Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ex-presidents should be neither seen nor heard

(From The Washington Times)

Knaves: Jimmy Carter, who has obviously never heard of Neville Chamberlain.

Writing in the New York Times on Wednesday, Mr. Carter blamed North Korea's recent nuclear test on ... name calling. After four paragraphs of telling readers how he single-handedly stopped Kim Jong-il's quest for the bomb, the former peanut farmer said, "But beginning in 2002, the United States branded North Korea as part of an axis of evil." Since then, he goes on to write, it's been all downhill. Leaving aside the fact that Mr. Carter's 1994 trip to North Korea proved an unmitigated disaster, his suggestion that current Dear Leader Kim Jong-il was somehow a swell, trustworthy kind of guy before President Bush put his police state in the "axis of evil" category is laughable. Mr. Carter apparently misses the fact that the reason Mr. Kim appeared to be playing nice was because he was dealing with a U.S. administration that desperately wanted to believe him. Once Mr. Bush took office, however, Mr. Kim changed his approach: openly declaring that he is producing nuclear weapons in an effort to blackmail the international community. Mr. Carter's obliviousness brings to mind Neville Chamberlain's infamous claim of "peace in our time." For once again confirming the good judgement of Americans who turned him out of office in a 44-state landslide, Mr. Carter is the Knave of the week.
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