Jimmy Carter: US Should Give Visa to Iran Embassy Hostage Taker

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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At least Carter is consistent. Even if it’s the consistency of mush.

Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday said he is supportive of letting a known member of a terrorist group, Hamid Aboutalebi, into the United States as Iran’s newest ambassador to the United Nations.

Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim student group who held 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year beginning in 1979 during Carter’s presidency.

When asked in an interview if the United States should block Aboutalebi’s entrance to U.N. headquarters in New York, Carter told radio station WTOP:  “You know, those were college students at that time, and I think that they have matured. …I think it would be inappropriate for the United States to try to block someone that Iran wanted to choose.”

Unlike Carter, the State Department has raised “serious concerns” about the appointment and several members of Congress have also pushed back.

“It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” remarked Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Tex.) in a statement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) is also wary, saying in a statement that “Iran’s attempt to appoint Mr. Aboutalebi is a slap in the face to the Americans that were abducted, and their families. It reveals a disdain for the diplomatic process and we should push back in kind.”

Maybe the United States could start taking Iranian diplomats hostage for a change. Especially when those diplomats are former hostage takers.

  • DogmaelJones1

    They were only “college students”? That’s an excuse for invading U.S. property (as the embassy was) and holding Americans hostage? Well, so were Bill Ayers and Barack Obama, and look at what they’ve done to this country right here on genuine American soil. I do wish someone would just declare Carter irreparably senile and lock him away in some third-rate retirement home. It’s hard enough having to deal with the blatherings of Chuck Hagel and Joe Biden.

  • wileyvet

    Maturing like a fine wine or an aged cheese, or more like a hardened Islamist, who has gotten even more repugnant and despicable. Obviously the guy has kept himself in good standing with the regime all these years or he wouldn’t have been selected. Does Carter not realize that this is precisely why the Mullahs picked him, so it would be a slap in the face, and one more humiliation to America under Obama? You senile old F*ck.

    • john spielman

      that’s why he is called “dhimmi Carter”

  • JackSpratt

    This is the halfwit who allowed the Shau to be deposed! To think that Obongo is worse than this incompetent boob is horrifying.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Imagine we still have some freedoms left in 36 years and the loser 0′Bama goes around trying to remain relevant. What kind of BS will he come up with?

  • Larry Larkin

    The peanut farmer was a peanut then and he’s still a peanut.
    It just goes to prove that you can lead a peanut to knowledge, but you can’t make it think.

  • Peanuts

    Carter has a valid point. People are not considered adults in America until they are 26 (at least not by the Democrat Party). So Jimmy is consistent with the Democrat Leaderships point of view.

  • Veracious_one

    Jimmy never met a terrorist that he didn’t like…

  • retired

    One thing the Jews & Israel have in their favor,they have the best enemies any people could ask for.Carter is one of them! If Israel had to be judged by who it’s enemies were,the lineup couldn’t have been better if the Israelis had handpicked them. this is a crew of bufoons & political cretins,Obama,Kerry,Hillary Clinton,Carter & the rest of this “band of clowns”.They are despised,laughed at,& ridiculed by many people,far & wide,around the world.If a nation needed enemies to make it look good by comparison,they couldn’t have picked a more incompetent pack of fools to be compared with!

    • carpe diem 36

      BRAVO!!!!

  • Crassus

    Actually, the United States should thank Aboutlebi for his part in ending Carter’s presidency. No Iranian Hostage crisis and he might have gotten a second term.

    • carpe diem 36

      you do have a point.

  • bob smith

    “You know, those were college students at that time, and I think that they have matured. …I think it would be inappropriate for the United States to try to block someone that Iran wanted to choose.”

    This from the mouth of the fool that let it happen and now he spits in the face of the hostages and families whose lives were deeply affected forever as a result of bumbling and lack of leadership?

    When does a criminal who has never been charged, tried and convicted ever stop being a criminal? Those “matured” students are the breeders of Iran’s terrorist legacy both past, present and into the future.

    What progressive, ad nauseam nonsense brought to you by none other than a former president of the democratic ship of fools.

  • SoCalMike

    After birthing the modern Islamic Revolution, one would expect Jimmy Carter to just shut his mouth for life.
    Jimmy, shut your ignorant mouth!

  • Veracious_one

    “Jimmy Carter: US Should Give Visa to Iran Embassy Hostage Taker”
    that does sound like Jimmy Carter….after all he did give Iran to the Muslim extremist nutcases….

  • Christopher Riddle

    And kick your SORRY A$$ Out Of Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Seek

    Can you believe it? This guy used to be president.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The election of J Carter and B 0′Bummer are two of the most frightening events in American history that I can recall. We can recover from almost anything. Almost. We just don’t know where the tipping point will be until it’s too late.

      • carpe diem 36

        the same eediots who voted for them are still around, and they both vote and multiply!!!

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Exac-a-dactily.

      • randy harrison

        Amen, the scary part is how many people vote for these incompetent dweebs.

    • carpe diem 36

      can you believe the majority of americans voted for this eediot???? well, they also voted for the next eediot BHO, didn;t they???

  • Texas Patriot

    Nothing has changed since the hostage crisis in the late 1970s. Carter was unable then to recognize that the takeover of our embassy in Tehran was an act of war against the United States, and he is still unable to recognize that today. On the other hand, no American president other than Thomas Jefferson has been able to recognize that the forces of Islamic jihad are a direct threat against the American deals of individual freedom, human rights, and constitutional democracy. It remains to be see whether our current president has been able to correctly interpret the events in Benghazi and the simultaneous chants of “Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama” heard round the world on September 11, 2012.

  • Drakken

    What a perfect opportunity to enact a little payback. It would be rather amusing if his diplomatic car he was riding in accidently blew up, by accident of course.

  • carpe diem 36

    i believe carts is suffering from senile dementia., either that or he is a danger to america and should be incarcerated as a traitor.

  • randy harrison

    Yea Jimmah, just bait this administration a little to confirm that THE WON really is worse than you were.