Don't get Carter. He won't do - Comment - Times Online

Thursday, August 31, 2006
Don't get Carter. He won't do - Comment - Times Online: "The current Iranian regime menaces Israel and has lied to the EU about its nuclear programme. It must not interpret Khatami's visit as proof of the value of bellicosity. Khatami must get the message that the West will be receptive to concessions, but will face down belligerence. There lies the problem: Khatami's host in the US is Jimmy Carter.

Carter's poor reputation as president reflects a record not so much of incompetence as paralysis. He led his Administration mainly in the sense that its internal disagreements faithfully reflected his own philosophical chaos and administrative ineptitude. In domestic policy Carter zigzagged left and right, baffling equally the environmental activists he patronised and the churchgoers whose social values he claimed to share. His proposed system of federal energy controls failed comprehensively. In 1980 he acknowledged that inflation was near a "crisis stage".

He proclaimed human rights while lauding the Shah of Iran's repressive regime. When the Shah's revolutionary successors held 52 American diplomats hostage for 14 months, Ayatollah Khomeini accurately sneered: "Neither does Carter have the guts for military action, nor would anyone listen to him."

8 comments:

terrye said...

Remember the deal he worked out with North Korea? nuff said.

Fresh Air said...

I have a bone to pick with this article. Carter's problem was not only paralysis, it was also incompetence. Anyone who remembers 1979 knows this.

He is somewhere between the worst ex-president and the worst- second-worst president in U.S. history.

And the houses he builds stink too. I can't say whether his backcast is worth a damn, but if he flyfishes as well as he negotiates, about all he has going for him is a good set of chompers.

Seneca the Younger said...

I have a bone to pick with this article. Carter's problem was not only paralysis, it was also incompetence. Anyone who remembers 1979 knows this.

Picky picky.

CF said...

WORST President ever.Do you know he has all the plans for his state funeral already written out. The honor guard that takes him to the Rotunda is instructed not to wear metal cleats.

Does he imagine in his fevered imagination a lot of people are planning on showing up?

Peter UK said...

cf,
"Does he imagine in his fevered imagination a lot of people are planning on showing up?"

Of course they are,take no chances.

lohwoman said...

" ...a soft cushion who bears the impress of whoever sits on him, ..." What perfect imagery!

Knucklehead said...

Jimmah was the first POTUS I voted for. I was a dumb kid voting for the first time, gimme a break.

What I learned over the next 4 years - I served simultaneously with Jimmah - was how deeply "leadership" even 1000 paygrades above one's head could impact morale. It was a dismal time to be a GI. As his term was winding down we GI's were doing things like practicing loading our tanks onto C5s for potential flights to the Iran or the vicinity.

The man was a feckless dope back then. He was an embarassment as POTUS. He's grown worse with age. His biggest accomplishment was the unique one of being not only one of the worst presidents ever but actually improving his game to become, bar none, the worst former president ever.

How does a man rise to that level and then decide he didn't do enough damage when he had the wheel so he better try even harder from the peanut gallery?

Knucklehead said...

lohwoman,

That is a wonderful bit of imagery. The teutonically efficicient "just not big enough for the game" works also.