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Carter Disses Blair and Bush

Posted on May 20, 2007
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Two of a kind:  According to Jimmy Carter, Blair (left) was too willing to follow Bush’s lead.

Former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush administration’s approach to international relations, calling it “the worst in history” in a recent interview.  While he was at it, Carter took aim at British Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling his compliance with Bush’s policies “a major tragedy for the world.” 

Los Angeles Times:

Britain’s support for the war in Iraq was a “major tragedy,” former President Carter said Saturday, as he criticized Prime Minister Tony Blair’s unwavering backing of President Bush.

Asked how he would judge Blair’s support of Bush, Carter said, “Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient.

“And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world,” Carter told BBC Radio.

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By John in Bear, May 21, 2007 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment
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With all apologies to CSN&Y, “You’ve got to speak out against the madness, you’ve got to speak your mind.. if you dare”.  Thank you, President Carter for, once again, daring to speak the truth and to speak your mind.

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By Nitro, May 21, 2007 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Well, well, well. 21 comments posted after mine and I wish I could list you all, so here’s to you all. Thank you for your responses from one American Patriot to the others.

I will pick a couple that hit the nails right on the heads though. Verne Arnold (71424 &71428;) I couldn’t agree more. At the end of my rope as well. I keep watching several “independent news medias,” and after discovering the TRUTH, I’ve had to run outside and literally scream. I’m tired of screaming over some dip-shit, that continually “thumbs his nose at America.”

Kellina (#71393) Let’s not wait for them to go outside the U.S. to arrest them. Do it when they try and go out of the big white hide out. I really don’t think any Impeachment will do anything but waste more time and tax payers money. Since they won’t listen to Americans (Representatives or tax payers alike) I’m about ready to see something drastic happen !

The oil companies are laughing at us doing the May 15th buy no gas protest. King Bushit and his whole administration, most of Congress, House, Senate, are evidently all laughing at America. Evidently all of our elected officials think these matters are “FUNNY?” And does anyone else notice that everytime someone opposes King Bushit, our gas prices go up another dime or more ? But if you believe the Mainstream… Bushit & the Oil companies are not connected… Yeah Right !

I wonder how Funny it would be to see them all hanging tarred & feathered on the White House Lawn at Dawn? That seems to be the only alternative left. If I was Mr. Carter, I’d go straight to the White House and knock the knot hole out of that arrogant bastard,  then see how funny he thinks that is.

Evidently our country HAS BEEN Taken over and now run by the most arrogant, irresponsible tyrant bastards this world will ever see. Our 2nd Amendment Right gives US the power to not only keep and bear arms, but to protect ourselves from just such a tyranny that evidently is already in place.

So what do we do America? Keep standing by while our leaders refuse to uphold our Constitution and the laws of the land? I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired of this shit !!!

After reading several articles from so many people around the world, they all more or less say the same thing. “THEY LOVE AMERICA & IT’S PEOPLE, THEY JUST HATE OUR ADMINISTRATION & IT’S POLICIES !” They’re sick and tired of our government trying to SHOVE DOMOCRACY down their throats.

I think it’s way past time to give the White House an Enema !

To a Better Day…

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By Michael Vail, May 21, 2007 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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Sad but true, Jimmy Carter who was a complete and utter failure in the White House would be a vast improvement after the suffering through the ‘Bush years’.

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By Bill Blackolive, May 21, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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President Carter, nice you have been making up post your experience with Central America but if you do not jump right now on the 9/11 coverup your God will be angry with you. Try

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By James Yell, May 21, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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The Bush Administration is like the indulged kid on the play ground who owns the ball and will take it home if his fellows don’t play by his rules, aka let him win.

But the question is when did the United States of America, become the possession of a President, elected or otherwise?

