Allen West, uncut

A candid conversation with South Florida's rising Tea Party star.

Why are we in Libya?

You've said a couple of different things about Libya. At the end of February, you said, "We don't need to rush to judgment; U.S. troops don't need to be involved." Then you had a press release on March 22 that said, "The time to take military action should have been two weeks ago."

If you're gonna take military action, you should've taken it early on. I still don't agree with it; I wouldn't have done it. But it was after the fact.

"Don't try to blow sunshine up my butt," West told a critic.
Michael McElroy
"Don't try to blow sunshine up my butt," West told a critic.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) introduced a bill to drastically change Medicare.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) introduced a bill to drastically change Medicare.

So you wouldn't go there at all.

I would not have gone there at all. What I was saying is that now that we have committed the military forces, we should've done that at the onset, instead of waiting the two or some-odd weeks. But I was not for going into Libya whatsoever.

Why not?

What's the mission? Who are the rebels? What's their leadership? Who fills the void afterward? I mean, there are so many questions that are unanswered... So it's just a Bay of Pigs venture waiting to happen.

So you don't think dethroning [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi is enough of a mission?

I think containing Qaddafi could've been a better perspective. But deposing him? No. Why not depose [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad? Why not go in and do something in Iran 18 to 19 months prior?

Do you support going into Iran?

I support all options against Iran. And I think that there comes a time when talking runs out of being a viable option, 'cause in that part of the world, sometimes the only thing they understand is strength.

You've shown a strong interest in Israel and Israeli politics. My understanding is that you do not favor the two-state solution.

You mean creation of a Palestinian state? When has there ever been a Palestinian state?

Well, if you don't favor the two-state solution, do you know that the majority of Israelis do?

Well, I gotta tell you, I talk to a lot of Israelis; they're very concerned about this United Nations unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, which may come this summer.

The majority of Israelis and Palestinians want peace.12

[laughs for the first time in interview] OK, OK, all right, you want peace? The peace that the Fogel family got when they were stabbed to death; to include a 3-month-old-child? 13 Peace means the dismantling of the Islamic terrorist groups that are operating all in and around the Israeli people. Now if all of a sudden you create this Palestinian state, which has really never been in existence and has never had any currency; if you don't get them to reject some of the violent vitriolic charters that they have, such as with Hamas, all you're doing is creating a terrorist state.

So American Jews favor it, the majority of Israelis favor it...

Well, I don't know who you're talking to.

I'm reading polls in Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper.

There are lies, and then there are damned lies, and then there are statistics.

Your interest in Israel — where does that come from? Does that just have to do with the fact that you have a lot of Jewish constituents?

No, no, that's part of my heart. That's part of believing in the Judeo-Christian heritage. That's part of growing up, going to church, and reading the great stories of the Bible, the Old Testament, and understanding that there is an inextricable relationship between the Holy Land, the land of Israel, and my Christian faith and also the United States of America.

And you don't worry that siding with the hardliners in Israel would anger Muslims throughout the world? You don't worry that that actually endangers the U.S.?

They already hate us... So you can continue to concede land or make concessions of peace, negotiate, but they still hate you for who you are and that you exist. And they continue to express that sentiment.

You were at a rally [recently] with Donald Trump.

[smiles] Donald Trump was at a rally with me.

If he asked you to be his VP candidate, what would you say?

That's up to God, that's up to the constituents, and that's up to my family. It's not about me.

So you're not ruling it out?

I never rule anything out.

But when Glenn Beck said you should run for president, you said no.

I'm not caught up in the cult of personality. I think the most important thing for me to be focused on is being the best possible congressional representative I can be, to prove myself as a capable legislator and also an American statesman.

So you're not looking at yourself as the next Republican candidate to run against Obama?

Nope.

Trump has been questioning Obama's citizenship status. Do you support that?

I don't care where the president came from. I'm concerned about his policies and where they're taking this country.

What do you think of Sarah Palin?

I don't know, never met her.

This is something that came up at a town hall meeting a few weeks ago. You mentioned that you are offended by Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods.

