Jimmy Carter’s Jewish Problem


By Jason Maoz
JewishPress.com | November 30, 2006

For those with eyes to see, there were hints as far back as the 1976 presidential campaign of the trouble to come. Early that year, Harper’€™s magazine published “€œJimmy Carter’€™s Pathetic Lies,”€ a devastating expose of Carter’€™s record in Georgia by a then little-known journalist named Steven Brill.

Reg Murphy, who as editor of the Atlanta Constitution had kept a close eye on Carter’€™s rise in state politics, declared,”€œJimmy Carter is one of the three or four phoniest men I ever met.”€

Speechwriter Bob Shrum quit the Carter campaign after just a few weeks, disgusted with what he described as Carter’€™s penchant for fudging the truth. He also related that Carter, convinced the Jewish vote in the Democratic primaries would go to Senator Henry (“€œScoop”) Jackson, had instructed his staff not to issue any more statements on the Middle East.

“Jackson has all the Jews anyway,”€ Shrum quoted Carter as saying. “€œWe get the Christians.”€

Relations between Carter and Israel were tense from the outset of the Carter presidency.

source Frontline Magazine

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In The Unfinished Presidency, his book about Carter’s post-White House activities, the liberal historian Douglas Brinkley provides a detailed account of the former president’s obsession with helping Palestinian terror chief Yasir Arafat polish his image. Carter, according to Brinkley, regularly advised Arafat on how to shape his message for Western journalists and even wrote some speeches for him.

Carter was also a vocal critic of Israeli policies and “view[ed] the unarmed young Palestinians who stood up against thousands of Israel soldiers as ‘instant heroes,’” wrote Brinkley. “Buoyed by the intifada, Carter passed on to the Palestinians, through Arafat, his congratulations.”

Former New York mayor Ed Koch, in his 1984 bestseller Mayor, recounted a conversation he had shortly before the 1980 election with Cyrus Vance, who’d recently resigned as Carter’s secretary of state. Koch told Vance that many Jews would not be voting for Carter because they feared “that if he is reelected he will sell them out.”

“Vance,” recalled Koch, “nodded and said, ‘He will.’ ”


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Yesterday Colin Powell took the stage in Dubai and described the US presence in Iraq as consisting of three separate phases: (from the AP report)

The invasion phase went as planned. But the second phase, the military occupation, was “badly handled.” Mistakes during the second phase led to the third, “which could be considered a civil war.”

Whether or not Powell is attempting to repair his image with the Washington press, it is interesting to note that he reserves his harshest criticism for his former employer when he is abroad.

Another State Department employee sounded off against Administration policies at an academic forum in Washington last night, claiming that the Anglo-American relationship is “disappearing right before our eyes.”

Kendall Myers, a senior State Department analyst, disclosed that for all Britain’s attempts to influence US policy in recent years, “we typically ignore them and take no notice — it’s a sad business”.

250rat.jpgSpeaking at an academic forum in Washington on Tuesday night, he answered a question from The Times, saying: “It was a done deal from the beginning, it was a onesided relationship that was entered into with open eyes . . . there was nothing. There was no payback, no sense of reciprocity.”

The Times went on to report that Myers is considering early retirement. Of that, I have no doubt. I speculate that Myers is also positioning himself to undergo an image transformation from lowly-analyst-turned-rat to that darling of the the press: whistleblower. The Times reporter included the “rumor” that Myers attended the “Downing Street Memo” meetings. Just the ticket for John Conyers and the agenda-less Democrats to have something to do for the next two years.

Vimto zots Britney



Consider four recent events. First, the debate in the Tory party on whether to leapfrog Labour and adopt the radically redistributive anti-poverty policies symbolised by Polly Toynbee, the Guardian columnist. Then cast your mind to the impending defeat of the Bush-Blair coalition in Iraq. Next consider the nightmarish murder of Tom Rhys Pryce, the young London lawyer stabbed to death by two teenage robbers when he failed to hand over his Oyster card and mobile phone. Finally, turn to a story you probably haven’t noticed: the Royal Economic Society’s annual public lecture, on the subject of how to end poverty among the world’s “bottom billion” people and titled “War and Peace in Africa”.

What do these four news items have in common? The obvious answer is “economic deprivation”. When people lack the basic necessities of life (which in affluent Britain may well include a Tube card and a mobile phone), they naturally turn to violence and crime. Therefore, the surest way to stop the spiral of violence, whether it is in the backstreets of London or the killing fields of Iraq, is to create economic opportunities, to raise living standards and to offer the poor more generous financial support.

This obvious answer is not exactly wrong, but it is dangerously misleading. For in many cases the causal arrow points the other way: it is not economic deprivation that leads to violence and war; it is social and political breakdown that lead to economic deprivation

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Iraq Survey Group Reaches Deal on U.S.-Iraq Policy


WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan commission, under pressure to offer a U.S. exit strategy for the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, has reached a consensus and will announce its recommendations next week, the group’s co-chairman said Wednesday.

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., declined to disclose any specifics about the Iraq Study Group’s decisions. The report, much anticipated by the Bush administration and members of Congress, is coming out next Wednesday amid the spiraling violence in Iraq that has raised questions about the viability of the Iraqi government.

“This afternoon, we reached a consensus … and we will announce that on Dec. 6,” Hamilton told a forum on national security at the Center for American Progress, a liberal group.


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I highlighted “increasingly unpopular” from the AP report. It kind of jumped out at me. How many wars have been “popular?” Are they ever popular?


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