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Was Carter worse than Harding or Hoover? I honestly can't say. I lived through Carter but, fortunately, am not old enough to have experienced the other two. I can cite two encyclopedias, however....
in full James Earl Carter, Jr. 39th president of the United States (1977–81), who served as the nation's chief executive during a time of serious problems at home and abroad. His perceived inability to deal successfully with those problems led to an overwhelming defeat in his bid for reelection. After leaving office he embarked on a career of diplomacy and advocacy, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.
On assuming office in 1977, President Carter inherited an economy that was slowly emerging from a recession. He had severely criticized former President Ford for his failures to control inflation and relieve unemployment, but after four years of the Carter presidency, both inflation and unemployment were considerably worse than at the time of his inauguration. The annual inflation rate rose from 4.8% in 1976 to 6.8% in 1977, 9% in 1978, 11% in 1979, and hovered around 12% at the time of the 1980 election campaign. Although Carter had pledged to eliminate federal deficits, the deficit for the fiscal year 1979 totaled $27.7 billion, and that for 1980 was nearly $59 billion. With approximately 8 million people out of work, the unemployment rate had leveled off to a nationwide average of about 7.7% by the time of the election campaign, but it was considerably higher in some industrial states.
What are and have been his views on the Middle East?
WND Exclusive TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LAND
Carter to Leno: Treatment
of Palestinians 'horrible'
Jimmy fails to mention onslaught
of terrorist attacks against Israelis
Posted: December 12, 2006
4:20 am Eastern
© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com
Without mentioning the onslaught of attacks by Palestinian terrorists, former President Jimmy Carter told a national audience watching the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" there is "horrible persecution" of Palestinians at the hands of Israelis, and he is urging a return to peace talks between the residents of the embattled region.
Carter blames Israel for Mideast conflict
'Domination' over Palestinians 'atrocious,' ex-prez tells 'Good Morning America'
Posted: November 27, 2006
3:25 pm Eastern
© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com
Former President Carter at 2004 Democratic convention
In some of the harshest and one-sided language he has used to date, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination" over Palestinians "atrocious" in an interview today on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Carter said there was "no doubt now that a minority of Israelis are perpetuating apartheid on the people in Palestine, the Palestinian people."
Carter called Israel's occupation the "prime cause" of continuing violence in the Middle East.
Middle East Quarterly
Jimmy Carter's engagement in foreign affairs as a former president is unprecedented in U.S. history. Because he regards the Arab-Israeli conflict as among Washington's most important foreign policy topics, he has written more than two dozen articles and commentaries about the conflict, eight in the past year alone. In these publications, Carter uses his credibility as a former president, Nobel laureate, and key player in the September 1978 Camp David accords and the Egypt-Israel peace treaty to unfold his set of truths and often to criticize U.S. policy. He relishes the role of elder statesman and believes that with his accrued wisdom and experience, he can contribute to solutions.
But Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Carter's twenty-first book and his second to focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict, is deficient. He does what no non-fiction author should ever do: He allows ideology or opinion to get in the way of facts. While Carter says that he wrote the book to educate and provoke debate, the narrative aims its attack toward Israel, Israeli politicians, and Israel's supporters. It contains egregious errors of both commission and omission. To suit his desired ends, he manipulates information, redefines facts, and exaggerates conclusions. Falsehoods, when repeated and backed by the prestige of Carter's credentials, can comprise an erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and policymaking. Rather than bring peace, they can further fuel hostilities, encourage retrenchment, and hamper peacemaking.
"Certainly the United States and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist organization. " - BobK
Perhaps that has something to do with their suicide bombers, thousands of missile launches into civilian neighborhoods, and things like that, ya think? Yes, they are elected - so was Hitler, Castro, Milosovich and Hussein. If you can point out one instance of a Jewish suicide bomber, a suicide children's training camp, initial missile attacks and bombings not retalitory conducted by Israel, i would be happy to see it. Good luck.
" If Carter's willing to act as a fair broker between parties willing to talk, I can contain my disappointment over any success he happens to achieve" - BobK
If you think Hamas is willing to talk, there is a lot of swampland down here I can let you have for a song. Hamas is interested in having Jimmy come by to give them a little credibility that they are not the terrorist organization they are. Why would they not want to have an ex-president on their side who has publicly proclaimed that Israel is the real bad guy? Let's wait and see what success he has, shall we? I hope it's more than he had with the Iranians during the hostage crisis in his presidency and more than he had when he decide to visit Castro over governmental objections.
Besides, he gave Michael Moore a bearhug and a seat next to him at the DNC....that says enough to me