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." Mr. West writes daily commentary on allenbwest.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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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.
March 28, 2018, 2:22 PM EDT
Once upon a time during a State of the Union Address, it was a Democrat President, Bill Clinton who claimed, “the era of big government is over.” Clinton, after his 1994 first midterm election loss, had to contend with a House and Senate controlled by Republicans. During that time, we saw amazing fiscal and government reforms such as a balanced budget, growing surplus, and welfare reform. Just last week, we witnessed a House, Senate, and White House all under the leadership of Republicans pass and sign the second largest spending measure in U.S. history. It was a $1.3T, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, which we are sure those who voted for it did not read.
March 21, 2018, 3:10 PM EDT
This weekend it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of young people will gather in Washington DC in response of the February 14th shooting in Parkland Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in an event called the “March for Our Lives.” This area is very familiar for me, as it was within the congressional district that I was honored to represent in 2011-2013. The tragedy there is unconscionable, and so has been the misguided response based not upon rectifying the situation but rather an ideological agenda. What has transpired since February 14, 2018 has been a targeted ideological abuse of young people who have not been allowed to grieve over the trauma of which they were subjected. And the planned protest that is scheduled for this weekend in Washington DC is just another example of the progressive socialist left hijacking a tragedy for their ideological purposes, unconcerned about who they emotionally abuse along the way.
March 19, 2018, 3:47 PM EDT
The title of this missive comes from former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. This is how she referred to Washington DC. Somehow, once you cross over the Potomac river, there is a different standard and definition for character, ethics, morality, and integrity. And that is exactly what we see playing out in the latest Kabuki theater surrounding former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe.
March 12, 2018, 12:09 PM EDT
Yes, it is that very special and unique time of the year that is pure American. It is a time when we celebrate that game created by an American, James Naismith, called basketball. That grand pageant of competition called March Madness begins this week. In offices all across this great nation, folks are filling out their NCAA Tournament championship brackets and submitting into office pools. The odds of one person picking every game correctly is near impossible.
March 5, 2018, 12:32 PM EST
This week I will return to Palm Desert California in the Coachella Valley to speak at a private town hall-type event. Yes, there are constitutional conservatives in the Golden State, and they want to restore California to greatness – a greatness that once elected Ronald Reagan as its Governor. However, the question that we must ask: Is it too late for California to recover, to be restored?
February 27, 2018, 2:02 PM EST
I spent twenty-two years in the U.S. Army. Therefore, the title to this missive may lead some to believe that I am “out over my skis.” However, the image is easy to understand, as a rudderless ship is cast adrift according to the seas and tides. It is unable to control its course and direction. Regardless of having someone at the helm, the large vessel is uncontrollable, and in a dangerous position.
February 21, 2018, 2:41 PM EST
I know that we have been inundated with the horrific news from Parkland, Florida. Sadly, the funeral services for the seventeen who tragically lost their lives will go on this week. As well, many in the media have been focused on the news about Robert Mueller’s indictments of Russian nationals for “meddling” in our recent elections. The admission that there were no Americans involved seems to be lost on some.
February 19, 2018, 11:42 AM EST
Last week’s tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit close to home for the West Family. The school is in the congressional district that I was honored to represent. I even addressed the Army JROTC Cadets at the school. Parkland is a model community, and no one would have ever believed such evil could strike there at Stoneman Douglas High School, yet it did. Through this week, there will be the funeral services laying to rest those seventeen who horrifically had their lives taken away. There are many questions that must be answered, especially how there could have been so many indicators and warnings, yet nothing was heeded?
February 13, 2018, 4:25 PM EST
I, for one, am no longer shocked or surprised by anything the progressive socialist left and their media liberal progressive accomplices say or do. For instance, right now everyone is appalled at the recent headlines in leftist media outlets regarding the sister of North Korean dictator, Kim Jung Un.
February 12, 2018, 2:52 PM EST
The title of this missive may sound rather ominous, but it is the real question that faces the American electorate. Last week, Friday, in the wee morning hours, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on and passed a two-year budget measure that will increase federal government spending, along with our debt and return us to Obama era trillion-dollar deficits. The measure was taken to President Trump, who quickly signed it, and ended the shortest government shutdown in U.S. history.
February 2, 2018, 3:12 PM EST
Of course, I expect that many of you are perplexed by the title of this missive. But please take the time to indulge me for the next two to three minutes of your time. We now know the contents of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memo that has been declassified and made public to the American people. Now, down south the ol’ folks had a saying, “a hit dog will holler,” and if you are paying attention to the responses from the progressive socialist left, there is a stentorian level of screeching, and the usual over-the-top rhetoric.
January 31, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
The defining aspect of our military is that its members take an oath, not to a person or a political party. They take an oath to our Constitution and to support and defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic. And if you are a true “oath keeper,” then that solemn oath has no statute of limitations and does not end just because you stop wearing the uniform.
January 11, 2018, 3:26 PM EST
Last year I shared with y’all a post about the strategic objective of the progressive socialist left when it comes to faith, religion and the omnipotence of God, the Creator. The left has an all-out assault to undermine and delegitimize the Judeo-Christian faith heritage and God the Creator in that faith heritage. God could not get genders right — after all, it’s not just two, male and female, Adam and Eve, there are, according to the liberal progressive left, some 63 genders.
October 20, 2017, 4:32 PM EDT
This will be short and to the point. The other day, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke after the two days of meetings with NFL owners. 
September 26, 2017, 11:47 AM EDT
Perhaps y’all remember that song by Britney Spears called, “Oops I did it again.” It has relevance as I address this current issue.
September 11, 2017, 10:14 AM EDT
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the destructive path of Hurricane Irma. And we have not forgotten the epic floods and devastation of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. It’s been quite a few years since massive storms have hit Florida — 2004-2005 were the last series of severe storms. We pray all remain safe, and recovery can begin as soon as possible. However, there are vital issues we must address that have an even longer term concern for our nation.
August 31, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT
While we Americans watched a human tragedy of epic proportions unfold in Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, we also bore witness to that which is stellar and exceptional about Americans: our willingness to serve and help each other in tragic times.