Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of“Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom” and his forthcoming book from Brown Books Publishing Group coming this fall, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.”  Mr. West writes daily commentary on theoldschoolpatriot.com and is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias.

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August 14, 2018, 3:11 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)
August 6, 2018, 11:35 AM EDT
This past week I attended the 99th reunion of America’s First Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One, in Lombard, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. It was an amazing event with some 400+ gathered to reminisce and honor our Fallen companions. The Big Red One (BRO) is America’s first and oldest Infantry Division, and our museum is located at Cantigny Park on the estate of Colonel McCormick, who was the 37-year-old owner of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick served in the BRO during World War I. The Big Red One can also claim President Teddy Roosevelt’s son, Teddy Jr., as a member of our Division in World War I.
July 30, 2018, 10:55 AM EDT
Perhaps I am dating myself a little, but one of my favorite movies as a young teenager was “The Bad News Bears.” It was a very moving story about an alcoholic youth league baseball coach who takes over a losing team. Walter Matthau was the lead character. The movie was all about never giving up, working hard, and finding success. Of course, who can forget the end scene of the movie? No the Bears did not win the championship; they finished second. But they realized they were capable of being champions, and in their eyes, they were. They did not seek out a participation trophy but rather found their moxie.
July 23, 2018, 11:17 AM EDT
In the aftermath of the Helsinki summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin the overly emotional, hyperbolic, and delusional rhetoric has been quite disconcerting. I have been on record stating that President Trump’s performance in the joint press conference was quite disappointing, and there was a missed opportunity. However, I also have recognized the policy differences between the Trump administration, and previous administration, when it comes to issues with Russia – such as Ukraine, the Baltic states, sanctions, and increased NATO spending. But what I have found perplexingly, indeed comical, is that the progressive, socialist left and their media accomplices have become so hysterical as to demand that President Trump’s interpreter appear on Capitol Hill and surrender their notes.
July 16, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT
Almost a week ago – last Tuesday to be exact – something happened, which is very telling about the hypocrisy of the progressive, socialist left. It truly does provide us a window into the mindset, prejudice, and true fascism of the left in America. It was not widely reported. As a matter of fact, I did not see it hit the news until last Friday, and you will not see any massive protests.
July 9, 2018, 10:41 AM EDT
I know everyone is preparing for this evening’s announcement of President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee. Also, this week, President Trump will head to Europe for a NATO meeting as well as a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. These are very, very important developments. I’m quite sure many of you will be tuning in, and the media will have much to prognosticate about.
July 3, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT
I remember in 2000 when actor Mel Gibson decided to step out of the genre of strong man roles, such as William Wallace of “Braveheart.” He did a movie called “What Women Want.” I must admit, it was a rather fun, comical, and different side of Mel Gibson. He played an advertisement/marketing agent who by way of a strange accident, was able to read the minds of women. Now, what man would not want that blessing, or it could be a curse, as Gibson found out? That film came to mind as I watched last week’s incessant on-camera apoplectic meltdown of the progressive, socialist left.
July 2, 2018, 9:33 AM EDT
A couple of weeks back, I had the utter pleasure of diving in Cayman Islands with former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who had suffered amputations and spinal cord injuries. I made a promise to myself, which I kept, to not turn on the TV while I was there, nor did I turn on a computer. However, I could not help but see the news updates off my iPhone. Of course, upon returning to the states last weekend, I was inundated with all the hysteria over the “separations” of, what I have read, between 1,800-2,300 illegal immigrant children. This has all been rectified, but one would tend to believe that we were facing an Armageddon-type situation … you know, like the GOP tax cuts.
June 18, 2018, 2:45 PM EDT
Greetings, everyone, from the beautiful secluded island of Cayman Brac. Yes, even I need a little R&R. I am here with the Dive Pirates Foundation, on which I serve as a board member. The Dive Pirates is a special and unique diving organization focused on training amputees and spinal cord injured individuals adaptive diving techniques, along with a designated partner. It is a worthy and noble cause that enables those who may seem to have a disability, to enjoy God’s splendor underneath the seas with their ability. However, before I headed out on Sunday morning, I had to pen these thoughts.
June 11, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT
Remember when President Trump was on the campaign trail and he made the assertions that America would get back to winning. He stated that we would be winning so very much that we would ask him to stop winning. Now, to the casual observer, such as myself, I was thinking, “Hmm, this is starting to sound like a very bad Charlie Sheen routine.” And admit it, many of you who were not at any campaign rallies probably grimaced, thinking the whole “winning” thing was a tad bit over the top. Boy howdy, were we ever wrong! What we have witnessed in the first 500 days of the Trump administration is resoundingly incredible. Yes, we are indeed winning.