George and Cheney repeatedly allow the most terrible things to be said about opposition. They try to distance themselves by blaming it on third parties, but when the people who say hateful things are examined it is found they are close friends and supporters of Bush/Cheney, so any reasonable person is going to have to conclude that yes these things were supported by Bush/Cheney.

Carter says the truth about this administration and then starts back tracking like many others. Just what is going on here? Does this Administration have all the dirt on everyone like J. Edgar Hoover and using it to black mail everyone that disagrees with them?

I am very disappointed by Pres. Carter’s back tracking in this statment. I realize as a mediation is a the center of his persona that it makes it difficult to broadly condemn people he needs to work with, but when did Bush/Cheney ever work with anyone?

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By Jim Goodson, May 21, 2007 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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Please President Carter, Never apologise to a fool.

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By LANCE, May 21, 2007 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Bush became irrelevant not long after his reelectionÂ…...
#71341 by Mar Del Zur

You assumed Bush was elected to start with.
Bush was appointed President by Governor brother Jeb the Adulterer who’s screwing his illegal alien maid makes Clinton’s “hide the sausage” seem like a high school shenanigan.

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By Verne Arnold, May 21, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Another addendum:  Either Carter was wrong…or…he was right!  Which? 

What the hell is going on here?

This is truly putting me at the end of my rope…have we really reached a point where plain English is no longer allowed?  In the most un-civil, rude, arrogant, lying, fascisti administration in US history we can no longer call a spade a spade…they do, but we can’t…isn’t this the very thing that literally f&%*#@d Kerry by the swift boaters.  Lord almighty are we truly that afraid of the bush machine?  God help us if that is the answer…we’re done for!!!

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By Verne Arnold, May 21, 2007 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

What the F#@*&K!  Carter says he was “careless” in his comments!

Aw crap, not him too!

The end can’t be far behind….

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By DS Ellis, May 21, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

I find it humorous that the current administraton has taken to calling a Nobel prize winner (for Peace, no less) “increasingly irrelevant”.  How many peace prizes (at any level) can this administration lay claim to?  Oh.  Right.  Sorry.  Forgot about whom I was speaking.

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By Hammo, May 21, 2007 at 7:39 am Link to this comment

Carter speaks the truth about the invasion and occuation of Iraq and related activities of the Bush-Cheney administration.

He, like many others in the public arena, hasn’t yet spoken publicly about suspicions regarding the “new Pearl Harbor” ... the 9/11 attacks, and the many questions Americans have about 9/11. Take a look at:

“Poll results on 9/11 attacks show many Americans have suspicions” (

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By anonymous, May 21, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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Carter was the last president to suffer the consequences of being honest.  He told the truth and America coudn’t handle it.

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By Kellina, May 21, 2007 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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What happened to the War Crimes Tribunals? Where is the World Court? Where is the international outrage?

Fuck impeachment! Just arrest these evildoers on their next visit outside of the US/UK.

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By Peter RV, May 21, 2007 at 5:13 am Link to this comment
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Carter should run for President on an Anti-War Party ticket. He’d win, hands down.

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By GW=MCHammered, May 21, 2007 at 1:04 am Link to this comment
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When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s “off with her head!”
Remember what the dormouse said:
Feed your head
Feed your head
Feed your head
(thanx jimmygrace)

F’Nuff Said.

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By kevin99999, May 21, 2007 at 12:55 am Link to this comment
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Carter is being too kind to both Bush and Blair.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 20, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

Of course Carter speaks the truth about evil Bush, evil Blair and evil Israel. In fact, he is the only person with the title of ‘President’ who speaks the truth with such courage and clarity; that’s why he is my hero.

On the other hand, I want to confess that seeing the picture of one of those two ugly bloody evil savages (Blair & Bush) makes me feel like throwing up for a whole week. Imagine how I would feel when seeing the two combined in one picture, as is the case with the one accompanying this piece!

