Allen West piled onto a right-wing push to blame President Barack Obama for attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt, even as many other leaders counseled caution and support for the democratic underpinnings of the Arab Spring.
Mobs protested in Egypt and Libya on Tuesday, apparently spurred by an anti-Islam film promoted by Quran-burning preacher Terry Jones. In Benghazi, Libya, attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at the U.S. Consulate, killing four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“Americans need to question whether the deaths of these innocent patriots could have been avoided,” said the controversial lawmaker in a statement. “The Obama Administration touted the Arab Spring as an awakening of freedom, which we now see is a nightmare of Islamism.” West then repeated a false claim that U.S. Embassy officials in Cairo “apologized” for the inflammatory film.
We must stop spending our Treasury on risking our American lives for those who neither appreciate our sacrifice nor believe in basic liberties,” Brooks said on the House floor. “I pray the president is listening.”
West’s remarks were similar to those of Sarah Palin, who declared on her Facebook page that Obama needed to “grow” a “big stick.”
Allen West does more to defend this country while he’s sleeping than Obama can muster with the full might of the US government. Another clown appearance by West in order to keep his name in the news, yet still nothing about what he intends to do for the people of his district in Florida. Ho sit down!