Scholar. Warrior. Leader.
Allen West is the only person on the public scene who has the combination of all the qualities we desperately need in our next president — not in 2016, not in 2020, but as soon as possible: in 2012.
You can look at all the most frequently mentioned possibilities — Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Herman Cain and several others — but, gifted as each of these individuals is in his or her own way — none of them have all the qualities we need if America is to survive as a Constitutional republic. And none of them talk as honestly, knowledgeably, and boldly as Allen West does about the mortal threat to our country’s very existence: radical Islam. Not just terrorist attacks, but the creeping sharia right here within our borders, as in the New Jersey case where a judge let off a man accused of raping and beating his wife because the man was a Muslim and sharia law allows such abuse.
Allen West knows the enemy as none of the others do. He is a scholar of Islam, but unlike most Islam experts, he has had actual battle experience in Iraq and, after retiring from active duty, as a civilian military adviser in Afghanistan.
He is a warrior, but unlike many warriors, he has two master’s degrees — one in political science from Kansas State University, and one in political theory and military history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College. His deep study of military history has given Allen the kind of insights you hear from Victor Davis Hanson but not from most of today’s political leaders. In addition to formal degrees, Allen has made an extensive personal study of Islam and Islamic history.
But book knowledge — and even the insights gained from daily contact with Muslims, both allies and enemies, in Iraq and Afghanistan — are not worth much unless you can communicate them. And that’s the beauty part: There is no more gifted speaker on the political scene today. There is a reason Allen West’s speeches and even off-the-cuff interviews grabbed by reporters as he walks in or out of an event, have become hits on YouTube. Well, actually, several reasons:
1. Americans crave the truth. They know their current leaders are not telling them the truth — from Janet Napolitano with her ridiculous conceit that Tea Partiers and returning vets are more to be feared than the people attending the hundreds of mosques in this country that are affiliated with the radical Muslim Brotherhood network, to the Pentagon’s refusal to even mention the words “Islam” or “jihad” in its 84-page report about the terrorist attack at Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who carried a “Soldier of Allah” card in his wallet and harangued the wounded vets at Walter Reed to embrace Islam. Unlike our current leadership — and unlike even many Republican leaders, who keep telling us that “Islam is a religion of peace” — Allen West believes that you deserve the truth, and he tells the truth.
2. He tells that truth in a firm, no-compromise, pull-no-punches way — but calmly, rationally, persuasively, backing up every point he makes. He is erudite without being arrogant — in other words, he is a good teacher. You will never have to worry about Allen West hiding out in the White House and failing to defend his decisions and explain his thinking to the American people. Good intentions are wonderful — George W. Bush had them aplenty — but a President has to be able to make his case to the American people — even to those, perhaps especially to those, who oppose him.
3. People instinctively know that love of America goes to the very core of who Allen West is, and that he would lay down his life for this country. And in fact, he already has — many, many times, in Iraq and elsewhere. Not only does he lay down his life for “this country” — in the abstract — but as he famously said in his Army hearing, “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through Hell with a gasoline can.… There is not a person in this room I would not sacrifice my life for.” This is why people trust Allen West. We know he has our back.
Allen West has the love of country and the spirit of self-sacrifice that make us proud of everyone in our armed forces — but he also has a thorough historical and legal understanding of our Constitution, how it works and why it works — and why it is the Constitution, and the Constitution alone, that is the best guarantor of our liberty. When Allen West places his hand on the Bible in January 2013 and swears to uphold the Constitution, we can trust him to keep his promise.
When he enters the Oval Office, we can trust that we will be well served by the 22 years of executive experience he gained in the same place President Dwight Eisenhower gained his — the United States Army. As a brigade Operations Officer, a regiment Executive Officer and finally, a Battalion Commander, including in Iraq, Allen West has many years of experience successfully leading men and women, and in some of the most high-pressure situations imaginable.
Many videos of Allen West’s speeches are available on YouTube, but this one really gives the measure of the man. This is his speech at the “Jihad –The Political Third Rail: What They Aren’t Telling You” conference sponsored by the Freedom Defense Initiative in February 2010:
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