Sunday, May 20, 2007

Jimmuh, What Have You Done?

May 20, 2007

Jimmy Carter, in what I perceive as the former Presidents effort at deflecting the failures of his administration and subsequent labeling as our Worst President and Worst ex-President, lashed out at George W. Bush recently, labeling his administration as the “worst in history.”

Reflecting on the four years of the Carter Administration, my thoughts drifted back to the 1976 campaign. I was still in the U.S. Army, assigned to HHB XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, Aviation Section at Simmons Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Being born a Southerner myself I kind of liked the idea of a “Georgia Boy,” a fellow Southerner, winning the Presidency. I recalled a TV spot during the campaign where the speaker stated words in support of Carter, “Will we let the North beat us again?”

Even his now infamous November 1976 Playboy magazine interview gave him the appearance of a ‘down to earth’ person the country could well use as we were coming out of the failure of Viet Nam and Watergate scandal.

Little did I realize just how misplaced my support was and how inept a President he was to be. In fact, his first official act as President, amnesty for Viet Nam draft dodgers, was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ for continuance of my Army career, after slightly more than eight years active duty.

Those of us old enough to remember can recall the double digit inflation, return of gas lines, 55 mph maximum speed limits everywhere, high interest rates charged, failed peace talks, Iranian hostage crisis for 444 days, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and even the start of the Iraq/Iran war.

Researching for old articles to help shake the cobwebs from my aging brain, I was to discover that what I thought was the ineptness of Carter would pale in comparison to steps he took that we didn’t know about. Steps that not only created more unrest in the Middle East than there already was, but that still haunt us today as we are fighting worldwide Terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the possibility of Iran becoming embroiled in the fight.

It is no secret that Carter failed to support the Shah of Iran, leading to his downfall and the ascension to power of radical Shia clergyman, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Carter even encouraged some 150 of the Shah's top military commanders to acquiesce to the Ayatollah and not to fight him. This act of Carter's human rights program and ‘appeasement’ cost all of them their lives as one of the Ayatollah’s first acts was to have them all murdered.

Against the advice of senior U.S. Embassy staff in Tehran, Carter decided to Admit the Shah into the U.S. sparking violent protests from Iranians that subsequently led to the storming of our Embassy in Tehran and the Iranian Hostage Crisis. An attempted rescue mission failed, resulting in the death of 8 of our Brave Military and the loss of 3 helicopters and one C-130 Cargo plane. The hostages would remain in captivity until moments after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, who handily defeated Carter in the November 1980 election.

Much lesser known, I came to discover while sifting through a site solidly opposed to President Bush’s inclusion of Iraq in the War on Terror, is that through the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Carter encouraged Saddam Hussein to invade Iran, which Saddam did in September 1980, leading to their bloody 8 year war.

Carter was lagging behind Reagan in the 1980 campaign due in large part to his ineffectiveness in freeing the hostages held in Iran. There were also unconfirmed rumors, subsequently ruled spurious by Congressional investigation, that the Reagan campaign was secretly negotiating with Iran on their own to release the hostages. A declassified 1981 report from Secretary of State, Alexander Haig to President Reagan, confirms that Carter gave the “green light” to Saddam through the Saudi’s for the invasion of Iran.

If this “green light” to Saddam Hussein isn’t enough to raise eyebrows, in October 1980, after the invasion of Iran by Saddam Hussein’s forces, and with the full approval of Carter, his administration unfroze Iranian assets he earlier had frozen and gave approval to resume shipments of arms and spare parts for Military equipment originally sold to Iran under the Shah’s regime. Haig comments on this in the 1981 ‘report’ above as well.

What became known as the Iran Contra Affair, which the Democrat party used to try to undermine Reagan’s administration, was actually started under the Carter administration and continued by Reagan.

In 1998, Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, gave an interview which appeared in the French publication, 'Le Nouvel Observateur' discussing U.S. involvement in the Soviet Afghanistan War, also starting in 1980. When asked about CIA involvement in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet Invasion, Brzezinski replied, “According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”

Further asked about whether this was a provocation of the Soviets to invade Afghanistan, he answered, “We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

As we all know, the Mujahideen gave birth to the Taliban, a separate group of Afghani warlords and religious students who broke away to impose radical Islam as the ruling party in Afghani government. It was also the Taliban that harbored and gave sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden.

Expressing no regrets over Carter’s pre-Soviet involvement in Afghanistan, Brzezinski asserted, “That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.”

Pressed further about regrets, Brzezinski stated, “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

While this isn’t Carter himself speaking, National Security Advisors do not operate independently of President’s. Robert Gates, current Secretary of Defense, former head of the CIA and then executive assistant to National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, confirms in a December 2004 BBC interview that “..early in 1979, the United States government began considering providing covert support to the potential opposition in the mujahideen in Afghanistan and, beginning in July, actually the president authorised that kind of support.”

