We live in interesting times with a lot going on. Just this week, there’s the royal wedding, Gaby Giffords’ remarkable recovery and planned attendance at the final launch of the Endeavor space shuttle, the co-opting of David Petraeus, Lindsay Lohan’s community service at the county morgue, and the biggest news of all, the long-awaited release of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate. All of this news has overshadowed yet another attempt at relevance by mean-spirited fossil and next-to-the-worst-U.S.-president-ever hopeful Jimmy Carter. From CNN:
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, as part a group of independent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, will travel to North Korea on Tuesday in hopes of restarting talks between the North and South.
“At a time when official dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appears to be at a standstill, we aim to see how we may be of assistance in reducing tensions and help the parties address key issues including denuclearization,” Carter said Monday from Beijing, where he was meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and a Chinese expert on North Korea’s nuclear situation.
What could possibly go wrong? Perhaps a review of Jimmuh’s last attempt at negotiating with the North Koreans could provide a clue. In his book, The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry, Stephen Hayward reminds us of what happened last time this clueless goober insinuated himself into foreign policy:
Carter declared the purported success of his mission to be “a miracle.” When Kim Il Sung died shortly after the Carter mission, a popular joke around State Department and the White House was that Kim died of laughter from negotiating with Jimmy Carter. North Korea did not abide by Carter’s agreement for a single minute, admitting in late 2002 that it had continued developing nuclear weapons under Kim’s successor [his son Kim Jong Il] and was now in possession of several warheads. North Korea blamed the U.S. for the breakdown of the deal, since the Clinton administration had not built the two promised replacement reactors. Writing in the New York Times in October 2002, Carter essentially agreed with the North Korean position, it was our fault. He went further in the February 2003 column about North Korea in the Washington Post, writing that the Bush administration belligerence “helped cause many in that country to assume that they were next on America’s hit list after Iraq. National Review wondered is this “He is the former president of whose country?”
Read the whole story on pages 219-222 of the book. (You can do so by clicking on the “Search inside this book” link on the left side of the page under the thumbnail of the book’s cover, and enter “North Korea” in the search box.)
Even given their frequent separations, Secretary of State Clinton cannot be unaware of just how furious Bill Clinton was over Carter’s meddlesome bumbling back in the 1990’s. Could she possibly be enjoying the thought that the King of the Useful Idiot’s intermeddling could do for the Obama administration what it did for her husband’s?
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