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  • More Carter Redux in the Middle East

    From the outset of the Obama presidency and the emergence of the Obama Doctrine, the similarities between this Administration and that of Jimmy Carter have been striking. Like Obama, Carter trumpeted soft power and international institutions as the means to solve the most perplexing foreign policy problems. The programs of both Presidents hinged on the cooperation of adversaries who interpreted the U.S. initiatives as signs of weakness, and in the second half of their presidencies, both faced the prospect of sharp reversals.

    The current turmoil in the Middle East recalls again the troubles confronting Carter. “In Year One, Carter invested all the international prestige of his presidency in diplomacy and image-making. His energy was dedicated almost exclusively to ‘making nice’ on the world stage. It’s what drove his actions in the Israeli-Egyptian peace process, at strategic-arms limitation talks and in negotiating the Panama Canal Treaty.” Then Carter stood by impotently as violence engulfed Iran, revolutionaries danced in the rubble of the U.S. embassy, and Americans were held hostage. Equally controversial and damaging for Carter was the American response to the Kawangju student protests in South Korea. As the senior U.S. commander at the time recalled, “It was a setback to the democratization process in the [Republic of Korea] and a poor harbinger for the human rights goals that were central to President Carter’s foreign policy.”

    This White House has seen similar reversals—failing to deter aggression from Iran, Hamas, or Hezbollah. Now, Egypt finds itself on the tipping point. This Administration’s halting and tentative response is “emblematic of a White House that lacks a serious plan for dealing with a part of the world where the U.S. has vital strategic interests.”

    If President Obama continues to pursue a Carteresque foreign policy—talking softly while whittling away at the stick—he will only put American lives and the prospects for peace at greater jeopardy. It is past time for this Administration to change course. For starters, the U.S. needs a proactive agenda for responding to the situation in Egypt.

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    22 Responses to More Carter Redux in the Middle East

    1. West Texan says:

      Carter and Obama are sheep who honestly believe they can reason with hungry wolves. They'd be far wiser staying near the Middle East's sheep dog, Israel.

    2. Bob, Indiana says:

      I see just one US player facing up to the crisis – Gov Huckabee has been an outspoken critic of Obama's policy of Islamification of the Middle East, and is traveling to Israel right now. He has likened the crisis in Egypt to The Iranian Revolution under Carter, and has cited the uprisings in half a dozen countries since this began as potentially a major event, redefining the future of the West. And he, alone, seems to remember the blocking of the Suez Canal and its effect on energy costs. So I think we do have one international statesman on the scene.

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    5. Paul, India says:

      blah, blah, blah. An easy yet specious comparison. Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, said it best: "Easy guess: if protesters usher in democratic Egypt, GOP gives Bush credit. If Muslim Brotherhood takes power, they blame Obama."

    6. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      No Bob, Indiana, Mike Huckbee is not the only one, look up Trump's view, I am not a big fan of Trump, but he is a business man and knows how to build and increase businesses, there is an aticle on Newsmax.com today and he tells it as it is and how this can turn to our advantage ifhandled right.

    7. Joseph Ruffino says:

      What would you recommend as a course of action on the party of the USA?

    8. Sandy, UT says:

      I remember Carter's presidency like it was yesterday. This little peanut farmer was a complete failure as president. We had double digit interest rates, gasoline lines for miles and watched as our US citizens were held hostage in Iran. Carter acted like a complete buffoon. He and his cabinet couldn't even manage a rescue mission for the hostages without killing all the brave warriors involved and destroying millions of dollars in helicopters and equipment in the process. Then Jimmah Carter has the nerve to spout off and criticize Pres Bush and somehow gets a 'Nobel peace price'??? Are you kidding me???

      Obama is Jimmah Carter all over again. Brace yourself America for the coming gas and oil shortage and the long lines that go with it.

      It is absolutely absurd for us to import oil from foreign countries while we have enough on our continent to take into the next century. What is Obama doing about it??? Shutting down drilling, with holding permits to drill ON land and stopping anything and everything that has to do with our nation becoming independent from all foreign oil suppliers.

      2012 can't come quick enough. Obama is not qualified, experienced nor smart enough to be our president. He is incapable of handling the complex issues that face our nation and too busy taking multi million dollar vacations around the world at the expense of the taxpayer.

      Vote Obama out in 2012 and send foul-mouthed Joe Biden with him.

    9. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      It would appear (as the author suggest) their are apparent "similarities" between

      the Carter and Obama policies concerning the Middle East. But only on the

      surface. Carter was just a bumbling incompetent peanut farmer. On the other hand, Obama's entire life, from childhood to present day, has been directed and groomed toward socialism/communism. Even his word during the campaign "transformation" had a totally different meaning than that which we expected. Now, we can recognize Obama is NOT incompetent! He is deliberate and calculating. Has anyone else noticed that whenever Obama needs a boost in the polls, like magic a "crises" appears? The economy, the oil spill, Arizona, now Egypt. Knowing what we now know about Obama, is it not

      conceivable that perhaps Rohms words "never lets a crises go to waste" could also include create crises?

