"NUTS!" Allen West's One-Word Response to South Florida Muslim Group

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Congressman and possible senator Allen West lives in his own serene and strange reality where, no doubt, his recent response to a local Islamic group makes perfect sense.

In early August, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a 679-word letter to West urging him to cut ties with "anti-Islamic extremists.. CAIR singled out Bridgette Gabriel, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Rev. Neil Dozier as Muslim-haters with whom West has shared stages.

"Muslims protect and serve our great country and are afforded equal protection under law," the letter read. "We shouldn't have to defend our rights to worship freely or participate in the governing of our society."

Soon afterward, CAIR received the following letter, which was first reported by CBS4. The Muslim group sent us a copy, which we've embedded below. We believe it might be the dumbest thing ever written on congressional stationery.

Executive director Nezar Hamze tells Riptide he's befuddled: "Obviously, I was expecting a little more from an elected official. I don't know if he was calling me nuts or calling my request nuts or what."

(West's spokesperson has yet to explain to New Times what the congressman meant.)

Hamze doesn't think he'll write West back. "How can I respond to this?"

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Update: Several glorious patriots have suggested below (after secretly reading The Daily Kos, we bet) that West was channeling Gen. Anthony McAuliffe's response to Nazi demands that he surrender.

So... an American-Islamic advocacy group? Nazis?

Still the dumbest thing we've ever seen on Congressional stationary.

Update 2: You've all made Rich Abdill-- "another fool" to Mark Levin-- very, very angry.

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Christian Hernandez
Christian Hernandez

I love the New Times, but your political articles are pointless and one-sided. It honestly pisses me off.

Johncourage
Johncourage

I sincerely wish I could vote for this man... Allen West for president!!

zman007
zman007

No wonder why America is in trouble. unfortunately, the house & the senate  is full of ignorant people like "West". 

Joseph R
Joseph R

People love to say that they DON"T want the same old crap from politicians, but then when an elected official actually comes along and speaks like a regular person would, the same people are aghast. West provides no BS, and it's about time we had someone who does not hide behind phony political correctness.

Hey, our good Muslim friends! Get over yourselves! No one hates you. We like you. Anyone in South Florida who does not have Muslim friends does not get out much. It's the bad guys we hate. Anti-Muslim extremists hate the bad guys! So should you.

tector gorch
tector gorch

Jesus, you needn't be a historian to know the origins of this--if you ever watched Patton, The Battle of the Bulge, Battleground or countless other flicks, this famous incident is mentioned. Put down the Harry Potter DVD, geeks.

Meyer Tuhlstein
Meyer Tuhlstein

A modern translation for the historically impaired leftist -- CAIR should go fuck themselves. 

costume
costume

Where is the link to the CAIR letter?

Leon Jester
Leon Jester

It's a shame the honourable member isn't from Virginia, I'd vote for him as Senator.

matt gordon
matt gordon

After West was put in his place and threatened with regime change by a TeaBagger party leader the other day, I knew he would have to venture farther south of sanity in search of redemption. The TeaBagger is a psuedo-grassroots front for well organized and well financed profiteers who use distraction and division to achieve their goals. When the  TeaBagging-republicans boast about values, by their own actions and words it is clear that what they value is cruelty and hate.

Jerry Coudon
Jerry Coudon

Have you read the Tea Party Platform??  Or are you just an idiot???What in the platform is hateful??? Or cruel....?

Paul Carrier
Paul Carrier

Methinks Gus Garcia-Roberts was asleep in his WW2 history class

Walt
Walt

No, the most worthless thing ever written on Congressional stationery has to be the Obamacare bill. And the reference isn't to Nazis in particular - it's to opponents in general. He is not going to surrender. And I applaud him for it.

Jerry Coudon
Jerry Coudon

Why are they afraid? They're merely trying to impose their agenda on US!

Americans have no animosity toward the muslim that goes to his mosque to worship, goes on his way and contributes to society.   Who Americans do despise is the hate spewing, bomb vest wearing extremist who would kill innocent infidels at any opportunity!!

When was the last time you heard of a non-muslim group in the USA attacking or killing muslims??  Every time I hear of a muslin being killed in the USA, it is at the hands of another muslim in a "honor killing"....

The religion of peace... riiiiiggghhhtttt..........

Jerry Coudon
Jerry Coudon

Unbelievable-- shows the arrogant stupidity of not only today's media, but the lack of historical knowledge of our past events of the so called patriot muslims.....   Sad since "Nuts!" is one of the most recognizable quotes of WWII....

