It’s unbelievable that Jimmy Carter has the nerve to call President Bush the worst president in history when it’s Carter himself who is responsible for the Islamofascism that is now wreaking havoc on the free world today when he and his administration participated in the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. From Iranian Voice:
As if a light were switched off, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, portrayed for 20 years as a progressive modern ruler by Islamic standards, was suddenly, in 1977-1978, turned into this foaming at the mouth monster by the international left media. Soon after becoming President in 1977, Jimmy Carter launched a deliberate campaign to undermine the Shah. The Soviets and their left-wing apparatchiks would coordinate with Carter by smearing the Shah in a campaign of lies meant to topple his throne. The result would be the establishment of a Marxist/Islamic state in Iran headed by the tyrannical Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Iranian revolution, besides enthroning one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, would greatly contribute to the creation of the Marxist/Islamic terror network challenging the free world today.
At the time, a senior Iranian diplomat in Washington observed, “President Carter betrayed the Shah and helped create the vacuum that will soon be filled by Soviet-trained agents and religious fanatics who hate America.” Under the guise of promoting” human rights,” Carter made demands on the Shah while blackmailing him with the threat that if the demands weren’t fulfilled, vital military aid and training would be withheld. This strange policy, carried out against a staunch, 20 year Middle East ally, was a repeat of similar policies applied in the past by US governments to other allies such as pre Mao China and pre Castro Cuba.
Khomeini was allowed to seize power in Iran and, as a result, we are now reaping the harvest of anti-American fanaticism and extremism. Khomeini unleashed the hybrid of Islam and Marxism that has spawned suicide bombers and hijackers. President Jimmy Carter, and the extremists in his administration are to blame and should be held accountable.
Indeed. Tragically, though, Jimmy’s obfuscation has worked in that he has not faced any consequences for his role in helping to bring Islamofascism to power. Instead of taking any personal responsibility for participating in the overthrow of the Shah of Iran that directly resulted in the rise of Islamofascism in the world, he and his willing allies in the press have so far successfully put the blame for the unrest in the Middle East on President Bush, the man who’s doing the most to clean up after Carter’s incompetence and defeat Islamofascism.
Sister Toldjah writes about Jimmy Carter’s moral bankruptcy:
This is the moral bankruptcy Jimmy Carter brings to the table every time he opens his mouth to denigrate the President while siding with the Jew-hating terrorists who comprise Hamas. Via extension, Carter, sadly, is representative of so many other modern day Democrats when it comes to denouncing this administration while downplaying the threats we face overseas, essentially saying that it’s President Bush who is the bigger threat than actual terrorists who want to kill us.
Update: Charles at LGF:
These latest rants are nothing unusual for the man who invited Michael Moore to sit in the presidential box at the 2004 Democrat Convention, and wrote a book in which he endorsed Palestinian terror attacks against Israel. Carter is a disgrace, and has been for years.
McQ at Q&O:
The president who easily was the most pathetic disaster the electoral process has ever foisted upon this nation has no room to declare anyone else “the worst in history”. Even George Bush, with all the mistakes he’s made, would come in a distant second to that loon. Imagine 9/11 happening on Carter’s watch, if you have the stomach.
Having lived through the Carter presidency and now Bush’s, I’ll take the latter any day of the week, mistakes, blunders, ineptness and all.
Unfortunately Carter has to be the exception to the unwritten rule that former presidents remain silent about the administrations of serving presidents. Like so much in his miserable life, he can’t even get that right. Following that tradition would require grace, restraint and class, virtues Carter has never had.
Instead we’re again exposed to the pathetic mewling of a washed up former president who so screwed up his watch that he’s reduced to trying to criticize other presidents in hope of having them awarded the “world’s worst” crown he’s worn since he was run out of DC on a landslide. When you can’t even edge Dick Nixon out Mr. Carter, you haven’t a chance of handing that title off to anyone else, not matter how many times you spout off.
So do us all a favor, will you, and STFU.
Update II: Mario Loyola at The Corner responds to Carter’s claim that Bush is the worst president in history this way:
Ah…. that was a good laugh.
And he reminds us of this November 2004 Weekly Standard piece in which we learn that Jimmy Carter compared the pre-dead Abu Musab al Zarqawi to George Washington:
“One parallel,” Mr. Carter began, “is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we’ve fought.” THE SCRAPBOOK can’t see how there’s any other way to parse this sentence; near as we can tell, the former president is here suggesting that more American soldiers have been killed or wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom than in any other military engagement since the British surrendered at Yorktown. And we’ve looked it up: He’s right about that–except for the Mexican War, the Korean War, Vietnam, World War I, the Civil War, and World War II.
But wait, there’s more. “I think another parallel [with Iraq],” Carter continued, “is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war. Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonials’ really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.”
Indeed, both Canada and Australia secured formal legal independence from Great Britain without a single shot being fired: the former in 1982, the latter in 1986. India achieved its freedom even earlier, in 1947, amid a hideous and protracted civil war that killed two million people. But hey, who’s counting?