The Peanut Farmer’s Wisdom

Carter: American troops’ presence ignite more violence

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?

  1. 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”.
  2. 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?
  3. “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”.
  4. 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.



  1. …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.’ Is that really true? Does he really believe that the existence, positions, and actions of the United States had absolutely no influence on the independence of these other British colonies? I’m not saying he’s *necessarily* wrong, but it seems unlikely that history would have unfolded just the same in the end for those other nations had the Revolution not occurred. He doesn’t really think things through very well.

  2. I have to agree with you Murdoc, even though the man is from my home state and attended my beloved Alma Matre briefly. (They didn’t ask me when the gave him the first honorary doctorate GT had ever given — something GT refused JFK.) Carter was one of the weakest Presidents the US has ever known. Kerry’s thinking is similar to Carter’s. And — thanks for the earlier link. The next link is on me. ;-)

  3. With all due respect to Mr. Carter, WHAT THE ???? I love the response about the presence of american troops ‘stimulating’ the violence in Iraq. Any time you have troops somewhere, and some terrorist with an AK shoots at them, or tries to blow them up, well, they’re supposed to react with controlled violence. It’s not the fault of the guy getting shot at, It’s the islamic fundamentalist that thinks he needs to kill himself an infidel that we need to worry about here. I respect Mr. Carter for trying to be a peaceful person, and for his work with organizations like habitat for humanity, but come on. Some people will only listen at the barrel of the gun. You give them the other end, and there’s no talking. They just kill you.