Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jimmy Carter Has Lost All (remaining) Credibility

This is no lie folks. Carter (long been thought to have been off the deep end) has officially announced himself criminally insane.

SPIEGEL: You also mentioned the hatred for the United States throughout the Arab world which has ensued as a result of the invasion of Iraq. Given this circumstance, does it come as any surprise that Washington's call for democracy in the Middle East has been discredited?

Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon.

SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?

Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.

So, an act of war doesn't allow a sovereign nation to retaliate. What Carter is saying here is that the U.S. wasn't justified in our "attack on the civilian population[s]" of Germany, Japan, or Italy. You could also read between the lines and get what he's really saying -- Israel has no right to exist, ever, and should just go ahead and stop fighting.

Hezbollah (and the Palestinian terror groups) came onto Israeli soil, attacked IDF soldiers, killed and kidnapped several, and then began to fire missiles filled with shrapnel and ball bearings intentionally into civilian centers.

Legal and Moral Justification, meet Jimmy Carter.

Carter: I'm distressed. But I think that the proposals that have been made in the last few days by the (Lebanese) Prime Minister (Fuoad) Siniora are quite reasonable.

Are you kidding me? Didn't Carter see this?

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora thanked Hizbollah on Sunday for its “sacrifices” in its war against Israel.

“We are in a strong position and I thank the Sayyed for his efforts,” Siniora said when asked about a Saturday statement by Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah calling on the government to take advantage of Hizbollah’s steadfastness against Israeli military might.

“I also thank all those who sacrifice their lives for the independence and sovereignty of Lebanon,” he added.

Thank you, thank you, crazy jihadi death cultists. Thanks for making our southern neighbor unbelievably mad, hiding in "civilian" populations, using women and children as shields, and overall just making a gigantic mess of things. You have been wonderful.

And Carter thinks this guy is reasonable? He's one of them! He's just as bad as Nasrallah!

Then Carter actually manages to keep a straight face while taking credit for the 27 year cease fire between Israel and Egypt, but then immediately changes the subject when the Beirut bombing and Haifa bombardment are mentioned. Clearly, legal and moral justification for their actions are only rules that apply to Israel. Hezbollah can do no wrong.

Later in the interview, Carter later drops this gem:

Carter: The fundamentalists believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant.

Note that he's not talking about Islamic fundamentalists. He's talking about so-called "Christian Fundamentalists" who have a special relationship with God and the Republican party. Can someone get this guy a straight jacket? People who disagree with the "religious right" in this country get painted as sub-human? Maybe to Carter. If he's right, expect to see DNC headquarters burned and plenty of naysayers murdered. Oh, sorry. Wrong religion, Jimmy.

Carter later says that Lieberman losing the primary is an indication that America is sick of Bush and Iraq. I'd say that its an indication that Connecticut has a lot of liberals. He also tacitly agrees with the reporter when he refers to Iraq as a "catastrophe". I'm sorry, but this is a catastrophe; these are victims.

By contrast, these are murders and terrorists. Can we set the record straight here?


Anonymous said...

I like this guy. He puts Carter in the proper perspective. One can read the article and get mesmurized by Carter's pontificating, but this guys sets the record straight. He should be a columnist for newspapers and other periodicals.

Anonymous said...

What a freakin' idiot. I can't believe we ever elected such a moron to the presidency. I particularly like his statement "...historical facts can be ignored." Additionally, his statement ""I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon." is a total misstatement of fact. The entire country was not bombed. In fact out of the total population of Lebanon (3,826,018), about 1,000 people were killed (.000261%), of which many were Hezzbollah fighters; Hardly the "entire country". If Israel had indiscriminately bombed civilian areas, there would have been significantly more innocent loss of life. Carter is a traitor.

Buck said...

I sure hope People KNOW that Jimmy "Peanuts" Carter is NOT a Typical Southern Country Boy....He has to be a Replant. Matter-of-fact, We would Love to ship Him off to Cuba.

Matt said...

Oh man... I'm guessing anonymous voted for the same guy who said this:

I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.

Or how about these gems:

We shouldn't fear a world that is more interacted.

I think -- tide turning -- see, as I remember -- I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of -- it's easy to see a tide turn -- did I say those words?" --George W. Bush, asked if the tide was turning in Iraq, Washington, D.C.

You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone.

I strongly believe what we're doing is the right thing. If I didn't believe it—I'm going to repeat what I said before—I'd pull the troops out, nor if I believed we could win, I would pull the troops out.

If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon they could proliferate.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

They misunderestimated me.

Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning.

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

Which president has proven himself to lack any kind of intelligence whatsoever? I'll give you one hint: It's not Jimmy Carter.

k2aggie07 said...

Public speaking skills aren't the same thing as intelligence, good leadership, or competency (cf. Moses, Yogi Berra).

If Bush is so ridiculously stupid, how did he manage to beat Gore and Kerry, help his party secure congress, be a successful businessman (indeed, by forming his own independent business), be a successful governor, and graduate from Yale?


