We’ve been pretty tough on Jimmy Carter, but with hindsight, probably not tough enough. If you search our site for “Jimmy Carter,” you’ll find all of his disgraceful acts that we’ve commented upon. His history is a sorry one: he started out as a Midshipman and served honorably in the Navy. But at some point, his leftist politics took hold and he started aligning himself with America’s enemies. The turning point, I think, came here:
Soviet diplomatic accounts and material from the archives show that in January 1984 former President Jimmy Carter dropped by Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin’s residence for a private meeting.
Carter expressed his concern about and opposition to Reagan’s defense buildup. He boldly told Dobrynin that Moscow would be better off with someone else in the White House. If Reagan won, he warned, “There would not be a single agreement on arms control, especially on nuclear arms, as long as Reagan remained in power.”
Using the Russians to influence the presidential election was nothing new for Carter.
Schweizer reveals Russian documents that show that in the waning days of the 1980 campaign, the Carter White House dispatched businessman Armand Hammer to the Soviet Embassy.
Hammer was a longtime Soviet-phile, and he explained to the Soviet ambassador that Carter was “clearly alarmed” at the prospect of losing to Reagan.
Hammer pleaded with the Russians for help. He asked if the Kremlin could expand Jewish emigration to bolster Carter’s standing in the polls.
“Carter won’t forget that service if he is elected,” Hammer told Dobrynin.
Conspiring with our chief enemy to try to influence an American Presidential election: We could have called that treason, but we didn’t. You can form your own opinion.
In more recent years, Carter has never met an anti-American dictator he didn’t like. Whether it was Castro, Ortega, Arafat…whoever. And he used the occasion of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to attack the current American government…just as those who awarded the prize had expected. No class.
And most recently, of course, he invited the execrable Michael Moore to sit with him in the former President’s box at the Democratic National Convention. Moore is best known for calling Iraq’s terrorists, who take sadistic delight in capturing innocent people and decapitating them on camera, that country’s “Minutemen,” and gleefully predicting that they would defeat the armed forces of the United States. Carter’s public embrace of Moore can only be seen as an endorsement of his views. That puts Carter squarely “on the other side.”
Jimmy Carter is a disgrace. We’ve said so before, and we’ll continue saying so as long as he merits the criticism. If you want to learn more, read Steven Hayward’s book The Real Jimmy Carter.
Here is a brief excerpt from an interview with Mr. Hayward about the wretched former President:
Carter panted after the Nobe Peace Prize for years, seeing it as a means of gaining official redemption for his humiliation at the hands of the voters in 1980.