Barbour out, GOP ponders as 2012 field takes shape
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Haley Barbour bowed out of presidential contention Monday with a surprise announcement just as the 2012 campaign was getting under way in earnest, 18 months before Election Day. The Mississippi governor said he lacked the necessary “absolute fire in the belly” to run.
Barbour’s declaration, unexpected because he had been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, thins a Republican cluster of no less than a dozen potential candidates to take on Democratic President Barack Obama.
With the GOP campaign’s first debate scheduled for next week, the muddy Republican field will become clearer very soon as more potential contenders announce whether they’ll run or sit out. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who lost in 2008 and is a favorite of libertarians as well as tea partyers, is planning to take a step toward a second bid on Tuesday. The next facing a self-imposed deadline of this weekend, is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Barbour friend and a fiscal conservative who has shined a spotlight on rising budget deficits and national debt.
“All eyes will be on Daniels. … It’s a clear path for him if he wants to run,” said Doug Gross, an Iowa Republican who dined with Barbour last month and left questioning whether the governor had the hunger to get in the race.
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Barbour out, GOP ponders as 2012 field takes shape
I may alienate some folks with this post, but that’s the chance you take when you’re a no hold barred Blogger and Political Activist that speaks out about the things than many only think and most are afraid to say.
If the GOP/RNC is SO desperate to fill their BIG TENT with people like Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich or, God help us all, John McCain, you can just hand the keys to the White House to Barack Hussein Obama.
And you can kiss AMERICA good bye!
If Trump or Ron Paul weigh in as a 3rd party candidate, assuming they don’t get the GOP nod, they will be a ticket wrecker just like H.Ross Perot was, and again, Obama wins and America loses.
There are 3 men in America that can beat Obama; Herman Cain, John Bolton and LtCol. Allen West. I would take any of those 3, combined with the others, in ANY combination of President and Vice President, with the 3rd man out taking a position on the Cabinet, but my personal preference is Allen West, hands down.
Allen Bernard West (born February 7, 1961) is a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd congressional district, serving since January 2011. He is the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls in 1876.
West served in the Army in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army electing to retire after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a detainee in Taji, Iraq. SOURCE
That incident, and the way West handled it, would give me good reason to follow West through HELL carrying cans of gasoline myself!
While serving in Taji, Iraq, West received information from an intelligence specialist about a reported plot to ambush him and his men. The alleged plot reportedly involved Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi, a civilian Iraqi police officer. At first, West thought the reports were a joke…until a week later when several of his officers were ambushed when he was supposed to be traveling with them. At that point, Colonel West began taking the risk of a planned assassination attempt seriously. West, who was not responsible for conducting interrogations in Iraq and had never conducted or witnessed one, had his men detain Hamoodi. In the process of detaining Mr. Hamoodi, soldiers testified that Mr. Hamoodi appeared to go for his weapon and needed to be subdued. Hamoodi was beaten by four of his soldiers from the 220th Field Artillery Battalion on the head and body. West then fired his pistol near Hamoodi’s head. Hamoodi then provided West with names and information, what Hamoodi later described as “meaningless information induced by fear and pain.” At least one suspect was arrested as a result, but no plans for attacks or weapons were found. West said “At the time I had to base my decision on the intelligence I received. It’s possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi.”
West was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. During a hearing held as part of an Article 32 investigation in November 2003, West stated, “I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers.” The charges were ultimately referred to an Article 15 proceeding rather than court-martial, at which West was fined $5,000. LTC West accepted the judgment and retired with full benefits in the summer of 2004. Asked if he would have act differently if under similar circumstances again, West testified, “If it’s about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.” After Colonel West was relieved of his command, an interpreter said that without his presence the region he previously oversaw became more dangerous and chaotic. SOURCE
Allen West put his men and America before himself, his safety and his career. An American officer can do no more than that!
I am firmly convinced that Allen West is the man that America needs at the helm of this nation. Now we must convince him to run. That 1st move needs to be a massive show of support, and I can’t think of a better way to show West how we feel than to sign this petition: Draft Allen West for POTUS in 2012. And join the Facebook page HERE
I can’t think of anyone that would take care of America and would stand for America 1st.