A long time ago I stopped watching TV to avoid having this sickly feeling when seeing the picture of one of those two devils. If I knew that I will get justice for filing a lawsuit against any outlet that publishes those devils’ pictures, on the ground that this is dangerous to my health, I would have sued a long time ago. My only consolation is that if the whole world has not been able to do anything about all the innocent blood those two bloody characters have on their hands, then what anyone can do to help me with this sickly feeling I feel upon seeing the pictures of those bloody devils. When I see these ugly evil faces, I always see in the background the many faces of all the murdered innocent children in Iraq, Afhanistan and Palestine!!!

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By Mar Del Zur, May 20, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

And the response from the White House:
White House spokesman Tony Fratto shot back Sunday from Crawford, Texas, where Bush spent the weekend.
“I think it’s sad that President Carter’s reckless personal criticism is out there,” said Fratto. “I think it’s unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments.”

History will vindicate one these presidents, and it sure as hell won’t be Bush. What history *will* show is that Bush became irrelevant not long after his reelection…

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By Verne Arnold, May 20, 2007 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

Re #71316 by faith on 5/20 at 3:56 pm

Here, here…well said and right on!!!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 20, 2007 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment
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Jimmy Carter was the first person I ever voted for as President. I’ve never regretted voting for him in 1976 or 1980 for a single moment.  He foresaw clearly, in 1977, the energy mess we are in now 30 years later, solely because of the neglect by Republicans of his warning and message, starting in 1981, and going through today.

We are at war, facing $3.10/gal gas, and catastrophic (for humans) climate change induced by continued use of fossil fuels.  And it was all totally avoidable had enough of us Americans had the wit granted a flea.  But in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, and 2004 (not to mention 1994) we elected a series of destructive presidents and congresses that put their bribing buddies’ needs above the needs of their children, grandchildren and life itself.

And so many of these idiots call themselves “pro-life”!

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By QuyTran, May 20, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

Bush said of Carter :“Just hang him high”.

Dear President Carter,

We tip our hat. Your excellent point of view sheds more light into the obscurity of this criminal administration and its followers, one of them is Tony “poodle” Blair who now becomes Bush’s hunting dog.

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By rodney, May 20, 2007 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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Jimmy Carter speaks the truth. At least he was honest. He was the last honest president that we had. George Bush is the most dishonest president we ever had. He should be impeached for the things he has done to this once great nation. He is really ignorant enough to believe that his innoral actions will be vindicated by historians. Once he is out of office we will then find out about all of the criminal and impeachable activity that he was able to get away with. History will view Bush and the worst american president this nation has ever seen. His legacy will be campared to Hitler,Pol Pot and Edi Amin.

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By faith, May 20, 2007 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

Listen up Mr. John Edwards and Mr. Al Gore !  The smartest thing you could say right now is that you concur and agree with President Jimmy Carter’s statements concerning the current White House administration policies.  It is shameful that no one.  Not one soul, whether it be the news media or presidential hopefuls have stood up and stated that they agree with former Carter’s analysis and assessments concerning the war in Iraq.  Speak up people.  Support Carter.  Read his book, Palestine, Peace or Apartheid.
Currently, we have obtuse, unlettered men running this nation.  Greedy men.  Let’s change it.

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By William Hambaugh, May 20, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve often wondered over the years if Blair has been assured he will be taken care of for the rest of his life by the mega financial resources of the Bush clan.  Not unlike the characterization Ted Kennedy verbalized at the beginning of the moneypit, quagmire in Iraq…... “The coalition of the Bribed.” Makes sense to me.
Since Blair has stepped down, I wonder how many surgeons it will take to disconnect him from the anus of Bush. 

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By Nitro, May 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

Be careful Mr. Carter. You will be labeled as a terrorist or Evil Doer by King George Bushit II if you’re not careful and support him in his efforts.

I think I’m completely convinced now that Bushit is the ANTI-CHRIST leading us all into the pits of hell. Who else could lie and deceive his own nation but the Master Deceiver himself ?

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