Jimmy Carter Wants U.S. to Lose in U.N.

Former President Jimmy Carter is actively trying to undermine the United States in the U.N.

President Carter personally called Secretary of State Rice to try to convince her to reverse her U.N. ambassador’s position on changes to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the former president recalled yesterday in a talk in which he also criticized President Bush’s Christian bona fides and misstated past American policies on Israel.


Mr. Carter said he made a personal promise to ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Cuba on the U.N. change issue that was undermined by America’s ambassador, John Bolton. “My hope is that when the vote is taken,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations, “the other members will outvote the United States.”

While other former presidents have tried to refrain from attacking the sitting chief executive, Mr. Carter’s attacks on President Bush have increased. The episode he recounted yesterday showed how he tried to undermine officials at lower levels in an effort to influence policy. The story, as Mr. Carter recalled, began with a recent dinner for 17 he attended in New York, where the guests included the president of the U.N. General Assembly, Jan Eliasson; an unidentified American representative, and other U.N. ambassadors from “powerful” countries at Turtle Bay, of which he mentioned only three: Cuba, Egypt, and Pakistan. The topic was the ongoing negotiations on an attempt to replace the widely discredited Geneva-based Human Rights Commission with a more accountable Human Rights Council. “One of the things I assured them of was that the United States was not going to dominate all the other nations of the world in the Human Rights Council,” Mr. Carter said. However, on the next day, Mr. Carter said, Mr. Bolton publicly “demanded” that the five permanent members of the Security Council will have permanent seats on the new council as well, “which subverted exactly what I have promised them,” Mr. Carter said.

Who the hell is Jimmy Carter to be making promises on behalf of the United States?! He has been out of office for a quarter century now.

Asked yesterday about his views on religion, Mr. Carter said, “The essence of my faith is one of peace.” In a clear swipe at Mr. Bush’s faith, and to a round of applause, he then added, “We worship the prince of peace, not of pre-emptive war.” Mr. Carter then went on to attack American Christians who support Israel.

While I am neither religious nor in agreement with Carter’s international relations philosophy, he has every right to advocate against President Bush’s policies. But not to presume to make promises for the country.

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  1. just me says:

    There was a time when I liked Carter despite his awful stint as president.

    But now I find him to be a tiresome meddler who somehow doesn’t quite grasp human nature enough to realize there actually are bad guys in the world, and as much as you would like to make peace with them, they don’t want to make peace with you.

    Pacifists are nice to have around at times-just to keep the most hawkish among us in line, but pacifism as a national policy is pure suicide.

    Carter needs to stick with building houses.

  2. LJD says:

    Can we deport him to Cuba?

  3. Christopher says:

    what a snake Carter is! Embarrassing as a president, embarrassing as a private citizen.

  4. Jack Ehrlich says:

    Carter did not know how to be President when he was, why should he know how now? He has been on the wrong side of every issue from 1976 on. The only explaination is that he is crazy.

  5. Seriously, worst ex-president we’ve ever had.

  6. Herb says:

    Jimmy Carter lost it when he found out he lost the 2nd trem election while on AF 1 and broke down and cried like the baby he is showing he is today in everything he says.

  7. ken says:

    It is interesting to me that so many conservatives cannot see a christian by his actions. I don’t think any of your comments make a bit of difference to a man acting on the basis of his christian faith.

  8. McGehee says:

    It is interesting to me that so many conservatives cannot see a christian by his actions.

    What’s Christian about legitimizing dictators by claiming their rigged elections are legitimate?

  9. floyd says:

    justme ; your comment represents the view of tens of millions of thoughtful americans.it is concise and and accurate without malice.thanks.

  10. Why on earth would you claim that John Bolton represents the U.S. while Jimmy Carter doesn’t? Jimmy Carter won a national election. John Bolton couldn’t even get the confirmation of a senate completely controlled by his own Presidents party?

    I wouldn’t attach America’s weight and power behind anything that John Bolton does, he’s just yet another Bush guy who has failed his way up to a promotion…