Monday, October 15, 2007

Jimmy Carter's latest

Jimmy Carter’s latest and greatest…

Ah CNN, providing insight into the minds of liberal, quasi-socialists since 1980:

In a recent CNN interview, former president Jimmy Carter was at it again. Always good for some anti-American jabs and kissing up to the latest tyrannical dictator (see Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, etc) Carter is good fodder for discussion, were he not so listened to and admired by the mainstream media and liberals whose vote counts as much as mine.

Jimmy Carter? I mean, Good Grief! What is the fascination? I loved and respected his efforts with his Habitat for Humanity program but he has stepped far beyond anything I can imagine. In responding to a softball question from the always delightful Wolf Blitzer, Carter provided this laugher - “well on Sept 11 George Bush was in the White House and the Republicans were in control. Under Clinton we were kept safe.” I almost fell out of my chair! This is like saying Clinton kept you safe while they brought out the cannon, loaded it and then aimed it at your head, but Bush was in charge when they yelled “fire!” So there!

This frail and stubborn ex President has thrown out all conscience and spews forth anti-American bile all over the world and on mainstream news shows regularly. Where does Carter get the moxie to cut down the U.S. and its allies? (Especially Israel. Jeez Louise). He is constantly talking down the greatest country ever conceived by man. He, along with Clinton for that matter, continues to show no class as they ignore longstanding tradition in criticizing a sitting President and Commander in Chief. Carter’s defense of Clinton is laughable at best and shameful at worst.

This is a can of worms that current Dems cannot be happy Carter has re-opened. But since he has… let us now review the Clinton record on National Security and his keeping Americans safe from terrorism. Enjoy!

Under the Clinton administration we saw:

February 26, 1993, the first attempt to topple the World Trade Center: 6 deaths and 1,042 injured – this one really baffles me as it is never mentioned these days at all.

1993, the bloodied corpse of a U.S. serviceman dragged through the streets of Mogadishu by a mob of rabid Somalis
June 25, 1996, the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia: 20 deaths and 372 injured

The 1996 decision to refuse the Sudan's offer to hand Osama bin Laden over to American authorities. Clinton believed there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute bin Laden. What about simply killing him? Hmmm. Clinton himself at a dinner in New York recently confessed his failure to respond to Sudan's initiative as "the biggest mistake of my presidency."
August 7, 1998, the attacks on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania: 12 U.S. deaths out of a total of 223 deaths; 12 U.S. injured out of a total of over 4,000 injured
October 12, 2000, the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen: 17 deaths; 39 injured
September 11, 2001, the attacks in New York and Washington (occurred during Bush presidency but planned during Clinton administration): 2,975 deaths and 24 missing. (1)

An AJC Creative Loafing article sheds light on some of the more glaring policy errors in this area:

Exhibit A: The Federal Aviation Administration, during the Clinton years, was repeatedly warned by experts of the big holes that existed in security systems designed to protect commercial planes from terrorists. In a recent report on "60 Minutes," an expert involved in a clandestine project to check the system found that security was breached more than 90 percent of the time during some tests. Yet the FAA continued to insist that security was adequate. Writers note: Big Govt = Big problems as a result of = the “CYA” phenomenon.

Exhibit B: Clinton's CIA director issued an edict that prohibited the agency from employing anyone suspected of human rights abuses or serious criminal activity as an informant overseas. Given that terrorists don't generally travel in circles of sweetness and light, many intelligence analysts believe this prohibition made it almost impossible to infiltrate their networks. Writers note: Is this is first time “sweetness and light” is used in the media?

This restriction forced us to rely more on electronic surveillance (which can tell us where people and stuff are) and less on human intelligence (which we need to tell us what those people plan to do with that stuff). Thus did squishy liberal idealism backfire in the heat of the real world. As usual. Writers note: This type of surveillance has been the policy of law enforcement for decades. It is only when applied to the military and combating terrorism that the libs go into their protests on these methods. Even more ironic in that the Dems want to treat terrorism as a criminal matter!

Exhibit C: Some experts who have probed the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center found links between that attack and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein -- links critics insist were downplayed by the Clinton administration to avoid a potentially sticky and dangerous crisis with our old foe. We don't yet know if Saddam had anything to do with the recent attacks. If it turns out he did, we might conclude that our tepid response eight years ago wasn't helpful. Writers note: I personally do not think Saddam had anything to do with 9-11 and I still fully believe in and currently support the war in Iraq and the outcomes it brings. Not the least of which is Saddam’s demise.

Exhibit D: After the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in East Africa, the United States launched an attack on Osama bin Laden, sending cruise missiles to blow up a few of his tents. He survived and, with no further action taken against him, apparently struck again with much more ferocity and closer to home. Writers note: Recall that this occurred right after Clinton formally apologized for slavery! Clinton then ordered that diversionary missile attack…alert! This is called foreshadowing!

More fun tidbits:

Clinton National Security director Sandy Berger caught red-handed STEALING National Archives documents including a of the White House "after-action" report that he himself had commissioned, while still National Security director, to assess the Clinton administration's performance in responding to the so-called millennium terrorist threat before New Year's 2000. (3) This memo must be so damning to the administration that Berger would risk prison time to cover up… oh, wait he is a Democrat so he got to plead to a lesser crime and no jail time. Berger now serves as key advisor in the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign. Wow!

The administrations unconscionable ignoring of the cries for help as more than 800,000 human beings are slaughtered in the Sudan. Clinton even called off a planned assist by the U.N. who amazingly wanted to intervene and do something meaningful for a change. Oh, just an FYI for all the people who claim Clinton as the “first black president” – the Sudan is in Africa and those human beings were… black!

The foreshadowing follow up. Did any of you notice how I made all of these great points without even mentioning the word “scandal?” Monica (and the scores of other lady accusers, N.O.W., etc) can thank me later. Let’s just say jumping from scandal to scandal could have had an effect on Clinton taking his eye off the ball. Those diversionary missiles and trip to Africa were attempts to divert attention away from the Lewinski affair. That aside, even with both eyes on the ball Clinton’s liberal views and ineptitude in dealing with terrorism led us to where we are today.

Jimmy Carter likes to bad mouth the Bush administration as an attempt to sway attention away from Clinton’s failings and his own dubious distinction as the worst ever U.S. President. After all, his policies in getting the Shaw of Iran out ushered in the modern day, terrorist heavy Middle East we have at present. Carter never met a dictator he didn’t like and he never met a legitimate United States proactive military action he agreed with. Oh, except that brilliant attempt at rescuing our hostages in Iran.

(1) Insight Magazine

(2) AJC: Creative Loafing

(3) World Net Daily


Michael said...

Coming soon to a theater near you: Jonathan Demme's suck-up documentary about Carter.

Tony O said...

Oh Man I can't wait for that one! Remember: Dem Presidents = Smart Rep Presidents = Dumb. Right.