Allen West

Posted November 18, 2015

The first op-ed piece that I wrote for discussed the dangers of having a national security policy based, not on reality, but on campaign promises.

Posted November 04, 2015

This past week President Obama stated that he would be deploying fifty US Special Operations troops to Syria.

Posted October 21, 2015

The violence we are witnessing in the Middle East is horrific. Who would have thought in the 21st century we would have beheadings, crucifixions, rapes of women and girls, and the selling of women into slavery. Not to mention ancient historical artifacts destroyed along with ancient civilizations being driven from their ancestral homes.

Posted October 07, 2015

This past Sunday night I decided to watch some war movies, first The Thin Red Line and after that it was American Sniper. One of my favorite lines in the movie American Sniper is the dinner scene when Daddy Kyle explains that there are three types of people sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Posted September 23, 2015

he intended purpose for vacuums is to clean, pick up dirt that we cannot often see with the naked eye ... But when it comes to foreign policy there is another type of vacuum.

Posted September 09, 2015

The US Congress will return to Capitol Hill this week after the August recess and Labor Day holiday.

Posted August 26, 2015

Self-esteem only comes from doing estimable things Elizabeth Thomas Snooks West, My Mom

Posted August 11, 2015

There was a remembrance march held in Ferguson, Missouri that was supposed to be peaceful in nature. It started as such but ended differently.

Posted July 28, 2015

As a world leader, the United States should lead. Instead of participating in a corrupt system where governments pick winners and losers, the United States should ditch the Export-Import Bank and lead the world to a better system of free trade, low taxes and minimal regulation.

Posted July 21, 2015

In the past month there have been several events that taken in isolation perhaps may not be very revealing. However, when examined in a comparative manner sadly evidence something very disturbing about the culture and priorities of the Obama administration.

Posted July 14, 2015

We awoke Tuesday morning to learn that history had indeed repeated itself. The lessons of Neville Chamberlains failed diplomatic effort were not studied nor learned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Posted July 09, 2015

The perfect formula for financial crisis: Imagine a country that spends more than it makes and continues to borrow to make up the difference, leaving it forever catching up on debt payments because of mounting interest. Another analysis on the Greek crisis? No.

Posted July 07, 2015

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once stated, The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. The fallacy of progressive socialists is that they believe such to not be true.

Posted June 24, 2015

The words made famous by former White House Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel are, never let a good crisis go to waste.

Posted June 10, 2015

The Export-Import Bank charter will expire in a few days, on June 30, unless Congress acts to reauthorize it.

Posted May 27, 2015

When I was commissioned as an Army officer in 1982, one of the books listed on our mandatory reading was Sun Tzu's Art of War. I willed my original copy to a young subordinate officer years ago. However, I still maintain a copy in my office at the NCPA.

Posted May 13, 2015

We are starting to get into the 2016 election cycle already after all, the 24 hour news cycle has to have something upon which to pontificate. Recent polls show that the top two issues concerning Americans are the economy/jobs and terrorism which I classify as foreign policy/national security.

Posted April 28, 2015

Last week I visited Washington, D.C. for some meetings. As I flew into Reagan National Airport we took the flight path that brings you over the city from the northwest. Out of my window I was able to take in the magnificent view looking along the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol Building.

Posted April 15, 2015

One of the definitions of the word legacy is something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor, or from the past.

Posted April 01, 2015

America finds itself in what may perhaps be the worst global security situation since the prelude to World War II and that is not hyperbole. We are at a point where our allies feel abandoned and our enemies feel emboldened.