Former President Derangement Syndrome
Memo to President Carter: You are no longer in office. We just call you President to be polite. You no longer represent the United States of America, except in an honorary capacity when asked to, like at state funerals for people we don't care much about. You have no right to make promises on behalf of the United States or broker any deals whatsoever in the name of the United States, except insofar as the current officeholder or his subordinates authorize you to do so.
Jimmy Carter, apparently suffering from Former President Derangement Syndrome, had the audacity to make
a personal promise to ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Cuba on the U.N. change issue that was undermined by America's ambassador, John Bolton. "My hope is that when the vote is taken," he told the Council on Foreign Relations, "the other members will outvote the United States." ...
"One of the things I assured them of was that the United States was not going to dominate all the other nations of the world in the Human Rights Council," Mr. Carter said. However, on the next day, Mr. Carter said, Mr. Bolton publicly "demanded" that the five permanent members of the Security Council will have permanent seats on the new council as well, "which subverted exactly what I have promised them," Mr. Carter said.
Aside from your hope that "the other members will outvote the United States" - and yes, I damn well DO question your patriotism! - whatever possessed you to involve yourself in this matter? Even if those ambassadors are ignorant enough to not be aware of your true position in this country, unless you are suffering from dementia, Alzheimers or the like, you have no excuse. You are a private citizen, and have been for a long time. Accept it. Please. You're embarrassing yourself.
Posted by Laura Curtis at March 3, 2006 02:44 PM
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|# March 3rd, 2006 2:52 PM BVBigBro|
|I thought this was just bizarre by Carter, too. It's high time he takes a seat in a rocker and starts dictating his memoirs. |