Allen West: Has the Militarist Right Found its New Warlord?

Friday, April 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

Allen West: Has the Militarist Right Found its New Warlord?

by William Norman Grigg

“I want to start a draft Allen West movement!” exclaimed Glen Beck during his April 21st radio program. The radio personality has been cooing and burbling about West for months. He’s convinced that the retired Army Lt. Colonel – who was cashiered in disgrace for abusing a prisoner in a fashion that merited prosecution under Article 93 of the UCMJ – is the “man of honor” our troubled country needs.

Of course, Beck isn’t the only one infatuated with West: the freshman congressman from Florida is emerging as something of an Old Spice Guy for the punitive populist Right.

“The next president will be either the end or the beginning of our country,” Beck intoned, taking note of the potentially apocalyptic consequences of the metastasizing debt and our continued descent into an economic abyss. West has displayed no measurable interest in reducing the size and expense of the Leviathan State. In fact, the contrary is true: Before being elected to represent a Florida congressional district, West was an employee of the wealth-devouring, debt-propelled imperial military. His career as a hireling killer is what Beck describes as his most alluring trait.

“He has a strong military background,” Beck gushed. “The guy was led through war, and he’s not afraid to pull the trigger.”

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