Rep. Allen West: Obama’s meeting with Karzai a ‘Chamberlain, Hitler moment’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, May 7, 2012 18:01 EDT
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Rep. Allen West, a tea party Republican from Florida, on Monday compared the draw down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to the appeasement of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, according to Right Wing Watch.

On May 1, President Barack Obama signed a ten-year security agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Under the agreement, the majority of U.S. troops will be withdrawn by 2014 but the U.S. will continue to have a role in Afghanistan for a decade.

“I look at what happened between President Obama and President Karzai as a 1930s, Chamberlain, Hitler moment,” West told radio host Frank Gaffney. “There is not going to be peace in our time.”

In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler to negotiate the annexation of Czechoslovakia and avert war. The move was celebrated by many at the time. Following World War II the policy of appeasement was derided as being oblivious to the threat of war posed by Hitler.

West, a freshman legislator, has become known for his controversial remarks.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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