Story be Deborah Lucas – May 31, 2016

Allen Bernard West was born February 7, 1961. He is an American Political Commentator and a former member of the United States of Representatives and a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. As a member of the Republican Party, he represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013.

West was born in Georgia and joined the Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003. In 2003, West was charged in an incident that involved the beating and simulated execution of an Iraqi policeman.

The incident happened on August 20th, 2003 at a military base in Taji, just north of Baghdad, when West was interrogating an Iraqi policemen, who was believed to have information about a plot to assassinate West with an ambush on a U.S. convoy.

According to sources, West took a pistol and fired it near the officer’s head, causing him to spill the crucial information he fought to conceal, thereby saving American lives.

Instead of being touted a hero, because he did not follow “political correctness,” he was held at the rear of the command, until he was taken into custody.

Because of advice from asinine JAG officers followed by his commanding officer, Major General Raymond Ordierno, “lowered the boom” on West.

West was removed from his command, his career in the Army “killed,” and he was given a choice of either resigning his commission just three days before qualifying for retirement and pension, or facing court martial which would earn him eight years in military prison.

An Article 32 hearing was held December 13, 2003. During the hearing, testimony was given claiming that  “West did not follow proper procedures in questioning a prisoner and that was undisputed.


However in a battlefield situation, “political correctness,” can lead to delays and often the loss of lives hanging in the balance.  West did what he had to do to obtain the information he needed.

West testified at his Article 32 hearing that “I would walk through Hell with a gasoline can in my hand if it meant I could save my troops. I am prepared to lay down my life for any of them, if need be.”

West is a TRUE leader and one to be commended for his actions, but he was not. Ordierno used a heavy hand to discipline West and afterward; morale plummeted under Ordierno’s command, once word got out.

General Odierno had “made his stars” under Bill Clinton “I loathe the military,” and because of his cruel treatment of LTC West, that General’s career was pretty much sunk.

That Odierno is a “politically correct,” bootlicker and a piece of human garbage for his handling of West is undisputable.

Ordierno literally wrecked the morale of his men, embarrassed his command, the Infantry Division, the military, the U.S. military in Iraq, the Pentagon and the Commander-in-Chief, George Bush.

And then-Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld did nothing to help West at all, and he was in a position to. He sat up on Fox News and told half-truths and smiled. (POS).

West was within days of making his retirement and pension, he has a wife who is a cancer survivor, and he risked being put in Leavenworth, because he would not bow down to political correctness and endanger the men under his command.

His commander could have waited a few days to start proceedings against West, but he chose not to. Why? Could West have been targeted because he is a Christian? Was it because he is African-American? Who knows? West is a hero in my eyes because he did the right thing.

West accepted non-judicial punishment. He was fined $5,000 and allowed to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel.  

After leaving the military, he moved his family to Florida, where he taught at a high school for one year and a defense contractor; he spent part of his time in Afghanistan as a civilian adviser to the Afghan National Army.

He went into politics in 2008 as the nominee for Florida’s 22nd congressional district in 2008 and lost to Democratic incumbent Ron Klein, but in a re-match in 2010 he won the seat.


He took office in January 2011 as the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls left office in 1876 near the end of Reconstruction.

When he was a part of Congress, he served on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees and was a flag-waving, high-profile, and passionate member of the Tea Party Caucus and the Tea Party movement.

West switched to Florida’s 18th congressional district for the 2012 House elections due to redistricting caused by the 2010 census.

He lost by 2,146 votes to Democratic nominee Patrick Murphy in the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history to date. A recount extended Murphy’s lead and the original results certified. West conceded to Murphy on November 20, 2012.

He is a now working as a contributor for Fox News and his first book, Guardian of the Republic, was published in April 2014.  West also writes well-written stories on his website quite regularly about current events and his analysis of the same.

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