Lieutenant Colonel Allen West has lived his life in service to America. In 2004, when it was time to retire from more than twenty years of service in the US Army, Col. West brought his wife and two young daughters to Broward County, Florida, where he taught high school for a year. Colonel West then returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army, an assignment that he finishes in November 2007.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Col. West received BS (UT) and MS degrees in political science (KSU). He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations.
“Education is the great equalizer,” he says. “With a good education, any child in America can live his dream.”
Colonel West knows that for our children to live their dreams, they need to be safe. He has faced down the world’s terrorists: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trains Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country.
In his Army career, Col. West has been honored many times, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. He received his valor award as a Captain in Desert Shield/Storm, was the US Army ROTC instructor of the year in 1993, and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas Air Assault School.
Excellence is a West family tradition. His lovely wife, Angela, holds an MBA and PhD. and works as a financial planner. His daughter, Aubrey, 15, was just accepted into Cambridge academic program at Ft Lauderdale HS and his daughter, Austen, 11, is a budding young pianist.
I opened a forum supporting Lt Col West but we can also focus on 2014 there.
The 2nd person would be Gov Romney IF he were to run again and I wonder about that.Would he? He should have won the last time.
The truth is I’m torn between the 2 but if Romney were dead set against another run…it would have to be West.Thankfully we have time to sort this out and 2014 is probably even more important now than ever. Obama has to be stopped.In order for the next Rep candidate to have a shot at winning the WH, getting the Congress FIRST would be helpful.
I think very highly of West.There isn’t a background that’s comparable. I expect the same old names to get thrown out there in the meantime.I would love to see West skyrocket out of nowhere. A candidate no one was expecting.We’ll see if he even wants to run.
Other than those 2 I’m not too excited about anyone.
Background matters,character matters,being able to win matters.We’ll see.
What’s more important right now is the MESSAGE and TACTICS of the Republican party. Hopefully Allen West will adopt the following:
- 1. I give my pledge to be honest with the American people. Whether it’s good news or bad news. They’re adults. They can handle. I will not try to window dress. It’s dishonest.
- 2. I will not denigrate our military. They are not a political body.They are a military body trained to fight and win wars. They will have my full support,especially our veterans.
- 3. When it comes to foreign policy I will make the tough decisions but I will be sure to talk to the American people and be clear about my intentions. Whether it’s an ally or an enemy they will know that i say what i mean and mean what i say.PERIOD.
- 4.Government is too big,too incompetent and too powerful.The bigger it gets,the more power it has,the less it benefits the American people. I will do my utmost best with the help of the American people to get it sized down as much as possible for the time I have in office. I will also hold incompetent and dishonest people accountable.
- 5. I can’t promise the moon but I can promise my best.
- 6. I am NOT waging a war on anyone. I intend to use the office to wage a battle on BEHALF of the American people and the principles our country stands for; not against the American people or the values we cherish.
- 7. I will work across the aisle by trying to build relationships not make enemies.I cannot guarantee we will always agree but i can guarantee I will never remind them[of] who won.
- 8. I will not waste time blaming my predecessor.
- 9. I will get the best small/big business people to advise me on economics;not technocrats,bureaucrats or ideologues. I want input from the folks who have actually created jobs.We don’t need crony capitalism. We need people who know how to put people to work and get the economy on track.
I think i would leave it at that. The American people need to know that the next candidate is not going to dupe them then look them in the eye and lie.If we’d get that far we’d be off to a good start.
The American people are going to have to do their homework and pay attention this time. And they are going to have to vote! I hope we learned something after the last one.It’s our country. There’s too much at stake to sit home and pitch a fit.
Young people need to vote. They have a lot at stake.What happens now may not mean much NOW but it does affect their future.PLEASE look at backgrounds. We don’t vote for someone because they’re cool or hip. It’s ok to vote for someone because they’re likeable but it can’t be just because they’re likeable.
Nuff said. That’s what I hope the candidate will put out there. I think the things Americans value most are honesty,integrity and accountability. If things go south i think we’re willing to give any President a chance as long as the person doesn’t try to paint a rosy picture to cover their butts or blame someone else.
Whoever it is they’re going to be up against the media campaigning for Hillary[ or whoever the Democrat is.]They can’t play defense and they have to play smart. They will be demonized as soon as the Democrats and the media get wind of who stands a chance.
We don’t have real journalists anymore. It may as well be Venezuela, except in this case it’s a bunch of willing people who do the bidding without the threat.