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Mary Matalin: World Thinks We're 'Idiots' After Paris Snub

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 06:53 PM

The Obama administration so bungled its response to last week's terror attack in France that Americans are now perceived as "idiots," veteran Republican political consultant Mary Matalin says.

Matalin said she was particularly peeved that President Barack Obama did not show up for a massive memorial rally in Paris which was attended by dozens of world leaders after the slaughter of 12 people at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

"The whole world thinks we're idiots now … It was absurd," Matalin, an advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and campaign director for President George W. Bush, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"I say this as somebody who's worked from the inside of the White House twice, there's so many people involved in the decision to go or not to go from the Department of Defense, the State Department, the National Security Agency, the president's political guys and his communication guys.

"There's hardly an agency department or an assistant to the president untouched by that kind of decision and they all failed and that says one or two things — it's either massive incompetence or the fish stinks from the head, it rots from the head down."

Matalin said she believes nobody on Obama's staff wanted to tell the commander-in-chief that not attending the rally — in support of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo where 12 people were killed," would be a "horrible mistake."

"What about the vice president or the secretary of state? … Every leader in the world is going and we sent nobody. We have the attorney general in the country on his own plane and he doesn't attend?" she said.

"I can't even describe how this appears to not only to our friends and our allies, but our enemies … We should be very concerned about this, but we won't be, because there's so many other things to be concerned about."

Matalin also said she continues to worry about the ongoing attacks on Christians around the world — and the lack of response to it.

"Christians are being slaughtered everywhere and we're saying nothing," she said. "The world is upside down. It's 'Alice in Wonderland' and we're all backwards."

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