Jimmy Carter is a disgrace. We’ve said so before, and we’ll continue saying so as long as he merits the criticism. If you want to learn more, read Steven Hayward’s book The Real Jimmy Carter. Carter panted after the Nobel Peace Prize for years, seeing it as a means of gaining official redemption for his humiliation at the hands of the voters in 1980. He lobbied quietly behind the scenes for years to get the prize, and finally met with success in 2002 when the left-wing Nobel Prize committee saw an opportunity to use Carter as a way of attacking President Bush and embarrassing the United States. The head of the Nobel Prize committee openly admitted that this was their motivation in selecting Carter. Any other ex-president would have refused to be a part of such an obvious anti-American intrigue, but not Jimmy. Here we should observe that Carter conceives himself much more as a citizen of the world than as a citizen of the United States, and I think it is highly revealing that Carter is most popular overseas in those nations that hate America the most, such as Syria, where they lined the streets cheering for Carter when he visited.
Uncanny Carter poked his head up this week on Larry King Live to accuse President Bush of supporting torture. In other words, he accused the President of breaking the law again. Hell, if Nancy Pelosi gets elected Speaker of the House, she can appoint this admirer of Hugo Chavez to lead her charge against the White House. The team of Carter, Chavez, Pelosi, Murtha, Dean, Reid and Company sound like a really elect-able ticket this Fall.
Jack Kinsella has written a marvelous article demonstrating the methods Carter used in presiding over the election of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Thirty years after being elected President of the United States, Jimmy Carter is still as incompetent today.
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.