“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history. 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,” Carter said.
The 39th president said that during Bush’s two terms in office, he has radically departed from every other U.S. president.
“We have a new policy now on war,” Carter said. “We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered. But that’s been a radical departure from all previous administration policies.”
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who brokered the Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel, also faulted Bush’s Middle East diplomacy skills. “For the first time since Israel was founded, we’ve had zero peace talks to try to bring a resolution of differences in the Middle East. That’s a radical departure from the past,” he said.
Well, I guess no one can accuse Jimmy Carter of being lukewarm. He calls them as he sees them!