There are Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris. There are raids against Islamic terrorists in Belgium. ISIS is expanding its territory. Boko Haram now possesses more territory than ISIS. So how does the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry show American strength, resolve, resilience, and support to the country that sent Marquis de Lafayette and the French Navy during our Revolutionary War — and the gift of the Statue of Liberty?
With a big hug and a song.
As reported by The Weekly Standard, “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after terrorists attacked last week. The former Massachusetts senator brought fellow Bay Stater and singer-songwriter James Taylor to sing a slightly off-key rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend” to a Parisian audience.”
Watch the video if you can stand it. Warning: it is painful.
I am at a loss for words. ISIS is throwing gays from buildings, crucifying thieves, and stoning women. Boko Haram kidnapped young girls and is now using them as suicide bombers. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is training Islamic jihadists to savagely slaughter cartoonists. And America is releasing Islamic terrorists from GITMO and singing folk songs – acoustic, yet.
What in God’s holy name is happening, ladies and gentlemen? Do you understand what an abject embarrassment we are? What is it about progressive socialists that they believe a kumbaya moment can make all the pain go away?
What the French could have used right now was a joint Special Operations raid against an AQAP terrorist training site where if you want to sing a song, how about this one by Drowning Pool, “Let the Bodies Hit The Floor.” Now that’s how you respond — just ask the Belgians!
Or how about a little Richard Wagner and the “Ride of the Valkyries” — who could ever forget that scene from “Apocolypse Now?” Oops, that could upset Kerry.
While several world leaders joined a massive march in Paris on Sunday to protest the Islamic terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish kosher market, the highest-ranking U.S. official in attendance was the American ambassador to France — whose qualifications were being a big time Obama fundraising bundler. Maybe she’d gone shopping in Paris.
President Obama has been criticized for not going himself or sending Vice President Biden or Secretary Kerry to the event. So how do we make amends? We send James Taylor to serenade the French people — after we couldn’t find the courage to be there last Sunday to march united. But we certainly could have Taylor badly sing a weepy, wimpy song. Ya think it made Islamic jihadists cry? So what next, maybe we send Oprah Winfrey to Yemen, or even to meet with ISIS, and she can ask them about their childhood and to get in touch with their feelings — you know empathize with them.
Well, it is Saturday and I leave you at the end of this missive with a piece to calm you — Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.” Thanks to our French brethren for the ideal of Liberty, Montesquieu, Lafayette, and Lady Liberty — I promise you it does get better. It has to get better.