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Former Rep. Allen West (R) Slams ‘Cowardice’ Of U.S. Sailors: They Should’ve Started A War With Iran!

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Former Rep. Allen West (R) Slams ‘Cowardice’ Of U.S. Sailors: They Should’ve Started A War With Iran!


Give some credit to Allen West, the former one-term congressman and ultra-hawk, for at least being consistent on the recent situation involving the U.S. Sailors taken into custody (and quickly released) by Iran. While most conservatives have lambasted the Obama administration for allegedly showing weakness, West knows who’s also to blame: The troops!

West is an Iraq War veteran whose military career ended when he tortured an Iraqi policeman to obtain a false confession — after which, he emerged as a star of conservative politics. In a blog post published yesterday, he railed against the U.S. personnel who didn’t further escalate the situation when they were in Iranian territorial waters.

West seemed to cast doubt on the official story that the boats had accidentally ended up in Iranian waters. “First of all, I find it odd that these Riverine craft were operating on an excursion from Kuwait to Bahrain. Why were they not hugging close to the coast line?” And if engines really malfunctioned, then a call for help should have been put in immediately.

But from there, West went on, all efforts should’ve been made to secure the boat and fight against any Iranians attempting to intercept them:

I find it rather disturbing that any Iranian watercraft were able to approach these two heavily armored assault boats. My question would be, was the on-board radar equipment operable? If so, then the approaching enemy craft would have been detected. That being the case, the officer in charge should have reported contact, verified that they were not friendly, and taken action to defend his position, his boats. That means warning shots should have been fired, if not heeded, and then the full power of these assault boats levied against the enemy watercraft — with situation reports being sent to higher command. We need to know why exactly those actions were not taken — and if the young officer in charge was told to not take any action. And if so, by whom.

The result of two U.S. Navy vessels being boarded and seized by an enemy — which is what the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy is — is disturbing. The images and video they took depicting our sailors on their knees in the position of surrender is damning. This, folks, is an act of war, and our sailors were captured. Let’s not try and use “nuanced” language.

Now, I’m sure there are those progressive socialist detractors who would say, Col. West, you would have started a war. And that is the exact example of cowardice from which the Iranians are now benefitting.

West also listed out the clauses of the U.S. military Code of Conduct, which include pledges to never surrender under one’s own free will, nor to cooperate with captors. (The troops participated in a televised message in Iran, saying that they had been treated humanely, and apologizing for their intrusion. It is not yet known whether they were under any duress.) West continued:

I did not make this up, and this is the code by which I lived for my 22 years in service — and would still do today. This whole episode is not in keeping with the Code of Conduct. But before we go and demonize a young naval officer, we need ask, did he take orders from someone else? There can be no doubt, after watching the video and the words spoken, there were countless violations of this code. Our honor calls upon us to fight, to resist, not surrender. The ramifications of not doing so means (sic) our honor is now being mocked and we’re seen as nothing more than cowards on our knees. Say what you wish, but that’s the perception in the Middle East, especially to our enemies.

He concluded by decrying the U.S. negotiations that secured the service members’ release, which was done so quickly and peacefully — part of a further pattern of weakness, West said, and he also somehow connected to the new policy changes to allow women in combat positions:

This is not as John Kerry, a former naval officer, stated. We showed no strength in our ability to negotiate. Our strength should have been in reporting that Iranian naval vessels attempted to seize two U.S. naval vessels, were engaged and then sunk. Our sailors recovered several Iranians from the sea who are being held. That is the message that should have been sent.

Instead the message is that the Americans surrendered and we also got $150B from them — ain’t that a daisy!

I pray this is not the result of the neutered Navy under the auspices of SecNav Ray Mabus, who’s more concerned about gender neutral duty positions. One thing for certain, there is one word to describe all of this.


The phrase “FUBAR” is a military slang acronym, meaning “F*cked Up Beyond All Repair.”

(Hat tip The Hill.)

Photo: Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), via Facebook.



  1. angryspittle January 14, 2016

    This fucker is insane.

  2. Insinnergy January 14, 2016

    Yes, because the first thing you do when you break down and drift into unfriendly waters that you know you should not be in, is to shoot at any any larger unfriendly forces you can without authority to do so.