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Sb072650
Sb072650

This is a True American and we should salute this man. He deserves high respect from all Americans.

Jetman1979
Jetman1979

I would really like to know why it is that some of the so called America people that wish to see America go down in flames. Have we all not had the best that life can give us by living in America. We have not had to suffer like those who live in the third world.Wouldn't you want to fight to keep it that way?Yes, both parties are at fault for what is going on in America but it is We the American People that still have the power to rule over the government.I don't know who of you understand what is taking place in America but the big clue is history, it is being repeated. America people are being treated with no respect and our on government has planted this seed. Look at how people act, most would just as soon as knock your head off than to try and get along, to take the time to stop and think about their actions, they just act out.

NoSacredCow
NoSacredCow

He (Allen West) sure defers to an imaginary friend ("god") a lot doesn't he?

fan
fan

Honerable discharge and full military benefits? No wonder he turned to politics....

Etbizsolutions
Etbizsolutions

TODAY'S REPUBLICAN­S ARE AMERICA'S ENEMY WITHIN

Republican­s ARE practicing seditious DEMAGOGUER­Y and anti-democ­racy OBSTRUCTIO­NISM intended to destabiliz­e our economy for purposes of social, political and financial exploitati­on.

Republican­s AREN'T making a sincere effort to STOP the bleeding THEIR incompeten­t leadership and failed policies created. Instead, they're using inflammato­ry lies and false accusation­s as a smokescree­n to conceal their subversive agenda, which is to CAUSE the American economy to collapse and fail so they can blame Democrats for the consequenc­es of THEIR calamitous mismanagem­ent.

Republican­s ARE prepostero­usly professing that THEIR disgracefu­l political WHORING had nothing to do with the banking, real estate, stock market and employment catastroph­es that resulted.Republican­s ARE trying to hamstring Democrats to prevent them from repairing the damage caused during a Republican presidency enabled by Republican Senators and Representa­tives.

Republican­s ARE offering ridiculous arguments meant solely to disrupt and prevent constructi­ve change. They'd rather create the suffering of American families than endure the political consequenc­es of human-cent­ered effective governance­.

Republican­s AREN'T the LOYAL OPPOSITION­; they ARE the ENEMY WITHIN whose mercenary priorities have eroded THEIR moral and ethical standards to the point that duplicity and betrayal have become their preferred modus operandi.

It's one thing to advocate conservati­ve beliefs; it's another thing entirely to willfully sabotage America's government because a Democratic presidency would not be vulnerable to the avarice, fears and bigotries that have produced and sustained the despicable Republican anti-human­ity corporatis­m and anti-Chris­tian faux theocracie­s that are poisoning and crippling American society.

Pedro_lara51
Pedro_lara51

Always the liberals attacking a candidate that stands for the rights of the American people. WE THE PEOPLE. And I tell you what that Iraqi detainee probably deserved it because and I'm sure he was mouthing off trying to be a wise guy.

Pedro_lara51
Pedro_lara51

I had told someone before that Allen West could possibly be the best chance that the Republicans have. That would level the playing field and the race card could not be used in the general election. Obama will still try to use it anyway but to no avail. And another thing Allen West is not arrogant or on a ego trip. Like Obama is.

Swlipblog
Swlipblog

It's always amusing to read how utterly baffled young liberals are by conservatives. Allen West is a great American, as opposed to the left-wing moron in the WH.

Pat Riley
Pat Riley

This guy is crazy!! He doesn't like my black people, and especially my Heat players. We love pot, so who cares about this Uncle Tom....PR

Joe Snow
Joe Snow

That should say, Allen West cut, as he had his balls whacked off by a liberal woman.

robert stuart
robert stuart

Rep. West was fined $5,000 for firing a weapon into a barrel of water that frightened an Iraqi who was trying to kill Col. West's American soldiers but Pres. Obama is lauded for putting a bullet into the head of bin Laden? I applaud the actions of both men.

Elinjaim
Elinjaim

I heard this man and was very impressed by his ideas and belief. He is a true American.

