Carter: Blair is Bush's poodle

Jimmy Carter criticizing a western leader for “timidity” is like Jackie Passey criticizing other women for being plain.

“We now have a situation where America is so unpopular overseas that even in countries like Egypt and Jordan our approval ratings are less than five per cent. It’s a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold your British Prime Minister to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient.”…

Asked why he thinks Mr Blair has behaved in the way that he has with President Bush’s belligerent regime, Mr Carter said he could only put it down to timidity.

They have to do this to Blair. They have to somehow reconcile the facts that he (a) is of the left, (b) believes that preemptive war can accomplish moral ends, and, importantly, (c) refuses to renounce that belief simply because George Bush happens to share it. Solution: attribute it to a character defect and call him a coward, never minding that the political currents against him would seem to suggest just the opposite.

I urge you to watch the highlights of Blair’s joint press conference with Bush on Iraq from late May if you haven’t seen them before. And this, too — a few minutes from an important speech on Islamic fundamentalism he delivered in March. Bear in mind as you watch that there’s a debate going on right now between the nutroots and the center-left as to whether it’s “fringe” to believe the UK terror plot was cooked up to draw attention away from Ned Lamont’s primary victory.