June 4, 2018, 12:58 PM EDT
I think we can all relate to this parallel optic. Have you ever been in a grocery store, going down the cereal aisle, and there it is, the irrational kid throwing a temper tantrum because they are not getting the cereal they want. Plainly speaking, the progressive, socialist left is starting to resemble that kid wallowing on the grocery store floor. Going back to the State of the Union Address earlier this year, I will never forget the reaction of the Congressional Black Caucus when President Trump announced that black unemployment was at a historical low. Anyone with a political marketing background would certainly take that optic and craft a simple message: “What makes the left in America happy?” In terms of this missive, I would ask, what kind of cereal does the left want?
May 29, 2018, 10:54 AM EDT
Here we are. Summer has started, and school is out in most places across America, especially colleges and universities. As these generations return home, or to summer internships, it is important, no, vital, to take the time to provide them an education. Too many of our young people have fallen to the indoctrinations of college and university professors. The result being that many of these young people suddenly believe that socialism is a more preferred economic system than the free market capitalist system that has made our constitutional republic an economic powerhouse in just 242 years.
May 21, 2018, 12:23 PM EDT
Last week I wrote a missive titled, “Liberal Media’s Negative Coverage of Trump Is a Losing Strategy.” It was based on the recent Media Research Center report on the undeniable negative focus of the liberal, progressive media on the Trump administration. Of course, there are those of the progressive socialist leftist mindset who believe it is all but deserved. However, if there is one thing you can count on the left to do, it is to substantiate one’s hypothesis.
May 14, 2018, 11:38 AM EDT
This past week, Media Research Center released another updated report on the liberal progressive media’s coverage of President Trump. And there’s no new news here. The report found that the leftist media produces 90 percent negative coverage of President Trump. If you are one who channel surfs between different news agencies, you tend to believe some are on a different planet. The left’s abject obsession with a porn star, to include a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, is rather unconscionable, but sadly, it is what we have come to expect.
May 7, 2018, 2:27 PM EDT
For starters, you probably didn’t hear much about the NRAAM from the liberal, progressive media because there was just not much to report. One thing notable is that this year's NRAAM broke the attendance record previously held by Houston, Texas. Now, how could that be? I mean, after all, the NRA is supposed to be on the run after the Parkland, Florida, Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Yet, the month after that shooting, the NRA broke a 15-year fundraising record, and the membership numbers have only been increasing.
April 30, 2018, 10:28 AM EDT
Back in the mid-80s when I was a young Army Second Lieutenant, I was tasked to give our commanding officer a briefing. Now, these were the days before power point, so this was old school briefing style. I took great pains to prepare my briefing on a series of butcher paper flip charts—of course, the current generation has no clue as to what I am describing. I was proud of the briefing, and I rehearsed it to perfection. I had all the right statistics and points. However, at the end of the briefing, the commanding officer was complimentary, but he said two words that rocked me, and taught me a vital lesson, “so what?”
April 23, 2018, 10:33 AM EDT
We all recall those famed words of President Ronald Reagan, “trust but verify.” As we draw close to a summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Reagan’s maxim is useful. Except, we are dealing with a maniacal dictator who makes Bashar al-Assad look like Mr. Rogers. This coming week, North and South Korean leaders will meet, and Kim Jong-un has already shot out the first salvos.
April 16, 2018, 12:18 PM EDT
If there is one thing you can count on, it’s the ever shifting 24/7 news cycle. Mostly, and appropriately, perhaps, the news cycle over the weekend focused on the combined American, British, and French airstrikes against the Syrian chemical weapon production capability. However, there was a more important story from last week that we should not so easily dismiss. It centers around the Senate and House congressional testimony of Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. If we were paying attention to the very well scripted and rehearsed testimony of Mr. Zuckerberg, we would realize that he all but concurred with the assessment that Facebook does censor certain speech. No, I am not talking about Islamic jihadist material or even what he defined as “hate speech,” even that could be challenged. Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook is “located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place.”
April 9, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT
I first read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” as a young Army Second Lieutenant back in 1984. It was mandatory reading, along with Erwin Rommel’s book from World War I, “Attacks.” I have gone back and read “The Art of War” several times over my military career. This past weekend, I decided to re-read it again. The reason being, the conservative movement is lacking an aggressive, offensive oriented, focused strategy. If we go back to 2009-2010, we witnessed the rise of something new, a constitutional conservative grassroots movement, the Tea Party. The Tea Party was successful in bringing together an incredible mass of people, and its political success was the 2010 midterm election. However, what the Tea Party lacked was a strategic focus that looked beyond that electoral success, namely, understanding the response from the progressive socialist left, as well as the GOP establishment.
April 2, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT
I pray everyone had a blessed and enjoyable Easter and Passover. In this world of incessant madness, it is a soothing comfort to know that there is a loving God whose grace enables us to have peace and eternal life. Sadly, as we entered this very special and Holy period in the Judeo-Christian faith a certain group sought to undermine this time.