In what I can only imagine is a lingering, intense but unidentified guilt at his appeasement of and ultimate failure to confront Iran during his presidency, Carter has now exposed himself to be a complete crackpot. We can only interpret his actions as either an evasion on a massive scale, or else openly anti-American. Perhaps it's both.
Former president Jimmy Carter angered Israel's government yesterday by embracing a Hamas politician during a visit to the West Bank, ignoring Israeli and US designation of the Islamic militants as a terror group.
Israel accused Carter, the broker of the first Arab-Israeli peace accord, of "dignifying" extremists. But Carter vowed to meet Hamas' supreme leader this week in Syria.
Carter, a Nobel Peace laureate, also laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat's grave, another break with US policy during a private peace mission to the Middle East that includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Syria - where the virulently anti-Israel Hamas movement has its headquarters. Carter returns to Israel on Monday.
Carter has been shunned by Israel this week [ed: Good for them!], and the White House has criticized him for his willingness to meet with Hamas leaders. Carter says the United States and Israel should stop isolating the group, whose control of the Gaza Strip threatens to undermine Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. [bold added]
That he is seen as representing America in any way is a travesty, and it's a black mark on the history of our nation that we ever elected him president.
Update: Myrhaf has posted a shocking Carter quote that you just have to see to believe.