-- Bush scored a 1206 on his SAT, 566 of 800 on verbal and 640 of 800 on math. [Since the SAT's scale has since been "recentered," Bush's score is more like a 1300 today.]
-- Bush's verbal score would place him between the 84th and 92nd percentile of college-bound students, or the 93rd to 97th percentile of ALL high-school seniors taking the exams, the percentile usually used.

-- His math score would also place him between the 84th and 92nd percentile of college-bound students, or the 94th to 98th percentile of ALL high-school seniors taking the exams, the percentile usually used.

Once again, you've been conned by the media. Don't believe everything you know.

Matt said...

I disagree. Anonymous called Jimmy Carter a "freakin' idiot and a "moron" based on something that he SAID, not based on his SAT scores. All I was doing was presenting some extremely stupid things that our president has said in the past that may have led him or her to believe that he was also a "freakin' idiot" along with Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter is a neo-pacifist, he always has been. Remember the Iranian-hostage crisis that lasted for more than a year? If that happened today, we would've dropped bombs within an hour. No negotiation, pure invasion. Statements like these shouldn't surprise anyone. He hates war and is convinced that there are better ways than killing each other to handle global crisis. He's a dreamer just like me. He may not have been the greatest president, but I admire him for his beliefs and his emphasis on human rights and humanitarian aid.

Once again, stop calling people INSANE for presenting an opinion other than your own.

Matt said...

I'd also like to add that President Bush did not know what the VOTING RIGHTS ACT was a year ago. Before we invaded Iraq, he was unaware that there were three distinct ethnic groups in the country, sunnis, shiites and kurds. His business was a horrible failure in the oil industry. (which also, ironically, had close business connections with the bin laden family)

Sure Bush is smart but compared with other presidents:

Bush’s IQ is below average relative to that subset of the U.S. citizens who also managed to work their way into the White House. In fact, his intellect falls near the bottom of the distribution. When compared with twentieth-century presidents from Theodore Roosevelt through Clinton, only Harding has a lower score (at least on three of the four estimates).

k2aggie07 said...

Sure, whats your source on that? Hopefully not this one? And I'd bet you money that whatever you're quoting about the voter rights act is flat out wrong, too. Even if Bush didn't know about the ethnic factions in Iraq, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone in his cabinet briefed him. I'd lay 10 to one odds that he knows more about any culture in the world than you. You've been watching too much Michael Moore propaganda.

One breath you say he's an idiot, and then when I show you he's not you say "uh, sure he's smart, but, uh, look at OTHER presidents!" and pull out some bogus figures about Teddy Roosevelt. Gasping like a fish out of water.

Anyway, your basis for crying idiot isn't the same as the first posters. You're just being combative now.

He's criticizing Carter for something he said in dead seriousness, something he believes to be right and true. You're saying Bush is stupid because of his delivery, not his words. The guy is a horrible public speaker; he gets tongue tied, I think we can all agree. But there's no way he thinks "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family" is a reasonable statement. Carter (presumably) believes what he's peddilng.

Sure, I remember the Iran hostage crisis. Sure seemed to work too. We said "hey give them back" and they said "no" for 14 months. Then Iraq invaded Iran and the Iranians saw that Reagan was stepping into the picture and they changed their tune in a hurry. This is something we should emulate?

You're right, if that had happened today there'd be some serious repurcussions. We'd drop bombs. And you know what? Thats precisely why it hasn't happened. I told you before that there hasn't been a major terrorist attack since 9/11, the longest uninterrupted stretch since Carter left office. All you want to do is ignore it and point fingers and say "War is bad". Tell you what though, I'd take the situation in Iraq to terrorism here any day of the week; at least they're killing each other and not us.

When someone punches you, you don't say "hey I'm cutting off your lunch money". You defend yourself, whether that means leaving the situation or ending their ability to harm you further.


I hate war too. I think its a terrible, horrible thing that we should avoid at all costs. But I'm a realist. There are bad people out there that would kill you and me in an instant. I guarantee you Iran, Syria, China, N. Korea would all declare war on us in a heartbeat if they thought they could swing it. What do we do then? Hunker down and say "economic sanctions!" and make the cross sign at them?

Carter is insane. Either that or he's a complete idiot. Which is kinder to say? I'll say whichever you prefer.

No matter what you believe he sounds like someone suffering from paranoia. Come on, religious right pulling strings behind the scenes? Are they pulling Joe Lieberman's strings too, or is he just wrong?

Once again, you completely skirt the issue at hand; namely, that Carter is calling American Christians "fundamentalists" and likening them to Islamic fundamentalists. Anyone who can say that with a straight face is either a very good liar, paranoid, or an idiot.

When a Christian rides a plane into a building screaming "GOD IS GREAT" or wears a suicide vest into a falafel stand or blows up his car into an embassy because Muslims are bad, then Carter can say what he did. Until then, I say he's an idiot, and you ought to be ashamed for defending him. You should be embarrassed to classify yourself with him.