I've long admired retired U.S. Army Lt. Col Allen West as an extremely sharp and honest analyst of military and security matters. Lt. Col. West retired from the army in 2004 after a distinguished 20-years-plus career that included a number of honors, the Bronze Star among them. He has served in several combat zones, including Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division.
Lt. Col. West also served in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take control of their country's security. Given his intimate knowledge of the Afghanistan theatre and the growing national debate over whether to send more troops there, I thought this would be the perfect time to get Lt. Col. West's observations.
He recently took time from his busy schedule--he's running for Congress in Florida's 22nd District--to sit down with me at CBN's Washington, D.C. bureau, where we discussed a variety of topics, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel and the worldwide jihadist movement.
Lt. Col. West's analysis on Afghanistan--specifically the controversial new rules of engagement there-- will be featured in an upcoming story of mine on the 700 Club. I'll also be posting more excerpts form our interview here on the blog. In the meantime, click on the viewer above to watch some of our conversation. What is the end game in Afghainstan? Can we win? And is political correctness hampering our efforts?
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