West: Censure Obama for Support of Islamic Terrorists

Allen West, desperately trying to retain some tiny bit of relevance politically now that he’s out of office and running some lameass “think tank,” told Newsmax TV that Congress should “censure” President Obama for his entirely fictitious alleged support for Muslim terrorists.

Speaking with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on Friday, West said that Islamic radicals are running free all over the world because President Obama has given then the green light.

“This is what happens because weakness is enticing for your enemy,” West said. “There comes a time when we really have to honestly say whose side is President Obama on? Is he an Islamist sympathizer? I think that if there’s one thing that the House and Senate can do, they need to bring up a resolution to censure the president for some of these actions.”

First of all, censure is meaningless. It’s the equivalent of Congress saying “we don’t like you, poopyhead.” Secondly, this is a perfect example of why Democrats should not bother to emulate Republicans when it comes to foreign policy, as both Clinton and Obama have done. Democratic presidents often feel the need to use the military a lot and intervene abroad to avoid the Republicans’ ubiquitous charge that they are “soft” on defense, or on terrorism, or on communism, or whatever.

Why bother? It doesn’t matter how much your policies are like theirs, they’re still going to make that argument. They’re still going to accuse you of being soft because this is a marketing slogan, not a serious argument based in reality. Their mythical “toughness” is their marketing brand and they’re going to use it in contrast to you no matter what you do. It doesn’t matter how many drone strikes you order, how many whistleblowers you send to prison, or how loudly and strongly you defend the CIA and the military’s appalling human rights record. So stop trying.

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  • wreck

    “whose side is President Obama on? Is he an Islamist sympathizer?”

    No, Allen, you’ve got it all wrong! It’s “Barack HUSSEIN Obama”. You’re losing wingnut style points here.

  • eric

    this is a perfect example of why Democrats should not bother to emulate Republicans when it comes to foreign policy, as both Clinton and Obama have done.

    Ed, I think you’re living in a fantasy world on this particular point. I don’t think the Democratic presidents have been trying to emulate GOP hawkishness out of some fear of being thought to be weak. I think they are actually hawkish. And I think Biden and Hilary Clinton would be similarly, sincerely hawkish. The GOP isn’t the only party that has changed since the late ’70s early ’80s. The Dems have changed too, and this is an area of change. They are really as hawkish as they advertise to be.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yes, he’s exploding some of them, but he’s not doing it right. He doesn’t say a witty quip just before the camera on the Hellfire cuts out at the end. Worse, he never walks away from the explosion in slow motion.

  • dugglebogey

    What? His middle name is Hussein? He’s a TERRORIST! Kill him! We can’t? What can we do? What’s a censure? Forget it, I don’t care what it is. If we can do it, censure him!

  • llewelly

    There has always been a strong pro-war faction in the Democratic party.

    Kennedy, LBJ, Clinton, Biden, and Obama have always been part of that faction.

    Remember that Obama didn’t object to the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that war was bad – he objected on the grounds that he thought it was the wrong war. He just wants something resembling actual victory, rather than a complete marketing fiction.

    The anti-war wing of the Democratic power has never had much power.

  • Alverant

    So West is saying that President Obama, the guy in charge when Osamma bin Laden was killed, is helping terrorists by … he’s not exactly clear on the “how” part. But if we’re going to use flimsy logic, all those islamaphobes in the GOP are also helping muslim terrorists by giving them reasons to hate the US. This isn’t “they hate us for our freedoms” it’s “they hate us because we’re advocating treating all muslims as sub-humans”.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    llewelly “The anti-war wing of the Democratic power has never had much power.”

    To be fair, they are dirty hippies.

  • laurentweppe

    So West is saying that President Obama, the guy in charge when Osamma bin Laden was killed, is helping terrorists by … he’s not exactly clear on the “how” part

    Allow me to state West’s implied message: the guy in charge when Osamma bin Laden was killed, is helping terrorists by not trying to disenfranchise everyone with a muslim grandmother. When far-rightists talk about “getting tough“, it means they intent to screw up some fraction of the plebs and are trying to paint this sociopathic intent as some unapologetically principled position.

  • Michael Heath

    llewelly writes:

    The anti-war wing of the Democratic power has never had much power.

    Modusoperandi responds:

    To be fair, they are dirty hippies.

    [Italics are Modus’]

    Or they’re congressional representatives from districts where their constituents have so few opportunities those districts’ young people enlist to secure a viable wage.

  • felidae

    How about we take up a collection and buy West some weapons, a few hundred rounds of ammo and a one way ticket to Syria so he can show us how to fight Islamic extremists just like the Rambo he imagines himself to be.

  • U Frood

    Isn’t it obvious? Obama is Muslim so of COURSE he supports Islamic terrorists.

    Use logic, people!

  • jaybee

    What West should really do is propose a three strikes law. If you know or are related to three or more people who are Muslim, then the GOP gets to confiscate your official Jesus Lovin’ USA Patriot card.

  • dingojack

    felidae (#10) – West could emulate this guy.*

    Dingo

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    * note: I doubt that Mr Gardiner sees himself as ‘some kind of Rambo’. I think that he feels that ISIL are dangerous extremists and he that he should put his military and civilian skills into practice to defeat them. (Despite the laws preventing Australians from fighting in officially unsanctioned wars)

  • birgerjohansson

    Will Obama get a passing grade if he says “Yippee-kay-ay, motherfucker” before he presses the button?

  • comfychair

    @14: No, it would only count if he said ‘Praise the Lord!’ And also was wearing the appropriate American flag lapel pin.

    And anyone who has the poor judgement to compare ‘Praise the Lord!’ to ‘Allahu Ackbar!’ hates America and Freedom and apple pie.

  • Loqi

    So bombing the shit out of people is a way to show support? I guess it makes sense in fundy speak, seeing as how they “love the sinner” while bombing clinics and shooting doctors.

  • Trebuchet

    This guy made it to Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. And he’s not the only high-ranking wingnut. That’s seriously scary.