More meddling from Carter

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Is there no America-hating, anti-Israel thug that Jimmy Carter wouldn't do business with?

The nation's 39th president has long since shattered the tradition that former presidents refrain from criticizing their successors, even when they are from different political parties. The man who was arguably the worst president of the 20th century hasn't stopped running his mouth against all his successors, including fellow Democrat Bill Clinton, since Ronald Reagan routed him from office in 1980.

But now Carter -- who once called the current Bush administration's Mideast and Iraq policies "criminal" -- appears to be going beyond his usual wrong-headed, mean-spirited criticisms to actively undermine his government's foreign policy.

That, in our view, makes him the real criminal.

On his Mideast travels this month, Carter is planning to meet in Syria next week with Khaled Meshai, the exiled head henchman of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that refuses to recognize the existence of Israel, is waging war against it, and pledges to destroy the Jewish state.

Perhaps Carter's visit with the notorious terrorist leader shouldn't be such a surprise, given that he always has favored Hamas over Fatah, the more moderate Palestinian group that Hamas clashes with ideologically -- and sometimes in street battles.

The problem is that being an ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner makes Carter a person of enormous international prominence. So when he meets with a top terrorist thug, it enhances the legitimacy and stature of that thug in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Hence, the Bush administration policy of trying to isolate Hamas as an international pariah could be severely damaged by Carter's meeting with Meshal. It might encourage European and other nations to loosen sanctions against Hamas when the U.S. government seeks to tighten them.

Carter fancies himself a peacemaker, especially since the Nobel Peace Prize was undeservedly bestowed on him. But in point of fact he's part of a global far-left, hate-America crowd that is doing everything possible to legitimize terror and tyranny at the expense of peace and freedom.

Carter's doing more than embarrassing his nation. He's betraying it. The sooner this embittered man fades from the world scene, the better.

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wildman
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wildman 04/12/08 - 04:15 am
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Jimmy, go check on your

Jimmy, go check on your peanuts and have a Billy Beer.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/12/08 - 05:34 am
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Any Master's visitors who

Any Master's visitors who happen to register & visit Reader Comments are today given a taste of the radical rightwing, yellow-journal, tabloid-style editorials foisted on denizens of Augusta on a daily basis. Why would any progressive person want to move to this bastion of southern white conservative backwardness? Yesterday the U.S. military & State Dept shifted its focus from Al Qaeda ("on the run but still dangerous") to Iran as the "biggest obstacle to United States objectives in Iraq". Yet, President Bush won't dialog with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Neither will Bush hold direct bilateral talks with North Korea which is now dragging its feet on decommissioning its nuclear program according to reports yesterday. I recall The Chronicle throwing a rightwing fit when Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Syria. I also recall that Jimmy Carter's Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, lost his job because of backlash after Young dared to dialog with the PLO. Just talking with adversaries amounts to treason in the eyes of the rabid right. What is radical about that? Promoting understanding & soothing tensions is preferable to more fruitless military actions by the Bush/Cheney war regime this time against Iran & Syria.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 04/12/08 - 05:51 am
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Cain has not learned that you

Cain has not learned that you cannot reason with terrorists and those that brutalize their citizens to get them to comply. They fatten their coffers and live the high life while the common citizen eats barely enough to stay alive. They close off their society so people do not know the truth of the outside world, this is equal to brainwashing the populace to keep them in line. The Iranian President is a whacko who cannot see history and acknowledge the holocaust, claims to have no gays in his country (he locks them up and kills them, that is why). Carter is simply a nut who has no respect for those who followed him in office, and certainly the worst President in modern times. The Iranians made a mockery of him by holding the hostages and not budging until minutes after he relinquished power, how embarrassing is that to the US? Your tactic of name calling to those who do not agree with your opinions is small minded, open it up and you might learn a thing or two.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/12/08 - 05:55 am
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The foolishness of the Carter

The foolishness of the Carter administration was obvious from the first day to it's last and Carter has been convinced by the radical left to spend almost every waking moment of his life trying to bring disgrace down on America. "He's never met a dictator he didn't like" has become synonymous with President Carter's name. The Nobel Prize was a gift for continuing down this path of foolishness and he done's a fine job of living up to his reputation. His good works with Habitat are overshadowed by his anti-American efforts. History won't be kind to this foolish old man.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 04/12/08 - 06:31 am
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Not worth commenting.