    This is the military equivalent of Ben Carson’s “we all just rush at the shooter, he can’t kill us all” idiocy.

    I can’t believe this pinhead actually commanded soldiers with such a minimal grasp of the wider strategic/political situation.

    1. RED January 15, 2016

      I think one of my most frightening nightmares would be to have been under the command of some nut job like West in the military. He clearly seems to be a candidate to be killed by his own troops!!

      1. CrankyToo January 15, 2016

        He’s a phucking Niedermeyer.

  3. @HawaiianTater January 15, 2016

    Starting a war is the conservative answer to everything. The war on drugs. The war on the poor. The war on women’s reproductive rights. The war on giving people healthcare. The war on the climate. The war on worker’s rights. The war on a factually correct scientific education. The war on minorities. The war on them damned yankees trying to take our slaves away. It just never stops with these people. They are not happy unless they are at war with something or someone.

  4. rednekokie January 15, 2016

    One might think that this sort of reasoning was what got him evicted from the Congress (among other things as well) — but it’s a sure bet he doesn’t reason in this manner.

    Why don’t these losers go away and shut up?

    1. Irishgrammy January 15, 2016

      “Why don’t these losers go away and shut up?” Because they are addicted to the limelight and whatever little power they were able to attain…..They have no class, no clue, no integrity and absolutely no self-awareness of just how hatefully bat-sh**-crazy they are! West is an exceptional case of anger and hate filled rage on full display, don’t know if it’s a case of

  5. Shaymamma8 January 15, 2016

    Why isn’t this man in lockdown at the nearest naval base? Clearly, he has mental health issues. What a nutjob!!

    1. latebloomingrandma January 16, 2016

      Hope he doesn’t have any guns.

  6. Darsan54 January 15, 2016

    You’re dead in the water and your opponents aren’t. Naturally, you starting firing on them in a suicide-by-Iranian tactic. Whatta marooon.

    1. IWASBS January 16, 2016

      They shoulda turned left at Albuquerque.

  7. CrankyToo January 15, 2016

    An open message to Allen West:

    STFU, you dumbass POS.

    Your Pal,

  8. Bill January 15, 2016

    Sounds like the people in the GOP Debate last nite.

  9. Irishgrammy January 15, 2016

    This man needs to shut his MOUTH! There is a reason this man was court martialed and ended up taking a deal to avoid conviction……if he had no respect for authority during his service, clearly he feels others should behave just as insanely irresponsible, regardless of the outcome to do something utterly nuts……There is good reason this nut case was NOT re-elected from his District in Florida!!!!

    1. latebloomingrandma January 16, 2016

      The people of FL finally came to their senses on this one.

  10. terryward January 17, 2016

    These fools would be much improved were they to enlist
    in the military
    would take them seriously as opposed to a permanent state of
    mind-boggling disbelief or giggling eye-roll and were they to wander
    into an IED, people would be very sad as opposed to thinking
    Oops..fuckwit stepped on a bomb.

  11. Böcker January 17, 2016

    Sez the jack hole who got kicked out of the military for bad behavior.

  12. Thomas Martin January 17, 2016

    Well, Big Al, ain’t you just a regular American hero? I bet things would have been really different if you were on the same journey as these sailors. All of you would have died or thrown in prison forever. And, for the books, I am tired of hearing you idiots say we are weak because we negotiate. You idiots do not understand we negotiate from strength. And by negotiating we actually save human life. Of course, Big Al, by your actions in the military, it appears you didn’t value human life and tortured people. Go to hell, and above all shut up.

  13. joyfulmeme January 17, 2016

    I’m sad for this man. If he made these statements, he sounds totally insane. It’s good he’s out of the military and Congress. We don’t need crazy people in either institution.

  14. paul4laffs January 17, 2016

    Where was his “code” when he was torturing people – a policeman, who’s a non-combatant? I believe that’s also against the military code. Hypocrite.

  15. MrSwingGuitar January 17, 2016

    What an idiot. Our boats violated Iranian territorial waters. I wonder what West would counsel the US navy if a possibly hostile foreign craft entered OUR waters without permission. Of course, as they say, to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If your dearest desire is to start another war….

  16. King Robert January 18, 2016

    They shouldn’t have cut this asshat a deal when they forced him out of military service.

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