First off, Jimmy Carter was absolutely correct when he told Chris Matthews
there is no doubt that American troops’ presence is stimulating additional violence.
Of course, violence was also “stimulated” by the presence of American troops in France in 1944. And Guadalcanal would probably have been a peacefully quiet and idyllic little island without all the violence “stimulated” by the presence of US troops in 1942.
But where Carter really went off the deep end was when he responded to a Matthews question about how Iraq is sort of like the American Revolutionary War with this:
Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War more than any other war until recently has been the most bloody war we’ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war. Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial’s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a non-violent way. I think in many ways the British were very misled in going to war against America and in trying to enforce their will on people who were quite different from them at the time.
Dear, oh, dear. Where to begin?
- The Revolution was “most bloody war we’ve fought” until recently? What the Hades is the guy talking about? Here’s the breakdown. Unless he considers the Civil War and every war since then “recent”.
- The “Revolutionary War could have been avoided”? Again, what the Hades is he talking about. It could have been avoided if Americans had just played along like ol’ King George III wanted, that’s for sure. Is that what he’s suggesting those hotheads we call the Founding Fathers should have advocated?
- “It was an unnecessary war”? Nice of him to decide for the Colonies that their sacrifice was “unnecesary”. I wonder if he would go on television and suggest that maybe the Civil War was “unnecessary”.
- If only the British Parliament had been more “sensitive” to the needs of the Colonies we’d be free today
Look. I’ve just arbirarily decided to abandon this Fisking. His own words are the best way to understand the stupidity of his statements.
If he’s not an idiot, he should stop talking like one.
Yes. I’m calling him an idiot. I’ve often defended Mr. Carter as a guy who did the best he could in a very bad situation. No more.
He’s lost it.