Carter now finds himself in the company of that noted humanitarian Robert Mugabe as one of the two famous personalities who have communicated directly with the new North Korean leader offering their sorrowful lamentations on the death of his father.
Former President Jimmy Carter reportedly sent a personal condolence letter to the son of Kim Jong Il, the late North Korean leader who presided over one of the most repressive dictatorships in the world.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency claimed that the former U.S. president sent "a message of condolences" to Kim Jong Un, the son tapped to succeed Kim Jong Il at the helm of the communist state. The news agency said Carter wished the next leader of North Korea "every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to (North Korea) in the future."
A representative for Carter so far has not returned a request for comment on whether the KCNA account was accurate.
But the thought of a former U.S. president sending his best wishes to the next "dear leader" of North Korea while lamenting the loss of the last one didn't sit right with some observers.
"For someone who has uttered nary a word about the plight of the North Korean people ... it seems bizarre to lament the passing of his dictatorship," said Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
Carter proved when he was president, and continues to prove, that he is incapable of recognizing evil -- even when it comes up and bites him in the butt. How this man ever led a great nation is a question that will go down in history along with the same question about the current occupant of the White House, as querries without a good answer.