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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Jimmy Carter tells it like it is!

Thought you might find this story from AP interesting, I know I did!

Bush's global impact 'worst in history': Carter.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has called President George W. Bush's administration "the worst in history" in international relations, criticizing the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions.

"The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments to the Associated Press on Saturday and declined to elaborate. Carter spoke while promoting his new audiobook series, Sunday Mornings in Plains, a collection of weekly Bible lessons from his hometown of Plains, Ga.

"Apparently, Sunday mornings in Plains for former President Carter includes hurling reckless accusations at your fellow man," said Amber Wilkerson, Republican National Committee spokeswoman. She said it was hard to take Carter seriously because he also "challenged Ronald Reagan's strategy for the Cold War."

"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," he said. "But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies."

Carter, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, criticized Bush for having "zero peace talks" in Israel. Carter also said the administration "abandoned or directly refuted" every negotiated nuclear arms agreement, as well as environmental efforts by other presidents.

Douglas Brinkley, a Tulane University presidential historian and Carter biographer, described Carter's comments as unprecedented.

"This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president," Brinkley said. "When you call somebody the worst president, that's volatile. Those are fighting words."

Carter also lashed out Saturday at British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Asked how he would judge Blair's support of Bush, the former president said: "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient."

"And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world," Carter told BBC radio.

Jeez Jimmy, don't be so easy on them, why don't you tell it like it really is!!!!

Your "all the news that fits" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Blogger Bible Belt Blogger said...

Thank you for mentioning my interview with former President Carter. If your readers would like to hear the interview or read my entire story, it's available at:

Also, I've posted an on-line exclusive about President Carter's thoughts on Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority's impact on the 1980 election.

Thanks again.

Frank Lockwood
Religion Editor
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Monday, May 21, 2007 1:26:00 a.m.  
Blogger Allan said...

Frank I have added your site as a link on my blog because I believe it is only fair to give all sides a voice on this blog. Thank You.

Monday, May 21, 2007 10:37:00 a.m.  

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