History’s greatest monster

Jimmy Carter once again proves why he is, without a doubt, the best former President we’ve ever had:

Former President Jimmy Carter left North Korea on Friday with Aijalon Mahli Gomes, an American who was sentenced to eight years of hard labor for illegally entering the country, the Carter Center said. Mr. Gomes was granted amnesty by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, the Carter Center said in an e-mail. […]

Mr. Carter had been visiting Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on a private humanitarian mission to win the release of Mr. Gomes, who was sentenced in April to eight years in a North Korean prison and fined $700,000 for entering the country illegally.

Carter – whose actual accomplishments include brokering this deal with the North Koreans and creating a lasting peace between the Israelis and Egyptians – is not a failure or a monster, regardless of the rightwing allegations to the contrary. Just recently, a conservative website named him the worst figure in American history, ahead of terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and assassins like John Wilkes Booth.

P.S. I’ve documented before just how prescient he was as President in the 1970s. We’re still paying the price for ignoring his wise words.

One Comment

  1. Well said! I think the Repubs dislike him because of the victory of Reagan…their shining hero…most of them could not name any of his policies if given a week and without Google.

    They, the Repubs, need a demon and they cannot fault Clinton for his policies, for he did more than any modern Repub has done for Wall Street…..poor Obama, once he leaves office will be their next demon to chastise at every turn….