VeteranPatriot
VeteranPatriot

What is it with the liberal left, haters all of you, the so call conservative patriots racist, you know the racist Tea Party groups, we except that Allen West as an American and that he like, we' the thinking people of America wants to change the soft tyranny back to freedom for all Americans. Yes, even those of you that are worshiping obama. You have bought a failed ideology a lie, and/or you are just plain lazy, you want a government to feed and clothe you and tell you how to live? If this is you our liberal teachers unions have done their jobs. They are SOCIAL EXSTREAMIST and you more so. Not all teachers are pushing for a social RE-adjustment in America. I applaud them, we still have wonderful teachers that are Patriots that want to actually teach. This new Social equality just means, they want you and your kids to stupid to actually have an independent thought. They want everyone on the dumbed down page so they can manipulate you in masses. The more students they can graduate that can't read or write the better they like it. I see a true American Patriot in Allen West a true American leader so, who again is the real racist, & most hating political group in America? Let me help those of you that are impaired, liberal democrats are the biggest group of R A C I S T & HATERS. Let intelligent's ring.

Rocketmanp123
Rocketmanp123

He should stick with the military. Getting rid of Medicare and social security is not an option. It is acceptable to give the banks and unions a bailout and reward them for bad practices. Their reward is stolen from seniors and children. How sick can you get?

f b
f b

This guy is an opportunistic clown. He actually was quoted saying that he has a higher security clearance than the president. That he wanted Klein and his supporters to have fear when they went outside. That if you like medicare you are unamerican. All the tea baggers got elected through opportunism that's all. Low democratic turnout and kick "everybody out" because the alternative will be much better mentality..... yeah good reasoning Broward county

Mas 3333
Mas 3333

Uncle West is a Uncle Tom who money and an office. You can put a suit and tie on a male turkey, but he is still a Tom...He will be a Trump /Palin/Bachmann /Rubio supporter if they let him in the backdoor.

chimu
chimu

After reading the whole piece I can see why there are people complaining about the tea party being co-opted by neo-cons and their fear monger... And Lisa can not be any more naive.

RepublicansDon'tCare
RepublicansDon'tCare

What an idiot. We don't "arbitrarily decide who is rich and who is poor." It's called average income for US residents. It's a known, reported fact. And $250,000 is far, far above that average.

ComelyFederalist
ComelyFederalist

It makes sense now. West doesn't go out at all. After reading his own words about liberal women, you knew the man hardly ever reads or has experiences about it. I hope he keeps it that way, he may snap if he finds a wild one.

But nice interview. Pretty tough, I got to say. And one trait that suits West well is his compulsive demand. The man is very emtionally attached; and euphoric as well. He's very self-conscious and maybe even too sensitive(irony?). Even when you told him that Israel wants a two-state, the man called it a lie. Yep, he has Tiger blood and refuses to admit he may be wrong.

I am disappointed in his lame excuse about voting against the Obamacare. So lame and unprincipled. It actually makes sense to why he didn't vote for it: he's compulsively demanded.

But kept his check and some discipline--though he can snap at any time.

And for the record, he's no George Washington. Be tough on him. If GW were alive today, he would be embarrassed to see how they treat him; especially with his allegation in the military. GW was special, Allen West is nothing more than a ordinary American. I'll take Herman Cain than him.

Stephen
Stephen

"Obama is pragmatic and nuanced"

Stopped reading right there. What a joke.

josephcooke
josephcooke

Is Allen West the man to lead the crusade against the liberal influence in the US?

Liberals are the problem. 2012. Solve the problem.

