It is bad enough that former president Carter set the cause of global liberty back decades during his presidency, since then he has continually been making a fool of himself while encouraging despots all around the world.
The "old fool", as I like to refer to this disgrace of a man we had the misfortune of calling President for 4 long years, said on Tuesday: "I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely. They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy."
Yeah, I guess kind of like Iran when he turned his back on the Shah in 1979!
It is quite apparent that Mr. Carter has not paid any attention to the recent Pew Research Center polling of the Egyptian people. Any nation where substantial portions of the society see Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda positively while supporting suicide bombings, 85% of the people see Islam as a positive force in politics, 54% support gender seperation at work place, 77% support whippings and cutting of hands for theft, 82% support stoning for the crime of adultery, and 84% support the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion is not exactly ripe for Jeffersonian democracy.
Talk about delusional statements that are utterly divorced from reality! Mr. Carter apparently has no idea of, or admit to, the history as well as present philosophy of the Brotherhood. They are just as committed to Islamization of as much of the world as possible today as they were over 30 years ago when they murdered President Sadat or when they played a key role in creation of Al Qaeda. Since then, the Brotherhood has become more sophisticated and been trying to legitimize itself in the political arena - somewhat akin to the ruling AKP in Turkey. Their logo and their motto, however, say something completely contrary to what Carter and the current progressive U.S. leadership are claiming:
"Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!”
There are many sources, from Wikipedia to numerous blogs, where anyone who cares to educate themselves about this wolf in sheep's clothing called the Muslim Brotherhood can go.
So just how did this delusional former president of ours exactly torpedo U.S. interests over the years? Here is a brief but nevertheless devastating history of the Carter years.
When President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for Watergate, it opened the door for the election of Jimmy Carter, perhaps one of the biggest mistakes in American electoral history. At least until 2008.
Carter's foreign policy, or lack thereof, created a disaster that continues to plague the United States more than a quarter of a century later.
He took his cue from congressional leftists like Frank Church in the Senate and Ron Dellums and Carl Albert in the House, men who helped totally abandon any and all agreements with South Vietnam, allowing North Vietnam to take complete control of the country. Those leftists also stepped up to effectively hamstring the CIA.
By the time Carter was inaugurated, he was already looking ahead to building his own legacy based on the premise of establishing a progressive foreign-policy agenda aimed at creating a weakened United States.
Although he almost gave away most of the national military secrets to the Soviet Union with his foolhardy detente policy, his real gaffe was the disasters in the Middle East and Central America (to a lesser extent).
Most notably, just as Congress had done several years earlier, Carter abandoned his ally in Iran, the Shah, and welcomed the return of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. The rest, as they say, is history as the so called democracy movement in Iran became the most brutal theocracy in the world in short order, which would later also become the leading exporter of Islamic terror while being only a heartbeat away from acquiring nuclear weapons.
This major failure in foreign policy, which in my opinion ranks along with Chamberlain's handling of the third Reich in the 1930s, also led to a complete collapse of any U.S. influence in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel.
Other notable failures of the Carter Administration were the Panama Canal debacle (gave it away in 1978), Nicaragua (stopped backing Somoza, allowing Ortega and his fellow Marxists to take over and export their ideology throughout the region), eventual collapses in Grenada and El Salvador, and abandoning Taiwan by unilaterally revoking the Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan in exchange for rekindling relations with communist China among others.
Since leaving office in disgrace, Carter has been traveling the globe and giving moral support to many tyrants unfriendly to the U.S.
The total inadequacy of Carter's foreign policy has pretty much led to Carter being considered the worst president to have served in U.S. history.
At least until now.
The cases between what happened in Iran and what Obama is encouraging in Egypt are more the same than different, although what Obama is doing is worse.
Like Carter, Obama is anti-Semitic, although, considering the diatribes he listened to his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, deliver during the 20 years he spent in Wright's church, and the fact that both his father and stepfather, and those like Saul Alinsky he allowed to influence him, Obama is probably considerably more anti-Semitic than is Carter.
Further, since his inauguration, Obama has demonstrated a total lack of foreign-policy knowledge, beginning with the earliest days of his tenure when he returned Churchill's bust from the Oval Office to the British, still one of our greatest allies, while presenting the Queen with some rather worthless CDs.
Then, maybe most notably, in 2009 he turned his back on the Iranian protesters who seemed to be at the verge of open rebellion against the theocracy. Undoubtedly one of the greatest missed opportunities in modern U.S. history.
Further, he has, on several trips to the Middle East, not only apologized for the United States but encouraged Islamic ascendancy, one of the problems currently facing Europe.
For all the hue and cry about establishing some sort of democratic government in the Middle East, it is worth remembering that, with the exception of Israel, there is no history of anything other than despotic control of the states in that area. There was no Locke, no Benjamin Franklin, no Thomas Jefferson, no Sam Adams in Middle East history to provide a basis upon which to build a democratic society. One could argue that there was Ataturk - a reasonable facsimile of our
What Obama is pushing for is elections in Egypt, elections which will probably result in the installation of Mohamed El Baradei and the Muslim Brotherhood as the new controlling interest in Egypt and neighboring countries. There will probably be no additional elections; Islam will likely continue to strengthen its control; and Obama will continue to attempt to push forward his radical progressive agenda.
The primary duty of any U.S. President is to look out for the U.S. interests overseas for national security sake - even if those interests lie with a friendly dictator. With progressive friends like Carter, Obama, et.al., who needs enemies!