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.

Comments (73)
  1. Dwayne T says:

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

    1. Winslow says:

      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.

      1. Robert J.Burkholder says:

        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.

      2. al says:

        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”.

      3. ADHD says:

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

      4. Stuart Kaufman says:

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

      5. Sandlin says:

        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.

    2. aJ says:

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

      1. Rocky Lore says:

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

    3. Not in the name of district 22 says:

      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.

  2. Jerry says:

    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.

  3. Aous Uweyda says:

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

    1. gsw says:

      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.

    2. CWA worker says:

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

    3. Sandy says:

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

  4. Sam Maher says:

    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.

  5. 30Moves says:

    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.

  6. citizen says:

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

    1. BJ McLaughlin says:

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

      1. Bonnie McDaniel says:

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

    2. Stuart Kaufman says:


    3. Don Harris says:

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

  7. Mary says:

    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.

    1. gsw says:

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

      Ahh, submission.

    2. CAT says:

      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..



  8. George D says:

    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.

    1. Former Army officer says:

      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!

      1. FED UP CITIZEN says:

        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.

  9. infidel says:

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

  10. Will Kane says:

    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.

  11. Matt Hendley says:

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

  12. Luke The Drifter says:

    “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.

  13. mabella says:

    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”.

    1. kmg says:

      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.

  14. mabella says:

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

  15. ivxx says:

    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…

    1. Nick Danger, Third Eye says:

      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.

  16. BJ McLaughlin says:

    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.

  17. Infidel Task Force says:

    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.

  18. william mackenzie says:

    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!

  19. Marc Kortlander says:

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

  20. Hoang says:

    CAIR = Anti-America

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

    1. Debbie says:

      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.

  21. Hoekom Jy My Haat says:

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

  22. Kit Kat says:

    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 !!

  23. Reddotmiami says:

    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.

    1. Don Harris says:

      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.

  24. Truth Detector says:

    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.

  25. isit1984yet says:

    Appeasing Islam is like swimming in shark infested waters with an open wound.

  26. Nick Danger, Third Eye says:

    This is a great response to an enemy of this country. It is the exact response General Anthony Clement McAuliffe that gave to a German call for the American Army to surrender at the Battle of the Bulge. Of course, CAIR nor Al would know nothing about those kind of things. They are too busy carrying out their jihards.

  27. Tiberius Ceasar says:

    Why has the media not seized upon the fact that CAIR is one of the 264 “unindicted co-conspirators” in the Holy Land Foundation terror trial? CAIR, along with ISNA and NAIT were all named as being associated with Hamas.

    Oh, I get it! It’s all the “political petro payola” that these cats sling around to politicians like Mr. Obama. The fact that they’re not under the jail is a tribute to Saudi largess. In fact, at least omne of them is ballsey enough to call out a sitting US Congressman and war hero. That takes a lot of cover fire in the form of political juice.

  28. Bob says:

    Why bother knowing anything about American history you lackies from CAIR, esp. WWII, when you are intent on waging your own personal Jihad against same country!

    It’s a perfect recipe for failure per Sun Tzu…uh oh, now CAIR is going to have to Google Sun Tzu! Figures…Islamists can’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag!

  29. Jack H says:

    Congressman West is very enlightened and educated on the history of Islam and its threat to western values and beliefs. He is also direct and honest. I applaud his NUTS reply to CAIR. I only wish he would go further and help expose them for the part they play in furthering the Islamisation of the USA by attacking from the inside all that we hold dear and sacred. He gets my vote everytime.

  30. Llarry says:

    CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation. The Department of Justice has confirmed that CAIR is a Hamas front group. Rep. West was right to tell them to go to hell.

  31. John says:

    Thank goodness for Allen West. The appeasers of islam need to be removed from office here in the U.S. and all mosques (terrorism centers) razed.

