Jimmy Carter: “Supine” Europeans should break with U.S. on Gaza blockade

posted at 2:00 pm on May 26, 2008 by Allahpundit

A new entry in the fine Democratic tradition of undermining U.S. policies overseas, which makes the left’s outrage over Bush’s appeasement remarks before the Knesset that much more absurd. Carter, of course, has carved out a special niche in this regard, but that’s only because his Nobel-ized moral authority is a tad more absolute than the rest.

Britain and other European governments should break from the US over the international embargo on Gaza, former US president Jimmy Carter told the Guardian yesterday. Carter, visiting the Welsh border town of Hay for the Guardian literary festival, described the EU’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as “supine” and its failure to criticise the Israeli blockade of Gaza as “embarrassing”.

Referring to the possibility of Europe breaking with the US in an interview with the Guardian, he said: “Why not? They’re not our vassals. They occupy an equal position with the US.”…

He called on the EU to reassess its stance if Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza. “Let the Europeans lift the embargo and say we will protect the rights of Palestinians in Gaza, and even send observers to Rafah gate [Gaza’s crossing into Egypt] to ensure the Palestinians don’t violate it.”

Embargoes and sanctions are, of course, the humane alternative to war as a form of pressuring a rogue regime, until they’re not. Oh, and lest you think his Hamas advocacy came solely at the expense of the United States, he spilled some Israeli nuclear secrets this weekend too. Exit question: The more he talks, the better it is for McCain, no?


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kcd: The cure for ignorance is information.

The cure for stupidity is the expiration of your birth certificate.

old trooper on May 27, 2008 at 10:10 AM

thuja on May 27, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Strangely enough, in the past, I’ve pictured Rosalynn in high leather boots whipping Jimmuh for being such a pathetic failure. Proof that great minds think alike. So he’s a submissive, and wants to be beaten.

JiangxiDad on May 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

The cure for stupidity is the expiration of your birth certificate.

old trooper on May 27, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Do you mean “my” birth certificate, or your birth certificate, in general?

kcd on May 27, 2008 at 10:20 AM

You never eliminated stupid…sometimes people read into an event to deeply.
I think he is just stupid.

right2bright on May 27, 2008 at 9:07 AM

No, I think you let Carter off the hook too easily. When Jimmah calls Israel ‘apartheid’ in the title of a book, when that title more rightly attaches to islamic countries, then Carter leaves the world of stupid and enters the realm of evil. Jimmy Carter would have worked with Hitler to show his good faith by supplying Hitler train tracks and train cars, knowing full well their intended use.

RickZ on May 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Worst. President. EVER!

mojo on May 27, 2008 at 11:30 AM

This isn’t the only gaffe Jimmuh committed this weekend.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,358152,00.html

Apparently, Jimmuh in his infinite wisdom revealed the number of nuclear weapons Israel possesses to the Associated Press. While pretty much everybody knew that Israel had nuclear weapons, the exact number was an Israeli government secret, designed to keep its enemies guessing.

Well, they can guess no more, thanks to Peanut-Brain’s version of personal international glasnost, and now Iran has a new justification to enter a new arms race. While he’s at it, can Jimmuh tell us how many nukes Iran and North Korea have?

Tom Ridge was right. Duct tape can be an important weapon for homeland security. On Jimmuh’s big mouth.

Steve Z on May 27, 2008 at 11:38 AM

This is the man that turned me into a Reagan conservative. I was raised by union democrats but came of age during the Carter Presidency. When they talk about the “misery index”, they were not kidding. It was awful. High inflation, high unemployment, no jobs for new college grads, including engineers, AND we were humiliated with the Iran embassy takeover. I loathe this man with a burning passion. I have lost all respect for him as an ex-President. He should have stuck with building homes. That would have been a good legacy. I swear this man now has dimentia. He is the REASON ex Presdients just need to write books and keep their mouths shut. He is DANGEROUS for our nation. They need to revoke his passport and keep his butt here to do no more harm. AUGH!!!

karenhasfreedom on May 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Carter is barely, barely bright enough to realize the intended damage wrought by his asinine statements. Much like Barbara Walters or Michael Moore it’s a marketing tool directed towards the crackpots, malcontents and ingrates who buy his books and videos.

viking01 on May 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

kcd on May 27, 2008 at 9:49 AM

oh jeez….by ‘job’, I meant that you could just as easily find out who said things. They are all posted right here, so why ask the question?

Not as bad as the leftist sites. Oh brother. Mama always said two wrongs don’t make a right. Doesn’t make it right, either.

Troll on over? oh jeez. no words.

bridgetown on May 27, 2008 at 3:27 PM

They need to revoke his passport and keep his butt here to do no more harm. AUGH!!!

karenhasfreedom on May 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

karen,

I think its time to revoke his passport.It should be revoked when he is in a foreign country, that way we don’t have to let him back in.

Jimmah Carta is a national disgrace, not just the worst evah president, that should not be allowed in public places.

end of rant!!

belad on May 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Yes, Jimmeh did such a good job managing middle east affairs as president. As his protege, Obambi should do his best to listen to the wisdom of Carter.

Whatever McCain’s conservative critics’ concerns about his policies are, those perceived flaws are nothing compared to the lefty, loony, liberal foreign policies we are bound to see with an Obama presidency.

BryanS on May 27, 2008 at 8:38 PM

At first I was just going to add another intellectual angle here, but on this sleepless night the only thought I can come up with is “what a scum bag”. My only consolation is that history probably will not now portray this fool as some benign grandfather, but as an ally and tool of the fascist of Palestine.

JonRoss on May 28, 2008 at 1:05 AM

This peanut brained idiot should be detained, then sent to Gitmo for waterboard testing, for the duration of the war on terror.

byteshredder on May 28, 2008 at 2:34 AM

My only consolation is that history probably will not now portray this fool as some benign grandfather, but as an ally and tool of the fascist of Palestine.

Not to sound too pessimistic, but don’t forget that old saying:
“History is written by the Victor”

Who knows how much damage will occur if Obama wins the presidency, and opens the gate to every enemy of this nation.

Ragnell on May 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

A horrible thought/nightmare: What if Obama plans to appoint Carter to a major position if he wins? UN Ambassador Carter? Secretary of State Carter? Homeland Security Director Carter.. Heaven help us all– :O

Ragnell on May 28, 2008 at 3:41 PM

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