Yes, I was at Trump Tower again, but…

by LTC ALLEN WEST (US ARMY RET) December 14, 2016

Greetings folks, and needless to say, y'all know I had a second visit to Trump Tower within a week. I cannot begin to express how deeply humbling it is to be invited to sit with the president-elect's team. As well, I am so very honored to have so many Americans stop me and offer their support and prayers.

There I was sitting Sunday evening at the Five Guys in midtown Manhattan just up from Fox News, and a very nice young couple recognized and spoke with me. Yep, I found a Five Guys in Manhattan. We shall see what transpires with the visits to Trump Tower and y'all will be first to know the results. In the meantime, I sincerely appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

While at Trump Tower the media asked me about the issue of Russian interference in our election process. Hmm, I think President Obama should be investigating who at CNN was feeding information and colluding with the Clinton campaign. Or perhaps, Obama should be concerned about how his intelligence radar screen enabled ISIS to be missed - he himself admitted that last week.

 The assertion that Russians influenced the perception of the candidates in this election cycle is foolhardy, a true example of false news. I don't remember a single television campaign ad from Vladimir Putin advocating for Donald Trump.

However, we all know there were quite a few foreign powers that donated big dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

It's sad, the left just cannot get over it. They lost, and there's no need to create "straw men" for them to blame - to include Fox News. Too funny, the progressive socialists have their conspiracy theory and have so politicized our intelligence agencies to play along - all the while Russia is aiding Syria's Bashar Assad to crush the "rebels" in Aleppo.

The hypocrisy is once again laughable...but that is the essence of the left. They talk about Russian infiltration of our government...yet laugh it off when accusations of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the Obama administration are asserted. After all, Obama did ask for Brotherhood members to be front and center in his 2009 address at the University of Cairo.

But I have even greater hypocrisy to share.

As reported by Reuters, "IranAir said it signed a deal on Sunday to buy 80 passenger planes from U.S. aircraft maker Boeing (BA.N), state news agency IRNA reported, in the biggest U.S.-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution. 

The agency quoted Farhad Parvaresh, the chairman of Iran's flag carrier, as saying that the 10-year deal included 50 Boeing 737 aircraft and 30 777 planes. 

Boeing said in June it had signed a tentative agreement to sell 100 jets to IranAir after Iranian statements about the deal. IRNA said that Fletcher Barkdull, a Boeing regional director, was in Tehran for the signing ceremony. The agency quoted Barkdull as saying that the deal was worth $16.6 billion and had been approved by the U.S. government. 

In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill intending to block the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran, that would bar the U.S. Treasury from issuing licenses that U.S. banks would need to finance sales of commercial aircraft. Congressional Republicans are making efforts to counter last year's nuclear accord between Iran, the United States and other world powers, that eased sanctions on the Islamic Republic.The Boeing deal would help modernize and expand the Iran's aging fleet, kept going by smuggled or improvised parts after decades of sanctions."

I have no issue with the free market and any means by which we advance the sale of American products, made by American workers...but Iran?

Well, needless to say, this is yet another example of Obama crony capitalism where he and John Kerry have been acting as the chamber of commerce for Iran. Boeing just signed a deal in blood with the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world - something to be proud of?

So, the sanctions were working against Iran, but thanks to Barack Obama not only are they having an economic restoration, they're getting a commercial aviation upgrade. Could it be that Obama's Iranian agreement is so important that he would clear the path for business deals and development...maybe Obama and Kerry will be receiving some financial gain?

But this is not the real hypocrisy. This is the Iran that executes gays and lesbians. This is the Iran that stones women to death, and hangs them by a construction crane. This is the Iran that just recently held U.S. citizens hostage, and got a big bank roll for their release. This is the Iran that took U.S. Sailors captive placing them on their knees at gun point. This is the Iran that has been harassing our U.S. Navy warships in the international waters of the Persian Gulf. This is the Iran that supports Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis who recently fired missiles from Yemen at a U.S. Navy destroyer. This is the Iran that produced the lethal explosive force penetrator improvised explosive device (IED) that was responsible for nearly 20 percent of casualties and deaths of our U.S. troops.

This is the Iran with whom Boeing, supported by the Obama administration, signed a disrespectful to our men and women in uniform, who've lost life and limbs thanks to the Iranians. But, have you heard a peep from the liberal progressive media? Nope, crickets. They're more concerned about the false news story of Russian influence in our election.

Consider how the left, all of these entertainers, and even the NCAA moved their championships from the state of North Carolina because they passed a law saying a person must use the bathroom facilities corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate.

Yet Iran kills gays and lesbians - hear anything from the liberal progressive media? Or sadly, you better not be a Christian who'd ask to not participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony by providing services due on the grounds of your religious beliefs. Yet in Iran they stone women - hear anything from the liberal progressive media? Heck, in Iran, Christians have to worship underground - we shared that story with you - and Muslims who convert to Christianity face death because of the crime of apostasy. This is the Iran with whom Boeing signed a deal.

The point I take issue with are these revolving situational ethics of the left that only apply when it's something they want...or a group they accept. Could it be that the progressive socialist left embraces the Islamist ayatollahs and terrorists of Iran, rather than simple Christian business men and women? Why?

First of all, ask yourself, why would Vladimir Putin, who has had greater advances of his agenda under Obama's flexibility and Hillary Clinton's "reset button," want Trump to win? And ask yourself, why does Obama push for greater economic involvement with Iran? I say, the latter is what our intelligence agencies should be investigating...then again, that makes sense and is reasonable. And it's actually shining light on the hypocrisy of the left.

Sadly, the progressive socialist left in America fails to realize that they have little or no credibility. The liberal progressive "intellectual elites" of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco fail to realize why they lost the election, and it's nothing to do with Russia. It has everything to do with the failure of their centralized government planning and their hypocrisy which is clearly evident.

The left, with their champions such as Obama and Clinton, are the epitome of corruption, cronyism, and elitism, all repudiated along with high unemployment, greater debt, and increased healthcare insurance premiums.

But what's most disturbing when you consider the hypocrisy of the left is this issue with Iran and Boeing. How can any Boeing executive look into the eyes of our men and women and their families, who've had their lives changed forever because of Iran, since 1979? Think about the 234 loved ones who will forever be missed since they were killed by Hezbollah, supported by Iran, in the Beirut barracks bombing in 1983. Think about the Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops and weapons that will fly on those planes Boeing will provide...some would say if not Boeing, then it would be Airbus. I say, let their conscience suffer, considering the horrific islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice France.

Is this all about commerce and dollars? If that's the case, maybe some of these Boeing executives should have their kids on the front lines of freedom. For Boeing, this is not a good optic. They're providing aircraft that will ferry weapons and terrorists. Then again, this is the fundamental transformation of Barack Obama where we aid, abet, supply, and provide material support to terrorists and their sponsor nations. Ask yourself, why did we lift sanctions, and more importantly, should Boeing be getting American taxpayer dollars as part of our defense industry?

This is why the left lost. It has nothing to do with Russia. 

Lt. Col (Retired) Allen West served 22 years in the US Army and represented Florida's 22nd Congressional District in the US House of Representatives from 2011-2013. To hear more from Col. West, visit

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