Lt. Col. Allen West joined Fox News host Greta Van Susteren to discuss President Obama’s absence from the Paris march last weekend. With 40 other world leaders present for the march, he said Obama displayed “an absence of leadership.”
“The president of the United States is considered a leader of the free world and in an instance such as this, it would have been great to have the president showing that solidarity,” West said. “If you can get [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmud Abbas in that same line of leaders, then our president should have been there.”
He continued, saying it’s bewildering as to who was advising the president because this didn’t look good to the rest of the world. The colonel referenced White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who said they made a mistake by not sending someone with more authority to the rally.
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When pressed by Van Susteren on how this actually could have come about, West responded by saying we have an administration that won’t admit there is a problem.
“Attorney General Eric Holder’s interview on Sunday… he refused to say Islamic extremism,” West said. “We still call the Nidal Hasan attack at Fort Hood ‘workplace violence,’ we still don’t have an official stance from the administration on Islamic terrorism, jihadism, Islamofascism or Islamic totalitarianism. They just see this as extremism by another name.”
West concluded his segment by questioning if the president is really committed to stopping Islamic terrorism due to his unwillingness to step forward – as Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi did on New Years Day – and condemn the violence and violent messaging of the “virulent ideology.”
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“But yet they can take Air Force One to Knoxville, Tennessee and talk about free community college education,” West said with a smirk.
h/t: Allen West Republic
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