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Jimmy Carter: Presidential Diary

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president and the author of White House Diary, talks about his days in the White House and his recent trip to North Korea.

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Comments [4]

gaetano catelli from Oxford, Mississippi

{sighing} my heart keeps telling me that Jimmy Carter is one of the finest Americans of my lifetime.

but, alas, my head has its reservations about him.

Nov. 27 2010 12:20 AM
gaetano catelli from Oxford, Mississippi

yes, JA, in 1953 we did save Iraq from becoming what has befallen Afghanistan as a direct result of the USSR taking over it.

Nov. 27 2010 12:18 AM
J.A. from Westchester

In his interview about his new book based on his diaries, President Carter said, “I would never have apologized to the Iranian government [for not giving the shah over to Iran for trial] because we had nothing about which to apologize.”

Say what? From an article by The New York Times’ James Risen’s article (written in 2000) on the C.I.A.’s part in the overthrow of the democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh on 1953 (just 20 years before the shah’s arrival in the U.S. for medical treatment):

“…United States and British officials plotted the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected prime minister, an ardent nationalist.

“…Britain, fearful of Iran's plans to nationalize its oil industry, came up with the idea for the coup in 1952 and pressed the United States to mount a joint operation to remove the prime minister.

“The C.I.A. and S.I.S., the British intelligence service, handpicked Gen. Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and covertly funneled $5 million to General Zahedi's regime two days after the coup prevailed.

“Iranians working for the C.I.A. and posing as Communists harassed religious leaders and staged the bombing of one cleric's home in a campaign to turn the country's Islamic religious community against Mossadegh's government.

“The shah's cowardice nearly killed the C.I.A. operation. Fearful of risking his throne, the Shah repeatedly refused to sign C.I.A.-written royal decrees to change the government. The agency arranged for the shah's twin sister, Princess Ashraf Pahlevi, and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the father of the Desert Storm commander, to act as intermediaries to try to keep him from wilting under pressure. He still fled the country just before the coup succeeded….”

We, U.S. citizens – and yes, even a former President – are either forgetful or are guilty of revisionism.

Nov. 25 2010 12:06 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

You just can't parody Jimmy Carter because he always exceeds the limits of the imagination. This clueless peacenik had an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday in which he stated that North Korea's new nuclear aggressiveness, their threats to promote nuclear proliferation for cash and their attack on a civilian island were evidence of a need for yet more negotiations and "respect".

Is this the stuff we can expect from his philosophical successor, Barack Obama, after he joins him in early retirement after a single term?

Let's hope not.

Nov. 25 2010 10:09 AM

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