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How about Allen West to head Secret Service?

How about Allen West to head Secret Service?

Not going to happen, because the current leadership is doing such a … um … great job.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit wrote a column for USA Today this week suggesting that it would be smart for Obama to appoint a Republican as Eric Holder’s replacement for attorney general:

For next attorney general, reach across aisle

Having a Defense secretary from the other party makes war bipartisan, and reassures members of the opposition that the powers of the sword aren’t being abused. Likewise, naming an attorney general from the opposite party would tend to make the administration of justice bipartisan, and would provide considerable reassurance, as Holder’s tenure in office emphatically did not, that the powers of law enforcement were not being abused in service of partisan ends. In an age of all-encompassing criminal laws, and pervasive government spying, that’s a big deal.

While I think that’s a good idea, this suggestion in the Washington Post from Dan Emmett, a secret service expert and former Marine, is a great idea.

After the recent security breach at the White House, Emmett says the current Secret Service director should be replaced and he knows someone who would be perfect for the job:

The Secret Service isn’t up to the job. It’s time to give them help from the military.

The Uniformed Division, which was not designed to repel a military-type attack, needs to be beefed up with well-armed, well-trained military personnel. In addition, the Secret Service needs leadership that fully understands how to balance law enforcement with military force and use them together in harmony. This type of leadership is currently lacking at the Secret Service’s upper level. The current director, Julia Pierson, is a former police officer and has served in the Secret Service for 30 years. Pierson, while a highly competent and capable agent with an exemplary record, has no military background and, therefore, doesn’t have the needed perspective to lead the organization in wartime. During periods of extreme danger, as we now find ourselves in, we must be willing to admit that otherwise capable and dedicated agents are not right for the job of director.

Pierson should be replaced and the next director should come from outside the Secret Service, with the deputy director remaining an agent. In this role, a true leader, not a bureaucrat, is needed. Someone like Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West would be perfect for the role. West has successfully demonstrated that he possesses the leadership skills of a combat officer as well as managerial and diplomatic skills of a congressman, exactly the traits needed in the next director. Highly competent and beholden to no one in the Secret Service, he would be a superb director.

It’s not going to happen, because …. why would he want it?

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No way Allen West would sign on with this bunch of losers.

Failed Congressmen / war criminal / treason-instigator / creepy guy, Allen West? I can’t wait for the hearings!

    Radegunda in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    You mean the guy who had to choose between a) following insane P.C. rules of engagement that endangered the lives of the men under his command, and b) risking his own career in order to protect his men by making an enemy combatant briefly frightened — and he chose the latter, saved his men, and paid the legal penalty.

    Yes, that’s the kind of stand-up man we need.

    What happened to the leftist reverence for civil disobedience when the stakes are high? What happened to the purported preference for selflessness over selfishness?

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

    ALLEN WEST for PRESIDENT, 2016!!!!

    There’s no way he’d take a job with this candy-assed, treasonous administration.

Tex Detroit calls Allen West a “creepy guy”. You might want to look in the mirror there, racist. A guy using “Detroit” as part of their name should probably refrain from using the word “failed”. Ass**les like you think any war is criminal except when it’s your war. Where you come up with treason is way beyond anyone with more than 2 functioning brain cells.

    Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | October 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Tex never served in uniform.

    Well…except on “Village People” night down to the bathhouse. He has medal from there for his “service”.

      Tex Detroit in reply to Ragspierre. | October 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Always with the projection. Never fear, in Obummer’s third term, a hidden provision of Obamacare will kick in making gay marriage mandatory. And you won’t have to fight any more.

    Tex Detroit in reply to Barry. | October 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    So, Allen “Non-Negotiable Sex” West, being demonstrably creepy is the only thing you quibble with.

Yeah, I remember that Reagan replaced the head of the Secret Service with a democrat right after he woke up from anesthesia. By all means, lets politicize everything.

    Ragspierre in reply to Deodorant. | October 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    First, you’re lying again. You are not old enough to “remember” the Reagan assassination attempt.

    Second, how could consideration of the most qualified person to head the service “politicize” anything?

    You trolls are so confused.

    Ragspierre in reply to Deodorant. | October 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    “The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican’s 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in a scheme to influence Texas state elections.

    Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated.

    “We agree with the court of appeals’ ultimate conclusion that, as a matter of law, what the state has proven in this case does not constitute either of the alleged criminal offenses,” the high court said in its 8-1 ruling.”

    Thought you’d like to suck on that a while…

maybe if we had more war criminals in the military willing to do whatever is needed to save the lives of the men whom they lead then we would have had less body bags flying back to us.
I would have gladly served under someone willing to risk his career to make sure I was safe.

I like Allen West and respect him, but part of the problem in DC is putting people with no direct experience in charge. There is no doubt someone in the Secret Service right now who can do the job well. If only he or she can be found. Unlikely, I know. There’s too much corruption, bribery, partisonship and cronyism for that to happen.

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