Allen West Questions Tammy Duckworth’s Patriotism

1Allen West, while appearing on the May 21st broadcast of The Janet Mefferd Show, said this about Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois:

I just don’t know where her loyalties lie. You know, for her to have been a veteran, a wounded warrior for the United States Army, she should know that this is not the right thing. And hopefully, you know, she will remember the oath of office that she took as an Army officer and not the allegiance I guess she believes she has to the liberal progressives of the Democrat Party.

Rep. Duckworth is one of the Democratic members on the Benghazi select committee, and Allen West has been vocal in his opinions on both the horrible tragedy that took place in Libya, and the Obama administrations’ response. This is the same Allen West who, while speaking at an event in April of last year, told the audience:

I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.

Given that both Allen West and Rep. Duckworth are military veterans, this seems like a perfect time to compare their records.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq war, and one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On November 12, 2004, her Blackhawk helicopter was hit by an RPG, and she lost both her legs, and partial use of her right arm. Rep. Duckworth was awarded the Purple Heart for her injuries, and spent the next year recovering from her injuries at Walter Reed Hospital. It was while at Walter Reed that Rep. Duckworth began advocating and speaking on behalf of her fellow soldiers, even testifying before Congress.

In 2006, Tammy Duckworth ran for Congress, and after a tight race, lost. She turned her attention back to her advocacy for members of the military, and became the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Lt. Col. Duckworth worked to create a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans, established a first-in-the-nation 24/7 crisis hotline for veterans, and worked to improve veterans’ access to affordable housing. President Obama appointed Tammy Duckworth to the position of Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, where she led the initiative to combat homelessness among our military veterans. She ran for Congress again in 2012, against Rep. Joe Walsh, and won handily. Walsh also attacked Rep Duckworth’s service, saying:

Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, “Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!” He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about.That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.

A double amputee who worked tirelessly to help our veterans, attacked by a man who still hasn’t paid his child support.

Allen West’s military service is a bit less heroic than Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s. West also achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, and was awarded numerous medals, including the Bronze Star, the Air Assault Badge, and a Master Parachutist Badge. However, West was involved in an incident where he fired his weapon next to an Iraqi police officer West believed was involved in a plot to ambush his unit. West was first charged with violating Articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Those charges were later referred to an Article 15 proceeding, rather than a court martial, and West was fined $5,000. He retired in 2004 with full benefits.

After retirement, West moved to Florida, where he coached high school track and field, and taught history. He also spent two years working for a defense contractor, Military Professional Resources.

Tammy Duckworth lost both legs, and partial use of her right arm, spent a year at Walter Reed, became an advocate for veterans, was appointed to help lead the VA by President Obama, and won a seat in Congress against a bully. Allen West left the Army in disgrace after being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Rep. Duckworth maintains her rank, and still serves in the Illinois National Guard with her husband. Allen West rails against “Commies in Congress,” and wrote a book riddled with fake quotes.

If you need further proof of who the actual hero is in this scenario, take a few minutes and watch Rep. Duckworth completely eviscerate a contractor who claimed a high school sports injury had rendered him a service-disabled veteran. Allen West is no hero, and his loyalty is to big money, divisiveness, disrespect for the President of the United States, conspiracy theories, and bullying women. Remember, this is the same Allen West who called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz “vile,” “despicable,” “not a lady,” and said she should “shut the heck up.”

I don’t know about you, but when I compare Allen West and Tammy Duckworth, it seems Rep. Duckworth comes out smelling like a rose, while Allen West comes out smelling…well, less than sweet.

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.


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