Allen West: ‘Defense post, the only job worth having for me’

He’s been suggested for president, vice president and U.S. senator at various times during the last year. But Allen West as defense secretary? Why not?

Glenn Beck conducted a radio interview with the Republican congressman Monday, the eve of his primary election. After dismissing his primary opponent as “a liberal running as a Republican,” Beck turned to Patrick Murphy, West’s Democratic opponent for the general election.

Notwithstanding the fact that Murphy’s PAC was running a racist ad depicting West punching out an elderly white woman, the NAACP found nothing offensive. West replied, “Well, you’ve just got to understand that, you know, Executive Director Hillary Shelton and really the leadership of the NAACP, they’re nothing more than errand boys for the Democratic Party.”

Tongue in cheek, Beck replied, “Well, but that comes from a racist that would send Chick-fil-A to the Black Congressional Caucus,” referring to an alleged incident reported here last week. Six months ago, when it was West’s turn to provide lunch at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, he brought Chick-fil-A. The meal was never an issue until Chick-fil-A was accused of being homophobic by the left.

Beck and West later discussed Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. West described his congressional colleague as “the intellectual epicenter of the GOP,” and went on to say, “I think that it speaks volumes that Mitt Romney would pick Paul Ryan because he is truly a problem solver.”

The discussion eventually turned to Mideast foreign policy. Aware that West has routinely dismissed suggestions that he run for higher office, Beck threw the congressman something of a curve ball: “Would you consider a Defense Department post?”

Although it was radio, one could almost see the smile light up West’s face at the question. He answered, “I’ve got to tell you, Glenn, for me as a 22-year military veteran, that’s the only job worth having in Washington, D.C., for me, to be entrusted with the security of your country, to be entrusted with taking care of the men and women in uniform, who many are my friends and still few of my relatives, it would be a — that would be a true honor, and it would be something that, you know, I unequivocally I would say ‘yes’ to.”

West also expressed concern that if Iran were to initiate an attack against Israel, it wouldn’t be long before other Middle East nations joined in. West said that in such an event, Israel has “got to know that they can look back west across the Mediterranean, they can see the gray hulls flying stars and stripes to come to their aid and to their rescue if needed.”

Near the close of the interview, and obviously thinking of West as defense secretary, Beck asked, “Can you imagine if [Romney] surrounds himself with John Bolton and you? I mean, that would be a dream come true, but, wow, would the press go after him.”

West replied, “Well, I mean, who cares what the press thinks?” earning an affectionate tribute from Beck: “I love you. I love you!”

The entire interview can be seen here:

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