Sunday, August 27, 2006

Jimmy Carter, Still A Failure

In a break with tradition and what I see as an unprecedented attack on a sitting President former President and absolute embarrassment to our country, Jimmy Carter, seems to have wasted little effort in blasting Bush, presumably to help Democrats regain the power they started losing after the embarrassment of Carter’s administration.

Carter claims, “President Bush's policies conflict with American values.” I ask, what policies are those? Defending ourselves after an unprecedented attack? Going after the terrorists that the Carter Administration failed to address in 1979? Perhaps rebuilding the Military after his party of Democrats once again gutted our ability to defend us all?

In an interview with the Guardian, Carter goes on to say, “our country suffered, in 9/11, a terrible and shocking attack ... and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of many Americans, to a heroic commander-in-chief, fighting a global threat against America,"

Mr. Carter, who failed to react or save hostages after the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran was invaded and taken over, in itself an act of war, sounds guilty that George W. Bush reacted with courage and strength in the very area that Mr. Carter failed the most. Do we see Bush as a “heroic commander-in-chief?” Some, but according to polls constantly being brayed about by Democrats, the majority of Americans don’t. Is Carter wrong or are the polls?

"In my opinion, maybe the worst ally Israel has had in Washington has been the George W. Bush administration, which hasn't worked to bring a permanent peace to Israel," Carter told the newspaper, Grand Rapids Press. Carters aid in bringing peace between Egypt and Israel has not made the Middle East safer or less violent, as the Iranian Hostage Crisis shows as well as many terrorist acts against American interests since the Carter Administration, each becoming progressively worse, leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Peace Accords have not cured the problems between Israel and the Arab nations surrounding her. These Arab nations will not settle for Israel remaining where it is and have been fighting with the Jews for several Centuries. Now, Carter claims it is because of Bush? How convenient.

In what I consider really bad taste, he took the opportunity of attending the funeral of Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, to bash Bush. Funerals are not a time to make political statements, for or against a President. Citing the secret NSA Eavesdropping program revealed by the New York Times earlier this year, he mentioned how Dr. King was also wiretapped. He failed to mention King was spied on by Democrats or that the FBI was conducting domestic wiretapping, not international eavesdropping of foreign terrorists possibly discussing plans for another attack within the U.S.

As if attacking Bush in this break with tradition of a former President not openly criticizing a sitting President, something I’m sure his administration could have sorely used, isn’t bad enough, he has taken to openly condemning British Prime Minister Tony Blair as being “compliant and subservient” to President Bush. In an interview with the UK Telegraph, Carter says, “Tony Blair's lack of leadership and timid subservience to George W Bush lie behind the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the worldwide threat of terrorism.”

Did Carter forget his own failure to stand up to Islamofascist when they were small and weak during his own Presidency? Perhaps that is more a reason for the ongoing terrorism that has been steadily spreading around the globe since he failed to act on it?

Jimmy Carter was an abysmal failure as a President. All of his running off at the mouth today will not change the failures he and his administration foisted on us.

More concerning that his erroneous claims of other’s faults, his break with tradition has spurred former President Clinton to take up the baton and also openly criticize President Bush, while we have troops in harms way. Not only does this demoralize our Service members, leaving them more prone to injury and death on the battlefield and present our enemies with proof of our lack of resolve to see this liberation of Iraq through, emboldening them to hang on and wait until we flee again, he is setting a precedent for future Presidents to openly interfere with a current administration.

Maybe, instead of trying so hard to act like he was an effective President, Mr. Carter should reflect on why he was only a one-termer, be soundly defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980, the President who restored America’s pride and honor in ourselves, until Bill Clinton came along and belittled even that.

If a Democrat gets elected and a Republican engages in this untraditional manner, condemning every move of the sitting President, watch and see the outcries of “foul” by the left. Their double standard will be alive and present, as usual.

Mr. Carter, please go help build a house and certify a stolen election, do something you are good at. Please stop trying to embarrass us and undermining our troops.

Just go away, quietly.

Lew

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