I love how you have cast me as the quintessential right-wing bogeyman, a conglomerate of all the acts and comments you've found reprehensible in American conservatives. I guess it might be something of an honor to be someone's archetype.
I won't ask you to provide evidence that I ate freedom fries and cursed Chirac, first because I know it doesn't exist and second because I know you would respond with some vapid comment like "I'm not going to do your research for you."
However, you have, unknowingly, touched on a point worth discussing: The nature of alliances.
It is true that I have been critical of the French government whenever it was in the hands of anti-American leftists and due to personal experience I'm not particularly fond of Parisians, but I never had nor ever would suggest that France or Paris "deserved" this attack and I am as horrified by it as anyone else. I don't think it's necessary for us to constantly repeat in this forum that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the French people in general. I've done so and once is enough.
I do think France, at times, has not been, geo-politically, a very good ally of the US and I'm certainly not going to apologize for feeling that way or expressing that opinion. I'm sure the French who have been critical of the US don't feel that they have violated the terms of our nations long standing alliance and I would agree with them.
National alliances are not "going steady," an engagement or a marriage, they are agreements between countries to have each other's back. What situations might invoke the promised support will vary depending on the strength of the alliance and people will have differing expectations, but one situation which no one will question is an attack on one of the nations. A national alliance is nothing if the nations do not support and come to the assistance of one another when an attack, like Friday's, occurs.
A national alliance is not as strong as a familial bond but it can be similar in the sense that most people who have difficulties with family members put them all behind them when the family member comes under attack from someone outside the family.
What can we do as France's ally; in response to this attack? Certainly we are already sharing intelligence, but perhaps that can be enhanced. France doesn't need financial assistance to rebuild whatever was destroyed in the attack, but if they did such assistance would be appropriate, and the attack is over, our defensive assistance is not required.
What we the people of America can provide are expressions of sympathy and support. It seems like very little but I can recall after 9/11 how much I appreciated any and all such expressions from people in other nations whether they were directed to me personally or to our country.
What our government can do is to support France in whatever action it decides it must take as a result of this attack whether it is in terms of providing intelligence, logistics, equipment, or direct military involvement. What it shouldn't do is announce this is France's fight or, worse, criticize whatever steps it decides to take.