Jimmy Carter: It’s Disappointing That Britain Sided With The United States
One of themes Democrats love to hammer home is multilateralism. We’ve got to get more nations on board! We’ve got to reach out! It’s all about allies, allies, allies!
Yet, many of those very same Democrats often strike a dismissive and insulting pose towards the nations that do ally with us.
Remember this quote from Maureen Dowd?
“You wonder how many votes (Bush) scared off with that testosterone festival: the taunting message, the self-righteous geographic litany of support? The Philippines. Thailand. Italy. Spain. Poland. Denmark. Bulgaria. Ukraine. Romania. The Netherlands. Norway. El Salvador.
Can you believe President Bush is still pushing the cockamamie claim that we went to war in Iraq with a real coalition rather than a gaggle of poodles and lackeys?”
Then there was the Kerry campaign in 2004:
“Americans Overseas for Kerry is the Kerry operation for winning the crucial votes of Americans living abroad (remember the Florida recount?), including more than 100,000 who live in Australia. Its leader was interviewed Sept. 16 by The Australian’s Washington correspondent, Roy Eccleston. Asked if she believed the terrorist threat to Australians was now greater because of the support for President Bush, she replied: “I would have to say that,” noting that “[t]he most recent attack was on the Australian embassy in Jakarta.”
She said this of her country (and of the war that Australia is helping us with in Iraq): “[W]e are endangering the Australians now by this wanton disregard for international law and multilateral channels.” Mark Latham could not have said it better. Nor could Jemaah Islamiah, the al Qaeda affiliate that killed nine people in the Jakarta bombing.
This Kerry spokesman, undermining a key ally on the eve of a critical election, is no rogue political operative. She is the head of Americans Overseas for Kerry — Diana Kerry, sister to John.”
There are plenty of other examples out there as well, but let’s get on to why this is relevant: failed ex-President Jimmy Carter’s latest comments.
Here’s what one of the worst Presidents in the last 100 years had to say about Britain, the United States’ most useful ally by far:
“Tony Blair’s lack of leadership and timid subservience to George W Bush lie behind the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the worldwide threat of terrorism, according to the former American president Jimmy Carter.
“I have been surprised and extremely disappointed by Tony Blair’s behaviour,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
“In many countries where I meet with leaders and private citizens there is an equating of American policy with Great Britain – with Great Britain obviously playing the lesser role.
“We now have a situation where America is so unpopular overseas that even in countries like Egypt and Jordan our approval ratings are less than five per cent. It’s a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold your British Prime Minister to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient.”
So, here we have a former President of the United States saying he’s, “extremely disappointed,” with Tony Blair for standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States in Iraq and calling him, “compliant and subservient?” That’s the sort of thing you’d expect to hear from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Osama Bin Laden, not from a former President of the United States.
What it all comes down to is that Carter, Kerry, Dowd and these other liberals with similar mentalities have gotten so carried away with their hostility to Bush and their “blame America first attitude,” that they’ve actually started to become hostile to countries for no other reason than because they’re friendly to America. That is incredibly foolish and irresponsible and in a saner world, Jimmy Carter and his ilk would be subjected to withering criticism, from both sides of the aisle, for acting against the best interests of the United States.