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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:40 PM

Allen West concedes, or: How The West Was Lost

Well, it’s over. Allen West has conceded. The election season has truly ended. Hilariously, the Politico report on Allen West’s concession mentioned his dismissing more than half of congressional Democrats as communists, only to follow that up with the line “West ran as a rare truth-teller in politics.” I do not believe his political career is truly over — if nothing else he’ll have a book or three ghost-written for him and appear on FOX News as a special correspondent. Maybe they’ll give him a fancy title, like Homicide-Bombing Islamofascists Correspondent or Senior Reporter for Rooting Out Communist Democrats.

Allen West fought back at his loss with an unexpected tenacity. After he rolled over and fled district 22 to run in district 18, with newly minted Rep. Patrick Murphy following him up the coast, I really didn’t expect that the erstwhile lieutenant colonel had the fight in him to take this thing well past election day. His supporters would probably argue that Allen West is a combat soldier and such tenacity should certainly be expected out of the man. But Allen West ended his career as a soldier by taking the easy way out. When faced with the enemy in Iraq, Allen West quickly became what he loathed.

Much has been made over the incident that started Allen West’s political career. It’s been almost ten years since the man was drummed out of the Army for torturing an Iraqi. The mock execution made him a hero to a certain segment of the right-wing, and that hagiography has clouded the facts. So it helps to read news stories from the time of the event. Just look back at the Boston Globe: “U.S. Officer Resigns for Assaulting Iraqi.” It says a great deal about how far Allen West has come since then that his name wasn’t even mentioned in the headline at the time. The name of Allen West was unimportant. What mattered was that a high-ranking officer in the army had been relieved of his command for his conduct. Indeed, the army said at the time that Allen West’s actions warranted a court-martial, but that because of the “stressful environment” of combat, and because of West’s unblemished military record up to that point, he would be allowed to retire after paying a $5,000 fine. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer in the military to be disciplined for his actions in Iraq. Again, to quote the army findings as reported by the Globe, Allen West “disobeyed laws, ignored orders … and mortgaged future discipline in his unit. Without discipline, there is no trust, no cohesion, and no higher purpose for which we fight.”

Allen West is not crazy. He is not a loon, despite all the liberal ad hominem attacks to the contrary. To call him so is to relieve him of some of the responsibility of his actions. Allen West is perfectly sane, but Allen West is not a good man. If leaders must lead by example, then Allen West taught his men that torture is acceptable, and afterward, he taught citizens of this country that partisan warfare is preferable to governance, that half of America is an implacable enemy to be destroyed, and that peace is for suckers.

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Reply Allen West concedes, or: How The West Was Lost (Original post)
SteppingRazor Nov 2012 OP
madfloridian Nov 2012 #1
SteppingRazor Nov 2012 #4
madfloridian Nov 2012 #5
BainsBane Nov 2012 #2
SteppingRazor Nov 2012 #3
dem4ward Nov 2012 #6

Response to SteppingRazor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:54 PM

1. Allen West said he would bring the "vile, vicious, despicable" leftwing to its knees.

When he was elected in 2010 he actually said that and meant it.

Letting his bandanna down, as it were, the biker mag columnist, ex-military mock executioner and musket musterer chosen to lead a District that includes toney Palm Beach, ripped the people he thinks brought Joyce down. From Naked Politics:

The incoming congressman just called into Joyce Kaufman’s radio show and told her while she’s taking on the left in South Florida, he’II “fight them on the battle field in Washington DC.

“I’m even more commited, even more focused on making sure that this liberal, progressive, socialist agenda, this leftwing vile, vicious, despicable machine that is out there is soundly brought to its knees,” he said.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:44 PM

4. Yeah, but that's one of many, right?

I mean, if I went through the litany of unbelievably backward, bigoted, dickheaded Allen West quotes, we'd be here a while!

(P.S. Good to see you're still around. Been months, or even years since I posted anything on DU.)

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Response to SteppingRazor (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:26 PM

5. Not still around, just coming back..

since the election was over. Things have changed so much around here, just checking it out.
Never made the changeover until about a month ago. Not posting much.

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Response to SteppingRazor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:00 PM

2. "a rare truth teller"?

Give me a break.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:05 PM

3. I know, right? When I read that politico story, my jaw just about hit the floor.

Just amazing. Although now when I go back to the politico story, it looks like they removed the communist Democrats bit. But the truth-teller bit remains.

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Response to SteppingRazor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:29 PM

6. Now if only Bachman could get on that train...

 

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