Not worth commenting.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/12/08 - 06:38 am
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Yes, we all know how " Anti-

Yes, we all know how " Anti- American" President Carter is. Next thing you know, some of you will want him placed on the Terrorist Watch List.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/12/08 - 06:58 am
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RJH writes "Cain has not

RJH writes "Cain has not learned that you cannot reason with terrorists & those that brutalize their citizens to get them to comply." That means United States cannot reason with any country put on its terrorism watch list. The Bush administration is talking about putting Venezuela on the list of countries that supports terrorists and/or terrorism. So we can't talk with Hugo Chavez. He can't talk with Kim Jong Il in North Korea. We can't talk with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We can't talk with Bashar al-Assad of Syria. We can't talk with Raul Castro in Cuba. We can't talk with Ismail Haniya of Hamas. We can't talk to Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah. We can't talk with Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri of Al Qaeda. We can't talk to the Kurdish PKK because they are labeled a terrorist group by United States government. We can't talk to the leaders of the Sudan because the U.S. State Dept has them on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. United States cannot dialog with any terror group including the FARC in Colombia. We can't talk to the Abu Sayyaf Terrorist Group in The Philippines. Exactly how has stonewalling & cowboy diplomacy helped United States end terrorism?

JimCox
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JimCox 04/12/08 - 07:11 am
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Stick to building habitat

Stick to building habitat homes "Jimmah" because no one on either side of the aisle needs you to meddle in America's affairs. The sad news is that many Americans look at Obama the same way they looked at you when you ran for President, an outsider who wants "change, " whatever that is.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/12/08 - 07:15 am
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Hypo, apparently you don't

Hypo, apparently you don't know how anti-American Carter is. Many that get all of their information from the far left press and CNN and NPR have no idea what's happening in the world.

christian134
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christian134 04/12/08 - 07:23 am
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Jimmy Carter has no business

Jimmy Carter has no business putting his inept self in our nation's business. He has never had a clue as to what it means to hold up this country's values and quite frankly I am and have been for years suspect of his allegeded loyalty to this country....But he has a nice smile and a way with words...Uhmm sounds familiar somehow....

The_Last_Word
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The_Last_Word 04/12/08 - 07:29 am
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"Just talking with

"Just talking with adversaries amounts to treason in the eyes of the rabid right." - Yeah, that's pretty much the definition of treason.

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pointstoponder 04/12/08 - 07:37 am
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Jimmy Carter has every right

Jimmy Carter has every right to talk to anyone he wants as long as he represents Jimmy and no one else. I voted for him the first time and at one time respected him as a decent man. No longer.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/12/08 - 07:38 am
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Yes, that was a very

Yes, that was a very christian like statement. " He has never had a clue as to what it means to hold up this country's values, and quite frankly I am and have been for years suspect of his allegeded loyaltyto this county". First of all, what values has he " Failed to uphold"? I can just as well say, that from your postings, I question your " allegeded loyalty, to this country ". See, just like you I made a stupid statement. Disagree with the man's politics, but who are you to question the love of a former Navel officer and ex-President, for his country.

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robartbyrrd 04/12/08 - 07:39 am
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hippyk, he isn't on that list

hippyk, he isn't on that list already, along with you. You might need to check, I'm sure you are being watched.

robartbyrrd
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robartbyrrd 04/12/08 - 07:43 am
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hippyk, just checked, you,

hippyk, just checked, you, rcr, justus4 along with shivas are on the list, be careful, veeeeery careful!

mgroothand
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mgroothand 04/12/08 - 07:54 am
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Carter is in dire need of a

Carter is in dire need of a muzzle and the revocation of his passport. Then banish him to Plains, GA with a hammer, some nails and 2X4's where he can stay for 444 days. He "won" a Nobel peace prize, so did Arafat thus putting Carter on the same level as that international thug.

christian134
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christian134 04/12/08 - 07:59 am
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Hypo I don't believe I had

Hypo I don't believe I had anything at all to say to you this very fine morning but since you addressed me personally....Good Morning...:-) And by the by Jimmy Carter was in my humble opinion one of the worst Presidents this young nation has seen in along while....Of course we have had others but seeing how badly he debunked efforts to help our people when they were held hostage in the embassy in Iran.....well let's just say his list of embarrassments to our great nation is longer than most other presidents......

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/12/08 - 08:06 am
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robartbyrrd's 8:43 AM post

robartbyrrd's 8:43 AM post "hippyk, just checked, you, rcr, justus4 along with shivas are on the list, be careful, veeeeery careful!" is a thinly veiled threat, and a good indication of how close to fascism United States has slid. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned us about "the long slide into fascism". The emergence of rightwing death squads in United States would not surprise me one bit. I have long written that the war in Iraq will become even more bitter and divisive among Americans here in United States than the Vietnam War ever was. The Bush/Cheney war regime must be stopped before they lead us into more wars. Once things explode out of control, rational people can no longer prevail, and humanity will at the mercy of our most base instincts.

