This post has been updated.
Former President Jimmy Carter, the man who became synonymous with the word "malaise," has used his vast knowledge of history and his utter ignorance of his own adminstration to determine that George W. Bush is the worst president ever.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions. "The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and
Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."
America's basic values? Like standing idly by as Iranian terrorists stormed the U.S. embassy and held our people captive for 444 days? Like being present at the creation of the "misery index?" Like waiting in line for gas and only being able to buy it on alternating days?
Carter, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, criticized Bush for having "zero peace talks" in Israel. Carter also said the administration "abandoned or directly refuted" every negotiated nuclear arms agreement, as well as environmental efforts by other presidents.
Yeah, because all of those other peace talks over the past six decades have been such successes. Just for kicks, can Carter name how many nuclear arms agreements that we had at the beginning of the Bush administration with countries that currently exist?
As a reminder of how much better off we are today without Carter in charge of anything more than his mouth, remember that Carter would have us completely vulnerable to nuclear attack from that madman in North Korea in order to honor an agreement with a nation that no longer exists.
Update: Reuters gets it wrong.
Reuters report on the Carter slam of President Bush includes this gem:
Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday's sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors.
Bass ackwards. Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, former presidents did not criticize sitting presidents. Not the other way around. It shouldn't be to surprising that the Brits got this backwards, I hear they drive on the wrong side of the road too.