    10. Corky, Howey in the says:

      A simple fact Sir, obama is at fault. He has no idea of what to do when the wolves start to circle. He didn't have a clue during the Gulf oil spil. He's has not shown REAL leadership from day one except how to run this Country in debt! Hell, Jimmy Crater was bad but he's a saint compaired to what we have today. Oh, ten bucks says you'll never see obama out swinging a hammer, building homes for the poor…But, that's my opinion and I'll vote him out in 2012.

    11. Steve S. California says:

      We'll, tit for tat if your into the blame game. Today the Egypt situation was blamed on Bush, much like Obama never misses an opportunity to do the same. No matter which side of the blame game you play, it's all for naught. Just keeps one in stasis (that's lack of progress) and solves absolutely nothing. We can all argue ad nauseam who crapped in the sandbox, but until one actually DOES something, all you have is a crappy sandbox. Too bad you are happy with that.

    12. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      I think we should stop pretending Obama operates in the American Interest. Otherwise you can never understand what he, and the likes of that pea nut head Carter are actually doing. The Obama Doctrine is the pathetic repetition of unworkable Foreign Policy reminiscent of the Progressive fondness for Communism when it never, ever works! No good reason why America should give up the American Way for central control of all things human. Remember when the News was all about how Obama would be tested big time! Biden said it. We all know Obama is wishy washy about America, free enterprise, Sovereignty, hard work, the Constitution, etc., ad nausium. On the Foreign Policy front it is trading our Sovereignty for the New START Treaty, and Obama gives up everything for nothing! Imagine if Patton were here, he'd say "Pull out of Iraq? Sure! We'll move to Afghanistan by way of Tehran!"

      It struck me hard for the likes of Obama/Clinton to wish on Egypt the kind of BS non representative Democracy that lost Iran!

    13. Don G. Dinsdale, St. says:

      I'm nearly speechless, and what speech I have for "BO" is unprintable… The best I can come up with is he's a 100% failure… What a jerk… If one compares him to Carter then one can see into the future, Egypt & Iran, Oh my God what a mess… I just read what Paul in India wrote, got to luv the the left, they are as jerky as "BO"… I hope several on the right speak up…

    14. AWM -NW Indiana says:

      So the Dems (as in Paul, India) will call both heads and tails on the coin flip……because they believe the GOP might/could possibly/maybe do so in the future….how convenient…..and typical……and, of course, lame!

    15. Danny Halter says:

      I THINK WE HEARD AND SAW ENOUGH FROM JIMMY CARTER WHEN HE WAS THE SORRIEST PRESIDENT OTHER THAN WHAT WE HAVE NOW THAT I CAN REMEMBER. HE NEEDS TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT.WITH HIS PAST RECORD HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO TRY AND TELL ANYBODY WHAT TO DO.JUST ASK SOME OF THE MARINES THAT THE IRANIANS HELD HOSTAGE FOR SO LONG,AND THE ONES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WITH HIS WELL PLANNED RESCUE ATTEMPT.I THINK HE NEEDS TO WATCH LISTEN AND KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT.

    16. Danny Halter says:

      i was a yuong man when carter was president and i saw him as a weak president as a kid.i feel like he is the last man to try to give advice on the very dangerous middle east.i do not feel he think we should back isreal with all possible means.carter should stay out of this .

    17. Danny Halter CLARKSB says:

      I THINK JIMMY CARTER SHOULD STAY OUT OF ALL POLITICS.HE MADE A BIG ENOUGH MESS OF THE HOSTESS CRISIS IN IRAN WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT.HE SHOWED WEAKNESS ,AND LET IRAN AND THE REST OF THE MUSLIM WORLD THINK THEY COULD USE US ANY WAY THEY WANTED.HE NEEDS TO STAY AT HOME AND PICK PEANUTS

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    19. Soulsamurai says:

      Frank Gaffney Jr coined the real Obama Doctrine: "Undermine our allies, embolden our enemies and diminish America." If judged by actions instead of words, those three objectives are all being successfully met and carried out with every policy, action and inaction of this administration.

    20. claire solt says:

      I think Obama is incoherent. He said the Egyptians must decide yet he keeps issuing orders. This is certainly very important but I think everyone is overestimating the power of America to controlo the events.

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    22. Kesha Benet says:

      To the poster who mentioned about the Tea Party agenda, as if everybody agreed it was a problem, please consider this viewpoint. And about ten more from different angles.

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