Former President jimmy carter, while pushings his book of flasehood legacies. Has come out and denounced the Bush Administration as the worst in history. Well if it is one thing former President Jimmy knows, it has to be that of a FAILED PRESIDENCY.
Carter has to stand out as being the absolute worse president in American history ever. The criticism from Carter,took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding. An obviouse shot at the fact Bush finds solice in religion and the 39th president does not.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history. The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."
Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions. Which was confirmed by Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo to The Associated Press on Saturday and declined to elaborate.
Carter came down hard on the Iraq war as well;
"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened,(THE LIBERAL BLINDNESS OF IGNORENCE TO WORLD AFFAIRS), if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," he said. "But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies." (NOT SO AS WITH BUSH SR. AND RONALD REAGON. THE NO FLY ZONE ENFORCEMENT OF IRAQ, THE AIR STRIKE AGAINST LIBIAN LEADER QUIDAFFEI, AND DO NOT FORGET BILL CLINTONS ASPIRIN FACTORY STRIKE UNDER THE GUISE OF PREEMPTIVE STRIKES).
Lets take a look at some of the so called paletable legacy of Jimmy Carter Presidency.
1) President Carter's crowning achievement was the Camp David Accords which returned the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for the end of a state of war between Israel and Egypt. While the accords ended a shooting war between the two countries, it is worth noting that the agreement was not even negotiated by the Americans - most of the diplomacy having been done by the King of Morocco and the Ceausescu regime in Rumania. Washington DC was simply the money to fund the deal.
2) President Carter has never met a dictator he didn't like. He negotiated with the military junta in Haiti even while human rights groups condemned them. Not that his negotiation led to anything; Haiti remains today what it has remained throughout the post-colonial period - a Caribbean backwater run by military strong men conveniently ignored by the United States. He has run missions to Cuba and Ethiopia as well, providing muted criticism of regimes in exchange for their use of him to legitimize themselves and thwart the efforts of the American administration of the time to isolate or overthrow them.
3) When Carter took office in 1977, he received a moderately growing economy in which inflation was 5.4 percent and interest rates were around 8 percent. When he left office, the Soviets were entrenched in Afghanistan, Iranian students had been holding US State Department personnel and US Marines hostage for 444 days, the American military had been gutted by the administration's post-Vietnam cutbacks, American prestige was in tatters abroad and inflation was in the double digits and interest rates were so high it was impossible for Americans to finance large purchases like homes and cars.
4) President Carter, who came to office in early 1977, not long after Indonesia invaded and annexed the tiny island nation of East Timor, increased military aid to the Indonesian dictatorship by 80%. This equipment including OV-10 Bronco counter-insurgency aircraft that was crucial in the rounding up of much of the country’s civilian population into concentration camps. Most of the 200,000 East Timorese deaths as a result of Indonesia’s occupation took place during the Carter Administration, in large part as a result of this military aid.
5) Carter fought Congress to restore military aid to Turkey that had been suspended after their armed forces seized the northern third of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. Carter promised that the resumption of aid would give Turkey the flexibility to withdraw. Turkish occupation forces remain there to this day.
6) Under President Carter, the United States vetoed consecutive UN Security Council resolutions to impose sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Ignoring calls from the democratic South African opposition to impose such pressure, Carter took the line of American corporate interests by claiming U.S. investments – including such items as computers and trucks for the South African police and military – somehow supported the cause of racial justice and majority rule. (Barely five years after Carter left office, the United States imposed sanctions against South Africa by huge bipartisan Congressional majorities and no longer vetoed similar UN efforts.)
7) When the people of the African country then known as Zaire rebelled against their brutal and corrupt dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, Carter ordered the U.S. air force to fly in Moroccan troops to help crush the popular uprising and save the regime.
8) As president, Carter opposed Palestinian statehood, refused to even meet with Palestinian leaders, and dramatically increased military aid to the right-wing Israeli government of Menachem Begin. When Israel violated an annex to the Camp David Accords by resuming construction of illegal settlements on the occupied West Bank, Carter refused to enforce the treaty despite being its guarantor. Carter also dramatically increased military aid to the increasingly repressive Egyptian regime of Anwar Sadat.
Meanwhile, Carter ordered that the evidence his administration had acquired of a joint South African-Israeli nuclear test be covered up to protect their governments from international outrage.
9) President Carter ignored pleas from Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero to not send arms and advisors to the junta whose forces were massacring many hundreds of peasant leaders, trade unionists, priests, human rights workers and other dissidents. Carter continued his military support of the junta even after Romero himself was assassinated while saying Mass, a shooting carried out under the orders of a top Salvadoran general. One of Carter’s last acts as president was to approve a record level of arms transfers to the junta just weeks after Salvadoran troops – under orders from high-ranking officers – raped and murdered four American churchwomen.
10) Carter was the president who enacted Presidential Directive 59, which authorized American strategic forces to switch to a counterforce strategy, targeting nuclear weapons in their silos, indicating a dangerous shift in nuclear policy from deterrence to one of a first-strike. (OH WAIT WHAT DID HE JUST RECENTLY SAY? "We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened.")
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE FAILURE OUT OF THE 39TH PRESIDENCY OF JIMMY CARTER THEN OUT OF ANY CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. LETS NOT FORGET HOW HE HAS SUPPORTED CERTAIN ELECTIONS.ACTING AS AN UNITED NATIONS OBSERVER, JIMMY CARTER HAS CERTIFIED SOME OF THE MOST CORRUPT ELECTIONS IN HISTORY. THE CONTINUED ELECTION FRAUD IN VENZUALA, THE OPPRESSION OF VOTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA BY EXTREMISTS, AND THEN HIS TOTAL LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS. CLAIMING FRAUD WHEN THERE WAS NONE.BUT HEY HE IS LOVED BY THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL SOCIALIST THINKERS AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE LISTENED TO(?). YEAH RIGHT. HE IS A LOOOOOOOSER.