Awesome reply, Congressman West.  Please consider running for POTUS in 2012.  You have more support than you could ever imagine!!!

From just looking at the article headlines above, it's not hard to see what a bleeding heart liberal rag this particular media outlet is....  fair and balanced my arse... sad-sad-sad!

Loungebrown119
Loungebrown119

Let's be honest here. We'd be lucky if 5% of Americans actually knew the context of the "Nuts" quote, and that's probably being very, very, very generous. More like 1% or 2%.

Nothing at all against General McAuliffe or his famed quote, but it's not as though he's a highly recognized figure in American history. In terms of American generals, it's not as though he has a common place recognized name such as Washington, Lee, Grant, Eisenhower, MacArthur or Patton.

And unless you are a WW2 his@7b588c3920622398171133be0c52b5a6:disqus tory buff, the "Nuts" quote is most likely to go over virtually anyone's head. In terms of American historical quotes, it's not the Gettysburg Address, MLK "I Have a Dream" speach or the JFK or FDR inaugural speeches.

Personally, I did get what Mr. West was--lamely--attempting to allude at. I knew about the "Nuts" quote from years back in middle or high school, although in the interests of full disclosure I initially thought it was General MacArthur who said it to the Japanese. I admit having to Google to confirm the actual facts.

And the only reason I remember anything about the "Nuts" quote from a single instance in my early schooling was a) I was something of a history nerd in school, so I did manage to stay awake during classes, and b) I recall my classmates getting a big kick out of a guy saying "Nuts" because of the association of the word  with, well, testicles. And let's face it, when you are 12 or 13 that's about all you are going to get out of the situation.

But the fact that Mr. Hamze or probably 98%-99% of any other American didn't pick up on Mr. West's attempt to be cute by referencing General McAuliffe's quote isn't anything abnormal or somehow unpatriotic. It's a trivial anecdote that might get mentioned once in grade school history class.

And Mr. West as POTUS? Forget it. He might take a shot at Senate, but he's not going to have any appeal to independents and despite claiming to be the Modern Day Harriet Tubman, no liberal white or black would even dream of voting for him. At this point, he'll be lucky to hold on to his House seat after redistricting. Sorry to burst your bubble.

tsunamimon
tsunamimon

A fudgepacking, terrorist lover like you needs to b e deported to a polace like Saudi Arabia where you will fit right in. Piece of human waste. You are probably DWS sitting at home with nothing better to do than attack a future president.

curridibat
curridibat

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle ever fought by the US Army. Any person who  knows anything about that battle they will recall the "nuts" episode. The ignorant need to challenged from time to time.  

 

Loungebrown119
Loungebrown119

Like I said, World War II history buffs will know the reference. Students who actually are taking notes in high school history class during the entire 1 minute anecdote is mentioned by the teacher might know the reference...momentarily, before it gets thrown in the dustbin with the quadratic equations.

That makes an entire 1%-2% of the population.

Perhaps Mr. West would have helped himself if he had said, "In the words of General McAuliffe..." But without that reference point, he just comes off sounding a bit odd, as if he was describing what he wanted on top of his chocolate chip ice cream. Not quite as odd as say, comparing one's self to Harriet Tubman, but very odd nonetheless.

Brilliance
Brilliance

Public servant? Nuts - completely nuts.

hgancho
hgancho

Nezar Hamze should acquaint himself with American history.  If he did so, he would recognize the one word answer of Gen. Anthony McAuliffe at Bastogne in WWII, when asked to surrender by the German army.

As to his claim that mulims serve and protect the US, it may be so of some muslims, but certainly not CAIR or those associated with this jihad front.  

And "Nuts" to you, Gus, for your obvious appeasement stance.

TimC
TimC

Of course this writer, the liberals and socialists don't get it, the Nazis who were also socialists didn't get it either...they think we should submit to our enemies, and CAIR falls into that category.  I echo LTC West, "Nuts!" to CAIR and others who defend and support Muslim extremists who gladly kill innocent men, women and children and who desire the downfall of the West and specifically the USA - funny, seems they have an ally in BHO for at least part of that agenda.

Fcaran
Fcaran

The Nazis were Christians.

Tantor
Tantor

False.  The Nazis were pagans.  They were devoted to the old Norse gods, which is why they fancied Wagner so much.

