Parade Politics: Accusations Fly Over Who Was Present And Who Was Not In Paris For the March For Free Speech

President_Barack_Obama220px-Erdogan_croppedMuch of the talk after the massive march for free speech in Paris this weekend was the absence of President Barack Obama with other world leaders. It was an embarrassment for our country and slap in the face to the French. Instead, the Administration sent Jane Hartley, one of its bundlers turned diplomats who were given a major appointment for raising money for the President. Even though Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris that very day, he did not even stick around to march with other leaders. The Administration is now admitting that it blew it but there is a mystifying lack of basic competence and foresight at the White House at such moments. Rather than attend the rally, Obama stated in town for a photo op with the San Antonio Spurs. It was a shameful image to leave with French. This was not the only such controversy over who was present and who was not.

225px-BenjaminNetanyahuIn what is an astonishing was the outburst from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the appearance of Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu. The French had asked Netanyahu not to attend but he insisted that he would be there. The French then arranged for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to attend as well. Erdogan however, lashed out at Netanyahu for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march as a leader of “state terrorism” against the Palestinians. He demanded that Netanyahu “give an account for the children, women you massacred.”

Many civil libertarians could ask for the same account from Erdogan who has rolled back on civil liberties, particularly free speech and free press rights in Turkey. For Erdogan to attend a free speech rally is like seeing former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad march at a gay rights rally.

Erdogan’s appearance only deepens the question of what the French are marching for in a country that has led the effort to regulate and curtail speech, including years of threats directed against the victims of these acts.

116 thoughts on “Parade Politics: Accusations Fly Over Who Was Present And Who Was Not In Paris For the March For Free Speech”

  1. Nick,

    If the race card is good enough for Clarence Thomas, it’s good enough for me! You think despising Obama for being a liberal is any different than hating him for being black? Both are equally irrational. I did not agree with Bush’s policies, but I never once doubted that he meant well. The Obama haters believe he is a Kenyan socialist Muslim who is trying to destroy everything you hold near and dear. Bush admittedly comitted torture, but I will grant him that he did so for the best of reasons, though the ends never justify means. The only thing the Obama haters will concede about Obama is that he reads a good TelePrompter. They will not even credit him for being a good family man. Sickening.

  2. Obama will go down in history as the worst president that this country has ever had, I just hope he’s not the last

  3. Elaine – so true. Professor Turley and Darren have commented about how the very leaders saying “Je Suis Charlie” are the same ones who have curtailed free speech. The editor had faced opposition from his own government in creating those cartoons. It’s nice that they’re there for the photo op, but will they recapture free speech?

  4. “RAAAACIST” The race card played @ 7:16pm, by a Dartmouth grad I’ll have you know. As this incompetent and lawless president free falls the next couple years, expect to hear much more “RAAAACIST” here and elsewhere from cultists. JT is obviously a racist. He’s suing Obama.

  5. Leej,

    It is a waste of time trying to talk sense to some here. The Conservatives have conducted- dare I say it- a high-tech lynching of this president. Somewhere I seem to recall conservatives condoning that statement when defending one of their own. Now where was it??? If and when there is a conservative in the WH, they who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind.

  6. but the GOP can never claim to be small government conservatives ever again.

    The GOP is not small government conservatives. There is hardly a lick of difference between the GOP establishment and the Democrat establishment.

    In fact the GOP is doing everything it can to destroy the small government conservative types and those few who do get elected are squashed equally by the GOP RINOs and the Democrats.

    The both parties need to be eliminated.

  7. Anyone who thinks Republicans are small govt. are cultists or delusional. The duopoly want more and more power and control. That’s why the duopoly must be destroyed by any means necessary.

  8. Nick:

    I usually agree with the above quote from the Founder of the Republican Party.

    Being silent on a big government surveillance/prison state is fine, but the GOP can never claim to be small government conservatives ever again. Remaining silent on these issues speaks volumes!

  9. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abe Lincoln

  10. Many of us also criticize Obama especially for his abuse of the “Espionage Act of 1917” to punish and intimidate legal whistleblowers and members of the press (largest number of any president in American history) and continuing indefinite detention of suspects without evidence, charge, trial or verdict.

    In a healthy two-party system, the GOP had an opportunity to criticize Obama for legitimate reasons. Why won’t the GOP compete on those issues?

    The GOP could be raising hell about releasing John Kiriakou and Chelsea Manning from prison – the GOP is totally silent on those issues.

  11. Bush is all they have.

    They need a new excuse fur the failure of the Jug Eared Jesus!

    I know! It’s because the French are Racists! They eat Brunch!

    “Muslim Terrorist Lives Matter!”

    Brunch Derangement Sydrome!

  12. BDS[Bush Derangement Syndrome] Trooper. As Obama screws the pooch more and more I see BDS getting worse and worse. But, as I’ve said, here’s the INSANE part of all this. In a rare moment of honesty, the WH ADMITS they screwed up. But, these pit bull defenders are in constant attack mode. It’s like Cuckoo’s Nest. Truly remarkable to watch. As you know, I was not a fan of Bush, never voted for him. But, if given a choice, I would vote for W in a heartbeat over this loser.

  13. Bush, Bush, Bush!

    How did Bush stop Obama from sending a reasonable representative to this march!

    What does Bush have to do with this unforced error?

  14. The GOP controlled both houses of Congress and the WH during the Bush Administration.

    With complete control why didn’t they enact campaign finance reform, restore the Glass-Steagall Act or balance the budget? Even if you deduct war spending it was outrageous.

    Bush inherited a budget surplus from Bill Clinton. Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    Spin that!

  15. Olly

    Obama’s critics are never wrong or right. There are soooooo many on so many sides of issues that he can’t win or lose. It’s of his own doing and all the more sad. In that sense, he lost his presidency. Some may say he never had it or understood it and still doesn’t. Not unlike another “Where did he come from??”: Carter.

    About 1-2 yrs into his first term, I feared for the survival of our country. We are fifty “states” united as a federal govt. My fear was centered on someone assassinating him. The underlying seismic tensions were much worse 4-5 yrs ago. The Detroit, Watts and Chicago riots of “old” would look like picnics in comparison. My doomsday vision was a bit “Yugoslavian” in nature.

    It’s fortunate for us that our country is so huge geographically. It’s got it’s own shock absorber.

  16. David Stockman, Reagan’s advisor, did a great interview with Bill Moyers about the problem with today’s GOP discussing the “Trickle-Down Theory” and how it doesn’t work as a stand alone policy.

    Contrary to today’s GOP, Stockman also said TAXES are the price of a civilized society! He’s not middle school, he’s one of the smartest Republicans ever to serve. If I can find the link I’ll post it for you to watch.

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