Jimmy Carter: Presidential Diary

Monday, September 20, 2010

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


President Jimmy Carter

Comments [17]

Jimmy's Diary starts out with "WTF" and ends with FUBAR ! Case closed!

Sep. 22 2010 01:52 PM


Love is fleeting; hate is forever. But tyrants feed on hate, and feed the hatred to their subjects. Can love conquer all? Yes, but only with a mighty hand and a big heart. That's the definition of America, IMO.

Sep. 20 2010 11:35 AM

i'm sure we can always find someone to hate

Sep. 20 2010 11:31 AM

to hjs11211

For only as long as there are tyrants and tyrannies on end.

Sep. 20 2010 11:29 AM

war without end, right

Sep. 20 2010 11:16 AM

to hjs11211

Better to survive unloved, than to be beloved and dead, I think.

Sep. 20 2010 11:12 AM

and that thinking is why we are hated. people are not pawns in your chess game

Sep. 20 2010 11:09 AM

to hjs11211

The world of 1953, was one where Communists had taken over many countries, and the US was forced into a Cold War conflict with the USSR which was trying to deny America and the West access to vital natural resources such as petroleum. In this global struggle, most countries became - like it or not - pawns in this global titanic struggle. Iran was just one of many.

Regarding the subversion of "democratically elected" governments, the lesson of the 1930s had been that totalitarian regimes often come into power initially through democratic party politics, only to throw a monkey wrench into the machinery of democracy the moment they obtained power. A most recent example is the "democratic" takeover of Gaza by Hamas through "democratic" means.

In the real world, "Realpolitik" always trumps all other considerations when push comes to shove. Democracy is NOT a suicide pact.

Sep. 20 2010 11:04 AM

Jimmy Carter reminds me of Neville Chamberlain, who said (after selling Czechoslovakia down the river) that "Hitler is a man we can do business with!" All while waving a paper while proclaiming "Peace in our time!" Carter always followed a policy of appeasement in international affairs, believing that to be the way to peace. By contrast, Reagan, by contrast, believed in the ancient Roman dictum of, "If you want peace, prepare for war!" The world loves a winner, and has nothing but contempt and pity for losers. That's the way of the world, like it or not.

Sep. 20 2010 10:51 AM

The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, on August 19, 1953 (and called the 28 Mordad coup d'état in Iran), was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States.The crushing of Iran's first democratically elected government launched 25 years of dictatorship under Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, who relied heavily on U.S. weapons to hold on to power until he was overthrown in February 1979."For many Iranians, the coup demonstrated duplicity by the United States, which presented itself as a defender of freedom but did not hesitate to use underhanded methods to overthrow a democratically elected government to suit its own economic and strategic interests", the Agence France-Presse reported.from

Sep. 20 2010 10:46 AM

carter doesn't seem to know the USA overthrew the elected mosaddegh government.

A listener,
the shah was always a dictator from the beginning to the end.

Sep. 20 2010 10:42 AM
John from New Jersey

After we meddled in Iran in 1953 with the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, it is hard to deny that our imperialist policies have not had an affect on our image throughout the world.

We continue to attempt to control the governments of nations that want to control themselves, and we will continue to suffer because of it.

Sep. 20 2010 10:41 AM
A listener

What does President Carter think of President Obama's message to Iran that "we will extend our hand if you will unclench your fist"?

Sep. 20 2010 10:40 AM
A listener

Was the Shah, at the end of his rule, a dictator?

Sep. 20 2010 10:38 AM
john from office

Carter is the reason I became a republican. He allowed this country to be humiliated. An over educated coward.

Sep. 20 2010 10:35 AM
Daniel from Munich

I'd like to know what President Carter's first thoughts / words / reactions were when he found out Ronald Reagan unceremoniously dismantled the solar panels he installed on the roof of the White House?

Sep. 20 2010 10:28 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

I wish President Carter could instill the value of having a conscience in the political elite of this country along with their handlers (lobbyists).
What would it take for President Carter to be asked to address the nation as a whole and espouses the values he lives by.
Does he believe that the solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict is a United States of Israel and Palestine and if so why he sees that not happening vis-a-vis U.S. Policy and Jewish lobby not wanting any real change.

Sep. 20 2010 10:16 AM

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