West highlights defense cuts in sequestration
September 15th, 2012
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West highlights defense cuts in sequestration

(CNN) - Rep. Allen West of Florida cited his military experience on Saturday in the Republican weekly address, where he called for action from the Senate and White House on the sequester set to begin in January.

"I spent 22 years in active duty in the United States Army and served in several combat zones," the retired lieutenant colonel said. "I can not understate the amount of damage these cuts would do to our military. They would essentially hollow out our armed forces."

"Mr. President, for you, the Commander in Chief of our armed forces, to sit idle and do nothing while this dark cloud hangs over our military - it is shameful, it is irresponsible, and it is wrong," he said.

Included in the cuts - which would reduce the federal deficit by approximately $1 trillion over the next decade - are reductions in defense spending, as well as nearly every other area. On Friday, a White House report found the cuts "would have a devastating impact on important defense and nondefense programs."

While House Republicans have acted to find alternatives to these cuts, the Democrat-controlled Senate and White House have not, he said.

"The president himself has opposed or disregarded every attempt we've made to work with him on a solution," West said. "Dodging his responsibility is how the 'sequester' came about, so it is no surprise the president is doing the exact same thing now."

West called to mind violence in the Arab world this week - including that which led to the death of four Americans at a U.S. consulate in Libya - as a sign of "how critical it is that the United States projects strength," including military strength.

"It is because of these threats that America must continue to fund its military and support its armed forces to the fullest extent," West said. "The lives of all Americans depend on it, as do the memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the public servants who perished with him."

– CNNMoney.com's Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report


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  1. Ken

    What a full-time JERK.

    September 15, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. GI Joe

    In Eastern PA, parts of VA, and FL, some republicans are writing elderly people telling them to send their driver's licenses back to THEM because their doctors have determined them too old to drive.

    If you get one of those letters, IT IS A REPUBLICAN SCAM. Do NOT SEND YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE TO ANYONE. It is your ID to vote. Voter suppression is alive and, sadly, thriving.

    September 15, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. maf

    The President did not "SIT IDLE" while this process was going on. You Republicans are completely absolving your party from the responsibility you played in the Super Committee and the failure to reach an agreement. Sequestration was the consequence of your uncompromising position! Nobody likes the result of across the board cuts, but that was the only way to get some deep cuts in spending. Now that you realize what's at stake, you are quick to jump on President Obama for your own childish behaviour. GOP Congress – 11% approval rating from the voters! Get your head out of the sand!

    September 15, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Dnick47

    If we do not cut military spending then we will become its slaves. Plus, if this dude was so damn good, why didn't he make senior officcer status (full bird colonel)? It looks like he was passed over at least twice and saw the handwriting on the wall before he was passed over the lethal third time. Now President Eisenhower (a real senior officer and military leader) warned this country sternly about a large military and I would take his advice over this wannabe.

    September 15, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Just another gop goofball that needs to be replaced with a dem !!!!

    September 15, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Uh – Mr West – maybe you all should have NOT obstructed reasonable compromise (that awful word again) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h aha ha ha ha

    Now go call someone something vile.

    September 15, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. scarf

    I'm in favor of a strong US military. I think the defense cuts are a bad idea. But, if the American people want a powerful military, they should be willing to pay the taxes to pay for it. Cut the domestic, non-defense spending and RAISE TAXES to replace the money that would otherwise be cut under sequestration.

    September 15, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Allen West is an embarrassment to the republican right wingnut party, and should not be taken seriously. He claims to have a higher military clearance than Obama, and think there are 70 socialists hiding in congress. Florida can do much better than delusional Al.

    September 15, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Anthony

    Republicans are ignoring the other parts of the automatic cuts. Republicans hate defense cuts, but they want to keep cuts to domestic programs. The automatic cuts came about only because Republicans forced the debt ceiling crisis. Before Obama, Congress routinely extended the debt ceiling, including 17 times under Reagan. Republicans agreed to the defense cuts because they knew that a government default would be an economic disaster, and their Wall Street masters would never allow them to crash the economy. Now that they want to undo the military cuts, which would never have happened if they did not force the debt ceiling crisis in the first place.

    September 15, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. enuff

    It was CONGRESS that refused to work with anyone that brought it to this point. It ORIGINATES there... not with the president, not with the senate... But the HOuSE and their promise to make Obama a one term president, REGARDLESS of what it did to the country. Boeher took his martching orders from McConnell and this is the mess THEY created. Now they are panicking and trying to say it's the President's fault. They all need to be fired. What incentive does the President have to work with them since they are all going on longn vacation again anyway and won't be there to vote on it?

    September 15, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. enuff

    It was CONGRESS's refusal to work with anyone that brought it to this point. It ORIGINATES there... not with the president, not with the senate...But the HOuSE and their promise to make Obama a one term president, REGARDLESS of what it did to the country. Boeher took his martching orders from McConnell and this is the mess THEY created. Now they are panicking and trying to say it's the President's fault. They all need to be fired.

    September 15, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Allen West is a mentally retarded moron. He once said he has a higher clearance than the president. He says that congress has about 78 communists serving there. Keep this moron away from the west coast. We can't stand him for even one nanosecond. What a loser and why is his head shaped like a box?

    September 15, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. TAK

    Please direct all whining to Paul Ryan. He led the Republican contingent to walk out of the super-committee meetings that would have prevented sequestration. If it happens, it will be all Ryan's fault.

    September 15, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Name LET'S ROLL IN MIAMI

    HEY ALLEN,

    WE DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU HERE IN FLORIDA.

    September 15, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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