For John, BLUF: Not good news. Nothing to see here; just move along.
If Matt Drudge picks CNN, I pick CNN.
"Paris attacks: At least 153 killed in gunfire and blasts, French officials say". That number is going to grow. And more with wounds, some of which may be superficial, but may include the loss of limbs or serious internal injuries.
From the look of this, and here I follow Fox's Catherine Herridge, this was something that might have been a while in planning. That said, the executive might have been moved up, given the report Thursday, "Police in Europe Launch Coordinated Swoop on Terror Suspects With Links to Islamic State".
I commend President Obama for getting on the air early, pledging our support to our French Cousins.
Good evening, everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.It being Friday the 13th, the President did have a bit of bad luck, having said, in the morning, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America that ISIS has been "contained.".
We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
Hat tip to Matt Drudge.
Hat tip to Fox News.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff