Jimmy Carter: Hoping to be Relevant

"But you can make your own definition of human rights and say we don’t violate them, and you can make your own definition of torture and say we don’t violate them." — Former President Jimmy Carter, October 10, 2007

Jimmy Carter, Segregationist, Nobel Laureate and former US President, is striving for a place in history.  He did a round of interviews airing on Wednesday on the BBC and on CNN ripping Vice President Dick Cheney as "a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military."

Service to country can be done in many ways — as can disservice.  Jimmy Carter served in the Navy and then brought great disservice to that by campaigning for Governor of Georgia as a segregationist. He left his commission in the Navy without fulfilling his time because his father died and he had to return to the farm in Plains.  How is that exception made for him any different than the deferments that Dick Cheney received for being married? 

Then on CNN, the former president said, “Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights. We’ve said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we’ve said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime."

Carter was referring to an Oct. 4 report by The New York Times on secret Justice Department memoranda supporting the use of "harsh interrogation techniques." When President Bush was asked about that same report, he defended the techniques and said, “This government does not torture people."

Jimmy Carter is a former President of the United States and could get questions answered by the administration on sensitive issues.  He doesn’t want to know the truth of the matter because if goes against his view that we, the United States, are the bad guys. 

It is a sad thing when a former President of the United States is so desperate for attention that he would betray his country by giving interviews on foreign soil and to foreign news sources about things he knows nothing about.  Has Jimmy Carter made even a small effort to find out the truth? I doubt it, he’s just happy that he’s not forgotten on the world stage.  It was nice being the former president who built Habitat for Humanity Houses and taught Sunday school, but it wasn’t meaty. That is, it didn’t give him the notoriety he so desperately craves.

In the 1990s, he botched his negotiations with North Korea and made the Clinton Administration look bad.  Former President Clinton didn’t even know what hit him back then, but it was Jimmy Carter trying to be relevant again.  Then came the Bush Administration and the Bush Haters and “Jummy” found a home with the left wing media who would treat him as the elder statesman.

I generally don’t criticize people over 80 years old who put their foot in their mouth—but Jimmy Carter calls for it. His inaction and mismanagement of the Iran hostage crisis that set the stage for the problems that we are having today.  He is the president who first emboldened this movement into believing that they can take down the “Great Satan.”

When asked about what he would do differently about the hostage crisis that marred his presidency by Wolf Blitzer on CNN on Wednesday, he said, “I would have had one more helicopter in our rescue mission, which would have brought all of the hostages out safe and free. And so I had to wait from April, around until five minutes after I was no longer president when all of the hostages did come home safe and free.”  An unbelievably selfish answer, even by Carter’s standards.  After all the death and destruction in Iran as a result of that failed policy back then, he would have sent in another helicopter and he had to wait. No Mr. President, it was the families of the hostages that had to wait. You lived in luxury in the White House.

Jimmy, go home to Plains and live out your years in peace.  Don’t go around the world lying about the country you claim to love.