Col. West Goes to Washington

I just love this picture of Col. Allen West showing up for his five day congressional orientation:

Yup. Got my military helmet bag; always ready for a battle, and I’m taking names and notes.

Yup, my tie does sort of match my bag; you like that, right?

Yup, I look good standing in this doorway.

Yup, yup, yup. Great picture. I do not anticipate Congressman West to sit around becoming part of the wallpaper, hiding out between election years.

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  • Robert

    Drooool

  • lethargic

    Yes indeed he does look good, may God bless and protect him.

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  • Jennifer Lewis

    Thank you so much for this story and that picture. Seeing it means the world to me as my 9yr old daughter and I walked countless miles and knocked on countless doors for Allen.

    I travelled to DC 4 times during the Health Care debate and personally told Ron Klein I’d spend my every free moment working to defeat him if he voted for the bill. I kept my promise!! Election Day was fab and now seeing a picture of him on Capitol Hill…I just can’t stop crying tears of JOY!!!!

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  • Joe C

    God bless Col. West.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Didn’t West illegally threaten to kill then enacted a mock execution during an interrogation?

  • Lisa

    Allen West confessed, pleaded guilty, was stripped of his command and fined. Justice was served. What’s your point Zachriel?

  • Mary

    Lt. Col. Allen West for President!! LOVE this man. God bless him.

  • Izy

    This photo deserves to be on the fashion website link. Way cool!

  • TxTess

    I would love to be a fly an the wall when Col. West and Col. Chris Gibson take their seats!!

  • John

    Lisa forgot to mention that Col. West’s action thwarted an attack, which saved many lives. Not offering a “ends justify means” argument, but what you have done, Zach? Kept your hands unsullied while innocent lives were lost and ruined? On top of which, as Lisa noted, Col. West did not claim that he ought not be punished because he saved lives. He accepted the personal consequences. That’s integrity.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    John: On top of which, as Lisa noted, Col. West did not claim that he ought not be punished because he saved lives. He accepted the personal consequences.

    Yes, he paid a $5000 fine, and was allowed to retire with full benefits.

    John: Lisa forgot to mention that Col. West’s action thwarted an attack, which saved many lives.

    The man was beaten, threatened with death, then West fired a gun next to his head. The man had no actionable intelligence, and may very well have been innocent. West said, “In my anger, I couldn’t remember how many shots were fired.”

    West remains unrecalcitrant. “We been talking about the fact that we are against something that is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology and it is called Islam.”

  • Robert

    “The man was beaten, threatened with death, then West fired a gun next to his head. The man had no actionable intelligence, and may very well have been innocent. West said, “In my anger, I couldn’t remember how many shots were fired.”

    West remains unrecalcitrant. “We been talking about the fact that we are against something that is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology and it is called Islam.””

    Really? That’s inhumane and certainly un-Christian.

  • SteveM

    A reactionary celebration of warfare, and the implied death and destruction. Marshal sensibilities as an ideal.

    What if West had been carrying rations for the poor, rather than pseudo-military paraphernalia? Would you have been similarly impressed? Crowing with the same enthusiasm?

    First Things indeed…

  • OLD FAN

    SALLUUUUTE !

    Outstanding.

    The real deal.

    Christie, Ryan, Brewer, Jindal, Barbor, Rubio, etc. are all fine Republicans, and this Party only gets better.

  • Doc

    Zach, you’ve yet to make a point which would make Col. West’s admirers appreciate him any less. I can’t wait for the congressman to get a chance to respond to a snarky question from a corporate media reporter. On the other hand, ABCNNBCBS will likely freeze him out. He upsets their narrative, you see.

  • Perfected democrat

    Wow, what a fine man!

    p.s.

    Zachriel, you’re brain dead. You have no sense of ethical proportions…

  • Robb76

    Hey. You arm chair generals who have never been there, enlist, do a combat tour or two then get back to us.

    Robb
    US Army Retired.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Doc: you’ve yet to make a point which would make Col. West’s admirers appreciate him any less.

    Which says more about his admirers than it does about West.

    Doc: ABCNNBCBS will likely freeze him out.

    As a freshman Representative, he probably won’t have much political heft, but he shouldn’t be frozen out. He was won a majority, after all.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Robb76: You arm chair generals who have never been there, enlist, do a combat tour or two then get back to us.

    Prisoner abuse did more to undermine the U.S. policy than anything else. As such, not only was West’s actions illegal, but they were destructive to the U.S. mission. What’s really ironic is that the U.S. government kept the abuse secret, but like most such secrets, the only ones in the dark were the American people. The Iraqis were very much aware of what was happening.

  • Robert

    “A reactionary celebration of warfare, and the implied death and destruction. Marshal sensibilities as an ideal.

    What if West had been carrying rations for the poor, rather than pseudo-military paraphernalia? Would you have been similarly impressed? Crowing with the same enthusiasm?

    First Things indeed…”

    Exactly.

  • Robert

    And I just find it hard to reconcile war and enlisting with mere Christianity. Maybe it’s cause I was reading about Dorothy Day recently, I don’t know. Or maybe it’s because the radical peace that Jesus called for is just too radical for this world.

  • Margo

    Zach, you still have not given us any reason to find you credible. No sources, just talking points. And if it was all so secretive, why do you know all about it?

  • Lori

    Robert, it’s always interested me that the advice Jesus gave soldiers was not to de-enlist, but to be content with their pay. He didn’t appear to be advocating radical social change – but radical personal change, which is a different thing altogether.

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  • Buzz

    Robert

    Is there any cause you judge worthy of killing or dying for?

    I’m not being snarky or beligerent: I’m truly curious about your position.

  • Scott Hebert

    Robert, if you’re going to invoke mere Christianity (and by it the authority of C. S. Lewis), then I hope you won’t mind my doing so as well.

    May I suggest reading ‘Why I am not a Pacifist’? It offers a compelling counterargument to the very argument you make.

    Zachriel: If Col. West’s punishment was not enough for you, I may suggest that you either show that the relevant statutes were not followed correctly, and/or work to get those statutes tightened so that more severe punishments are handed out.

  • SteveM

    Scott, a person does not have to be an absolute pacifist to find the sanctification of the military disturbing.

    War is about death and destruction. My relatives did it in World War II. They didn’t consider themselves “warriors” or “heros”. They knew they were guys caught up in the voracious maw of history.

    And when they got out, they never talked about it. And they surely never carried around equipment they used, to be “always ready for a battle”.

  • John

    The Good Samaritan (Revised [Lord have mercy!])

    The good Samaritan arrives, not after the robbery, but just as the beating begins. The victim cries out for help, but the Samaritan merely perches on a nearby rock and says, “Sorry, but I’m a pacifist you see. Can’t add to the pain in the world, you know. I’ll help patch you up when they’re done… if God grants that you live”. The thieves smile, continue beating their victim senseless, then go on their way. [Alternate ending: ... "and then turn towards the pacifist"].

    Can’t recall any time in history in which that scenario would’ve been endorsed as proper.
    I can’t recall any time in history in which that


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