  32. Victoria Thiel says:

    Mr. Hamze, just like his sneaky organization, has come to Cong. West’s Town Hall meetings attempting to disrupt and paint himself the victim. His organization is backed and funded by terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and it is attempting to infiltrate and diminish our way of life and laws through Dhimmitude. CAIR is active in trying to bring Sharia law to this country. They have been involved in supporting Muslims that have killed under Sharia and misdirecting and diverting prosecution from recognizing those crimes from what they are. They want to blind site us by using political correctness and our laws against us to destroy us. Giving any air time without realizing where this man or his organization stands shows how naïve we’ve become. Bravo for the comment NUTS. I say double NUTS and STUPID to anyone who gives Mr. Hamze credence. Any organization whose teachings are in contravention of our Constitution is our enemy.

  33. SameAsTheOldBoss says:

    Mr. Hamze and his entire organization would be under 24/7 surveillance with auditors and investigators camped out in their offices from now until eternity if we were smart. I support Rep West and his approach to the America-hating cancer called islam.

    1. Don Harris says:

      If we were smart we’d shut them down…hard!

  34. Don Woods says:

    CAIR is NOT a legitimate group…the muslims ARE the most offensive group in America…the Muslims treating women as property, the honor killings in Phoenix and Buffalo are just a couple of examples…Nobody, especially a congressman should take this cult seriously…

  35. Don Woods says:

    General Black Jack Pershing knew how to deal with Islam…He single handily stopped Islamic terrorism for over 40 years…

    1. Cache says:

      Yes Gen. Jack, Captured some murderous muslims. shot all but one, who he made watch as he buried all the dead muslims with dead pigs & blood. The General let the live muslim go to tell the tale to all his kind….there was no more trouble for 30 years!

      1. Cache says:

        ‘er sorry…it was 50 years!

  36. Cache says:

    This was perfect answer to a spokesman for our muslim enemy. Mr West learned it in school or the academy. The response is from WWII from an American Officer, Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe,, at Bastogne, who was told by Germans to surrender because they were surrounded and had no hope. The reply was– NUTS!. This raghead from CAIR does not understand his new country’s history. I suggest this abusive idiot Raghead muzzie learn it!

  37. Pedro says:

    CAIR gave up its tax exempt status in order to avoid disclosing how much money it receives from its Salafist Saudi funders.

  38. Not in the name of district 22 says:

    As a contituent of district 22 I am appalled by Rep Wests comments. Congressman West has a duty to represent his entire constituency fairly and responsibly. We are all immigrants to this country at some point or another. By calling a group of people nuts he is going far beyond partisan politics. To me his comments represent more Joesph Mccarthy then a respected General as such as Brig. Gen. McAuliffe.

    1. Stuart Kaufman says:

      @ Not in the name of district 22: If you can’t see the difference between terrorist enablers like CAIR and “immigrants,” you have the brains of a pile of dirt!

      1. Not in the name of district 22 says:

        you mean terrorists like Timothy Mcveigh?

    2. Don Harris says:

      Or Bill Ayers, yes. However the claim that “We are all immigrants” is false. If you were born in the U.S. by definition, you cannot be an immigrant. And this is hardly McCarthyism, since there is not a “Council of Un-American Activities” in Florida, or anywhere else in the country, for that matter. And I agree with the congressman. CAIR is almost certainly nuts.

  39. Stuart Kaufman says:

    @Not in the name of district 22: McVeigh is rotting in the same place in hell where members of care and schmucks like you will roast.

  40. Larry says:

    Curiously, West supporters seem to have a disconnect with his AIPAC support, and affiliation with zionists who kill Palestinian women and children year after year. And before you respond with Oh, it;s ok they’re the Chosen Ones, go ahead and look at the numbers killed on both sides

  41. ISLAMwillRuleTheUS says:

    What do you expect from a war criminal? Hi’s vocabulary is not very big!

  42. Frank Livingston says:

    To ISLAMwillRuleTheUS