You know liberals really hate you when President Jimmy Carter accuses you of human rights violations.
That sort of complaint from the former president is usually reserved for use against Republicans in the middle of wars.
This time, however, the country’s “best ex-president” (and aren’t we all glad) vented his spleen at President Obama.
The president whose term was marked by the Iran Hostage Crisis and an economy that popularized the term “malaise,” yet who won a Nobel Peace Prize for finding solutions to international crises and promoting economic development, accused Obama of promoting “widespread abuse of human rights” by using drones to strike terrorist targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Even by modern war standards, the drone strikes have had a remarkably low level of collateral damage, so we must assume that Carter’s chief complaint derives from the fact that the military has been successful.
Carter accused the administration of violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is one of those United Nations documents that communist and Islamist states think applies to us and not them.
In a New York Times op-ed Monday, Carter wrote, “the United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights. … Instead of making the world safer, America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends.”
After all, Obama came into office with promises of a new era of international cooperation in which we would best our enemies not with weapons like guns, bombs and drones but with Obama’s superhuman charm.
Carter also chastised Obama for keeping open the terrorist holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, a prison so politically correct that it has been nicknamed “Club Gitmo.”
Obama had promised before his election that he would shut down the holding center but has kept it open while his administration continues to fight against worldwide terrorism.
Carter claimed Guantanamo Bay prisoners “have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers.” Considering how women are treated under Shariah law, I’m not sure that last one would be very effective.
But Carter still wasn’t done, blasting the Obama administration for “unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.”
Wiretapping has increased under Obama, according to Justice Department figures, with 1,745 warrants sought in 2011. Also under this administration, the National Security Administration is building the country’s biggest electronic spying center in Utah.
Carter also ripped the government for the recent passage in the House of a law that would allow the indefinite detention of terror suspects including U.S. citizens, complaining that it violates the right to “free expression.”
The most interesting part of Carter’s published diatribe is that he managed to blast Obama and his administration without ever mentioning the president by name, referring instead to “the highest authorities in Washington.”
Maybe someone should remind Jimmy that those “highest authorities” at present are all Democrats. Of course, his confusion might be understandable since even Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and most of the radical left are still slightly to the right of Carter these days.
But you’d think Carter would go easier on Obama, since they have so much in common: Obama got his Nobel Prize before he’d done anything, and Carter got his Nobel Prize after doing nothing. Both of them in their time royally screwed up the Middle East, guaranteeing Islamic violence for years to come.
Carter’s focus in all of this is the conduct of the War on Terror. Yessiree, nobody looks out for the rights of Islamic terrorists like ol’ Jimmy.
He concluded his rant in the Times with a call for “concerned citizens” to “persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership” by, for example, surrendering to the Taliban or, I don’t know, maybe changing the main mission of NASA from space exploration to promoting Muslim self-esteem about science.
If he keeps this up, it may be time for another Peace Prize.