The U.S. failed to send any senior official to the Paris Solidarity Rally. Eric Holder even was in Paris at the time, but did Sunday morning talk shows.

Instead, yesterday John Kerry brought James Taylor to France to play “You’ve Got A Friend” to smooth things over.

We suggested that Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction was a better choice.

Using James Taylor as foreign policy political cover was embarrassing for our country. But Kerry seemed oblivious to the imagery, as he went into a dreamy trance as Taylor sang. (See Featured Image)

Here are five songs the French could have, and maybe should have, played back at Kerry.

1. Bobby Vee – Go Away Little Girl

John Kerry had a near lip lock with French President Hollande (via Instapundit).

Which makes Bobby Vee – Go Away Little Girl (1962) my number one pick:

2. Ray Charles, Hit the Road Jack

How great would it have been if the French had powered up an old Victor-Victrola and played Ray Charles’ Hit the Road Jack?

3. Carly Simon, You’re So Vain

Carly Simon’s 1972 hit You’re So Vain supposedly was about Mick Jagger (though maybe not), but in 2015 it could be directed at both Kerry and Taylor. (h/t Facebook commenter)

4. Elton John – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Many of our allies must be wondering why we no longer love them. So Elton John could have made an appearance to sing Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

5. Edith Piaf – Non, je ne regrette rien

This is my final, and non-humorous, entry. France is finally waking up to the fact that France is not the problem, nor is Western Civilization.  That view has not been absorbed by the Obama administration.

We previously featured Edith Piaf’s “I don’t regret a thing,” a song of defiance:

Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.[2] At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria – adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.


No, nothing of nothing
No! I don’t feel sorry about anything
Not the good things people have done to me
Not the bad things, it’s all the same to me.

No, nothing of nothing
No! I don’t feel sorry about anything
It’s paid for, removed, forgotten,
I’m happy of the past


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