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Ear to the Ground

Jimmy Carter Still Has Hope

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Posted on Oct 6, 2011
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One day before this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be announced, President and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter said he still hopes President Obama will make good on the promises he made that ultimately won him the prize two years ago.

Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 even though, by then, he had been in office for less than a year and his contributions toward peace hadn’t yet gone beyond promises to measurable action.

“It was given [to Obama] primarily because of some of the commitments he had made verbally, his speeches and so forth about taking the leadership role and dealing with global warming and dealing with the immigration problem, enhancing human rights, promoting peace in the Middle East,” Carter, who won the prize in 2002, told Reuters.

But to date, Obama still has a lot of ground to cover if he intends to make good on those prize-winning promises. —BF

Reuters:

Carter, 86, who has worked to resolve conflicts and promote democracy since losing office 30 years ago, has been critical of U.S.—and Israeli—positions on Middle East peace and called Obama’s likely veto of giving U.N. membership to a Palestinian state a “mistake” at a time when, he believed, the Arab Spring had opened new possibilities for settling the region’s disputes.

Obama, who acknowledged that his award was controversial in 2009 when “at the beginning and not at the end” of his presidency, has been accused of failing to deliver on promises made in a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo that year.

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By exploitedtimes, October 7, 2011 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

To be perfectly clear, promises do not win Nobel prizes. To suggest the the promises Obama made “ultimately won him the prize ” is simply naive. If you believe prizes are rewarded by this putrid institution independent of political rigging, I would love to hear your explanation for Kissinger’s receipt of this bogus scam.

Perhaps it was the clandestine mass assassinations and his promise they were for the best, that earned Henry his prize.

Obama actally argued FOR WAR in a speech prior to accepting the award. Neither man nor award possess integrity. But, that said, even the Nobel panel has criteria beyond empty promises.

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By Andy, October 7, 2011 at 2:17 am Link to this comment
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I do have some respect for Carter now. However, I think Queenie is wrong to say “I think he was the last honest president”.

After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Carter ratcheted up the Cold War and he demanded that athletes boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

However, what he did not mention was that his administration had secretly de-stabilised the Afghan government in order to proveoke such an invasion in the first place!

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s National Security Advisor later explained in a 1998 interview with “Le Nouvel Observateur”:

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

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By wpfwfan, October 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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I like Carter, I think he is the last honest president.  Not that he was without flaws and mistakes, who is without flaws and mistakes, but he cared for regular people and his vision for the country was very correct.  We would be largely energy independent if we had followed his lead, we would have vibrant clean energy industries providing good jobs and being a source for material exports, we would be far ahead rather than slipping further behind on research, discovery, and development.  And if the dunce Kennedy did not block his universal health care plan just like he blocked Nixon’s, both of which were far better than the Obama farce, we would be a healthy, wealthier country.  And if the US had followed his lead on Israel and Middle East peace, and to some extent HW Bush did, we would be far better off there and probably without endless wars. 

I think he is being a good and hopeful Democrat, but I think he is wrong about Obama re-electability. Obama does not deserve reelection, he has betrayed tens of millions of regular citizens and attacked and damaged the principles and historic accomplishment of the Democratic party, while moving the country to the right.

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By Queenie, October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Carter has been into the catnip again.

Whatever floats your boat there, Jim.

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