West highlights defense cuts in sequestration
September 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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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. Mike

    When will the real republicans stand up and take their party back from the crazies that have broken this country?

    September 15, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. Squigman

    His lips are moving. Must be lies spewing forth, to be absorbed by those inclined to believe anything, and everything that's told if it's prefaced by either republican or military experience.

    September 15, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  3. Bruce in RI

    He wonders why there are rumors of his loyalty to our nation? Apologies for everything we do? Cut our military? Allow our embassies to be in a non-secure nature in the age of terrorism? Make those who succeed enemies of the State? How much more un-American can you possibly get? Please don't take that as a challenge! I am sure there is more that I don't want to know about. Just get him out in November! Anyone but Mr. Obama has to be able to do a better job! Anyone! Really!

    September 15, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    This is the small government that the unhinged GOBP tea potty still screams for. The cuts that that they forced. Time to sweep them away from the government that they hate so much.

    September 15, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  5. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Another gop goofball with no credability , a teaparty extremest who will go down in flames with the tax cheat romney and lyin Ryan the bribe taker in his home state . Does 60,000 dallars ring a bell Ryan????????

    September 15, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  6. Name. Lewiis Davis, Jr.

    Mr i don't know who i am west. It is your house reps that is blocking everything the president trys to do and lie about any and everything they can think of to stop his reelectio. They (white)have to take back their (not mr west's (their ) country. Mr west wake up smell the chains thats about to bind you in SLAVERY.

    September 15, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Very suspect timing in light of recent events. A right-wing nutjob releases a film trailer that incites riots around the globe at our embassies and consulates, and the right-wing establishment is coming hat-in-hand seeking more money for defense. Americans should demand an investigation of GOP members to see if they're involved with the film trailer.

    September 15, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  8. paul

    is mr. west living in some bubble somewhere in western horizon not to know that it is his own brand, the republicans who will not let the tax evading, money laundering vulture capitalists pay at least a tax rate of average americans?

    September 15, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  9. Robert

    These attacks occur almost at the same time as defense cuts are looming...something doesn't feel right.

    September 15, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  10. NameMike

    Still using the embassy deaths as a political tool? You must have missed the memo, even your pretend presidential candidate is dialing it back now. When will the real republicans take their jacked party back from the crazies?

    September 15, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. Mike

    A respectable military career does not always make one suitable as an elected representative of our democratic govt, just as venture capitalists may not be the best choice for president.

    September 15, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Hey West - according to the latest, I guess you and the republicans will now have to send boots on the ground to AUSTRALIA.

    West is like McCain and Romney. 'LET'S KILL EVERYONE SO WE CAN CONTROL WHAT'S LEFT'.

    No thanks.

    23 days to early voting in some states.

    Obama/Biden for a sane, intelligent way forward in these times of turmoil.

    September 15, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    That was the stupidity of Obama.

    Those with any sense, knew this coming, and that we could be in the middle of a major Islamic conflict at any moment.

    September 15, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  14. Glenn

    Republicans had every chance in the world to arrive at a compromise built around a balanced combination of spending cuts and tax increases. But, Tea-Party Norquistian fundamentalism made them refuse to budge an inch on revenue, so, here we are. Rep. West, your party played chicken, and now it's time for the head-on collision. I'd say bail out or buckle up, because you're about to face the consequences of your (in)actions.

    September 15, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. 200 TON HAMMER

    And army of one

    September 15, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. Reggie from LA

    Got nothin' to stand on otherwise, huh. Talks much. Does little. Not highly regarded. Noisy.
    Let me guess. Cut "welfare", Social Security and of course the infamous "Kill Obamacare".
    Apparently very easy to be a politician. Just say a lot of stuff. Substance is negligible.

    September 15, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  17. luke,az

    This guy is a fool. Republicans wanted to play chicken in the super committee. Basically it boiled down to them not wanting to tax the wealthy, now they must pay for their intransigence.

    September 15, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. PaMom

    I can understand. Obama does not respect the military and his agenda is to weaken america. If the WH won't use words like "terrorists" or "Muslim extremests", they are in denial to the threat and hatred exhibited this week. Obviously, Obama thinks his apology tour replaces the need to attend intel briefings and hear what his advisers say. He needs to get over himself before it is too late for america!

    September 15, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. DocHollywood

    Worried about those military cuts are you now, Mr. West? Then why don't you vote to increase revenue to fund them?

    September 15, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Then WHY didn't you get your.*STUFF* together and work out an agreement, you lazy sacks?!? You should ALL be fired!

    September 15, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. donyle jackson

    who cares what allen west thinks,your part of the problem mister west.your not a sell out your sold out .and we will have your seat. with that old played out hair doo. who do you speak for ? who do you rep ? you left your on brother out in the cold .i hope your voters no what they have to do get rid of you.oh yea you did not put on your white lip gloss for this photo.

    September 15, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"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.◄

    REWRITE:

    "CONGRESS, for you, who voted voted for the Budget Control Act.in the first place, to sit idle and do nothing while this dark cloud hangs over our military – it is shameful, it is irresponsible, and it is wrong, and YOU should get off your ass and come up with a plan that will prevent the sequester from happening!!!"

    BRING IT ON and President Obama will sign it... Obama/Biden 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!

    September 15, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. kathy/Minnesota

    West had made a complete fool of himself, and he knows it........puppet.

    September 15, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. kathy/Minnesota

    Isn't this what (cry baby) John Bohener said with a smirk.....I GOT 99% OF WHAT I WANT?

    September 15, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    Get rid off this Animal in next election, I have guts to write and speak up in an open democratic society–do you have guts to vote him out????? God bless my fellow USA citizens!!! Amen.

    September 15, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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