I Can but You Cannot

As a rule whenever I read or hear what Jimmy Carter has to say I chuckle to myself and move on. When I read what he said today I really wonder about his sanity. Here are his words from an interview today where he discusses Hugo Chavez.

Carter said US President Barack Obama had told him he would eventually like to have normal relations with Venezuela.
“But he (Chavez) has made this almost impossible,” Carter said, adding that “international relations would be better if he would stop his attacks and insults against the United States.”

Really. Here are a few quotes from former President Carter made not just in the US but other countries worldwide. My point is NOT to discuss the issues he refers to or whether what he says is valid or not, but to point out what he himself has said about this country:

In an interview with USA TODAY, Carter said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was “mistaken” and “misinformed” about warnings she says her office gave advising him not to meet with Hamas, which the U.S. government has declared a terrorist organization.”

In interviews on CNN and the BBC, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter said “the U.S. tortures prisoners. He said President Bush has made up his own definition for torture that include head slapping and water boarding. And he unleashed a broadside against Vice President Cheney.”

Carter was quoted Saturday as saying “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history, and Bush is the worst president in history”.

There is a sense that the United States has become too arrogant, too dominant, too self-centered, proud of our wealth, believing that we deserve to be the richest and most powerful and influential nation in the world,” the 78-year-old former president said.”

And while constantly criticizing the USA and President Bush all over the globe about his Iraq policy, Carter says this–I think my favorite.

“The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming,” Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference. Here he is referring to Hamas after they were elected as a majority in the Palestine government. I wonder what Hamas would do with financial aid ? Do you think they might use some or all of it to further attack Isreal ? In other words the former President supports funding that will be used to send rockets into and fight against Israel. This shows the former President has ‘selective’ priorities.

Again, this is not to debate the issues given but to illustrate what Carter has said about his own country, many times on foreign soil, and yet he has the gaul to criticize Chavez for doing exactly what he has been doing for years.


  1. Carter makes criticisms, which one may or may not approve of. Chavez makes pointless insults: sexual references to the Secretary of State, all manner of name calling directed toward the President and his officials–drunkard, coward, devil, dog, donkey. It’s on a different level.

  2. An American citizen (and former President) disagreeing with the, then, current administration’s handling of interrogation “techiques”, handling of Palestinian/Isreali affairs and/or our government’s posture towards the rest of the world doesn’t even come close to the accusations of Chavez in recent years. The fact that you attempt to tie these two together leads me to believe you assume former President Carter is anti-American which is the same political garbage some tried to accuse other Americans of who disagreed with our handling of Middle Eastern affairs post 9-11.

    There’s a case to be made of former Presidents refraining from public disagreement with the President in power. I get that. But accusing a former President of anti-American accusations similar to those of Dictator Chavez is way off base. It’s just another way of showing contempt for another viewpoint by accusing the other side of being un-American or worse…..anti-American.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    I believe Carter is a hypocrite for accusing Chavez of doing what he, Carter has been doing for years. I didn’t tie the two together, Carter did, when he brought up Chavez. And it’s your conclusion, Strupp, that I accuse Carter of being un-American yet all I did was provide and link to Carter’s own words.

  4. Carter has helped to legitimize a 2-bit dictator by “validating” his election results.

  5. Is Carter as Chavez the new Obama as Hitler? How posh!

  6. Oops, Lorax. You skipped a logical step there. Try again?

  7. Please enlighten me, Il Duce.

  8. Oooooh. No photos for you!

  9. So Randy, did you really write all that just to say that a man out of office for thirty years is a hypocrite?

  10. I’m simply saying that Carter is to Chavez as Obama is to Hitler would not be a correct answer on any standardized exam. I really didn’t read “Carter as Chavez” in that post.

    Hey, I can always start calling you “Il Duped” to sum up your political leanings.

  11. Randy in Richmond says:


  12. I believe Carter is a hypocrite for accusing Chavez of doing what he, Carter has been doing for years. I didn’t tie the two together, Carter did, when he brought up Chavez.

    That’s what I was referencing, Cindy. Randy is tying Carter to Chavez as others have tied Obama to Hitler.

    The analogy lives to see the light of day!!! I guess I’d rather be Il Duped than Il Dunce!

  13. Randy in Richmond says:

    When you cannot debate the ideas and the message, attack the messenger. Some things never change.

  14. Randy: Let’s not kid ourselves and think this blog is anything about debating the issues. Here is a comment from Cindy that makes my point pretty clear:

    No one is making you read this blog. I don’t care that you disagree. It won’t change my views or the way I write them.

  15. And Randy, I try all the time to have a reasonable back and forth. But other times, I don’t. Seems everyone’s doing it.

  16. Oh, come on Randy. You told us twice that you didn’t want to discuss the issues. There is only so much to be said about the one assertion you were willing to address, after that we digress.

  17. You need to look at statements made by both in context.

    Former President Carter has earned the right to be critical (which is what it is) of U.S. government policy regardless of his rank on the list of (un)successful Presidents. Dictator Chavez has not. I’m certain that former President Carter wants a better America. I’m certain dictator Chavez does not. Either way, the outragous claims Chavez has made over the years don’t compare to the statements made by Carter.

    Which leaves the real reason for your blog entry which is to make the subtle assertion that President Carter is making anti-American statements.

  18. Randy in Richmond says:

    You’re right Kathryn. The ‘issue’ of this Post is to show President Carter is a hypocrite. Almost all of the Post are Carter’s own words. This post would never have been written but for what Carter just said–he brought up Chavez, not me; he brought up race, not me; he made the
    derogatory comments about my country, not me. Where in my Post do I mention Obama or anything even relatively close to him ? The whole thing is about Carter and his own words.

    When it comes to the comments given I think of Queen Gertrude and her line, ” The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”

  19. Methinks the lady’s name must have been Randy.

  20. Randy in Richmond says:

    It’s not subtle at all what Carter has said. Anyone can read his words on their own. They are not out of context–they are right there for all to see and they are linked.