As world leaders in Turkey observed a moment of silence on Sunday for the victims of Friday’s Paris attack, they did so without one person present, a world leader referred to by The Daily Mail as Barack-come-lately.
President Obama arrived late to the meeting, which started its moment of silence without him. Obama arrived after the moment of silence had begun, and then took his place at the G-20 conference table.
While many world leaders were focused on the wounded nation of France, the bleeding city of Paris, and a global manhunt for the terrorists responsible for Friday’s attacks, Obama’s focus was elsewhere.
“There is a strong link between economy and security,” Obama intoned, implying the attacks proved his point.
Obama also touched upon the Syrian refugee crisis. He said “society has not passed this exam with good grades.”
Obama’s administration is not backing off its plan to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to the United States.
“We have very robust vetting procedures for those refugees. It involves our intelligence community, our national counterterrorism center, extensive interviews, vetting them against all the available information,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Sunday.
Rhodes also tried to explain away Obama’s comments that the United States had “contained” ISIS.
Obama last week countered facts that ISIS was getting stronger by saying, “What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them. You don’t see this systematic march by (ISIS) across the terrain.”
“The president was responding very specifically to the geographic expansion of (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria,” Rhodes said Sunday.
“The fact is we have been able to stop that geographic advance and take back significant amounts of territory,” he said. “At the same time that does not diminish the fact that there is a threat posed by (ISIS) not just in those countries but in their aspirations to project power overseas.”
h/t: Washington Times