HankS_FtLauderdale
HankS_FtLauderdale

Congressman West did a great job answering all of Ms Rabs face-to-face questions!

nanook5
nanook5

Anyone can objectively look at this quote and see an enemy of the people, anywhere, any place:"I don't know why we have people arbitrarily deciding who is rich or who is poor. That's a very socialist perspective."Allen West, let me get all socialist on you: You are rich, the corporations that contribute to your campaigns are rich, the people you give tax cuts to are rich. The people you represent, the people that are your "constituents," are mostly poor, and you are trying to cut their social services, their ability to get healthcare, their rights to privacy and free speech, you constantly preach division along the lines of race, gender, and association to keep them powerless, and every day you and your fellow politicians wage war against them. Where you see something that is "arbitrary," honest people see a system mouthpieced by liars like you to protect cold-blooded murder and robbery.

Kathi Mcdermott
Kathi Mcdermott

I see that a man of character, principal, honest, and a man with a backbone doesn't sit well with the liberal media, and the liberal public in General. Gee whiz I wonder what that says. Needless to say a word of advice to all you left leaning, Obama loving uneducated, I've gone to school people, you will not get away with demeaning, belittling, character assasination, and lies like you did with Sarah Palin. Not this time around, you see we may have been blaise in our response to you when you were lying about Sarah Palin, but we don't need to be hit twice, you won't, you will not, get away with it this time around. Feel Me?

MagnaEstVeritas2
MagnaEstVeritas2

This is to all those who are posting negatively regarding Allen West, Veritas Parit Odium !IF you people, I don't include anyone from CAIR or any other Islamic organisation in this comment as I consider them to be nonentities to use their term Dhimmi .... Allen West was right to use Islam as a part of his campaign, none are to be trusted, America is in grave danger from Islam the Ideology of Terror,Islam is America's Enemy within !!!Jack, your comments are atypical of someone who runs off at the mouth without engaging their brain first, do the research get the facts, and THEN run off at the mouth .vb, you likewise to be somewhat of an opinionated and bigoted racist, and are therefore not worth a response other than to say NUTS to YOU !Folks, get the facts from the man himself before making assumptions quite often facts are not always as the Media present them!

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

It is interesting that a massive amount of footnotes were placed at the end of the interview/article and yet Rep. West does not have an opportunity to defend his positions. It is a sneaky and less than honest way to set Allen West up for failure, thus discrediting him. This is poor journalism.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

It is interesting that a massive amount of footnotes were placed at the end of the interview/article and yet Rep. West does not have an opportunity to defend his positions. It is a not sneaky and less than honest way to set Allen West up for failure, thus discrediting him. This is poor journalism.

tim3500
tim3500

The article forgot to tell you that when he put the barrel of that gun to the head of that guy,he sang like a bird and saved American lives.

Cocofrio9
Cocofrio9

You write to much, I could hardly finish your unintelligent verbal rant. Stay calm. In this country we only have 2 political parties and sorry to enlight you but Republicans are the only party that could save this country from the debacle that Democrats have created. So yes, calm down.

And experience the inevitable.

EASTLaw
EASTLaw

Allen West standing up for the rights of the American people? Are you serious, what a joke! I work for a company name VUTEC and every month Allen West come to check the boss to bank roll his various election campaign, every election season. He is bought and PAID for by Rich Corporate America. He will send you under the Bus Before he put his RICH friends under it. NEXTIME you talk to West as him about Vutec Corporation and see how quick he switch gear!

nanook5
nanook5

voting for the patriot act & ending medicaid stands for the rights of american people? pffft he has not once done anything approaching such a thing

Michael
Michael

That's for sure. Maybe the most admirable politician today. A man of true American Christian-Judeo principles. I live in his district and I can't wait to shake his hand.

Michael
Michael

Doesn't seem that way--unless you add the footnotes that West didn't have the opportunity to address. Tyoical cowardly liberal journalism.

nanook5
nanook5

i'm sure if that treatment were re-enacted on you you'd call it what it was, torture. but it's an "evil terrorist" so he was just "frightened." ffs.

irony
irony

"let intelligent's ring? wtf man...its intelligence. Did someone dumb you down?

Michael
Michael

Yeah, you like wearing your pants below your behind.

