Rep. West’s Response To CAIR Letter: “NUTS!”

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A South Florida Muslim group sent Congressman Allen West a letter asking him to disassociate himself from activists the group considers anti-Islamic.

Congressman West did respond and the letter he sent back is raising some eyebrows.

If it looks like the shortest letter you’ve ever seen from a member of congress, it probably is. How short? Try one word, in capital letters: “NUTS!”

“I was shocked at first. I didn’t expect this from a congressman,” said Nezar Hamze, the executive director of CAIR Florida — the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“We stand up for the civil rights of the Muslim community. That’s what we do,” said Hamze.

Hamze says he wrote to the Republican Congressman earlier this month with his concerns about the Congressman’s relationships with groups and people Hamze considers to be anti-Islamic.

“When I first saw that, I wasn’t sure if he was calling me nuts, or he was calling my concerns nuts,” said Hamze.

“It doesn’t look too professional to me. It doesn’t look thought out,” said one constituent in West’s district 22 named Chuck.

Simone Oliver, another district 22 constituent thinks it’s fine, but says it needs a little more.

“Maybe another sentence, explaining,” she said.

West has not fully explained his position, but in other letters to CAIR Florida, he has said he is neither anti-Islamic nor anti-Muslim.

The line West wrote has historical significance. During World War II, General Anthony McAuliffe famously wrote a one-word letter to the Germans in response to a surrender ultimatum. The word used: “Nuts!

Hamze doesn’t think he’ll ever find out what Congressman West meant with the word because, he says, West has turned down all meetings with CAIR Florida.

“[If I could say something to him now,] I’d tell him to grow up! To act like a congressman and engage in dialogue, and to stop the school boy insults,” said Hamze.

West turned down an interview request from CBS4 News on Monday. As of Monday night, his office had not yet responded to requests for a statement on the matter.

  • Dwayne T

    CAIR has expressed both anti- African American and anti-Semitic sentiments, so if they got any response whatsoever they should consider themselves lucky.

    • aJ

      Rep West should apologize and resign his post for his comments and support of organization such as ACT!

      • Rocky Lore

        You liberals are hypocrites. You go after Allen West, yet you defend Charlie Rangel.

    • Not in the name of district 22

      Show me one instance when CAIR has been anti African American? Its very easy to make baseless claims. BTW for those of you who are misinformed. Both Jews and Arabs are Semites (come from the same origin) so how can they be Ant Semitic.

    • Winslow

      Love your response to this CAIR letter. The group should go threaten someone else. Thank GOD Congressman West calls it like he sees and reads it.
      It is about time someone answered them in one word.

      • Sandlin

        Who gives Hamzee the right to label “radicals” anyone Congressman West associates with? That’s just part of their ploy to discredit the Congressman. Would Hamzee answer the question “Is it CAIR and the Islamics plan & agenda to infiltrate every segment of our society and convert America to an Islamic nation?” Answer that one and see how popular you are in America. Fortunately, quite a large population of true Americans know your ‘not so secret’ agenda.

      • Stuart Kaufman

        Al: Either you are ignorant about Islam, or you are a Muslim. Either way, NUTS to you!

      • ADHD

        Amen to Winslow!!! And as to “al”, the whole idea of Islâm is to destroy EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY ELSE

      • al

        cair is a great civil rights organization, mr hamze was born here and is a great model citizen , I think that you and your crazy rep “mr west” should look for another country to live in called “hate land”.

      • Robert J.Burkholder

        The story reminds me of one from W W II OF an American Officer told by the
        German Army to surrender,as they were surrounded,and had no hope,according to the Germans -unless they surrendered. The Reply the folk lore tells it was the
        American responded -as did Col . West– NUTS!. If the rag head from CAIR truly does not comprehend the response from Rep. West –then I suggest the enemy of my country from CAIR ought brush up on American history This was an excellent response from MR.West and it speaks volumes to Patriotic Americans.

  • Jerry

    I am in TOTAL agreement with Rep. West !! That cair group is a bogus front and lies all the time. They have NO creds at all.

