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Friday, December 08, 2006

Rug Being Pulled From Under Jimmy Carter

A second charge in two days has been levelled against Jimmy Carter's new book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. Yesterday Professor Kenneth Stein, the first director of the Carter Center, terminated his association with the organization. The entire letter of resignation can be found at Powerline Blog. While Stein's association with the center has waned, his letter makes clear that the shortcomings in Carter's new book was the deciding factor. He states:
President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments. Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book. Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook. Having little access to Arabic and Hebrew sources, I believe, clearly handicapped his understanding and analyses of how history has unfolded over the last decade. Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making. The history and interpretation of the Arab-Israeli conflict is already drowning in half-truths, suppositions, and self-serving myths; more are not necessary. In due course, I shall detail these points and reflect on their origins.
Now tell us what you really think of the book Professor Stein. Wow. Of course nobody should be surprised to read that Carter has a warped view of the world, historical and present. It can be found clearly in who he chooses to criticize and who he chooses to embrace. The embraced list tends to lean toward dictators and enemies of the U.S.

Today a second person has stepped up to cry foul that Carter used maps in the book without authorization. According to FoxNews:

Ambassador Dennis Ross, a former Mideast envoy and FOX News foreign affairs analyst, claims maps commissioned and published by him were improperly republished in Carter's book.

"I think there should be a correction and an attribution," Ross said. "These were maps that never existed, I created them."

After Ross saw the maps in Carter's book, he told his publisher he wanted a correction.

When asked if the former president ripped him off, Ross replied: “it sure looks that way.”

So on top of the charges undermining the content of the book, it appears Carter committed plagiarism by using the maps without permission. It will be interesting to see how Carter reacts to these charges. In spite of the media's attempt to build up Carter, he continues to embarrass himself. Such is the caliber of Nobel Prize winners these days.

5 Comments:

  • At 8:33 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    You know, I used to have a certain measure of respect for Carter. Habitat for Humanity, Camp David, that kind of stuff. I gave him credit where it was due.

    His liberal policies that led to double digit inflation and interest rates, were always a sore spot. The low interest in the military was another. (I served under the Carter administration and believe me morale was low.)

    The fact that he allowed the world to push the US around was the biggest beef I had. The Iranian hostage situation, the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, both were a disaster.

    But through it all, I never felt he was a bad person that wanted to hurt anyone. That is, until now.

    I am perplexed that an ex-President has become such a hack and has taken up tactics that are mean-spirited and has positioned himself with people like Michael Moore and others that are bitter and angry. I always thought an ex-president should conduct himself with a certain level of class and dignity, not spend the twilight years of his life trying to tear down a successor's administration, to the detriment of the country.

    But beyond all of that, I would never expect that an ex-president would ever steal intellectual property to sell a book.

     
  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    LA, well said. I have struggled with the two possibilities regarding Carter. He either is so incompetent and ignorant that he cannot comprehend the behavior of dictators and terrorists; or that he is fully aware of these things and his actions are those of a traitor.

    I cannot believe anyone that was in his position could be so immune to reality, so I hate to say I have not been able to persuade myself that he is not a traitor. He is with the group that thinks the world's problems will only be solved by weakening the U.S. Nothing is further from the truth.

    I realize in the world of dirty politics the game is to discredit somebody that disagrees with your position whether they deserve it or not. I do not go along with that. However, I think Carter has discredited himself repeatedly for the last decade. The book is now a very concrete component in that discrediting. For the good of the country he needs to be exposed aggresively.

     
  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger Return to Westernesse said…

    You conservatives - always so hung up on minor things like facts, truth, reality, historical context. How could all of those things be more important than a man's good intentions? I think Carter deserves an award for this book to put next to his Nobel Prize.

     
  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Malott said…

    Jimmy's presidency was such an embarrassing disaster. And his successor's was such an amazing success. Carter's been looking for a little respect since 1980.

    Maybe we should just pat him on the head for the good things he's done since he left office, snicker behind his back about the Nobel Prize thing, and look the other way as he edges towards dementia.

     
  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Malott,

    If the media didn't take him seriously (or at least do a great job of pretending to) I would love to just ignore the Peanut. Unfortunately, because he says what they want to hear about Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they give him a microphone.


    R2W,

    It is going to take a crow-bar to extract your tongue from your cheek.

     

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