Did Allen West Just Compare Gays to Terrorists?

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West: Don't get gay on me.
It's April in the Year of Our Lord 2011, and most Floridians have reached an accommodation with Allen West. As summer looms and West's congressional career blossoms into maturity, he's almost begun to seem normal. He still hates Muslims, but at least he's polite about it. He probably still thinks you're un-American, but at least he's not telling you so all the time. Mostly, Allen West seems to be focused on the budget, defense spending, and talking up the glories of Israel with Tea Partiers. It's a little weird, but at least it's routine. All around him, Florida dozes.

And then West composes his Weekly Wrapup and writes something like this:


Friday, the HASC subcommittee heart testimony on the implementation plans for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and policies. Before us sat Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel Major General (USMC, Ret) Dr. Stanley and Director of Joint Staff. My concern centers on forcing the US Military... to assimilate its culture to individual behaviors. When I hear other members of the subcommittee, "liberals" attempts to parallel the goal of the law with the integration of blacks and females in our armed services, well, I shake my head at the absurdity of such claims. Race and gender are not behaviors. Therefore, I wonder what comes next for our Military from the social engineers of the liberal progressive agenda?
That's just standard-issue, ungrammatical Allen West silliness, barely worth a response. Let's respond anyway: No, Lt. Col. Rep. West, the repeal of DADT is not about "assimilating" the US Military to "individual behaviors." If anybody, gay or straight, shacks up in the barracks, they're outtathere. The repeal is about not kicking out soldiers because of their orientations. It has nothing to do with behavior. Gay "behavior" is still a kickouttable offense, just like any sexualized behavior. How dense are you, anyway?

I'm pleased to have that cleared up. Unfortunately, there's no similarly easy rebuttal to West's next paragraph, which reads:

Also, one must be concerned about the pressures placed upon leaders to implement this repeal and not challenge any issues they encounter. We saw the ill effects of allowing political correctness in the military with the Major Nadal Hassan episode...

Huzzawhat?


Major Nadal Hassan was the Muslim officer who went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood, killing 13. Please, reader, use your imagination: What on Earth could West mean by the insinuation that this "episode" was caused by political correctness?

Think about it.

Really, think about it.

I've been thinking about it for several hours, and here's the best I can come up with: Allen West is suggesting that the United States was too "politically correct" in allowing Hassan, a Muslim, to become a United States soldier and carry a gun.

Crazy, right? But what else could it mean?

Moreover, Allen West seems to be suggesting that allowing gays to serve openly might lead to another Hassanesque "episode." Which means -- what, exactly? That Allen West thinks gays are more likely than straights to go on killing sprees? That we're less trustworthy with firearms?

I shot West's press people a note asking for clarification. I'll let you know what they say.
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Skip Commagere
Skip Commagere

Your New York Times take on Allen West is so nonsensical and so disjointed from reality it begs for silent disgust. Almost!

Wordsmithy
Wordsmithy

This Neanderthal man deserves to be a member of the United States Congress about as much as I deserve to be the Dalai Lama. He's an idiot.

Girl16
Girl16

You are the idiot. He is a good man.

majii
majii

You DO know that West left the military in disgrace, don't you? There's nothing good about lying on an innocent person and placing a gun to his head to try forcing him to admit that he is an insurgent. This is not the behavior of an honorable man, either in, or outside of, the military. Since the Army thought he was unfit, why anyone think he's fit to serve in Congress is beyond me.

Skippy-san
Skippy-san

He's a dick-and probably was on active duty too. Not every person who served in the miltary agrees with his lunacy-I don't and I served 29 years on active duty. He has behaved like a spoled child ever since he got to Congress.

BTW-did he ever settle his tax lien?