  • Aous Uweyda

    If he replied to a Jewish group all of you would said ..bad mr west

    • Sandy

      The Jews dont hate and want to eliminate America. Islamics do

    • CWA worker

      Please point out an instance where a Jewish group demanded a US congressman not associate with someone. Even a radical islamist.

    • gsw

      Not if the Jewish group tried to tell Rep. West who he is allowed to converse with.
      Of course, the Jewish group don’t try to impose their rules on the rest of us.

      We do not like or want the islamic political system. Accept it.

  • Sam Maher

    If this groups leader had any knowledge of US history he would understand. All they want from America is money to fund anti American and anti israeli efforts in the world. Islam is a ministry of evil.

  • 30Moves

    West was mirroring a comment by WWII General Anthony McAuliffe – the United States Army general who commanded the 101st Airborne Division troops defending Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

    He is famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: “Nuts!”.

    Of course those who do not know American history would be confused by Col. West’s comment.

  • citizen

    CAIR does an outstanding job. They are not antisemite nor anti black. Ive read arricles from them.

    • Don Harris

      CAIR has ties to Hamas. By what twisting of your imagination are they not antisemitic?

    • Stuart Kaufman


    • BJ McLaughlin

      Based on your spelling and grammar, I’d say you had someone READ them TO you.

      • Bonnie McDaniel

        I agree BJ. They are one of the most anti-semetic, and anti-African American groups on the planet. Good Answer, Congressman West!

  • Mary

    We are living in a society that seems to condone rude and disrepectful behavior. Mr West should be ashamed of this juvenile response. His behavior directly reflects on his constituents and as a citizen of Plantation I am ashamed of his unprofessional behavior. We have serious issues facing us and we deserve serious elected officials. I expect flippant from teenagers not my Congressman.

    • CAT

      Mary: Rep. Col. West represents American history without political correctness to any one that is anti-American. Obviously , “NUTS” is used in a VERY HISTORICAL CONTEXT THAT REFERS TO 101airborne TROOPS…MANY OF THEM TEENAGERS BAPTIZED UNDER WAR CONDITIONS LOSING ABOUT 1,700+ COMBAT DEAD..



    • gsw

      Tcha, it is OK for them to be rude to, and about him, but he has to show them ‘respect’?

      Ahh, submission.

  • George D

    Does anyone even remember the origin of the reply “NUTS”?

    Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, the battle of Bastogne. When asked to explain he clarified “Go to Hell”

    CAIR seems to have forgotten history.

    • Former Army officer

      No, because it is AMERICAN history for which they have no respect and since it’s members do not generally assimilate into our culture, never will. Just another hyphenated identity group in America,
      West is a former Army officer and “NUTS” is a famous Army term, borrowed from the 101st Airborne Division commander Brigadier General McAuliffe’s famous reply to the German commander whose unit had the Belgium town of Bastogne enveloped, and was meant as rejection of unreasonable terms. It was not meant to be personally insulting, just his stance on an unreasonable demand. Brilliant!


        Finally someone that tells these special interests groups NO. I am FED UP with these groups coming here to this country and expecting our leaders to bend over for them. Also, why do people hyphenate their names? If you are a legal citizen you are an AMERICAN period.

  • Denis


  • infidel

    Boo hoo HAMze!! Perfect response by Colonel West to the nazis at CAIR.

  • Will Kane

    All you muslims read these comments, they say one thing: We agree with the Congressman. So what does that tell you? We don’t like muslims! We don’t care about your concerns. Our only concern is getting you out of the U.S. and back to the desert, so we can feel safe. Your concerns are opposite to our own, so we don’t care what problems you have. You brought enough to the rest of us.

  • Matt Hendley

    “Then CBS4 News discovered that during World War II…” You guys just now discovered a history book?

  • Luke The Drifter

    “Then CBS4 News discovered that during World War II, General Anthony McAuliffe famously wrote a one-word letter to the Germans in response to a surrender ultimatum. The word used: “Nuts!””


    Good Lord, I don’t know what to think about that.

    I probably shouldn’t say anything else.