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intheknow 04/12/08 - 08:16 am
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Well, Christian I cannot

Well, Christian I cannot speak for HYPO, but as a member of the team sent to attempt the rescue of the hostages, how dare you or anyone else smear our effort. Especially with the members that we lost. None of us liked the fact that the mission was called off, but that was a decision made by people way above my rank structure. I have served underneath every President from Carter to our current one. I do not agree with every choice that they made or make but I pledged to carry them out when given. I read posts from people that talk the talk but I wonder have they ever faced a person that wanted to kill you simply because you are an American. I beg to differ on President Carter, to imply that he is morally unfit, imo, is just plain disrespectful

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/12/08 - 08:22 am
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Christian, in my hunble

Christian, in my hunble opinion, President Bush is the worst President in our history. Now for what it is worth, we both have given our opinion. As far as robartbyrrd is concerned, I do not worry about things like that. Our days on this earth are numbered from birth. Nothing you say nor do will alter that fact. By the way, can you get me on the list for Masters tickets.

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Farful 04/12/08 - 08:46 am
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loser as governor...bigger

loser as governor...bigger loser as president....now pretending to be elder statesman. duh...I wonder who pays for Carter to flit around the globe

christian134
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christian134 04/12/08 - 09:01 am
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Intheknow I have never gone

Intheknow I have never gone against the efforts of our military men and women ever....I have however spoken on behalf of them being mistreated by the press, people of this nation and yes at the ineptness of a man who by the very name of the office he holds is the Commander in chief and as such should be a little more knowing when it comes to giving orders that put our brave men and women in harm's way....You can go against me personally but do not doubt for a moment my loyalty to this country...I am not a believer in blind loyalty but I am a believer in doing what I am told on behalf of this country and doing it to the best of my ability to have everyone come home....Jimmy Carter was not an able minded Commander in Chief and nothing anyone will say will change that opinion....

sjgraci
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sjgraci 04/12/08 - 09:04 am
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Turn on any Radical Right

Turn on any Radical Right Wing noise machine today and read it tomorrow in the Chronicle's editorial page.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 09:32 am
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Hypocrap, those who sleep

Hypocrap, those who sleep with dogs get fleas. Carter (I won't address him as President other than to say the worls in the 20th century) has never met a tyrant, dictator or terrorist he didn't like. Castro, Chavez, now this international thug. He was a disgrace as President and is even more of one today. I say withdraw his passport so he can't do more damage. I don't call him Jimmy the peanut Carter for nothing-I have NO respect for him-never have-never will.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 09:35 am
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Cain, the fact that President

Cain, the fact that President Bush refuses to personally meet with these tyrants/terrorists does not mean he and his admin are not speaking and negotiating with them. It is NOT his job to be undermining US diplomacy, which he does on a steady basis. Your head out of your posterior would help you see a lot better.

Republicant
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Republicant 04/12/08 - 09:36 am
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Apparently, only those who

Apparently, only those who watch Faux news channel have any indication of the "truth". Any news who spouts Fair and Balanced" and "No Spin Zone" are seriously in denial. And so, because of good marketing, the network found a niche in the insane rightwingers of this country. They are the sole source on TV of that slants the news to the right winger view of the world, they continue to take their viewers money, leaving the morons who watch with a feeling of vindication of their beliefs. Keep watching simpletons. Maybe you will finally see the emperor has no clothes.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 09:39 am
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Hypo, gald you used the words

Hypo, gald you used the words navel officer as being a navel sure as hell describes him with lint in it.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 09:46 am
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Intheknow, I am personal

Intheknow, I am personal friends with both the Special Ops officer who planned the rescue mission (and has written a book about it (Delta Force) and the Col who was responsible (and made the scape goat for failure). Carter, like LBJ, did not allow the military to plan and execute the whole opertion but allowed interservice rivalries to finally be the cause of its failures with inexperience navy vice USAF Spec Ops helicopter pilots. Unfortunate as good men died in that fiasco due to lack of leadership by Carter IMO.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 09:50 am
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ghtty, would not surprise me

ghtty, would not surprise me if moveon.org/George Soros were not funding the peanut's (Carter) flitting around the world to visit terrorists/tyrants.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/12/08 - 10:09 am
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As an ex-president of the

As an ex-president of the United States, Carter represented this country every time he visited Chavez or Castro or Arafat or Kim Jung IL or the dictator du jour that would get his name in the paper and finally earn him a nobel prize. While he NEVER spoke for the United States, he took every step imaginable to foul this country's name. He's best known for offering his opinion of legitimacy to every dictators phony election. What a man.

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