WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday denounced Vice President Dick Cheney as a "disaster" for the country and a "militant" who has had an excessive influence in setting foreign policy. (this coming from the President who's political decisions on Iran turned it from ally to an enemy. Carter is the sole person that can be blamed for the handing over of Iran to the Islamofacists and starting the war we are now fighting in the Middle East)
Cheney has been on the wrong side of the debate on many issues, including an internal White House discussion over Syria in which the vice president is thought to be pushing a tough approach, Carter said. (Yes Jimmy Gritz thinks Assad is a good guy to deal with, so what if he blows up politicians in neighboring countries)
"He's a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world," Carter told the BBC World News America in an interview to air later on Wednesday. (Yeah Jimmy it would be much better to allow our Embassies to be over run and our diplomats held hostage like you allowed)
"You know he's been a disaster for our country," Carter said. "I think he's been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he's prevailed." (yes Cheyney the Boogie Man pulling the strings in the Back ground.... what a maroon)
Asked to comment on Carter's remarks, Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the Republican vice president, said, "We're not going to engage in this type of rhetoric." (Why bandy words with a loon)
Carter, a Democrat who was president from 1977 to 1981 and won the 2002 Nobel Peace prize for his charitable work, is a strong critic of the Iraq war and has often been outspoken in his criticism of President George W. Bush. (ahhh The Nobel Peace Prize, a joke award for a joke of a man) (Alfred Nobel invented Dynomite, to sway critisism that he was getting rich from one of the most efficient weapons. As a joke he didicated 1% of the profits to a Peace Prize. The Joke is still playing out to this day)
In a newspaper interview in May, Carter called the Bush administration the "worst in history" in international relations. (His Alzheimers doesn't allow him to remember his own)
Carter did have kind words in the BBC interview for U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"I'm filled with admiration for Condoleezza Rice in standing up to (Cheney) which she did even when she was in the White House under President George W. Bush," Carter said, referring to Rice's former role as White House national security adviser.
"Now secretary of state, her influence is obviously greater than it was then and I hope she prevails," Carter added. (makes ya want to start worrying about Condi)
Bush allows torture: Carter
US President George W. Bush's administration tortures detainees in defiance of international law, former US president Jimmy Carter charged Wednesday.
"I don't think it, I know it, certainly," Carter told CNN television when asked if he believed the US administration allowed the use of torture. (How do you know it Jimmy? Did one of those little grey men in that UFO you saw tell you?)
Carter rejected Bush's statement last week that the United States does not torture terror suspects.
"That's not an accurate statement, if you use the international norms of torture as has always been honored, certainly in the last 60 years, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was promulgated," Carter said in the interview.
"But you can make your own definition of human rights and say, 'we don't violate them.' And ... you can make your own definition of torture and say 'we don't violate it,'" said the former Democratic president and Nobel laureate.
Asked if Bush was lying, Carter said: "The president is self-defining what we have done and authorized in the torture of prisoners, yes."
Those who commit torture were violating international law, Carter said.
The White House rejected Carter's comments and reiterated that the administration does not condone torture.
"The United States does not torture," spokeswoman Dana Perino told AFP in an e-mail.
"The president has not authorized it, nor will he. Our interrogation methods are tough, safe, necessary and legal. And our country is being protected," Perino said.
On Sunday, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the United States appears to be torturing terror suspects. (another Feeble mind obbsessed with the lust for power, who has no shame in latching on to the bablings of a senial old man if it adds to her agenda)
Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, Pelosi said reported interrogation tactics such as simulated drowning, head slapping and exposure to extreme temperatures all amounted to banned torture. (Sounds like the years I spent in High School)
The New York Times reported last week on a 2005 memo by the Justice Department that allegedly authorized harsh techniques in interrogations of "war on terror" suspects -- in the same year that Congress explicitly banned the use of torture.
Carter: I regret nothing
The presidency is okay, I guess…
Talk about finding a silver lining…
Speaking with XM Radio's Bob Edwards on Tuesday, former President Jimmy Carter (you know, the guy who gave the "malaise" speech) told the radio host that he "would not want to have changed anything" during his presidency. (Our Diplomats held hostage, double digit inflation, food and gas rationing, Ahhh the joys of Gritz presidency)
Well, okay, maybe one thing. Referring to the Iran hostage crisis, Carter said, "I have a specific regret in not having one more helicopter when I wanted to rescue our hostages. If I had had one more helicopter, they would have been rescued. I might have been reelected president." (what do they call it when old people get delusional?)
But presidency, schmesidency, says Carter, who thinks that the Oval Office isn't nearly as sweet a gig as his own humanitarian efforts at The Carter Center. IAfter all, f he had had that extra helicopter, which would have rescued the hostages (wildly presuming, of course, that the Delta Force commanders were able to pull of a daring rescue of the more than 50 U.S. citizens being held in Tehran) and, thus, helped re-elect him president, Carter said "in that case I probably wouldn't have had the Carter Center, so in balance I would not want to have changed anything." (Like I said what a Maroon, this mans oars long ago stopped hitting the water, other than the comic relief that he supplies the sane amongst us. The only thing this man should be allowed to provide an example for is a partial view of what another Clinton administration would be like. Hillary believes what this idiot says and her policies will make the economy under Cater look like the Golden Age)