Given the reaction to the Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris march in support of the Charlie Hebdo journalists, you would think that President Obama has single-handedly lost us the global war on terror.
As “profoundly embarrassing” as The Bee Editorial Board finds this misstep on the part of the administration, I find the reaction on the part of the media and political pundits far more embarrassing and hypocritical.
The Bee calls the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher market France’s version of 9/11. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, far from the City of Lights, thousands are being slaughtered, young girls are being kidnapped and forced to marry, and 10-year-old children are being forced into suicide bombings.
The United States has borne the brunt of the fighting against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and other terrorist groups. Our allies, including the French, know and appreciate this country’s sacrifice. What they can’t understand is why the The Bee, other media and the president’s serial critics are so quick to blow this incident all out of proportion. Could it be that some people matter more than others?