Monday, January 12, 2015

You can crawl out from under the bed now, Mr. President


World leaders from almost every major nation walked arm-in-arm in Paris on Sunday, leading over a million Frenchmen in a show of solidarity against terrorism.  Note I said "almost".  Can you figure out who's missing?

Yep, no Barack Obama.  Or VP Joe Biden.  Or SecState John Kerry, or any distinguished group of former presidents such as George W. Bush and/or Bill Clinton.  Somewhere in that photo is the US Ambassador to France (read: big Obama financial contributor)....that's who was there representing the United States of America.  I'm embarrassed.

You've heard the old saying, "Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way"?  Have we become so weak-kneed that we don't want to offend anyone?  Are we leading from the rear? 

I've heard/read in much of the media that our once close working relationship with the anti-terrorism forces in Europe and elsewhere has cooled considerably.  Why?  Why wouldn't we want to nip this societal cancer in the bud?  Internally our law enforcement seems to be doing a good job, but there's a big, wide world out there beyond our borders where terrorists are recruiting and training

I think the French just bitch-slapped us.  They voted with their presence at that march that they have the cojones to stand up to evil.  Not negotiate with it, not knuckle under to it, but step on its throat.

Vive la France!  Lead on.

S


9 comments:

  1. There should have some better representation. Symbols and protocol are important.

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  2. Had Obama gone to this event, conservatives would have screamed about him shamelessly wasting taxpayer dollars for a photo op. As I understand it, France has expressed deep gratitude for US intelligence information that helped identify these terrorists. I think you exaggerate the number of world leaders there. I can name dozens not in attendance, and France has not complained about this.

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    1. I don't mean to suggest the U.S. is not cooperating with our allies. It's just that we aren't as intimately involved as we once were. Do we not trust that they aren't in some way compromised? And why at this point should Obama care what the Republicans think? IMO he should have made the symbolic effort to be there, or send someone significant in his stead.

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  3. Walking in the street does absolutely nothing to stop terrorism. And it's probably against the law.

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    1. So the 40 world leaders who did attend are all just fools?

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  4. The French hate us until they need our help so screw em. Pass the Freedom Fries.

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  5. He should have been there or sent someone high-ranking to be there. I'm curious, though - who was complaining about it?

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    1. All the media, from all persuasions. The White House now admits they made a mistake. Move forward....

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