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Allen West: Rep. Ilhan Omarís 9/11 Comments Should Offend All Americans
CNSNews ^ | April 15, 2019 | Allen West

Posted on 04/15/2019 11:19:07 AM PDT by jazusamo


Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)

Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001 – those two highly recognizable dates have an essential meaning for us as Americans. And those dates have a special meaning in the West Family.

I remember my Dad telling me about listening to the radio as a young man of 21 to the reports of the Japanese Imperial Navy attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor. He, along with the entire nation, was alarmed, disturbed and angry. The global conflagration that would come to be known as World War II had been going on for two years. Dad told me that our nation was completely engaged, hearing of the Nazi German advances since 1939 and the conquests of the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan in Asia.

Of course, as a young black man, Dad was aware of the racism of Adolf Hitler as he had refused to recognize the athletic triumphs of Jesse Owens during the 1936 Munich Olympics. And as things would come to pass, my Dad ended up being a soldier in our U.S. Army, and deployed to North Africa, the European theater of operations in WWII. Initially we suffered a horrendous defeat by the German Afrika Corps under the venerable Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. However, we ended up finding success in North Africa, and moved on to Sicily, and subsequently mainland Italy. It was there in central Italy, the Po Valley, that my Dad was wounded while running logistics dispatches.

The important thing is that my Dad, Corporal Herman West Sr., did as many men of his era did. They answered the call of duty at a critical time when our nation was attacked.

My older brother was inspired to join the U.S. Marines and eventually deployed to Southeast Asia to a place called South Vietnam. Lance Corporal Herman West Jr. was one of “the Few, the Proud,” a Marine Corps infantryman. Although there was no attack on our homeland, my older brother answered a call to service in what became an unpopular war. That is why we must all greet our Vietnam War veterans with the simple salutation of “Welcome Home.” My older brother was wounded at a place called Khe Sanh during the Tet Offensive of 1968.

As our family tradition, legacy would have it, my dad challenged me at the age of 15 to be the first commissioned officer in our family. Dad’s dream came to fruition on 31 July 1982 at the University of Tennessee. I would also answer our nation’s call as a young Captain with the First Infantry Division in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Much the same as with my older brother, we were called upon to protect and defend others.

Then came the Pearl Harbor of our generation. It was the day that would live in infamy for us.

I was an exchange officer to the United States Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with the II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) when the day came. It was a September morning on Marine Corps Base (MCB) Lejeune. We had just finished morning physical training (PT) and were taking care of personal hygiene. I was dressing in my office when the phone call came from Marine Forces Atlantic (MARFORLANT) in Virginia. We were told to get down to the II MEF operations center, and there we saw it, the second aircraft hitting Tower Two. And then the report came of an airplane striking the U.S. Pentagon, in the Army wing, where a dear friend of mine, Brian Birdwell would be severely burned – he survived.

Back at Camp Lejeune, we were tasked to start developing contingency operations as we knew the call would be coming. Little did I know that, at the time, one of our former cadets from my time as an ROTC instructor at Kansas State University would be leading America’s initial response, his 12-Man Army Special Operations A-Team, against Al Qaeda and the Taliban into Afghanistan. He and his men’s exploits were detailed in the book by Doug Stanton “Horse Soldiers” and brought to life in the movie “12 Strong.”

I will never forget that evening sky over Swansboro, NC when I finally got off duty. There were no blinking lights. There were no sounds of jets overhead. It was still, eerily still.

I ended up being selected to command an Artillery Battalion in the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. We deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Two years later, 2005, I landed in Kabul, Afghanistan where I would serve as a Civilian/Military Advisor to the Afghanistan National Army.

Why do I share all of this?

Because I find the comments of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar regarding September 11, 2001 as she was speaking to a Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) event offensive and disgusting. I further find the efforts and comments of those defending her as despicable. Those of us who wear the uniform of these United States of America, and all Americans, know explicitly who attacked us on that day, Islamic terrorists, jihadists. Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives on that day, many more have died due to illnesses and complications to an Islamic terrorist attack planned and executed by an organization called Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden. To have a member of our U.S. House of Representatives take such a dismissive attitude and make such an absurd assertion that 9-11 was about “some people [doing] something” is unconscionable. Many of us have lost our brothers and sisters in uniform fighting against these very well known “some people.”

