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Jimmy Carter, an expert on foreign policy failures, says Obama’s Middle East policy confused

Jimmy Carter, an expert on foreign policy failures, says Obama’s Middle East policy confused

“President Obama, it’s hard to figure out exactly what his policy is, it changes from time to time”

Plenty of conservatives have faulted President Obama for his handling of ISIS but now even President Jimmy Carter is jumping on board.

Jonathan Topaz of Politico reported:

Jimmy Carter: President Obama blew it on ISIL

Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

In an interviewed published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength.

“[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,” he said, using an alternate name for the terrorist group. “Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”

Politico is referencing this article by Jim Jones:

Carter unhappy with Obama’s policies in Middle East

Former President Jimmy Carter put down his hammer at a Meadowbrook Habitat for Humanity project Tuesday for a wide-ranging interview that touched on subjects such as the Obama administration’s use of drones, women’s rights and faith.

“I really object to the killing of people, particularly Americans overseas who haven’t been brought to justice and put on trial,” he said. “We’ve killed four Americans overseas with American drones. To me that violates our Constitution and human rights.”

In May 2013, the Obama administration acknowledged that it had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2009.

Carter said it was hard to figure out exactly what President Obama’s policy is in the Middle East.

“It changes from time to time,” Carter said. “I noticed that two of his secretaries of defense, after they got out of office, were very critical of the lack of positive action on the part of the president.”

I’ll give the final word to John Hinderaker of Powerline:

Et Tu, Jimmy?

When Jimmy Carter starts criticizing your foreign policy as weak and indecisive, you are getting to the bottom of the barrel.

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Not A Member of Any Organized Political | October 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

Yeah! Like this wasn’t all planned on purpose!

“ISIS Waves Black Flags of Victory Over Kobani; US Strategy in Ruins; Where Does ISIS Get Funding?”

“Those looking for proof that massive US bombing missions in Syria cannot stop ISIS now have it. Highlighting the complete failure of US containment policy, Isis Set to Take Syrian Town of Kobani….”


Well, that has GOT to sting…!!! Having Ji-mah Cat-ah slam your foreign policy.

Plus, in other news that should put Barracula into a deep depression, ISIS is probing Baghdad. This is not looking good.

This mess started with Obama’s withdrawal from the Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with Iraq. We are seeing the results readily and loudly predicted at that time.

Barack Obama has been acting on his dustbin-of-history policy of bringing the US down the the level of the rest of the world. This iteration involves yet another attempt to play the game “Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came?” which had been played in Vietnam, to disastrous effect. This policy, of premature withdrawal, is the policy of the Democratic Party that selected Barack Obama as their standard-bearer.

When will they ever learn?

People will have to start taking numbers for the “Denounce Obama Here” window.

Hah, maybe now Obama knows what it feels like to have no border protection.

TrooperJohnSmith | October 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

When Jimmuh Caw-tuh calls you a pu**y, you’re (Milque)toast.

ISIS and the Muslin Brotherhood are Obama’s buddies, he did his best to install them in Egypt but the wise Egyptian people fraught and regained control of their country and they hate Obama.
He has been dragging feet since Behghazi, maybe even before, so that his buddies could/can get a stronger foot hold. Notice how ISIS is terrorizing the indigenous people of Syria and Iraq. They don’t want to make the same mistake they made in Egypt where the people still had the courage to stand up to them. All the while distracting us by beheading one or two Americans?

Henry Hawkins | October 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

LOL @ Jimmy’s photo. Is he playing train engineer?

Notice how strange is that ISIS threatened Europe and the entire World but not Israel which is next to it. This masquerade goes on in this great stage while the future of all people depends precisely on how ISIS, Al Qaeda and 9/11 are intended. A new World apparatus should thoroughly investigate the events of 9/11. There is no need for another US Commission that pretends to investigate and that is why it takes an external Commission. Also a second investigation should be launched against Senator John Mc Cain after it has been revealed that he had met with the founder of ISIS. “Here’s the problem. He [Sen. John McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time.” —Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with the Daily Beast, Sept. 16. This picture is the obvious evidence that the World conspiracy is not a theory. The chief of ISIS is that same Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who spent time in a US prison and in a meeting with Mc Cain before being released in 2009. There is no doubt that the Zionists and their counter terrorist agencies have all the means to enlist and pay well mercenaries of all Countries and Islamic extremists without having to show their face or their wallet. A World War has already been planned. Obama is under strong pressure from all media and from the many US politicians on payroll of Israel (like Mc Cain) to commit US troops on the ground against ISIS and to begin this War on behalf of Israel. The US president recognizes the Zionist trap and is resisting for now from sending those troops. The comedy will go on with the tears of the Pharisees while in Jerusalem the situation of Al Aqsa mosque will get to a boiling point. It will be Jeb Bush, the next US president, to fix everything with a spectacular final act.

Enjoy the show.

Henry Hawkins | October 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

LOL @ Obama. Even Jimmy Carter is pissing on his leg.