and Al Qaeda while American troops die? This situation was the direct result of the newer politically correct rules of engagement that our politically entrenched military rulers have handed down in recent years. General Patton must be rolling over in his grave about this nonsense.
Career after military service. LTC West ran for Congress in 2007, losing to incumbent Ron Klein by 9% of the vote. Not to be deterred, West spoke at the CPAC in 2010 and caught the attention of Sarah Palin and the new Teaparty grassroots movement sweeping across the nation. With his denouncement of the Left falsely claiming anyone is racist who opposed Obama and the Democrats , his stellar military career, and his Patriotic views on what needs to be done to restore America, LTC Allen West trounced Ron Klein by the same 9% that he had lost by in the prior election. Oh and if you didn’t notice, Allen West is also of African American heritage. He just doesn’t run around the country announcing this in a veiled attempt to cajole the vote from one race of people or the other . This is a man who was elected on pure American values and the unconditional love for his country he exhibits, period. Leave the race-based vote-begging charades of the left to the Democrats, where it is has been for the last 100 years or so.
Official announcement on 2012 Presidential Aspirations of Congressman West. In a telephone interview with West’s Chief Communications Director, Angela Sachitano stated today that, while Congressman West is honored and humbled by the people mentioning his name as a possible Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate in 2012, Congressman West will not be running for either of those positions. He feels he has a job to do as a new freshman Congressman in learning the ways of our political system and becoming an effective representative that can help ensure the preservation of American freedoms and true American values that have made America the greatest nation on earth.
Congressman West is a realist at his core and understands he lacks the political experience to even consider a run for President of the United States in 2012. His realistic and humble approach towards the future is a very refreshing ideology when we look at the state of American politics today. With this freshman Congressman’s propensity for earning fast promotions, his constantly proving to be a very effective leader in our military, coupled with the displine and drive to succeed in restoring America towards becoming a country with a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we can rest assured that Congressman West will become a steady leader in Congress for years to come. We very well could be talking about President Allen West one day in the very near future, but it just won’t be in 2012.