Allen West went “On the Record” Monday 2/11/13 with Greta van Sustren
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VAN SUSTEREN: Was Dr. Carson’s speech inappropriate based on the location and the timing? Former congressman Allen West joins us. Good evening, sir.
ALLEN WEST, FORMER CONGRESSMAN: Good evening. How are you doing, Greta?
VAN SUSTEREN: Very well. And as you may have noted, that Dr. Carson is a world famous neurosurgeon making those comments has caused somewhat of a controversy among some because they were made at the prayer breakfast. Your thoughts on that, sir?
WEST: Well, I don’t think it should cause any controversy whatsoever. I thought that we lived in an America where you could have freedom of speech. And I believe that the doctor gave his assessment of some of the policies that involve his profession in the health care profession, and also talking about the culture of and the relationship of government to the individual.
Now, I think what has everyone upset is that he violated the unwritten rule of being an African-American male and he criticized the policies of President Obama, which I can somewhat understand, having been on the other side of a lot of attacks, as well.
But if you go back to September of 2012, there was the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, who gave an incredible statement saying that if anyone else were in the White House other than President Obama, that they would be marching on the White House, and that the President Obama knows that he is given a deference that would not be given to a white president.
And we were talking about the incredible 14 percent unemployment rate in the black community. And I think that we cannot continue to go on believing that all we can do is ask the president what his favorite color is and continue to have these softball interviews. We have to start talking about the policies that are failing this country, and I think Dr. Carson — hat tip to him for having that platform, being able to challenge those policies.
VAN SUSTEREN: What do you think President Obama thought sitting there?
WEST: Well, I think he felt for the first time, Someone has stood up to me, because pretty much so, he’s been given a free pass, just recently, we saw in that “60 Minutes” interview. So it has become rather Pavolvian if you continue to reward this type of behavior and these type of failing policies without any type of challenge that comes from the media.
And furthermore, when you see him going out and about, he continues to be placed in front of, you know, the fawning audiences that just clap, and they become campaign rallies more than anything else. So I believe that it is time that we have to start standing up and challenging the president, and let’s see what happens tomorrow night with the State of the Union address.
VAN SUSTEREN: Congressman, let me go on to another topic. We have so much to talk to you about — I want to hear from you about. But I want to ask the viewers, do you think Dr. Carson’s speech was inappropriate for the prayer breakfast or not? Go to GretaWire.com right now and tell us what you think about his speech at the prayer breakfast.
All right, Congressman, now I want to talk to you about SEAL Team 6 member who was shot — who was the one who shot and killed Usama bin Laden. Tonight he’s making new accusations against the Obama administration, the former SEAL telling Esquire magazine that after 16 years in the Navy, and having now left the Navy, he had no job, no health insurance and no protection for himself or his family. He says he fears for their safety, and he wants to draw attention to the Pentagon’s lack of support for troops once they come home.
Congressman, what do you think about this Navy SEAL’s accusation?
WEST: Well, interestingly enough, General George Washington, President George Washington, had a famous quote that said future generations will just their service to this country by how well we treat her veterans. And this is an example of exactly that.
You know, when you are in between that 15 to 20-year point, if you terminate your service, you do get a little bit less as far as a pension. And when you get to that 20-year point, that’s when you are considered retired.
Myself, I served 22 years. I got a 55 percent pension. But the thing is that when you look at Tricare benefits that this gentleman should have – – we should not have an administration that is going and trying to take away those Tricare benefits.
And here is the gentleman who took away the world’s most hated number one terrorist, and we should be treating him a whole lot better, and we should make sure because we are allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to pretty much operate freely in the United States of America, that he is protected and his family members are protected. And in transitioning out, he should have definitely had an incredible job opportunity waiting for him.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I think when people get wind of the fact that he’s looking for a job, you know, he ought to have one. You know, he has done the job that, you know, we all — he and his colleagues and so many in the military, but he and his colleagues in particular, the job of getting Usama bin Laden, something that we all so desperately wanted to have happen.
Congressman, thank you, sir.