While in the Middle East this week, former president Jimmy Carter has generated some press for his efforts to befriend the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.
Despite rebuffs from Israel-- and our own government-- Carter is playing the role of a "communicator," as he calls it, supposedly gathering information from Hamas and Syrian leaders to then relay to "the leaders of the United States." In essence, he's a one-man State Departmentthat nobody asked for,that nobody wants,and nobody is going to listen to-- besides these terrorist leaders.
The fact is, the entire world already knows what Hamas wants; they've said it! They want the destruction of Israel. Hamas hasn't changed that view,which is why they are outcasts in the civilized world.
Adding insult to stupidity, Carter did something that no American head of state has ever done. While in Ramallah, our former president paid a visit to the grave of Yasser Arafat --and laid a wreath of red roses.
Now, Jimmy Carter was -- without doubt-- the most inept American president of the 20th century. A man whose failures in the Middle East led to his political downfall --and haunts all of us to this day. (He was elected 32 years ago, folks! This stuff matters -- who we elect.) So his tribute to Arafat, whose name willforever be associated with terrorism, is a fitting reminder of Carter's misguided and irresponsible liberal leadership. It's also timely,as two equally inept liberals --Hillary and Obama-- are now fighting it outto step into Jimmy Carter's shoes.