Monday, August 01, 2005

Jimmy Carter - Foreign Policy Genius

Will someone please give this guy a hammer or something shiny to look at to keep him occupied?

BIRMINGHAM, England - Former President Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States.

Carter also criticized the US-led war in Iraq as "unnecessary and unjust."

"I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he told a news conference at the Baptist World Alliance's centenary conference in Birmingham, England. "I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts."

Carter said, however, that terrorist acts could not be justified, and that while Guantanamo "may be an aggravating factor ... it's not the basis of terrorism."

"What has happened at Guantanamo Bay ... does not represent the will of the American people," Carter said Saturday. "I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people."

If there's anyone who has his finger on the pulse of the will of the American people, it's Jimmy Carter. Is there any area of presidential responsibilities that Jimmy Carter was more lacking than foreign policy?

Even setting aside his remarkable ineptitude for protecting American interests while he was president, there are the post-presidential forays into "helping out" such as being the architect of the 1994 deal with North Korea which prevented them from acquiring nuclear weapons... oops. And let's not forget his "help" in 1991 of sending letters to the leaders of Security Council nations urging them to vote "no" on the American backed resolution authorizing the use of force to eject Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

What a douchebag.

Others who have commented on Carter's latest inanity include:

Burque Boy who has the great line, "Ok, but seriously if Jimmy Carter speaks and no one listens, is it still idiotic?"
Dirty Harry at GOP Vixen sums things up nicely with his post titled, "Jimmy Carter is an asshole."
Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom writes, "And do you honestly believe terrorists don’t have more important things to do than pay attention to the partisan sniping of grandstanding western politicos? There are nail bombs to make, and buses and subway cars to blow up."
Pattishub makes the apt observation that, "This is like Neville Chamberlain criticizing Winston Churchill."
Captain Ed is always good, "Carter has long shredded his charitable reputation by reminding us how inept his grasp of foreign policy was and is."