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Carter on Obama's Foreign Policy

You know things are not going well for your Middle East policy when Jimmy Carter comes out swinging against you. Key passage:

You know, President Obama… it’s been hard to figure out exactly what his policy is. It changes from time to time. And I haven’t been inside the council, and I don’t have secret intelligence, and that sort of thing. But I noticed that both of his Secretaries of Defense, when they got out of office, they have been very critical of a lack of positive action on the part of the President. He’s been delayed, sometimes he draws red lines in the sand in the Mideast, and then when the time comes, he doesn’t go through with it.

Watch the video to get the full flavor of Carter’s dismissiveness on that specific question.

After this, can we even call President Obama’s tenure Carteresque?

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  • rheddles

    Carter’s a lightweight. You should be comparing to Buchannan.

    • Kevin

      Carter actually started to turn things around in his last year. Rearmament in 1980 and allowing Volker to crank up the interest rates to begin the long painful process of wringing out inflation. After the invasion/coup in Afghanistan, he announced he was shocked and boycotted the Olympics, etc. It was too little too late, and all a bit halfhearted – sort of two steps forward and one step back. But at least it was halfhearted instead of no-hearted and there were at least occasional steps forward. I don’t get the sense that Obama will have a late-term epiphany – it will be the cowardly lion backstepping the whole way through til January 2017.

      • Corlyss

        “Carter actually started to turn things around in his last year.”

        I don’t agree. Desert 1 happened in April 1980. That was the last straw, the coup de grace for his administration. He could have raised the dead, cured the lame, and ascended unto Heaven and those would not have won him a second term.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Jimmy Carter is overjoyed that he is no longer the worst president in living memory, and has been pointing this out at every chance he gets.

    • Sibir_RUS

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  • Brett Champion

    And if anyone knows a thing or two about bad foreign policy, it’s Jimmy Carter.

  • Kevin

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

    It’s a good thing for Hillary that she was never part of Obama’s cabinet. And that we’ve always been at war with eastasia.

  • Sibir_RUS

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  • Corlyss

    Normally, whatever Jimmy’s position is, I know the opposite to be true. Being on the same side as him makes me doubt my perceptions of reality.

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