Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I suppose it should not surprise us that our most arrogant ex-President is now accusing our Secretary of State of lying:
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of not telling the truth about warnings she said her department gave Carter not to speak to Hamas before a Middle East trip.
Carter has left open the possibility that Rice's misstatement was "perhaps" inadvertent, but also left no doubt that he believes she is lying.
Or maybe President Carter just does not know a warning when he sees one. We know that he completely missed the Iranian revolution even after it had begun, absolutely misunderstood the nature of the Ayatollah Khomeini notwithstanding the mullah's plain-spoken words, and was "shocked and surprised" when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. All three were telegraphed with roughly the same specificity as a no doubt diplomatic call from a State Department official; if Carter did not see those warnings, why should he have understood this one?
Carter has a habit of "wishful remembering" of conversations. Hamas contradicted Carter this week, as well. Yet we have not heard Carter accuse Hamas of lying.
We could dismiss Carter as a gullible moron if his condemnations were not selectively anti-American.
Rice has forbidden the use of "jihad" and "jihadist" by the State Department. She treats Hamas and Fatah as if they really were "partners for peace" and not the unrepentant murderers they are. She continues to fork over millions of dollars in "foreign aid" that's being used by the Palestinians and the Egyptians to fund jihad warfare. It would not surprise me if she didn't give that warning.
Has there ever been an ex-president who has acted in such an assinine manner?
His activities overseas in direct conflict with US policy and actions are worthy of far more than condemnation. The man needs to be brought up on charges.
I don't think having chief executives and former chief executives bludgeoning each other with the instruments of law is something that we want to begin as a tradition here... There are better ways to handle crazy uncles like Carter.
A funny incident occurred in Syria, as Carter was accosted by a Fox affiliated newsman asking questions. He wanted to stop and talk, but Rosalind kept trying to drag him away. Faintly, one could hear the words "No, Jimmy, no".
Those will be words she uses more and more frequently, I suspect.