Brian Macker
Brian Macker

Some were Christians, some atheists, some pagans, and believe it or not some were Jews.  More Jewish members before the night of the long knives than after.

pecopfc
pecopfc

...Gen McAuliffe's response was a classic and so is Col Wests...love it....the "Grand Mufti" was one of Hitlers allies...idiot...

Anne
Anne

Whats with the hyphenated name Gus? Are you one of those emasculate panty waisted effeminate liberal men who try to pass themselves off as feminists because you don’t have a set of balls? I mean, I get it, your wife Chloe Is cute and all, but not cute enough to turn a real man into a sniveling left wing bitch.   No wonder you think only a “glorious patriots” would know the story of McAuliffe and the siege of Bastogne.  And BTW, remind me again wasn’t CAIR named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation indictment?

Jerry Coudon
Jerry Coudon

Latino's do that to identify the maternal side of the family-- last name is father, middle name is mother....

Ol' Gus still has a lot to learn about history and journalism (not to mention the real world)....

Testcase1977
Testcase1977

"So... an American-Islamic advocacy group? Nazis?"

Grow up, Gus.

Brian Macker
Brian Macker

You ever read Islam's founding document?   It vilifies Jews as thoroughly as Mein Kampf,  It's outright advocacy of the ethnic cleansing of Idolators is even more open and unashamed.    Plus Mohammad succeeded in his progrom to ethnically cleanse the Saudi Peninsula of both Jews and Idolators unlike Hitlers failure in Europe.  So yeah they are quite a bit like Nazis, had the the Nazis won and we were a a thousand years in the future when their ideology spanned the globe.

Velovich
Velovich

You wrote:Update: Several glorious patriots have suggested below (after secretly reading The Daily Kos, we bet) that West was channeling Gen. Anthony McAuliffe's response to Nazi demands that he surrender.

So... an American-Islamic advocacy group? Nazis?

Still the dumbest thing we've ever seen on Congressional stationary.

   I don't read the Daily Kos, I read US History. Mr. Garcia Roberts continues to demonstrate his lack of grasp of American History and the context (that is, the underlying situation - clearly, Gracia-Roberts is educationally challenged and we need to explain big words for him) of GEN McAuliffe's "Nuts" declaration in 1944.

   McAuliffe was presented with a demand for unconditional surrender while besieged in the Belgian town of Bastogne. Bastogne was a principal crossroad that allowed acces by road to the Allied Rear. To let the Germans have this crossroad would allow them to drive deep behind the lies and attack us in a vulnerable place. Supply units and units in road convoy (military forces are vulnerable to attack when in road convoy - it isn't easy to deploy to safe formations under fire and few units could successfully do it) would have been shot up and overrun. The German goal of driving a political wedge between the US and UK *might* have been achieved, forcing a negotiated end to the war.

   Presented with this demand, McAuliffe replies, largely speaking to nobody in particular, "Nuts!" When he asked his aide for a suggestion as to what to say, his aide suggested that his first thought summed things up nicely.

   For a United States Congressman to receive a demand that he do something he finds unpalatable and inappropriate, his reply *should* be NUTS! Special interest groups should not rule the roost in Congress, telling our legislators who they can and cannot appear with. That isn't democracy, that is tyranny.

   A clue for Mr Garcia-Roberts - the message sent by Congressman West isn't that he considers CAIR to be Nazi-like. The message is that he refuses, completely, their demand, in the strongest terms and further, that said demand was inappropriate.

   I was once in a discussion of the courage shown by many of our great civil rights leaders over the course of my life and before (I was born in 1965). I was told by an African-American in the discussion that he'd been told by Dr King that "if they are shooting at you, you're doing something right".

  If a special interest group is so incensed about Congressman West's reply, if you are, if so many are, then West is doing something right.

Scott HannIndianapolis, IN

Tngolfgreens
Tngolfgreens

While sleeping thru History class, you also missed that the Muslim Brotherhood were allies of the Nazis. Completely appropriate response.

NYCFiredog
NYCFiredog

General McAullife AND Col Allen West were responding to a demand of surrender. The former, to the Nazis, the latter, to the Sharia pushing, Terrorist unindicted coconspirators named CAIR.

Along with your Journalism Major, you shoud've taken some basic History courses and you wouldn't come off so ignorantly.

Darryl Hadfield
Darryl Hadfield

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH...

I believe in compassion. I believe in freedom. I believe in live and let live.

I think that if someone wants to worship as a believer in Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.. go to town.  That's showing live and let live.

