Schoen: Obama Should Be in Paris to Stand With Pres Hollande
Following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris Wednesday, President Obama's response is being criticized by some who believe he has not been forceful enough in calling out Islamic terrorism.
Obama called the attack "senseless violence" when he gave remarks Wednesday in the White House.
While on America's Newsroom, Fox News contributor Doug Schoen called Obama's response "tepid" and said the president should be on a plane to France.
"I thought they were tepid, I thought they were understated to a fault for what happened," Schoen said. "This is Islamic terror. It requires a firm response from the president of the United States. Frankly, I'm surprised he's not on a plane to Paris today to stand with President Hollande, and say this will not stand."
Schoen, who is a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, also shared that he is shocked Obama is not coordinating with allies around the world including Arabs. He noted that even Egypt's General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke against the attacks "far more aggressively" than Obama.
Martha MacCallum also agreed and criticized the president's response citing that it should be "visceral." She said that his response should be "so deeply felt in terms of, you know, in the roots of democracy."
"In fact, John Kerry was much more passionate about the roots of Democracy in France and, you know, how we need to recognize this for what it is," MacCallum added.
Fox News contributor Monica Crowley said that "we are in World War III" when asked by MacCallum what her thoughts were on the situation.
"We are, whether we want to see it or not Martha, we are in World War III," Crowley said. "This is a clash of not civilizations because we have civilization on one side and barbarism on the other. But we are certainly in a war."
"And you would think that the leader of the free world, the President of the United States, when our allies are under attack, when our values, our principles are under attack, more importantly when free speech is under attack, represented in the United States by the first amendment, not the 10th Amendment, the First Amendment, you would think that the American president would show as much passion about fighting this threat and this enemy as he does about taking on Republicans," Crowley said.
Watch the video above to hear more of the discussion on America's Newsroom.