Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Fighting Words"

Former President Jimmy Carter has been taking aim at various pillars of current American politics. His latest book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid skewered the current Administration's handling of Arab-Israeli peacemaking, and he spent considerable effort defending the book. He's been a consistent opponent of waging war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and now President Carter publishes his most scathing criticism of President George Bush to date. No doubt, people will be talking about Mr. Jimmy's Carter's comments that
"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered . . . But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies."
He blasts the Iraq War, Middle East peacemaking, the environment, and even faith-based government initiatives, where he says

"The policy from the White House has been to allocate funds to religious institutions, even those that channel those funds exclusively to their own particular group of believers in a particular religion. As a traditional Baptist, I've always believed in separation of church and state and honored that premise when I was president, and so have all other presidents, I might say, except this one."

Read extracts from the President Carter interview at the Arkansas Democratic Gazette. There is an audio extract there also of these "fighting words."

Carter blasts Bush on his global impact - Yahoo! News

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