Allen West: As I head to Cleveland, here’s my BIGGEST concern

As Written By Allen B. West:

As you’re reading this, the West family is on the way to Cleveland for the RNC convention. We’re attending as the guests of our dear friend and co-chairman of the RNC, Sharon Day — one of my former constituents in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It’s going to be an interesting event and a historic one for our daughters Aubrey and Austen to see. And yes, I’m concerned about the security at the event, but that’s why I have prayer.

But before I get to my thoughts on the convention, let me clue y’all in on the whole Turkish coup attempt. In my assessment it never had a chance to succeed. The reason being — let’s do a comparative analysis with Egypt.

Turkey’s President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has been in power in Turkey for quite some time. He’s had the time to shape the Turkish military and infiltrate those who would be loyal to him. In Egypt, Mohammad Morsi hadn’t been in power as long and one of the first things he should have done was to eliminate General al-Sisi who was a very popular general.

In both cases Erdogan and Morsi are connected with the Muslim Brotherhood — the difference however is notable. Erdogan has been far more stealthy about his associations and incremental in his designs to move towards a more Islamist state. Morsi on the other hand was clumsy and moved quickly in instituting his Sharia-based brand of governance — completely rejected by the young people of Egypt.

The chances for a removal had a far better opportunity for success in Egypt — not Turkey. And now, the ramifications are immense in Turkey, as the purging will be relentless and deadly, but the future of Turkey with NATO and as an American ally will be interesting. Funny, the Obama administration shunned the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — what shall they do in Turkey? Obama has stated that Erdogan is a dear friend. Way wrong answer, Barack.

Now, to the RNC convention… First, let me address the issue of the Cleveland Police Union leadership requesting of Ohio Governor John Kasich a suspension of the Open Carry Law for the convention. Yes, I’m a Life Member of the NRA and y’all know that I’m an NRA Board member, but what I am stating here is my personal assessment.

I am a serious and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also have some common sense. In light of the recent terror events in Orlando and Nice, — combined with the rise of ambush -tyle attacks against our law enforcement officers — I believe a secure environment is more important.

My recommendation would be a security cordon radius around the RNC convention site where the open carry law is suspended for the time frame of the event. It should be the decision of the head of the Cleveland Police to determine the radius of that cordon. This has already been done in the immediate convention zone area — but in light of these recent activities of ambushes against law enforcement officers, that security cordon should be expanded — for the safety of our police officers, and those outside that immediate zone.

If Gov. Kasich doesn’t heed this recommendation and request from Cleveland police union leadership, then he will be responsible for any incident that occurs. I don’t think that’s something Gov. Kasich wants on his resume. This is not about overturning state statute, it’s about common sense.

Here is the scenario, if the New Black Panther Party — who has stated they’re going to carry weapons openly in the vicinity of the convention and they do so — what do you think is the response? Not to mention some Islamic jihadist, such as an Omar Mateen. These are indeed different times.

Yes, those in opposition, and who can, will carry openly as well — and I gotta tell y’all, if this convention was being held in Dallas, I would be armed. Tensions are at an all time high — thanks President Obama — and Islamic terror activity is at a fever pitch domestically and globally — thanks President Obama.

Draw a cordon radius around the event and temporarily suspend the open carry law in response to an emergency period. Some may say that what makes this an emergency — a large congregation of individuals – and a viable, credible and identifiable threat.

Now to the selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as the GOP VP nominee — I know Gov. Pence well, and he is an honorable man of impeccable character. Just as a side note, the Hillary Clinton campaign responded with the announcement of ….

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As I head to Cleveland, here’s my BIGGEST concern… – Allen B. West –

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