Benedict Arnold, Meet Jimmy Carter
Have you heard? Jimmy Carter is planning a trip to
Hamas, as you may recall, has the distinct honor of being considered one of the foremost terrorist organizations in the world by the
Carter’s press secretary, Deanna Congileo, did not provide confirmation of such a visit, but she did not deny it either:
President Carter is planning a trip to the
Maybe they’re just waiting to find out about the quality of the refreshments Meshal will serve before making the final decision. Meeting a formal enemy of the
It’s at times like this I wish we didn’t allow our former presidents to retain the title “President.” And even though he’s traveling as the head of the
John Bolton, former
It’s about par for the course from President Carter, demonstrating a lack of judgment typical of what he does. To go to
And Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism points out that Carter “has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years.” He also believes the visit “undermines the
In other news, rain is wet. Film at 11.
If anyone doubts Carter’s support for Palestinian extremism toward
It’s bad enough that Carter could, conceivably, be considered the worst president of the 20th Century. Does he have to be the worst ex-president as well? Richard Nixon earned the grudging respect of his critics in his post-presidential years. Carter would have done well to take a page out of his book.
But the die has been cast. Not only could Carter be considered an anti-Semite and coddler of terrorists, but his post-presidential years are chock full of slaps in the face to American foreign policy and
- Last year he declared that the current Bush administration would go down as the “worst in history,” but tried to backtrack when called on it. (He insulted former British prime minister Tony Blair at the same time by calling him “abominable, loyal, blind, apparently subservient” for Blair’s support of Bush’s
- In 2004, when exit polls clearly showed that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez should have lost – but didn’t – Carter said that Chávez won “fair and square.” (When even the Europeans won’t participate in observations because of too many restrictions, that might be a clue as to how those elections will turn out.)
- Speaking of elections, Carter also observed the 1990 elections in
. Steven F. Hayward reminds us that “Carter consistently downplayed or excused reports of Sandinista pre-election thuggery and voter intimidation.” Why? “Carter, along with most of the liberal Democratic establishment in Nicaragua , openly hungered for a Sandinista victory as a way of discrediting the Reagan-Bush support for the Contras.” Washington
- In 1994, Carter was Bill Clinton’s principal negotiator with
about that country’s worrisome nuclear proliferation. North Korea received two light water nuclear reactors and a huge amount of oil in exchange for not continuing their quest to build nuclear weapons. What happened? In 1998, North Korea North Korealobbed a missile over Japanand began refusing inspectors access to a suspected underground reactor. U.S.
And to think: this is only a partial listing of Carter’s dubious activities. I wish he’d stick to building houses for Habitat for Humanity. The only damage he could do would be to smash his own thumb with a hammer.
Why is it that Carter seems determined to undermine
After a dismal four years, Carter lost his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan with 91% of the electoral vote, a difficult pill for anyone to swallow. As blogger ThirdWaveDave says, "Carter's a bitter ex-president who has never gotten over the boot print Reagan left on his ***." While this may be true, it does not excuse these and other of Carter’s petty, vindictive comments over the years. His bid to stay relevant at the expense of our national reputation and yes, national security, is reprehensible.
During the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold, a highly decorated general and war hero, ended up betraying his fledgling country with his
Carter has no such excuse, however lame. His wretched presidential record is his own fault. But his motivation is less important than the outcome of his actions. Carter’s bumbling has done more damage to
People wonder why presidential candidate Barack Obama would consider meeting with tyrants like
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