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Jimmy Carter the Tedious Fool

Here is Jimmy Carter’s Sunday New York Times op-ed in which he reveals himself--as he understands himself--to be a philosopher and a statesman, manifesting Solomonic wisdom and Aristotelian prudence. He not only understands the sweep of American history, the nature of international diplomacy, but also the theory of just war and international law. And he has a very clear understanding of what is in the interest of the United States.

A former president of the United States should not pontificate so in public, it is not only against American interests, it is embarrasing. At best, he ought to give advice to the current chief executive in private (as Nixon did with him and with Clinton, and as the older Bush did with Clinton). It is embarrasing that one of the most ignorant and least effective presidents in our history pontificates so barba tenus sapientes. Do we need to be reminded that this was the president who said we have an inordinate fear of communism and then admitted that he had been taught something about the nature of Soviet tyranny when they invaded Afghanistan under his watch? Do we have to be reminded that he thought any ruler following the Shah of Iran would be better? Do we have to be reminded that he was unable to get the American hostages out of Iran? Do we have to be reminded that this is the ex-president who in 1999 warned us not to send troops against Milosevic because we would end up in a "quagmire"?

Mr. Carter is a tedious fool, his ignorance is not an accident, it is his trade. He really ought to stop talking, stop putting pen to paper, and get himself a few tutors; ones who could show him that the projection of American power is generally for the good, ones who could explain to him that we don’t need U.N. approval to pursue our national interests, and ones who could show him that there is a difference between regimes, and some are called tyrannies and that the U.S.A. is not one of those. And, in passing, maybe they could explain to him the meaning of the French word malaise and why it doesn’t have a home here.

Discussions - 2 Comments

President Carter is not a fool as anyone that speaks up for peace is a true christian and not like the dims who use it to their own advantage.Iam guilty of war when I distort others opinions which differ from my own. I am guilty of war when I make sucess in life soley dependant upon power, fame, and riches No war for Helbertant oil company and the greeds of this world. Iragi people are not at fault and a fact 50% of the people are under the age of 15 years. No war is Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MR. CARTER’S COMMENTS OVER THE YEARS
HAVE BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKE HE IS
THE SAVIER OF ALL MAN KIND. HE IS
THE MOST MISS GUIDED PERSON I KNOW.
HE TRASHED THE MILITARY AND THE EQUIP-
MENT THAT WAS IN THE DEVELOPEMENT
STAGE.. HE MADE DEALS WITH PEOPLE THAT
USED HIM AND HE COULD NOT UNDER STAND
THAT HE WAS THE PATSY FOR ALL THE
STUPID BILLS HE SIGNED. HE GAVE AWAY THE
PANAMA CANAL AND PANAMA HIRES THE CHINESE TO RUN IT. TALK ABOUT ONE MAN
THAT HAS CAUSED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
TO BE POURED DOWN A RAT HOLE.

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