Jimmy Carter’s comments about Bush provoke attack from Bush staff

Some flunky for the Bush administration said he thinks Jimmy Carter is “increasingly irrelevant.” Typical response from a loyal Bushie. One more time, instead of dealing with the underlying Iraq crisis, the Bush staff attack their enemies. If they put as much time and energy into the policy of Iraq as they do the politics, they might make some progress.

All Carter said what most Americans are thinking:

In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a “radical departure from all previous administration policies” with the Iraq war.

“We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered,” Carter said.

The Bushies don’t want a discussion of the substance of what Carter said. They want to turn this into a political war of words. And, the media dutifully follows suit. CNN’s GOP apologist Candy Crowley said this morning that the White House was “emboldened” and “figured, hey, this is a guy we can take on.” It would be way too much work for Crowley and her colleagues to discuss the substance of what Carter said. But even if the pundits want to discuss politics, they could look at the polls showing Americans think Bush’s main foreign policy initiative, the Iraq war, is a disaster. Crowley could even read CNN’s latest poll for some insight.

Also, got an email from a friend who said, “Here’s how the gop is still better than the dems: Jimmy Carter is getting blasted for his comments — and no one from the dems is defending him.” That seems true, even though Carter is absolutely right. On this morning’s Today Show, Carter, ever the statesman, tried to de-escalate the situation. In any event, we’ll defend Carter, because he’s right.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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