by John Hawkins | September 5, 2002 8:15 pm
Jimmy Carter’s Wisdom In Reverse: Jimmy Carter took a little time away from his regularly scheduled duties (building houses & being used as a propaganda tool by brutal dictators) to stomp all over the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Now of course the first thought most people probably had after hearing that was, “Jimmy Carter was the worst President of the last century and his foreign policy was an unmitigated disaster. He gave away the Panama Canal and he was humiliated by the Iranians. Who cares what he thinks?” While Jimmy Carter was a simply awful President, I have long maintained that Jimmy Carter is a very useful reverse barometer. Since Jimmy Carter is almost always wrong, especially when it comes to foreign policy, we can be almost certain that doing the OPPOSITE of what Carter suggests is the best way to go. Let’s look at some select sections of his latest editorial and you’ll see what I mean…
“…We have ignored or condoned abuses in nations that support our anti-terrorism effort, while detaining American citizens as “enemy combatants,” incarcerating them secretly and indefinitely without their being charged with any crime or having the right to legal counsel. This policy has been condemned by the federal courts, but the Justice Department seems adamant, and the issue is still in doubt. Several hundred captured Taliban soldiers remain imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay under the same circumstances, with the defense secretary declaring that they would not be released even if they were someday tried and found to be innocent.”
From this we can reliably ascertain that the “enemy combatants” would promptly blow themselves up in pizza parlors if they are released and that keeping the Taliban soldiers in jail is the only thing preventing Afghanistan from falling back into chaos. See? We’re learning things already….
“As has been emphasized vigorously by foreign allies and by responsible leaders of former administrations and incumbent officeholders, there is no current danger to the United States from Baghdad.”
This means that Saddam Hussein is only weeks away from developing nuclear weapons and has probably arranged to have tons of anthrax died red so it can be placed into every packet of cherry flavored Kool-aid in America! That monster!!
“Peremptory rejections of nuclear arms agreements, the biological weapons convention, environmental protection, anti-torture proposals, and punishment of war criminals have sometimes been combined with economic threats against those who might disagree with us. These unilateral acts and assertions increasingly isolate the United States from the very nations needed to join in combating terrorism.”
Signing all these agreements would turn us into another Sweden and then all the nations that we need to fight terrorism would refuse to help us! He’s right again — in reverse!!
“Tragically, our government is abandoning any sponsorship of substantive negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis…This indicates a radical departure from policies of every administration since 1967, always based on the withdrawal of Israel from occupied territories and a genuine peace between Israelis and their neighbors.”
Of course, what Jimmy is saying in reverse here is that the last thing we need to do is stick with the status quo when “every administration since 1967” has tried it and has accomplished absolutely nothing…
Remember my friends, watch what Carter says about foreign policy closely and then do the opposite and you’ll rarely make a mistake….
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