Amasuah
Amasuah

When USA was born, there were no federal taxes. We became a country because we did not want the british taxation. It all began in 1861 with a 3% on incomes over $800 due to war expenses. Then, in 1894 it was modified to 2% on incomes over $4,000 so that fewer than 10% will pay. Now, you know the rest. ObamaCare has began a new taxation, 3.8% on unearned income for individual earning more than $200,000 per year or for over $250,000 for joint filers. Unearned income is that which we use to compound our net worth, which is primarily used for retirement, college education for the kids, nest egg for the next generation so that our kids don't have to depend on government. Unearned income is interest, dividends, royalty income, rental income, gross income from business involving passive activities, and net gain from disposition of property this will include sales of stocks and so on. Today, they tell us that $200,000 is a limit that only the rich will pay. Remember 1894, only 10% paid income taxes. However, as time goes by, it does not get adjusted and then, the working class will pay this additional tax, that I am sure the rate will be raised but not the income floor. Working class will pay again so government can meddle in our lives and future generations will be at the will of the government. The same applies for the "tax for the rich". Today's $250,000 is tomorrow's $10,000 and we all get stuck with high taxes so people can live off government.

Michael
Michael

Personally, any man who bitch-slaps liberal woman get a hand shake from me.

sfmywords
sfmywords

Explain what you mean? Is neither of those things? Do you not understand what those words ean? I' just not sure of what you coent is trying to say. Not trying to insult you.

sfmywords
sfmywords

Generic- please elaborate...

Michael
Michael

Anybody who takes on Allen West better be prepared to be bitch-slapped.

Rossparker
Rossparker

Hey Nanook I take that personally as I have known Allen West as a fellow combat soldier. Reign in your 'liar' accusation fore I discipline you !!

Yeahwecleanthat
Yeahwecleanthat

I'm sorry Ms Mcdermott but your definition of "character, principal, honesty and backbone" are very very very different from the norm (and not just liberal, left leaning norms). And to use Sarah Palin in the same sentence or paragraph as those words takes all and any credibility from your post completely. I respect Mr. West for his fortitude and service but he does not strike me as one to lead a people or even much less represent the common man's needs.

HankS_FtLauderdale
HankS_FtLauderdale

I agree completely. Give the Congressman a chance to respond to your footnotes. Poor excuse for journalism

nanook5
nanook5

how else are you going to filter out the absurd bias that oozes from west's every sentence?

nanook5
nanook5

do i get to hold guns to americans' heads to save innocent pakistani lives? yeah i don't think so...

Etbizsolutions
Etbizsolutions

GET OFF of AM Radio, you teabag dunce, and study real HISTORY!!!WHO was President and IN charge when the us economy tanked, went in the ditch, in 2007 and 2008... losing 750,000 JOBS per Month? NAME two things that your Republicans have done in the past 25 years to better America and help working people in America?Let Me spare you the embarrasment, the answer is ZERO! I don't pledge loyalty to any party, so unlike you teabags, I can easily detect the bat-crap nonsense without having wingnut Am Radio and Fixed News plant it in my brain. NO wonder you all believe that the "quitter" Air Head Sarah Palin is qualified to be president! This is why you Repukes NOW have a bunch of DUNCE elected socalled leaders. What a MESS!

GonZo
GonZo

Probably the fruit of a leftist liberal public education teacher!

TruthWFree
TruthWFree

But where will the government get their money if everyone gets on the wagon? The Bolshevics tried that in Russia and Mao Tse Tung in China and it does not work. But then, these people do not know history and are doomed to relive it.It is important that a society allows the doers and achievers to have the freedom to innovate and profit from that innovation. If the society pulls down the achievers, we have no light bulb, no automobile, no air planes, no electricity, no oil, no medical improvements, etc....in other words, we go back to the caves or what we see in the Islamic world, stagnation and violence.

nanook5
nanook5

yeah! beat up women! so AWESOME!!!

Michael
Michael

He saved 17 American soldier lives, you moron. FACT. Go back in your igloo.

nanook5
nanook5

you didn't answer the question, if an american is "threatening 17" pakistanis, can i shove bamboo splinters under his fingernails?

also...if that's a fact, prove it.

 
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