Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who served in the U.S. Army during the Carter administration, said at CPAC this morning that the country has stumbled on a key principle of war: “send all that you got, win and come home.”

“Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it,” the congressman said.

“When our embassy was attacked it was an act of war in 1979,” he continued. “We expected the United States to respond and we watched for three days” in his unit, but no move was made by Jimmy Carter.

“I still believe today that we have Americans dying for our country because we did not send a message in 1979,” Carter said.”…If you go to war you better mean it.”

At one point, Gohmert quipped, “John Boehner would tell you I don’t speak for him.” The congressman voted for former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in the January vote for speaker of the House.