Carter’s Planned Syria Romp With Hamas’ Khaled Meshal

Failed negotiations with Iranian Terrorists was the first thing that came to mind when I read this article. I love how Carter thinks he is still relevant in todays politics and acts as if he actually accompished something useful during his Presidency. Carter failed miserably when Iran’s now president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  took hostages in Iran and held them for over a year.

Does anyone remember the gas crisis from the late 70’s. That was Jimmy Carter’s successful diplomacy in action as well when it came to the Middle East…

Now after years of Anti-Israeli rhetoric, this chump is going to meet with the exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshal. That sounds an awful lot like negotiating with terrorists to me.

I do have to say my favorite part of the article is:

“Obviously President Carter has a great amount of credibility in the region because of his past efforts seeking peace internationally,”

Yes Carter’s credibility in the region is great, not because he actually accomplished anything there, but because of Iran and his on going terrorist sympathizer status. He is probably an idol to them and he is definitely a pawn to the leadership of terror organizations.

Jimmy should have gone back to peanut picking. This is a classic example of a President with lack of experience… (Hint Hint – Obama and Clinton, although if memory serves me correct he was at least governor for a few years, more than Obama and Clinton have under their belt…)

NEW YORK CITY —  Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.

Deanna Congileo, Carter’s press secretary, confirmed in an e-mail to that Carter will be in the Mideast in April. Pressed for comment, Congileo did not deny that the former president is considering visiting Meshal.

“President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week,” wrote Congileo. “I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time.”

Meshal, who lives in Syria to avoid being arrested by the Israeli government, leads Hamas from his seat in Damascus, where he is a guest of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The State Department has designated Hamas a “foreign terrorist organization,” and some groups hold Meshal personally responsible for ordering the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack once said of the prospect of meeting with Meshal, “That’s not something that we could possibly conceive of.”

Some Carter critics called the latest reports typical of the ex-president.

“It’s about par for the course from President Carter, demonstrating a lack of judgment typical of what he does,” said John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “To go to Syria to visit Hamas at this point is just an ill-timed, ill-advised decision on his part.”

“I’m not surprised that Carter would do this, as he has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years,” said Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a watchdog group.

Carter would be the first Western leader of his stature to meet with the Hamas chief. Though Meshal met with Clinton officials in the 1990s, the Bush administration has sought to isolate Hamas, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Gaza and refusing to meet with its leaders unless it recognizes Israel and abandons terror.

“I think this [visit] undermines the U.S. policy of isolating Hamas,” said Emerson. “I think this encourages Europeans to further dilute their sanctions against the Hamas government.”

“When you put the prestige of a former president of the United States in a meeting with one of its terrorist leaders, you’re giving it a legitimacy and currency it never had,” said Bolton.

But Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy group, said Carter’s efforts demonstrate he’s a true partner in peace.

“I think if true, this report would indicate that President Carter is willing to travel any road in search of peace,” he said. “I think President Carter would only undertake such a mission if he believed that something could be achieved in terms of peace and reconciliation in the region.”

Hooper added that because of Carter’s reputation among Palestinians he might be able to bring some pressure to bear.

“Obviously President Carter has a great amount of credibility in the region because of his past efforts seeking peace internationally,” Hooper said.

The Al-Hayat report stated that Carter would be traveling in his capacity as head of the Carter Center, and not in his capacity as a former president.

“That’s a distinction that’s absurd,” said Emerson.

“Maybe he’ll give up his pension, but he’s always a former president,” said Bolton.


2 Responses

  1. Please, next time do a little historical research before you make a complete fool of yourself.
    You consider it a failure that Carter was able to keep the hostages alive for over a year while they were in the hands of those maniacs?
    Carter has earned respect in the region, first, for the Camp David Accord, which ended hostilities between longtime foes Egypt and Israel. Since then, he’s been on over a hundred peacekeeping missions in his capacity as head of the Carter Center.
    And do you really want to bring up the gas crisis that started under Imbecile-in-Chief Ford?
    If you want peace, you HAVE to talk to your enemies. That’s something that cowards like Bush are afraid to do.

  2. Kip, please you need to do some historical research instead of looking like a fool.
    Yes I consider the fact that those people were kept hostage for over a year a failure. In addition to that, there was an attempt to rescue them, Eagle Claw, which was plagued with avionics failures, which resulted in the death of 8 military personel.
    Oddly enough days before Reagan was sworn in, Iran decided to “negotiate” with Carter for the release of the hostages. Hmmm…
    As for Camp David, it is only a success on the surface. The real success was for Egypt, again Carter is nothing more than a terrorist sympathizer. The fact that Egypt never took responsiblity for Gaza, and making sure the people of Gaza were taken care of, allowed them to use Gaza as a continued attacking point and proxy army against Israel.
    Additonally, Egypt at the time could not afford another war with Israel. Egypt was still reeling from the blow they had been delivered.
    As for the gas crisis, you imbecile, the first one was in 73 and that was the result of the Yom Kippur war and the Muslim attempt to use financial pressure to bring the international community down on Israel.
    The second crisis which occured in 79, three years into Carter’s Presidence, so to try and blame Ford just makes you plain stupid. The nationalization of the oil industry is the main cause of this. Now to follow that through with the earlier part, you do not find it odd that that is the same time Hostages in Iran were taken. Yes the failed Jimmy Carter Experience. Ultimately, other than making terrorists happy Carter did absolutely nothing in his four years.

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