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The Company You Keep

In Foreign Policy, Front Page, World News by Allen West1 Comment

The ol’ folks down South had a lot of great sayings that were simple, yet profound. I remember when my dad taught me that “an empty wagon makes a lot of noise.” Another of Buck West’s favorites was, “never read your own press, and never drink your own tub water.”

As a young fella, I did not have the wisdom to immediately comprehend what Dad was saying. However, as I grew older, and struck out on my own, his Solomon-esque proverbs were clear, and understandable. However, it was Mom, Snooks West, whose famed saying is appropriate for today’s missive: “people will know you by the company you keep.” Mom also told me, using an example at Kroger’s, to stay away from “crabs in the barrel.” In other words, avoid those who would pull you down with them.

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I have no desire to talk about the Robert Mueller charade, or any of the other drama in Washington, DC. Until folks start doing the “perp walk,” it just does not matter. Folks are guilty, and should be held accountable. But, in DC, the swamp, there just are no consequences to abhorrent, criminal, behavior.

For me, the following story is important, and applicable to Mom’s saying. As reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

“China will host Iranian President Hassan Rohani in June, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said, as major powers look for ways to save the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The Foreign Ministry, on May 28, did not give the exact date for Rohani’s visit, but said he would attend the June 6-10 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit as an observer. China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan established the SCO, a Eurasian political, economic, and security grouping, in the early 2000s. India and Pakistan joined in 2017, and Iran has expressed hopes of joining. The ministry said Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov will attend the summit, but it did not mention what other leaders are scheduled to come. Iran signed the 2015 nuclear deal with China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain, and the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump pulled on May 8 pulled out of the accord, which provided Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.”

Let’s assess this very interesting web of foes that includes three of America’s biggest geopolitical threats . . . oops, Barack Obama in 2012 said Russia was not a geopolitical threat. Beginning there, Barack Obama’s foreign policy failures cannot be debated, as we are watching the trifecta of disaster, Russia, China, and Iran, gather for a summit. Needless to say, China represents the interests of North Korea. Therefore, am I the only one that finds this little confab right before the supposed June 12th US-North Korea summit as interesting? It’s open source intelligence that North Korea and Iran have been, shall I say it, colluding, with sharing nuclear and ballistic missile technology. And, remember, according to Obama’s Neville Chamberlain-esque nuclear agreement with Iran, the Islamic regime was not supposed to be testing or firing ballistic missiles. I find it quite perplexing that Russia, China, and these other countries would invite the world’s #1 state sponsor of Islamic terrorism to their summit.

I guess Mom was right, people will know you by the company you keep. Click To Tweet

I guess Mom was right, people will know you by the company you keep.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was a joke. It had no hard verification of Iranian compliance, heck, the Iranians never signed it. And, what’s happened since Iran received relief from sanctions, and billions of dollars in laundered, palletized, cash?

The fact that two permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russia and China, are embracing Iran at a summit should tell us all we need to know. China is not our friend, and, sorry President Trump, Xi Jinping does not have a “great relationship” with you. If the proclaimed dictator of China did have a great relationship with President Trump, why would he invite Iran’s leader to a summit in China?


Anyone who believes that foreign policy, and national security issues in opposition to the United States will not be discussed is delusional. This is actually all part of the grander strategic economic and global hegemonic plan of China called “One Belt, One Road.” Just in case you were not aware, China is building a port facility in Pakistan. You know, the Pakistan that harbors the Taliban and their leadership. China is in East Africa, in the vicinity of our US military base of operations in Djibouti. Vladimir Putin, and Russia, will enjoin themselves to anyone seeking to undermine US global influence, and Putin needs Iranian support, as they seek to expand their influence in the Middle East.

What truly upsets me is how we are distracted with the folly of Washington, DC, while the vultures are gathering. Here is my recommendation: it’s time to get even tougher on Russia, China, and Iran. North Korea will suffer from the residual effects of our clamping down on China. We must act, knowing we are on a moral high ground. What is rather disconcerting is that we do not have the firm support of England, France, and Germany, even as these opposing forces soon gather. A united front is what is required to bring the 21st century axis powers into real compliance. My assessment is that the real linchpin, in the collapse of this growing threat, is Iran. Iran is the enabling force for Russia, China, and North Korea. Iran is a support element that creates the conditions for Russian and Chinese expansion. There are many reports that the Chinese are becoming more impactful in Afghanistan.

I do not believe in coincidences: the fact that this Shanghai summit is happening June 6-10 is very telling. Perhaps the United States needs a pre-summit meeting at this same time with Japan, South Korea, Australia, Vietnam, the Philippines, England, France, and Germany, along with selected Eastern European nations, like Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. Our opposition should know us by the company we keep, as well, and know that the resolve of our friends, and allies, is strong, determined, and committed.

There are very many parallels to the mid to late 1930s here. We should not make the same mistakes. Mainly, there can be no concessions, compromises, acquiescence, or appeasement. China has told us clearly who they are by the company they have chosen to keep. Game on.

Old School Patriots Allen B. West

During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.

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