Dana Milbank, Washington Post:
There is a certain je ne sais quoi in conservatives’ criticism of the Obama administration over last week’s terrorist attack in France.
A decade ago, Republicans in Congress were renaming French fries “freedom fries” and French toast “freedom toast” because of that country’s refusal to support the Iraq war. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld belittled the “old Europe” French, President George W. Bush mocked an American reporter for speaking French to the French president, and conservative critics called the French “weasels,” “appeasers” and worse. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, was ridiculed by the Bush administration for being “too French” and looking French, and his fluency in French was a liability in the campaign.
And now, that very same Monsieur Kerry, the secretary of state, and his boss, President Obama, are being condemned by conservatives for .?.?. not being nice enough to the French.
The cause célèbre this time is the failure of the Obama administration to send anybody of higher rank than the U.S. ambassador to attend Sunday’s march in Paris showing solidarity against the terrorists.