October 10, 2008
Can America Afford Another Jimmy Carter?By Amil Imani
The current presidential election is reminiscent of the presidency of Richard Nixon; one cannot help but be reminded of the Watergate Scandal, the biggest political scandal in American history. Watergate caused the American public to lose faith in the presidency and especially the Republican Party. As a result, in 1977 Democrats and some conservative Christian voters rushed to the polls to elect a virtually unknown political figure outside of Georgia and one of the most unqualified liberal presidents in the history of America, Mr. Jimmy Carter.
During the Watergate crisis, the American public's faith in the government had been severely tarnished and reduced to its lowest level and the work of many federal agencies had been disrupted by the Nixon impeachment fiasco.
Ironically, history seems to be repeating itself. Again, after 30 years or so, we are faced with a similar dilemma. By now, many Americans believe that President Bush's two terms in office have been a profound failure. For months, Bush's approval ratings have hovered around 30 and now at 24 percent, the same as President Nixon when he left office.
Once again, as a result of these approval ratings, the Democrats are tripping over each other to put another highly unqualified man, Senator Hussein Obama, in the White House. Ironically, with his past ties to racism, terrorism and hating America, America's survival remains at peril.
Currently, the foremost topic on the mind of the voter is the economic mess. Finger pointing goes in all directions without a clear understanding of who is to blame. Some goodhearted, naïve Americans again think that democrats can indeed be the answer. Unfortunately, their answer, most likely, will be disastrous and will lead America to the biggest quagmire in its entire history. We do well to recognize that shortsighted people with short memories are prone to make terrible choices, even when they have the best of intentions.
Therefore, we want to refresh the voters' memory and help them in making wise decisions. The vote you cast will not simply replace one politician with another. Today, every vote has great existential implications. The economic crisis aside, whether we like it or not, we are truly in a war of survival with Islamofascism and Mr. Obama is not the man who can defend this country.
Now, is all the above just fear-mongering and Democrat-bashing at election time? You are free to see it that way. Nevertheless, it is always more prudent to go with the facts than fiction. In order to understand Obama, we must first re-examine the preeminent presidential negotiator with the dictators and terrorists, Mr. Jimmy Carter.
Mr. Carter's history of promoting anti-American dictators is no secret. As Stephen Hayward noted in a column in Front Page, "among his complex motivations is his determination to override American foreign policy when it suits him." As he rotates from North Korea to Venezuela to Cuba from friendships with Hugo Chavez, Cindy Sheehan, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, and Kim Jung Il and many other controversial figuers, Mr. Carter appears to damage the credibility of the United States every time he opens his mouth.
Let us briefly outline the results of Jimmy Carter's misguided liberal policies. The Islamic Revolution in Iran, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 1979, the takeover of the American embassy in Iran by the fanatic Muslims and holding of hostages, a failed rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages in America, a return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama, double-digit inflation, the birth of Osama bin Laden, the Iran-Iraq War, which cost lives of millions dead and wounded thousands, 9/11 attack, and yes, the present war on terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
When former President Carter took office in 1977, the Shah of Iran was a staunch ally of the United States, a mainstay in our standoff with the Soviet Union, thwarting the dream held since the time of the czars of pushing south toward the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.
Former president Carter's human rights deal, gave rise to one of the worst rights violators in history -- the Ayatollah Khomeini. Thanks to Jimmy and company, Khomeini's successors are preparing for nuclear war with Israel and the West. When President Carter threatening the use of military force, he was mocked by Khomeini with the response: "U.S. cannot do a damn thing."
Iran, being a great ally of the U.S. during the Cold War, constantly became a target for Soviet subversion and espionage. Just like the U.S. war on terror, few people were arrested in Iran and many were incarcerated, many who threatened its sovereignty and existence, mainly Marxists and Soviet agents and their collaborators.
William H. Sullivan says that he recalls the U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (a man also behind the rise of Barack Obama) "repeatedly assured Pahlavi that the U.S. backed him fully." However these reassurances would not amount to substantive action on the part of the United States." It seems as though it is 1979 all over again and the Democrats, blinded by Obama's evangelical speech from teleprompter, expect him to solve America's problem.
Americans, out of resentment, made a huge mistake in electing an inexperienced idealist, Jimmy Carter, simply because they were unhappy with the Nixon scandal and the Republican Party in general. That naïve decision lead us to where we are today. Mr. Carter's belief that every crisis can be resolved with diplomacy -- now permeates the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, Carter was wrong. There are times when evil must be openly confronted and defeated.
Jimmy Carter, the self-appointed touring ambassador of bad-mouthing America, must be rejoicing at the prospect of Mr. Obama's presidency. Mr. Obama holds the promise of not only carrying on the Carterian misguided policies, but also taking them to their very ruinous end. Most liberal Democrats live in a delusional reality based on denial.
History is about to repeat itself. While the ever-contrite ambassador of apology, Carter, cavorts with the officially designated terrorist Hamas, bestowing legitimacy on the thuggish Islamists, Mr. Obama is promising to outdo his idol Jimmy by engaging in negotiations or discussions with the president Ahmadinejad of the IRI, a sort of tête-à-tête of two heads of states to settle things amicably. Doesn't that sound lovely and a sure vote getter? But, I am troubled and I have serious concerns.
My fellow Americans, please ask yourself if disliking George W. Bush's policy is enough for you to repeat history again. Mr. Obama, in his meteoric rise to power and with a victory lap around Europe, found it expedient to throw his grandmother under the bus, so to speak. He readily discarded the Reverend Wright, the man he emulated and held as his revered spiritual mentor for 20 years.
Sen. Obama can neither deliver what he captiously preaches, nor can he be your savior. Our future and the future of our children and this country will rest in your hands.