The Pious Fool: Former President Carter and the Middle East

My old friend David Makovsky skewers former President Carter’s horrible book on the Middle East. Carter was arguably the worst president of the 20th century (and perhaps most of the 19th, as well). Read Makovsky and you’ll see why. (This is not that everything revolves around Israel. Carter’s moral and mental flaws are simply laid bare in this case for all to easily see.)

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16 responses to “The Pious Fool: Former President Carter and the Middle East

  1. Doresh

    “Carter was arguably the worst president of the 20th century (and perhaps most of the 19th, as well)”

    Oh come on. Firstly, Bush is far worse. What about Nixon? There was a little thing called watergate..the pentagon papers…. You have a VERY selective memory.

    Secondly other than being politically too liberal for your tastes what did he do that was that bad.

  2. ChelmerRebbe

    Not that I don’t agree with your overall statement, Doresh, but to be fair Bush is a 21st century president.

  3. Iran and Afghanistan, just to name two.

  4. Yos

    I gotta say Carter is the worst. Not so much because of any evil he enabled, as much as the general ineptitude.

  5. Neo-Conservaguy

    President Carter was more competent than the media would have you believe – it was all to easy to paint slanderous portrait of the man with the thick southern accent. That southern man negotiated a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt. He also faced a domestic economy that had inherited the bills of the Vietnam War – costs that had been hidden from the public. He was screwed to serve when Iran went nuts, and then was seen as helpless even though he authorized a daring rescue mission that ended in tragic failure. Sadly, he’s more respected for his decades of good work after he served.

  6. Neo-Conservaguy

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  7. Yochanan Lavie

    Sorry Neo. Jimmy “Malaise” Carter was a horror. The cold peace with Egypt is better than nothing, but he gave Sadat everyhting and was condescending to Begin, who he hated. Domestically, he was a tax and spend disaster.

  8. Yochanan Lavie

    Sorry Neo. Jimmy “Malaise” Carter was a horror. The cold peace with Egypt is better than nothing, but he gave Sadat everyhting and was condescending to Begin, who he hated. Domestically, he was a tax and spend disaster.

  9. Neo-Conservaguy

    The “tax and spend” disaster was fueled in part by inflation caused directly from deferred costs of the Vietnam War. BTW, some of that spending was toward the large number of naval ships (Carter was a former navyman) that the next president would claim as his own “victory”. Reagan was seen as a stronger supporter of the military – but it was Carter’s spending that really started that 600-ship navy. My point is that he should receive credit for credit due as well as criticism for mistakes – but rarely does one read such an accurate and balanced report on Carter’s presidency.

  10. Scam Alert

    scotty and carter peas in a pod failures to man and failures to G-d

  11. Scam Alert

    scotty and carter peas in a pod failures to man and failures to G-d

  12. Anna

    maybe Carter was a bad president, but he is a good man and about half of Israelis agree with him.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=segev&itemNo=801270

  13. Anna

    maybe Carter was a bad president, but he is a good man and about half of Israelis agree with him.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=segev&itemNo=801270

  14. Tom Segev is far from a reliable source.

  15. BK

    Carter might as well been sitting on Mearsheimer’s lap when he penned his book. I haven’t read it yet, so I feel bad offering any kind of a critique, but all the hype makes it sound like, oh, it’s all AIPAC’s fault, too.

    I’ve always found Carter to be kind of, well, irrelevant. I can’t accord him the same breathless reverence other Democrats do. His list of Presidential achievement is fairly short, so I’ve often wondered what exactly he thinks he contributes to the public arena?

  16. BK

    Carter might as well been sitting on Mearsheimer’s lap when he penned his book. I haven’t read it yet, so I feel bad offering any kind of a critique, but all the hype makes it sound like, oh, it’s all AIPAC’s fault, too.

    I’ve always found Carter to be kind of, well, irrelevant. I can’t accord him the same breathless reverence other Democrats do. His list of Presidential achievement is fairly short, so I’ve often wondered what exactly he thinks he contributes to the public arena?

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