President Barack Obama and other top members of his administration have snubbed a historic rally in Paris today that brought together more than 40 world leaders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and even Russia.
Adversaries including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov put aside their differences and linked arms for a march down the Place de la Concorde in defiance of the Islamist terror attacks that rocked the city last week.
The heads of all major European powers, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President Francois Hollande.
But the US was missing in action. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden remained in Washington - despite having no public events on their schedules today. Secretary of State John Kerry was a world away in Indian, on a pre-planned trip.
Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris for a terrorism summit, but he slipped away and made appearances on four US morning talk shows just as the incredible rally was starting.
...Political opponents - and even some allies - were quick to criticize Obama for not showing up himself, or at least sending a top member of the administration to represent him.
'Sad that 50 world leaders could show solidarity in Paris but President Obama refused to participate. The cowardice continues,' tweeted Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Politico reporter Ben White wrote: 'Is it just me or does it feel like Obama should be at this big March in Paris?'
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren said: 'This is really embarrassing - WHERE IS PRESIDENT OBAMA? Why didn't he go?'
While the President Obama is a busy man, his absence at the show of international solidarity was notable, considering his schedule was wide open today.
Vice President Joe Biden often fills in for the president at events like this, but he was no where to be seen either, despite his similarly empty schedule.
Most remarkable was the fact that Holder, one of the top members of Obama's cabinet, was in Paris on Sunday - but skipped the rally.
While Holder was pictured shaking hands with French officials after the event, he slipped away before the march kicked off around 3pm.
Holder appeared on four Sunday morning talk shows around the same time as the march - though it's uncertain whether he spoke live from Paris or if his segments were pre-recorded. The Department of Justice would not immediately comment on Holder's schedule with Daily Mail Online.
According to Buzzfeed, Holder left Paris after the summit to return to Washington.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry was half a world away in India, preparing for the president's upcoming trip to the south Asian country in the coming weeks.
The American Ambassador to France Jane Hartley attended the march on behalf of the U.S., but is unrecognizable to most Americans, let alone the rest of the world.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria was one of the many who noticed President Obama's absence, and remarked that it was a mistake not to show up and support our 'deepest ideological ally'.
Zakaria said that it would have sent an important message to have an American face among the wold leaders.
Forbes columnist Stuart Anderson echoed Zakaria's statements, saying: 'By not attending the unity rally in Paris on Sunday, President Obama has missed an opportunity to show leadership, to demonstrate that Americans are as committed to fight against terrorism as anyone in the world.
'And that America stands with its allies in a worldwide battle that, unfortunately, is likely to last many years.'Holder, to his disgrace, hogged the cameras for the Sunday morning news shows (Time).
Attorney General Eric Holder said investigators do not have any credible information on which terrorist group was responsible for last week’s attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo in Paris.
Though al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the brutal attack on the publication’s staff, Holder cautioned viewers during several Sunday morning TV appearances against jumping to conclusions, the Associated Press reports.
Though the French Prime Minister said his country is at war with radical Islam, Holder refused to name radical Islam as an enemy of the United States as well as Western civilization. But Holder, who participated in an armed assualt on a ROTC office as part of a black supremacist group, is not shy when it comes to attacking America's police officers, even calling them an "occupying force" in the days before a mad Islamist made a trip to Brooklyn to kill two NYPD police officers thanks to the anti-police rheteoric Holder, Obama, Al Sharpton and New York Mayor Bill de Commio spewed. Holder's Department of Racial Justice also took the death penalty off the table for four black gang members who killed a police officer in Virginia. Holder has a past history of defending terror suspects. Even worse is his record on free speech. Holder has targeted journalists for investigation, and is former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is suing Holder's Racial Justice Department after her computer was hacked. Holder is quick to attack Americans as being "cowards" when it comes to race, but the facts and his actions show that Holder is a coward when it comes to seeing what a blind person can see, that radical Islamists are a threat to not just the United States, but all civilized people.
It's not just Holder. Richard Milhous Hussein-Obama has had his head buried deep in the sand when it comes to the threat of radical Islam. This phrase from his book "The Audacity of Hope" was a warning.
"I will stand with them (the Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." Obama, "The Audacity of Hope"Under his leadership, 9/11 was watered down to a "Day of Service" where you mowed your neighbor's lawn or took out their trash. War on Terror became an "overseas contingency operation." Veterans and Tea Party activists were seen as potential terror suspects. The attack on Fort Hood by jihadist Nidal Hassan was called "workplace violence. Obama's Regime has also expressed the idea their job is to promote Islam. Not only that, we saw how Obama stood at the UN in 2012, days after the Benghazi attack, and said the "future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." Obama's Regime even imprisoned an American filmmaker for an obscure YouTube video mocking Mohammed in a way to distract from his Regime's failures and not responding to warnings about security at the Benghazi compound. Obama even suppoted the idea of the "victory mosque" near the sacred site of the World Trade Center in New York. Instead of acting as a defender of the United States and leader of the free world, Obama appears as the biggest Muslim sympathizer and apologist after every such attack.
And what has all this good will and understanding from Obama toward the so-called Muslim street gotten us? ISIS has risen up in Iraq thanks to Obama's surrender there. The Taliban is threatening to take over Afghanistan as Obama is headed for the door. Ft Hood, a killing at a recruiting station in Arkansas, the Boston Marathon bombing. Obama, like Neville Chamberlain in 1938, shows weakness to a fanatical enemy, thinking it will bring "peace." But instead, weakness emboldens these Islamists.
I think back to these words spoken over 50 years ago by Ronald Reagan in his "A Time for Choosing" speech:
We're at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it's been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.and what I see with the snub of France today is frightening. America, just as in abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan, shows our allies we cannot be trusted to defend them from oppressors. And when lack of leadership leaves a vacuum, only oppressors take charge.