The instant someone tries to force others to do as they do..  you have violated my concept of Freedom.  That is not to be tolerated.

If someone wants to ask that they be permitted their religious freedom, I'm quite happy to agree with them.

If someone wants to ask that someone who speaks up against teachings and insistence on adherence to Islamic tenets, I will disagree.

I won't get violent until you do - and then, as my buddies and I are wont to state, we will "respond with violence of action and at a speed of response that will leave you wishing you'd never pushed the issue."

People fighting here? Pfft. Get over yourselves. If someone's not infringing on your constitutional freedoms, STFU and GTFO.

Comments in this post are mine and mine alone; if you take offense to them, either a) don't read them, and/or b) shut your hole and accept that I have the right to free speech, just as you have the right to disagree. :)

fb274
fb274

Kudos to West!  For spine chilling go read the article at 'The Blaze' on this subject!

bonzai
bonzai

West was unwilling to submit to CAIR's thuggish attempt to get him to submit, i.e. their agenda to extend dhimmitude to the west. Kudos to him rejecting them. He should have simultaneously demand they cut all ties to terrorists, nations that support terrorists, and religions that foster terrorism.  If I lived in FL, I'd vote for him twice. 

Jeanne
Jeanne

FTA:  "the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a 679-word letter to West urging him to cut ties with "anti-Islamic extremists"

And Col. West's response was entirely appropriate.  He does not share CAIR's view that the Geller, Spencer, Gabriel, et. al, are "extremists". Furthermore, they do not hate Muslims.  It's perfectly legitimate to oppose Islam, however, even if CAIR doesn't think so.

Stay steadfast and loyal, Col.  Your first allegiance is to the United States of America, not representatives of Islam.

Loungebrown119
Loungebrown119

Anyone who thinks a Dunkin Donut ad featuring Rachel Ray wearing a scarf is proof of sharia law coming to America is an extremist. Or, to use Mr. West's own words, "nuts."

Do yourself a favor, go to Youtube and put in the search engine, "Yorba Linda" and "charity" and see what you find. What you'll find is nearly identical to what people saw in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas, yet this sad incident occurred in 2011. And who was the organizing force behind this travesty? Ms. Slobodhan Milosevic apologist herself, Pam Gellar.

jeff
jeff

Actually, liberal journalists live in their own strange & serene & shrinking reality. CAIR is scum

Elsano
Elsano

Heh.  Had to laugh at the snarky, womanly little update.  CAIR is an tool of Islamic extremism.

Julio
Julio

Of course YOU believe it's dumb, Gus...personally, I think "barack hussein obama" is the dumbest thing ever written...anywhere.

LoFlyer
LoFlyer

CAIR has proven themselves to be the US public propaganda organ of Islamic terrorism and global domination. 99 percent of Muslims immigrate to the US because they view America has their best chance for prosperity and secular freedom. The US has done an outstanding job of assimilating Muslims because of America's anti-discrimination policy. That's why any organized Islamic terrorism within the US has been defeated due to assimilation and American Muslims providing information on radical Islamist Terrorist cells.. America still has the "lone-wolf's" to contend with but many are incompetent but still America has seen major failures as with the "Fort Hood" massacre. Anyone notice how the US government and media refuses to admit the Islamic influence in any of the successful and unsuccessful attacks until weeks later when the evidence is overwhelming? If anything the federal government and news media are running interference for the Islamic domestic terrorists. This story is evidence of my allegations

LoFlyer

Loungebrown119
Loungebrown119

Glad to know Glenn Beck's been keeping busy after his show got cancelled.

Keep living the life, Glenn!

LoFlyer
LoFlyer

Loungebrown119, My opinion of Glenn Beck is that he goes over the top sometimes. I do listen to some Youtube of Beck occasionally, like five weeks ago. Now let's discuss your lock-step brain-washing of liberal principles? What is your opinion of the second amendment? What is your opinion of reinstating the fairness-doctrine to radio broadcasting? What are your opinions of the effectiveness of President Obama's initiatives and the Democratic party in creating jobs in the current recession?Blaming Bush or McCain is not an option. Both attempted to propose a bill in 2004 to reign in Freddy Mac and Fannie May in 2004 and were defeated by unanimous vote of the Democrat congress members.Explain your logic that Obama and the Democrats creating four trillion dollars in government debt while creating statistically zero jobs has helped the average American citizen?.

LoFlyer

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