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A liberal re-write of the history of President Carter

A liberal re-write of the history of President Carter
May 04
14:57 2018

One of the greater talents of the political left is their ability to know when enough time has passed before they commence reimagining the past. Perhaps they think not enough people will remember the real events of those times and simply believe the amended history. The most recent case of liberal revisionism is a book by Stuart Eizenstat (who?) about former one-term President Jimmy Carter – a man who has mercifully fallen into the shadows of history despite the fact that he is still around at the age of 93. Eizenstat was Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff.

Eizenstat is on a book tour of liberal media outlets to peddle his new book entitled: “Carter – The White House Years.” The reason you do not hear a lot about Carter – unlike all the other living past presidents — is that his White House years are largely viewed as unsuccessful, to be polite. As the saying goes, he was not considered the sharpest knife in the drawer. In fact, former liberal Democrat senator and one-time presidential candidate Gene McCarthy once told me that Carter knew only what he read in Reader’s Digest – a magazine not renowned for in-depth intellectual content.

Carter reigned over an economy that was dangerously inflating and stagnating at the same time. It was so bad that it brought a new economic term into the lexicon, “stagflation.” Interest rates rose to more than twenty percent as prices soared beyond family incomes.

Regarding foreign policy, Carter greased the skids for Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran – a despotic dictator who was at least a close ally to the United States. Thanks to Carter, the Shah was replaced by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – an infinitely more brutal dictator who hated the United States.

If you seek the ignition point for the violent sectarian conflagration that engulfs the Middle East today, the booting of the Shah of Iran is the place to look. It was the beginning of the empowerment of the radical Muslim movement that led to al Qaeda and ISIS. Khomeini expressed his appreciation by taking 52 American citizens and diplomats as hostage for 444 days despite embarrassingly failed rescue attempts under the direction of Carter as Commander-in-Chief. They were released only after President Reagan was sworn into office and made credible threats against Khomeini.

In terms of Russia, there were no accusations of collusion. Just cluelessness. It was well into his third year in office that Carter stated that he was beginning to believe the Russians were untrustworthy – and this was in the Cold War days of the old Soviet Union.

The book was highly praised by Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Maybe it was because her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was Carter’s foreign policy advisor. Yep! The guy giving Carter all that advice that made the Middle East what it is today.

His book on Carter is a mother’s dream and, in many ways, Eizenstat’s attempt at exculpation for his own role in the horribly failed policies of those times. It reveals Eizenstat to be more of a public relations scribe than a true historian.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Jackal
    Jackal May 07, 13:06

    I understand it was Carter’s”Human Rights” fixation that led to ditching the Shah. A horrible error.

    However, Carter degegulated the trucking industry. A good thing.

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  2. Dorothy
    Dorothy May 07, 14:41

    Carter who? Not even a memory. Billy has more memory. Nice guy.

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  3. Cathydobb
    Cathydobb May 07, 17:13

    I don’t know how much of what you say is true–I remember those days and suspect some of it is true. Carter may have started the whole middle east rightwing crisis like Eisenhower and Kennedy did Vietnam. But what you glaringly left out is what a great EX-president Jimmy is and has been. Since he’s left office he’s been a wonderful unofficial ambassador for this country. Best we’ve had.

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    • Sue
      Sue May 07, 20:11

      Yes, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn have done much for the Habitat for Humanity cause, and has the sense not to comment or interfere with the decisions made by the presidents who followed him, unlike Obama who still lives in a fantasy world where he is still POTUS. However, Jimmy Carter was not real presidential material. He was a humble, moral and intelligent man, but lacked some of the leadership qualities that are necessary to lead a nation. It was his failure to successfully negotiate for the release of the 54 American hostages that ultimately cost him his re-election.

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    • tom dolan
      tom dolan May 08, 02:47

      Mr.Carter is seemingly a virtuous, kind, intelligent man. But his record as ex-president, while I love Habitat for Humanity is not as good as it could have been because he did something which most ex-presidents abstain from, he meddled in foreign affairs during the presidency of several of his successors, without their consent.

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    • rollhigh
      rollhigh May 08, 05:45

      He’s been more of an embarrassment. Validating over seas elections as valid when everybody know they were as crooked as hell. Venezuela comes to mind. Tye Bennington built better houses and did more to ease the pain of the poor.

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  4. The “I”
    The “I” May 07, 22:45

    I would like you to back up your claims about Carter. Please explain the climate of the mideast in preCarter days and your proof that he was the causation of the rise of militant Islamism.

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  5. Robert
    Robert May 08, 10:45

    Not mentioned was the largest S&L bank failure in history and the passage of the CRA Community Reinvestment Act forcing banks to write quotas of bad loans to minorities which became the foundation of the great recession democrats try and blame ion Bush.

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  6. Adam
    Adam May 08, 18:10

    In my opinion, the greatest thing that Carter did was to put Volker in charge of the fed. By doing so he saved our country from becoming like Venezuela or any of the high inflation countries.

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