Could any of you imagine a U.S. Member of Congress, 18 years after the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack saying the same thing? What has happened in our country? And who are these people who would support this anti-American rhetoric? This is not about castigating people as racist because of their responses to what Rep. Omar said. Last time I checked, I am an American black man, who is angered by Rep. Omar’s statement.

This is a person, someone, who should be removed from our House Foreign Affairs Committee, someone who should not be granted access to the classified information of this country.

The West family has answered the call to duty and continues to answer the call to service of our nation. My Nephew, the son of my oldest brother, is a U.S. Army Major with multiple combat deployments, and yes, two to Afghanistan. Rep. Omar’s words disrespect the memory of those who were killed on September 11, 2001, along with those called to duty to defend our nation’s honor against the enemy she refuses to name.

That should offend us all.

Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911; allenwest; cair; ilhanomar; ltcolallenwest; muslim; omars911comments; traitor
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Very well said, LtCol Allen West!
1 posted on 04/15/2019 11:19:08 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

All except muzzies.


2 posted on 04/15/2019 11:24:27 AM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: GOPJ; Diana in Wisconsin; ColdOne; Art in Idaho; Conservative Gato; ptsal; onyx; Tucker39; ...

Off the Wall Ping!

Contact to be added.


3 posted on 04/15/2019 11:24:50 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Bravo, Colonel.

It DOES offend Americans.
It doesn’t offend democrats.

There’s a difference.


4 posted on 04/15/2019 11:33:33 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: jazusamo
This Veteran (and son of a Vet, Grandson of Vets, nephew of Vets, and Dad of Vets and also Uncle of Vets) is not only highly offended, also quite reasonably called into question is just where omar's sympathies just might lie.

A thorough explanation, far beyond a major apology, is in order.

5 posted on 04/15/2019 11:35:26 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in-never, never,never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. Winston Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

Bump!


6 posted on 04/15/2019 11:38:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: NFHale

Rashida Talib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio Kotex are all providing stellar fodder for 2020 campaign ads against these vermin. Then throw in Spartacus Booker, Uncle Bernie, Beto the fraud, and Knee Pad Harris.


7 posted on 04/15/2019 11:40:43 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: jazusamo

I remember that day clearly!
https://www.facebook.com/wsbtv/videos/513696375743780/


8 posted on 04/15/2019 11:41:42 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said theoal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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9 posted on 04/15/2019 11:55:01 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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This is not about racist because responses to what Omar said. Last time I checked, I am an American black man, who is angered by Rep. Omar’s statement.
This person should be removed from our House Foreign Affairs Committee, who should not be granted access to US classified information.
Omar’s words disrespect the memory of those killed on September 11, 2001, along with those called to duty to
defend our nation’s honor against the enemy she refuses to name. That should offend us all.

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There's something about a man in uniform........

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Allen West is a retired US Army Lt Colonel, a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center that exposes liberal
media bias and writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.

10 posted on 04/15/2019 12:38:09 PM PDT by Liz ( Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: All

The "Darlings of Diversity"...........BOL.

11 posted on 04/15/2019 12:55:51 PM PDT by Liz ( Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: jazusamo
Six years ago today in Boston, some people did something. ..
12 posted on 04/15/2019 1:13:49 PM PDT by airborne (I don't always scream at the TV but when I do it's hockey season!)
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To: airborne

Yep, two more of the someone muzzies.


13 posted on 04/15/2019 1:18:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Yes, very well said!


14 posted on 04/15/2019 2:55:06 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono
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To: jazusamo

Allan West, you wrote what I think most Americans thinks about Ilhan Omar’s comment...She should be deported...


15 posted on 04/15/2019 3:31:06 PM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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To: jazusamo

Excellent! I really wish he had had a political career after retiring, but they - the left and the GOPe - absolutely hated him. Too intelligent for them, I suspect.


16 posted on 04/15/2019 3:35:33 PM PDT by livius
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I couldn’t agree more!

Too intelligent, too patriotic and too much common sense for them.


17 posted on 04/15/2019 3:54:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Like I said.
AMERICANS are offended by Omar.

The list you mentioned are democrats.

There’re Americans... and then there are democrats.


18 posted on 04/15/2019 3:57:04 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Thanks. I was going to respond with words to the same effect.


19 posted on 04/15/2019 3:58:47 PM PDT by sport
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To: sport

Brother Dawg, good to hear from you! Woof!


20 posted on 04/15/2019 4:02:38 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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