First, watch a clip of the immediate past President of the United States. Note how that good man praises two men his successor will be tapping for key national security positions, including Leon Panetta, who was a leading member of the Democratic congressional caucus when serving in the legislature and a top official in the Clinton and Obama administrations when serving in the executive branch:
(Via Breitbart.tv via a newly trentagenarian reader.) Note further this Republican former president refrains from criticizing the policies of the Democratic incumbent.
Wrapping up his visit this week to Pyongyang, former President Jimmy Carter says relations between North Korea and South Korea are “currently at rock bottom.” Nonetheless, he said he believes the North is committed to getting talks underway. . . .
Carter said Thursday at a press conference in Seoul that North Korean officials had “expressed deep regret … for the loss of life” from two military attacks against South Korean targets in late 2010. But they did not apologize and suggested that they wouldn’t, the former president said.
Why does this man always take the enemies of the United States at their word? Has any other former U.S. President so criticized his country on foreign soil? Why hasn’t Mr. Carter focused on the real source of the starvation in North Korea, the economic system its Communist leaders have forced into place through their ideological zeal and kept in place with military might and barbaric means, including forced labor, imprisonment and torture?
One wonders at the hubris of Jimmy Carter. He had one of the worst foreign policy records of any president in the twentieth century and now tries to distinguish himself by tramping across the world, paying homage to the enemies of the United States and acting as if American attitudes and policies are to blame for much of what is wrong in the world. Perhaps, like George W. Bush, he should find a hobby and focus on charities (as he once did with Habitat for Humanity) that allow him to truly help those in need and those who have served rather than give tyrants another chance to make their case while solidifying their holds on power.