Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Still more mush from the wimp — this time re the Muslim Brotherhood
I really, really hope that in his campaign for re-election, President Obama will make heavy use of that elder statesman of the Democratic Party, Jimmy Carter. After all, in what he has to say in general, and in what he has to say in particular about the Middle East, Mr. Carter is exactly as credible as Mrs. O'Leary's cow giving a lecture on fire prevention. Here's just the latest proof, as delivered by the old gasbag from the LBJ Library in Austin (bracketed portion mine, parenthetical by the American-Statesman; h/t InstaPundit):
[LBJ Library Director Mark] Updegrove, who characterized Carter as the president most associated with the Middle East, having helped to broker a peace accord between Egypt and Israel in 1978, asked the former president how the United States should view the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential group in Egypt that has ties to Hezbollah and may influence Egypt in the future.
"I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely," Carter said. "They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy."
Yes, absolutely! We should no more fear the Muslim Brotherhood than we should fear, say, that a bunch of "students" might "spontaneously" decide to take over an American embassy and hold everyone there hostage for 444 days. Couldn't possibly happen, huh, Mr. Carter?
I know there are a few Democrats who occasionally see my blog. Are any of you willing to "associate yourself," as they say on Capitol Hill, with Mr. Carter's latest remarks? Any of you willing instead to admit that the old goat has become an international embarrassment — not just a bad one-term president, not just the worst president of the 20th Century, but absolutely the worst ex-president ever?
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(1) Neo made the following comment | Feb 16, 2011 11:09:32 PM | Permalink
I personally had thought for many years that Carter had become one of the best "ex-Presidents" but in the last 10 years, he has abdicated that position. The man seems destined to be an embarrassment.
"The man seems destined to be an embarrassment."
Sometimes I swear it would seem "determined".
(3) Adam made the following comment | Feb 17, 2011 6:39:01 PM | Permalink
I am a Democrat I suppose >_>
And while apparently there's less than 15% popular support in Egypt for a Muslim Brotherhood Gov't, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be worried by them. It may be unlikely, but if it does happen it will be a very bad thing. That's worth worrying about.
(4) RebeccaH made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 8:11:34 AM | Permalink
As far as presidents and ex-presidents go, Jimmy Carter should be grateful to Barack Obama.
(5) iron308 made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 8:17:12 AM | Permalink
"has become an international embarrassment"
You make that sound as if it is a recent phenomena....
(6) Jack made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 8:27:54 AM | Permalink
Since when did a political takeover require
legitimate support? That is exactly the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood.
They don't care about legitimate support, they care about taking power.
(7) Eric made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 8:33:54 AM | Permalink
Adam - Based on several sources not wedded to the "MB is nothing to worry about theme," I suspect the correct number is quite a bit higher than 15%. Forty percent is a number often cited as generally supportive of the MB. True, I doubt every generic supporter wants them to be in charge of the government, but I'd bet most do. So, let's say it's 30%; that seems to be at or near a critical mass capable of causing many problems. Is any other "party" likely to corner that share of the market?
Neo, with all do respect, I think tht if you noticed what a lousy ex-Prez Carter has been only ten years ago, you starteed paying attention only ten years ago.
It was Carter who ended the tradition of former presidents decling to critticize their successors in office. He hectored Reagan from the sidelines mercilessly, while Reagan went about the business of curing Carter's stagflation, and bringing Communism to its knees.
Despicable too kind a word to describe his behavior for the last 30 years.
Jimmy does such great work through his undying committment to Habitat for Fourth Century Cave Dwellers Foundation. He..just...wont....go.....away.
(10) Javert Freeman made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 8:57:21 AM | Permalink
(11) Dan made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 9:28:20 AM | Permalink
To show our appreciation for Mr. Carter's continuing contribution to US foreign policy, The next Republican president should use the USS Jimmy Carter to reek havoc on our enemies.
(12) PlatoBunker made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 10:23:54 AM | Permalink
The worst ex-President was John Tyler. He was an actual traitor as a supporter of the Confederacy. JC is very, very bad but let's be objective.
On the other hand, Tyler acted on principle, as depraved as his might have been. JC strikes me as being for sale to the highest bidder.
(13) Ken Mitchell made the following comment | Feb 19, 2011 11:36:59 AM | Permalink
"Jimmeh Cahtuhr" thinks very highly of Barack Obama. I believe that the reason is that Carter _knows_ he's the worst president in American history so far, and delighted that Obama is almost certain to supplant him in this capacity.
Adam (#3), one can take but very little comfort in public opinion polls that purport to show limited support for the Muslim Brotherhood among the citizens of Egypt. There was similarly low public support for the Bolsheviks in Russia, the Maoists in Red China, the Castroists in Cuba, or the Mullahs in Iran. Those organizations all filled power vacuums created by revolutions that did have fairly broad support among a majority of citizens, but there were only much smaller pluralities left to compete to fill the vacuum. That is to say, there was majority agreement that the old government had to go, but no majority could agree on what should follow. So the most vicious and best organized plurality proceeded to grab power, and then to consolidate it by systematically eliminating all rivals.
This is the lesson from history that Obama is in the process of ignoring — just like Carter did in 1979.
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