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Allen West: Funding Military No. 1 Priority

Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011 12:38 PM

By Martin Gould

Funding the military must be the federal government’s No. 1 priority, because without the protection of the armed forces the United States would cease to exist, Florida Congressman Allen West says.

While politicians scramble to cut spending, West urged the government to “be looking at every single way we can increase the benefits we give” to the military.

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The only cuts should be where specific areas of waste are identified in advance, he said, revealing that he has found three Defense Department programs that could easily be cut with a saving of $800 million.

In his speech to the Heritage Foundation, the former Army lieutenant colonel said better funding is needed to fight the wars that protect American freedoms.

West added that the country needs to clarify its strategic goals, which had largely been ignored over the past decade, saying if the military does not have the right goals filtering down to the tactical level “it’s like a hamster — no matter how much exertion you are putting into that wheel you are just not going anywhere.”

West suggests four goals that he believes should be the main focus — denying sanctuary to the enemy; cutting off their flow of men, materials, and resources; winning the information war, and reducing the enemy’s sphere of influence.

“I don’t want to see a repeat of what happened in Vietnam — where we won on the battlefield constantly but at the strategic level, that’s where we did not have focus or great objective,” he said.

“We have to develop a national security road map . . . we did not do that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and who became the bill payer? The U.S. military.

"I can tell you this because I was serving at the time and my friends who were in tank units had to use golf carts to practice tank tactics.”

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