While the president’s detractors have long drawn unflattering parallels between Jimmy Carter‘s presidency and Barack Obama’s, it seems even Jimmy Carter is starting to distance himself from the president.
In a Sunday New York Times article titled “A Cruel and Unusual Record,” Carter blasts the administration‘s foreign policy decisions and the implications for the United States’ “moral authority” around the world.
Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended….
Recent legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or “associated forces,” a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress…This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the [Declaration of Human Rights].
In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws have canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications. Popular state laws permit detaining individuals because of their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate.
Despite an arbitrary rule that any man killed by drones is declared an enemy terrorist, the death of nearby innocent women and children is accepted as inevitable. After more than 30 airstrikes on civilian homes this year in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has demanded that such attacks end, but the practice continues in areas of Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen that are not in any war zone. We don’t know how many hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in these attacks, each one approved by the highest authorities in Washington. [Emphasis added]
While it‘s true that Carter criticizes America’s decisions in general, not just the president’s, ABC’s Jake Tapper tweeted: “Jimmy Carter couches this as criticism of the nation, but it‘s really shot after shot at President Obama’s policies.”
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Carter’s criticism follows weeks of what many have deemed “sabotage” to the Obama re-election effort by former president Bill Clinton. Even the Associated Press asked “What is going on?” after Clinton came out against the president’s stated agenda time after time.
Watch a recap of the gaffes with former Clinton advisor Dick Morris, via Fox News:
Some speculate that Clinton really wants to be back in the White House as the “first husband” and knows that his chances are greatly reduced if Obama wins a second term, while others hypothesize the former president doesn’t want to see another four years of economic stagnation under the Obama administration.
“Is this the most passive‑aggressive stuff you’ve ever seen?” Glenn Beck asked on his radio show.
Whatever the motivations, the Obama administration can’t be happy with two former presidents seemingly undermining him every time he turns his back
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