Monday, August 21, 2006

IBD Sets the Record Straight

In his Der Spiegel America-bashing conservative-Christian hating interview, Carter made the remark that his presidency was not a failure, saying "For someone to serve as president of the United States you can't say it is a political failure." Investor's Business Daily (subscription required) says why yes, yes you can:

Carter's four years in the White House were, of course, a disastrous failure, the highlights of which include:

• The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan — to which Carter tepidly responded with a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Only U.S. athletes — not communists — suffered.

• A deep recession and national malaise featuring high inflation and 21.5% interest rates.

• A dangerous "human rights" ideology that pulled the rug out from under the shah of Iran, a longtime U.S. ally, letting fundamentalist Islamic forces gain control of Iran. This is the root cause today of Tehran becoming the world's chief supporter of Islamofascist terror, and Iran's regime now actively seeks nuclear capabilities.

• The resulting Iranian hostage crisis — to which Carter responded first by exiling himself in the White House, then micromanaging the failed rescue mission, arguably the greatest humiliation in the history of the U.S. military.

• Giving away the Panama Canal to Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos. In a major war, lack of access to the strategically vital canal would be devastating to the U.S.

One of Carter's pearls of wisdom in his German interview:

"I think most people believe that enough time has passed so that historical facts can be ignored."

Wrong. The Jimmy Carter myth may sell well in some quarters, but most Americans remember him as the unquestioned worst president of the 20th century.

The truth hurts.