  • mabella

    Learn some American history!!! Nuts is the clasic answer of the American commander to the Germans when they asked for his surrender at Basttogne. They were late liberated by Pattons army although they said they did not need to be “liberated”.

    • kmg

      Don’t mention “liberated” to any of the 101st Airborne. My uncle was a veteran of Bastogne and nothing used to infuriate him more than to mention that Bastogne was liberated by Patton.

  • mabella

    Read “Muslim Mafia” and find out who CAIR is and how they are financed

  • ivxx

    1/3 of the comments on here are regurgitating the same story as if they’re enlightening us to some rare anecdote. The story is in the article… did you guys even read the article…?

    Seems like you guys read up to the third paragraph, then just skipped down to leave a comment…

    • Nick Danger, Third Eye

      If it’s so rare, why does everyone but the unintelligent know about it?

      We are just commening on the morons who are void in theiri knowledge of American history and those that want to marginalize the stupidity.

  • BJ McLaughlin

    Hoorah for Colonel West. He is one of the very few people in politics today that has the courage to confront evil. CAIR is a terrorist supporting organization, and should be investigated with the same zeal as if it were any other Islamic terrorist organization. They should be grateful that in OUR country we ALLOW dissenting thought and free speech. The same type of activities conducted in the sewers from which they sprang would result in a public execution. And as long as your “religion” advocates the extermination of other people, as far as we’re concerned, you HAVE NO civil rights.

  • Infidel Task Force

    CAIR id the unindited co-conspirator to the terrorist group HAMAS.
    Rep. West did the right thing by refusing their request. He understands Islamic ideology. He understands the corruption in the Islamic organizations in this country.
    Something a lot of people in America know nothing about.

  • william mackenzie

    cair should be escorted to muslim land-get out of america-this is the land of the free!!!not some camel worshipping dictatorship-you dont like america-get out now!

  • Marc Kortlander

    Mr West deserves to go far in politics he is what every conservative in office should be. He will always have my unconditional support

  • Hoang

    CAIR = Anti-America

    They are doing the work for Islamic terrorists from the inside. CAIR should be investigated and shut down.

    • Debbie

      They were investigated and found to be involved in terrorist financing.Charges were prepared but Obama and the DOJ dropped them.

      CAIR is unnecessary in the U.S. since we have hundreds of groups/companies/individuals to support and defend all human rights.Many financed by the government.
      CAIR is a racists,segregationist,secular organization that demands special rights,over our established laws,for muslims based on their civil rights of superiority over non-muslims.As decreed by their g-d.The quran says so.

      Well said Mr.West.

  • Hoekom Jy My Haat

    Nuts to CAIR! And to all their apologists, justifiationists and enablers

  • Kit Kat

    The big story here is that a news organization ACTUALLY DID SOME RESEARCH!! “NUTS” to CAIR ! Thank God for Congressman West, who happens to have a brass set !!

  • Reddotmiami

    Last time that “NUTS” was used the Nazi’s had surrounded an American combat unit and demanded there surrender. Did West feel he was being surrounded by his constituents when they questioned his associations, Maybe West feels that his Muslim constituents should be regarded as nothing more than Nazi’s. Could it be that West was left mentally unstable from his removal from service to the country, that he would serve his best interests by resigning his office and seeking out mental health services…If not, Tell the public what he meant, if not then you better believe it represents the worst in American politics…His insinuations are despicable.

    • Don Harris

      No, the Islamo-fascists are not Nazis. They aren’t that organized, which is why they use themselves as delivery systems for bombs, and murder innocents. They cannot succeed against the U.S in a direct armed conflict and so they dress as he American government has done a great disservice to the American people by not shutting them down sooner.

  • Truth Detector

    Rep Allen West is no dummy. He’s an intelligent man who understands Islam and Shariah. I’ve studied Shariah and Islam since 9/11. Shariah is brutal and repressive, that translates to woman demeaning, violence, death and destruction. Don’t allow devious Muslims who know their “religion” to lull you to sleep. Islam is most devious. And don’t allow the smiles of devious Muslims to deceive you. Adolph Hitler also smiled.

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