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Jimmy Carter Admires Condie Rice But Can’t Stand Cheney…oh yeah…and be nice to the prisoners…

In Election 2008, Human Rights, Military, news, Politics, War in Iraq on October 11, 2007 at 3:02 pm


It’s no secret that former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush Administration. Recently Carter has been very outspoken about topics such as the war in Iraq and what is not being done by President Bush. Yesterday a Reuters article had this to say about Carter’s opinion of Condoleezza Rice and the “Disaster” Dick Cheney:

Cheney has been on the wrong side of the debate on many issues, including an internal White House discussion over Syria in which the vice president is thought to be pushing a tough approach, Carter said.

“He’s a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world,” Carter told the BBC World News America in an interview to air later on Wednesday.

“You know he’s been a disaster for our country,” Carter said. “I think he’s been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he’s prevailed.”

“I’m filled with admiration for Condoleezza Rice in standing up to (Cheney) which she did even when she was in the White House under President George W. Bush,” Carter said, referring to Rice’s former role as White House national security adviser.

The story doesn’t end there. The AP also reported yesterday that on CNN yesterday Carter had this to say about Iraqi prisoners:

The U.S. tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, adding that President Bush makes up his own definition of torture.

“Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights,” Carter said on CNN. “We’ve said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we’ve said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime.”

Ok Jimmy, I love ya but I think you need to back off the Geritol a bit. You don’t agree with Obama and Hillary about their position on the war and you think human rights should come more into play with war prisoners. Are we supposed to hold hands, sing “Cumbya” and let them know that everything is going to be ok? This is war and in case you’ve forgotten what they have done to our American soldiers, google “American soldiers tortured.” Just what in the hell are we supposed to do now that our American soldiers have been in this mess for almost five years? I really think that you are trying to stir up more controversy again because your pushing your 24th book…


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