Former President Jimmy Carter, who will help supervise the Palestinian elections, is suggesting the the elections in Iraq be postponed…. Maybe he’s right. Hell, the misery index there is almost what it was in the U.S. under Carter’s watch in 1979.
Based on history, Carter’s opinion should be taken with…well… what’s smaller than a grain of salt?
Carter founded “The Carter Center” in 1982 to promote democracy and human rights, and jam its nose up the Cohiba smelling rump of Fidel Castro. Carter’s schoolboy style crush on Fidel Castro is about all we need to know about how Jimmy handles affairs, and why the only democracy we should expect to emerge in any country under his watch is a faux compromise between evil dictators and despots, and their frightened citizenry.
Jimmy’s “meet me half way” mediation settlements in troubled countries takes effect when Carter leaves, with the despot du jour still in power, and the citizens shocked to discover that “half way” is prison or a firing squad.
The last time Jimmy went to Cuba, he spoke on Cuban state television. During his visit, he was free to speak to any person he wished, and the Cuban government told its citizens that they were free to speak openly with Carter provided they were polite, courteous, and willing to risk spending the next 20 years in a labor camp.
Cuba, by the way, is still on President Bush’s so called “Axis of Evil” list along with Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, and Celine Dion.
Why does Carter take so well to Castro? Simple. The malaise, stagflation, low morale, bad leisure suit and disco years that were his presidency look good next to the human rights violations, oppression and violent iron fisted rule that is Castro’s Cuba. Carter has figured out what’s helped many an ex- president out of a bad legacy jam. You can’t change history, but you can alter your present company. As Rodney Dangerfield’s character eloquently put it in his movie Back to School, “If you want to look thin, hang out with fat people.”
Stick to building houses, Jimmy.