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Carter on Bush Administration

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Placelowerplace Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2007 03:07PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at 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. He 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."

Carter came down hard on the Iraq 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.

Carter also offered a harsh assessment for the White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which helped religious charities receive $2.15 billion in federal grants in fiscal year 2005 alone.

"The policy from the White House has been to allocate funds to religious institutions, even those that channel those funds exclusively to their own particular group of believers in a particular religion," Carter said. "As a traditional Baptist, I've always believed in separation of church and state and honored that premise when I was president, and so have all other presidents, I might say, except this one."

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 British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
madhatter Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2007 07:40PM

Carters' record in office speaks for itself,He lives in a tri-level
glass hose.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2007 10:21PM

Let me put this into terms that everyone everywhere can understand it.......

Bush Sucks!
shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: May 20, 2007 01:22AM

the sky is blue!
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: May 20, 2007 02:33AM

Yeah, what madhatter said. Fuck Jimmy Carter.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 20, 2007 08:10AM

Why are the American people so fickle. Prior to the invasion of Iraq a vast majority of us supported it and supported the President. Now after the fact these same people waffle on the decision and don't have the guts to stand by their decision. It makes me wonder how we ever survived 2 world wars and lasted over 200 years. How can we hope to survive another 200 years if we can't make a decision and stick to it when the goiing gets tough to make it work? Think back to when the decision was being made to invade Iraq and the reason you supported it, if the reason was good enough for you back then why are you giving up on it now? Going to war is just like using a gun to shoot someone who you think is going to shoot you. Once you pull the trigger you cannot pull that bullet back into the gun once it has left the barrel. I supported the invasion and freely admit it. I also support the destruction of Iran and Syria's governments through military means. I don't believe in nation building or repairing what we destroy though war either but if that is what our government wants to try to do then more power to them as long as they don't forget to go on after the countries who support terrorism.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: May 20, 2007 09:53AM

jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 21, 2007 07:15AM

Just show him a rabbit and he will run away screaming.
om10 Report This Comment
Date: May 21, 2007 07:24AM

mr happy face of the week
duane Report This Comment
Date: May 22, 2007 03:58PM

Carter sucks ass. He has to do something to stay in the limelight.