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Not all of us in Florida are sleeping. There are a LOT of us who think West should never be elected (same with Scott by the way). Nothing really shocks us anymore about what hate driven foulness that this loonie believes. Sure the tea baggers like him but they still think Trump and his birther craziness would be good for the country. Kinda proves just how insane all of them are.They say they are all for freedom, but not if you are different then they are. They TRY to avoid race, but end up failing miserably since aside from a token black, they are universally white and despise anything that isnt. Why else would they try anything to discredit our president? They are content now to simply let this country slide farther and farther into third world status. By making sure their corporate masters can do whatever they wish to us they ensure we will be nothing better than serfs. Wonder if they will be upset when they notice themselves hoisted by their own petard?

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In one reply you have called declared people who you do not agree with to be crazy, loonie, tea bagging (sexaul term by the way), bitter, insane, racial tokens, and unpatriotic. This is the problem with the liberal mindset. It is emotional and incoherent. Just like te author of this stupid blog and the person who I am replying to.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I think Colonel West is concerned that a gay soldier may go on a "Rip Taylor like" confetti shooting spree.

All seriousness aside, two things to offer:

1) West forgets to mention that his beloved Israel has a very open and progressive society when it comes to their treatment of gays, allowing them to serve freely in their military.There is no "Don't Ask, Don't Kibitz" policy in the Israel Defense Force.

2) Discriminating against gays is precisely like discriminating against African Americans and Women, because like gender and race, drumroll please..........gays are born...... gay.

Duh....Knowing!

HankS_FtLauderdale
HankS_FtLauderdale

BrandonIf you are going to directly quote Congressman West, at least learn to cut and paste his exact words. Also, the Major Hassan issue has been discussed ad nauseam.

In January 2010, Congressman West was invited by the prestigious Hudson Institute to participate in a conference addressing national security. Gen. Richard Myers, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also on the panel. For one hour and forty five minutes, West, Myers, and others clearly delineated the issues facing the U.S. military as related to extremism. Do yourself and your readers a favor -- learn a little more before you wade uninformed into this topic again.

(http://www.hudson.org/index.cf..., national security panel)

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

HankS:

Yes, I'm familiar with the Hudson Institute event. I'm not sure how it's relevant to the above article. Please explain?

And thank you for catching my typo in the first line of the West excerpt. Unfortunately, I cannot cut and paste into our blog software; all quotes must be retyped. Inevitably, typos get in occasionally.

Danke,- BKT

Michele Hickford
Michele Hickford

Gee, it's not so hard for me to figure out. The military should not be in the business of having to "accommodate" sexual preferences. It is the business of the military to protect our interests with lethal force, not to worry about hurting people's feelings. The military is not society. To be successful, it must have its own culture, which should include keeping one's sexual preference private.

Regarding Major Hassan, he gave his superiors many clues of his Islamic fundamentalism - he had business cards printed with Soldier of Allah on them. But West's point is because of "political correctness" (i.e we have to be sensitive to the diversity in our armed forces), no red flags were raised.

Political correctness is indeed a dangerous path. It takes our military's focus away from being effective and causes us to accept and ignore potential dangers. We are losing our freedoms to "incrementalism."

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

"...which should include keeping one's sexual preference private."

No question! We should keep sexualized behavior out of the military. However, if a soldier bonds with his comrades-in-arms -- as inevitably happens -- it is unrealistic to expect him to not at some point allude to his girlfriend or boyfriend back home. It is also unrealistic (and cruel) to expect our soldiers to write or speak in code when communicating with their loved ones back home.

"Regarding Major Hassan, he gave his superiors many clues of his Islamic fundamentalism..."

If that's what Allen West was referring to, he should have said so. Writing what one means reflects clarity of thought; failing to do so reflect a muddledness of thought. That's Orwell's idea, and I don't think he was wrong.

Think back to the Fort Hood shooting. Wasn't it the case that Major Hassan was pleading with his superiors to let him abstain from doing duty in Afghanistan? He *said* he was unfit for the assignment -- because of his religious convictions. Perhaps, if we had been a little *more* PC and actually listened to the man, he wouldn't have snapped.

- BKT

Steve Ellman
Steve Ellman

Actually, what takes our military's focus away from being effective is going on witch hunts to determine service members' sexual orientation.

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