Jimmy Carter has made a career of bashing America, and has recently perfected the “blame American first” policy position. His questionable associations are well known. From time to time, Carter Quacks again and again.
During his four years in the White House, Jimmy Carter presided over the worst economic downturn since World War II, allowed a bunch of thugs to seize our embassy and our citizens, and supported Philippine dictator Fernando Marcos, Pakistani General Zia al Huq, Saudi King Faud and many other dictators. But Jimmy Carter was a much better president than he is an ex-president.
In fact, Jimmy Carter holds the hands-down record for being the worst ex-president the United States has ever known. His post-presidential meddling in foreign affairs has cost America dearly, both in terms of international credibility and international prestige.
As critics have pointed out, not only is Mr. Carter’s book factually flawed — and often egregiously so — but the former president has refused to admit, much less amend, the blatant inaccuracies in his subsequent media appearances. In an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, for example, Mr. Carter attributed the criticism of his book to “severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts” and blamed lack of criticism of Israeli policies on Israel’s lobbying efforts. But if facts are what really interest Mr. Carter, his book certainly does little to prove it. A book riddled with errors blurs the line between advocacy and propaganda — far from the “free and balanced discussion” that Mr. Carter claimed to want.
It’s now clear even to those who have respected and supported Mr. Carter and his noble humanitarian work that the former president has lost the pretense of being an honest broker. Thanks to his book, Mr. Carter, the 2002 Nobel Peace honoree, has lost his once-credible standing in Middle East affairs.The New York Daily News says it best:
Whatever reputation Jimmy Carter once enjoyed as a former President, Nobel laureate and peace broker has spiraled down the toilet since publication of his book “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.”
The book’s slanderous title, factual inaccuracies, biased analysis and willingness to excuse terrorism have alienated even Carter’s friends, 14 of whom expressed their disgust by quitting the advisory board of the Carter Center in Atlanta. Among those distancing themselves from the cardigan-wearing peanut farmer were his one-time White House aide Stephen Selig and his ambassador to the Bahamas, William Schwartz.
What moved these upstanding Atlantans to treat their pal as a pariah? Carter’s vile and inflammatory comparison of Israel to the brutal racism of South Africa. His distortions of historical events. His biased determination that Israel is to blame for the murderous hostility of its neighbors. His loose talk about a “Jewish lobby” that supposedly squelches debate in America. And – worst – his readiness to condone the murder of innocents through suicide bombings and random missile attacks.
Don’t believe it? Check page 213, where Saint Jimmy writes that Arabs and Palestinians should “make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.” In other words, bombings are okay until Israel meets his standards for the Palestinians.
And this drivel sits near the top of the best-seller lists. Carter isn’t just annoying anymore. He’s dangerous.
In 1981, Ford said: “I think Jimmy Carter would be very close to Warren G. Harding. I feel very strongly that Jimmy Carter was a disaster, particularly domestically and economically. I have said more than once that he was certainly the poorest president in my lifetime.”
And now, Carter’s advisors are leaving him right and left.More than a dozen advisors working for former President Carter’s think tank quit on Thursday as a result of Carter’s book and statements regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In essense, Carter blames Israel and, to a lesser degree, the United States for the current Middle East situation.
Fourteen members of Carter’s so-called Board of Councilors, a leadership advisory group founded in 1987, joined a longtime Carter aide, Jewish groups and lawmakers who have publicly criticized the former president’s best-selling book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid” for inaccuracies and distorting history.
“It comes to the result of deep soul searching and a tremendous amount of angst,” Steve Berman, a member who was appointed six months ago, told Fox News.
According to Fox News, Berman, an Atlanta commercial real estate developer, said he was led to resign after becoming deeply troubled after reviewing Carter’s book, shocked by factual errors and a message that doesn’t serve the cause of peace.
There’s more trouble for the foolish Carter:
Fourteen members of an advisory board at the Carter Center in Atlanta have resigned over former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s controversial Mideast book.
The group, including some who worked with Carter when he was in the White House 30 years ago, said it could “no longer in good conscience continue to serve” because of Carter’s “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid,” the Wall Street Journal said Thursday.
“It seems that you have turned to a world of advocacy, including even malicious advocacy,” the departing members said in a letter to the former president.
The book, published Nov. 14 by Simon & Shuster, has enraged some critics who claim it is historically inaccurate and unfairly harsh toward Israel. The use of the word “apartheid” is a particularly sore point with some.
Those departing were part of the Center’s 200-member board of councilors, an advisory body of community and business leaders and not a governing body