In reading these accounts it struck me that none are pro-Bush or even supportive of the current ongoing war, which I have to call a culmination of efforts, policies and moves put into motion by the Carter Administration. More plainly, we are still mopping up the mess of Carter’s 4 years of ineptness in the Oval Office.

And now, Carter has the unmitigated gall to label George W. Bush’s administration, clearly not the greatest, as the “worst?”

Oh Jimmuh, What Have You Done?


UPDATE: Cominig under fire for the comments, Carter has taken the usual Democrat track, Carter says comments were ‘careless’. Also typical for the Democrat party, he explains his comments on the 'Today Show' as, "They were maybe careless or misinterpreted."


Anonymous said...

Lew...this idiot carter is just trying to distract from his own lame tenure in the White House which brought shame and disgust to the American People.

He is the WORSE president we have had in recent history. clinton was a better president than carter was.

Again, you have outdone yourself.

ProudGulfWarVet65 said...

Agreed, snooper! He wants to lose the 'Worst President' label he can't even assign to Nixon. Good job, Lew-and very exhaustive, it appears!

LewWaters said...

Thanks, guys. Carter is a total embarrassment to the nation. As hard as he tries, he will never shake off the title of "Worst" himself.

Dean said...

Well done Lew! Jimmuh needs to go back to his peanuts or building houses. I still have a difficult time eating peanuts to this day because of Jimmuh.

colleency said...

First he says 'This administration is the worst in history.'

The next day we get -

"When pressed by NBC’s Meredith Vieira as to whether he was saying his remarks were careless or reckless, the former president said, “I think they were, yes, because they were interpreted as comparing this whole administration to all other administrations."

Carter said he was answering a question about the foreign policy of former President Richard Nixon, as compared with that of the current administration. He said he wasn't comparing the Bush administration with all those through American history."

HUH??! Where is the 'misinterpretation?! Maybe Carter provided the inspiration for John Kerry's dodge/weave/backtrack/deny tactics. (BTW, Kerry served in Viet Nam, ya know.)

LewWaters said...

Anytime a Liberal politician is caught in their own words, they always fall back to they were "misquoted," "misinterpreted," or "taken out of context."

Carter just followed the Democrat play book. In fact, maybe he wrote it?

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Carter, not only the worst president, but the worst former president of all time.

Anonymous said...

Those were really difficult years to live through. I remember them vividly.

This is an excellent summation of his misdeeds and sins.

u∃∃l!∃ said...

I think it might be age, and loss of reasoning that sometimes goes with old age.

LewWaters said...

Coboble, I think bitterness comes into play as well. That and partisan politics.

Just about everything we are facing today in the Middle East was set in motion by him long ago and haphazardly at that.

Maybe he should follow the example of Ronald Reagan, after hwe was diagsnosed with alzheimers, go into seclusion and not make a fool of himself so much.

Thomas said...

Previously posted on Right Truth:

Lew, Lew, Lew...
You just don't get it.

IF the October Surprise is true, I condemn it, both Carter and Reagan. BOTH. It was WRONG and ILLEGAL.

If you think it was okay, then why blame Carter?

Once the hostages were released, why did the Reagan administration continue to sell arms to Iran, an enemy? Are you also okay with that?

The October Surprise is a DIFFERENT event from the Iran-Contra affair. Hezbollah took hostages in 1983 which included 6 Americans. The Reagan administration negotiated a deal with Iran that would included the illegal sale of arms to Iran in exchange for the hostages. The money was funneled to a militant group in Central America known to engage in terrorist activities.

You can read all about it in OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS here:

Speaking of official government records, the October Surprise conspiracy has been investigated for many years by many people. The official records exonerate the Reagan administration of any wrongdoing with regard to the October Surprise.

If what Mr. Gary Sick (former member of National Security Council) says is indeed true (despite official records to the contrary), then BOTH the REAGAN AND CARTER (administrations) were engaged in WRONGFUL and ILLEGAL activities.

Maybe you should read my posts more clearly. Here's what i posted:
"Where is the ORIGINAL source that says Carter tried to sell arms to Iran in exchange for hostages that were taken in 1983 (after he was out of office)?"

Lew, it seems like you are so concerned about bashing democrats that cannot admit that Republicans (like Reagan and others) can also make mistakes in their duties as politicians. I guess Watergate was also a left-wing conspiracy to destroy Nixon.

A few questions:
1. Was the Carter administration wrong to secretly negotiate for the release of US hostages taken in 1979?
2. Was Reagan administration wrong to secretly negotiate a deal with Iran for the release of hostages taken in 1983?
3. Was the Nixon administration wrong for sabotaging campaigns and obstructing justice?
4. Was Clinton wrong for perjury and obstruction of justice?
5. Was Scooter Libby wrong for perjury and obstruction of justice?

ALL my answers are YES.
What are your answers, Lew?