Carter Country

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Today, as in 1979, the Middle East is in turmoil. Carter was not to blame for the Iranian mob’s assault on the U.S. embassy, and Obama is not to blame for the cascading chaos across the northern tier of Africa. But they are to blame for how their administrations reacted to these events.

For months, Carter did nothing of substance in response to the embassy takeover, and when he tried to do something it proved worse than nothing.

Similarly, in response to Iran’s failed Twitter Revolution of 2009, Obama sat silent. No one was calling on him to send in the 82nd Airborne to support the Iranian protestors. But freedom-loving people—and their enemies—look to America for signals. And Obama’s signals were loud and clear in the summer of 2009.

His administration made the same mistake but in a different way in Egypt, as his secretary of state and vice president initially mouthed support for Egypt’s autocrat. In Libya, the administration has regressed, failing in the first two weeks of Libya’s revolution to do or say anything of substance in response to Khadafy’s brutality. As Elliot Abrams observes, “When…the Arab League is ahead of you in denouncing human rights violations, you are reacting a bit slowly.”

But the Arab League, the EU and the UN secretary general are going to be ahead of Obama because he is more interested in the international community “speaking with one voice” and “bearing witness” than in America leading. In this regard, it pays to recall what historian William Pfaff observed in The Wrath of Nations: When nations don’t want to act, let alone lead, international organizations actually become “an obstacle to action, by inhibiting individual national action and rationalizing the refusal to act nationally.”

Blessedly, there has been no Desert One debacle under Obama, though one gets the sense that something like that is looming, perhaps in Libya or Yemen, perhaps in Saudi Arabia or Oman.

What we do know is that there already have been diplomatic debacles: Obama has “reset,” apologized, and gripped and grinned to accommodate America’s foes, averting his gaze from government thuggery in Russia in order to get an arms control treaty of questionable merit, ditching the Dalai Lama in order to save a photo-op summit in Beijing, literally bowing to the emperor of Japan, monarch of Saudi Arabia and dictator of China.

Similar things happened under Carter. A 1979 Washington Post article captures the strange and sad symbolism of Washington’s interactions with Moscow in those gray days of self-doubt and malaise. “Carter,” the Post reported, “seems to have developed a protectiveness, almost a fondness, for the older man, especially after he saved Brezhnev from falling on Sunday morning…Brezhnev seemed to welcome Carter’s assistance, as though he had come to depend on it.”

That was a bruising visual metaphor for Carter, and there are traces of this in Obama’s interactions with the world. Just consider how the Russias, Chinas, Irans and Venezuelas view the United States today.

Alan Dowd ( writes on defense and security issues.


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  • Steve Chavez

    Obama knows of his comparison to Carter and is now looking for his own "FAILOUT" which is a bailout for his utter FAILURE on National and International policies and lack of any real resolve that the world is waiting for and looks to the U.S. for!

    OBAMA'S NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, like Carter's, is the reason he won't take any decisive military action against any enemy or National Security interest which is the reason the Nobel committee gave it to him in the first place! A first for doing nothing to deserve it, but for hopes that the extremists and Leftists of the world can be free to run over everything conservative without fear of U.S. intervention! While he dined with Chinese leaders, a fellow Prize winner was sitting in a Chinese jail and he said nothing in defense!

    "Bush, Bush, Bush" they successfully said. We should say "Carter, CARter, CARTER!"

    The Carter Center has been taken over by the Far-Left America haters and they have successfully brainwashed a willing dupe!

  • Supreme_Galooty

    Carter is a case study in arrogance. What makes him particularly annoying is that there is nothing, no talent, no intelligence, no good looks, no wit, nothing to support the slightest arrogance. Sadly he can now go to his grave knowing that he is no longer the worst president in American history.

    • Greg

      Yes, all true but I think it's fantastic that history will show Obama is our first black Jimmy Carter!

  • Texasron

    Obama is very much like Carter. They are both cowards. Carter allowed our diplomats to be held hostage for over 400 days. He should have attacked Iran and freed them, even at the risk of their deaths. Iran would not now be the problem they are.

  • Wesley69

    The biggest difference between Carter and Obama is that Carter, I truly believe, loved this country and wanted to do things for the good of the country. Obama, from his actions and statements, seems to hate this country. I haven't heard of Jimmy Carter sitting in a church before his presidency and listening to a minister say God Damn America. Another difference, Carter DID earn his Nobel Peace Prize for getting Sadat of Egypt and Begin of Israel to sign the first peace treaty between these hostiles. Obama got his because he could put pleasing words together like – we in the US are arrogant and should listen to Europe more often.

  • USMCSniper

    Both Carter and Obama as Presidents, are like fence post turtles. If you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a fence post turtle. You know he didn't get up there by himself, he sure as hell doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass would put him up there in the first place.

    • Pierce

      Your comments are the best I've seen. The analogy regarding what kind of dumb ass put him up there in the first place must be being asked now by the voters who elected turtle Obama, absolutely unbelievable.

      I love your comparison of Carter and Obama to a fence post turtles. they both got a top the fence post because there were a number of idiots who put them up there. I only wonder how many of those idiots still want them up there. I didn't vote for either of them, and am I glad, but Obooma could change things around, but he would have to stop listening to the tsars, or is it czars, and I am afraid it's too late.

    • frustratedRN

      LOL best indepth analysis of the day.

  • kafir4life

    I wonder if BamO will "allow" us to have another presidential election. I can that abomination declaring martial law before the elections, and a "postponing" of the election until "cooler heads prevail". He's learning from his peers and mentors in Lybia, Venezuala, Cuba, and Iran…..All supporters of his in '08.

  • RiverFred

    Why is any one surprised about Carter and Obozo being alike, Carter favored the Arabs (lied about Jewish history in his book) and the Arabs favored Carter with loans for his peanut farm..

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    When Jimmy Carter was in power they used to say that whenever he moved
    his head you would hear a ratling sound wich came from the peanuts as a
    substitute for brain tissue. And now with Barack Hussein Obama in the seat
    of power!!!When he speaks in public and moves his head from left to right and
    his eyes toward the sky!! you do'nt hear nothing because his brain cavity is empty.
    That is why I cal him Mr no brains and therefore a danger to the free West;as
    long we can call the Western hemisfere free.

  • Leo

    Both Carter and Obama are cut from the same cloth.
    Both are hard core socialist with a veneer of capitalism a.k.a fascist
    both are antisemitic
    both are semi intellectual a.k.a emptily suit
    both are self delusional
    both are self righteous
    both have chip on their shoulders
    do I have to say more?

  • Bowmanave

    I dont know about the Katy freeway location. I guess you need to try spring location. I walked right up to counter asked for the xd 45 and purchased it. 3 other local stores told me they were 3 weeks out on getting them. This place has the gear you want. Here is the problem. If you come in for the range. Read the 6 foot tall directions on the front door. These young guys show up with 3 guns all in cases. one of the directions no guns in cases. They still had bolts closed and slides forward. I think the rifle even had a spent shell in it. This young guy opening bolt with gun pointed at concrete floor instead of roof. One of the rules is bolts open and slides locked back.. its everybodys safety they are dealing with. I think I would have a little bit of attitude if I had to deal with stupidity all day long. So try to give these guys a little break. I would be a little anxious about helping some people who come into gun stores too.