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July 17, 2008

Carter gained respect abroad

I feel compelled to protest Andrew Reiz’s letter (7/14) attempting to put down Barack Obama by comparing him to Jimmy Carter. I lived in England during the Carter administration, and President Carter — unlike George W. Bush — was highly respected abroad. I recall that the British were generally surprised to hear that Carter got so little respect at home.

Thank God that President Carter did not “bomb Tehran into talcum powder” as Reiz recommended. We did that to Hiroshima and Nagasaki with far greater “just cause” than 52 hostages held in the embassy, and to this day no one sane is proud of dropping the A-bomb.

Until the debacle of the war in Iraq, our restraint of our obvious military might gained international respect for America.

Diane Marshall
Independence

Comments

Engineer

Pub 17
If you say so. But how anyone, even a European, could respect a leader that allowed an act of war against his nation to be carried out and continued without initial response I do not understand. Especially since when he did make an effort it was spectacularly inept, poorly planed and miserably executed. However the Europeans probably wouldn't like him nearly so well if he had taken prompt, effective action.

Pub 17

Actually, Engineer, Carter was widely respected for his willingness to talk rather than rattle sabers, and for the fact that he knew all the names of the countries in Europe and could find them on a map, in high contrast to the sitting administration.

whispering_to_kc

Ha ha ha ha!! Ho hum.

Geez. If someone you disagree with isn't a nazi, we're now an imbecile looking for our drool cup. Kind of harsh, aren't you?

I think you guys on the right are getting kind of cranky. Wall Street lately got ya down? Or, is your doctor trying to change your meds again?

Good night, and good luck.

Engineer

Pub 17
Actually, I almost always read your links if I see them. If you have any links on this I'll read them. My personal experience has been that most nonprofessional Europeans I met knew very little about the US. If they now believe Carter was an effective president their so-called knowledge is obviously out of agreement with reality.

kcstar_is_one_sided

Engineer -

Pub demands that you study his posts and his links. He is getting irritated that you are ignoring him. Just thought I'd let you know. Please do try to get with the program.

Thanks.

kcstar_is_one_sided

whispering_to_kc
First time is clever, second is just copy cat.

And third, fourth, and fifth just mean you are an imbecile. All whispering does lately is get on here, copy a post and change a few words. Then I imagine, he pats himself on his back and asks the attendant for a new drool cup.

Pub 17

Actually, Engineer, Europeans tend to be vastly better educated about the United States than the other way round. Google it yourself, since you've demonstrated in the past that if I send you links you ignore them.

Engineer

whispering_to_kc
First time is clever, second is just copy cat.

Engineer

When I read about “what Europeans think" or similar stories I always wonder how this information was gathered. Over cocktails at the press club? I do recall the studies which showed that something like 50% of US citizens interviewed didn't know the name of our Vice President. I imagine the average European thinks about America about as often as the average American thinks about the European Union.

whispering_to_kc

Good luck with that campaign message for McCain: "He might just be as good as Bush."

Kate

Don’t worry, Ms. Marshall, once The Chosen One achieves his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons, Europeans will love us again. (Wasn’t that one of Miss America’s goals, too?)

Chris40

Yes, Diane, Jimmy Carter was the best president ever.

Good luck with that campaign message for Obama: "He might just be as good as Carter."

Rogue

HUH, sorry for the double post.....the Falling Star Web Site is messing with me.

Rogue

Well, will try this again, the site seems to be having problems.

Disanne makes three mayber four people now that think Jimma-Misery Index-Carter was a good President.

Rogue

I think Diane makes three, maybe four people in the country that think old "Jimma"- misery index -Carter was a "good" President.

 
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