Those Who Cannot Learn From History are Doomed to Repeat It
WSJ columnist, Bret Stephens harkens back to those happy, halcyon days of the Carter era:
“An idealistic president takes office promising an era of American moral renewal at home and abroad. The effort includes a focus on diplomacy and peace-making, an aversion to the use of force, the selling out of old allies. The result is that within a couple of years the U.S. is more suspected, detested and enfeebled than ever.
No, we’re not talking about Barack Obama. But since the current administration took office offering roughly the same prescriptions as Jimmy Carter did, it’s worth recalling how that worked out.”
It’s also worth recalling that no presidential candidate ever runs on a platform of being Carteresque. In Obama, we have an even more narcissistic, immature and incompetent president than Hamas supporter Jimmy Carter.
The former Shah of Iran was a friend of the United States. Indeed, he was a flawed leader, prone to despotism but a real pussycat compared to the current Iranian thugocracy. Until former president Jimmy Carter took office, the United States and Iran maintained a stable relationship. Carter couldn’t abandon the Shah fast enough. The daffy left always gets hysterical about minor despots and glorifies the really barbaric ones. Fidel Castro is a demigod to a libtard. Carter’s refusal to support the Shah and his delusions about the Ayatollah Khomeini enabled the savage fanatical regime to grab control of Iran. Khomeini’s government slaughtered more citizens in its first few weeks than the Shah’s regime killed during its entire thirty- eight year reign. The incendiary ayatollah’s take over was the beginning of the worldwide escalation of Islamic terrorism.
So fatuous was the Carter administration that Carter’s UN ambassador, Andrew Young once described the Ayatollah Khomeini as “somewhat of a saint.”
A beggarly approach toward other countries did not originate with the current Groveler in Chief:
“A The answer was, precisely, that Mr. Carter had set out to make America as inoffensive as possible. Two weeks before Juhayman seized the Grand Mosque, Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 66 Americans hostage. They did so after Mr. Carter had refused to bail out the Shah, as the Eisenhower administration had in 1953 . . .”
As with Carter, Barack Obama’s policies are guaranteed to lead to disaster. Whether it’s his inexperience, ego or orders from Soros driving him, the net result will be more bloodshed. Osama bin Laden has often reminded the world that when we were hit hard, we fled in defeat and ruin. He should have clarified: that’s what happens when liberals are in charge.
“Today, President Obama likes to bemoan the ‘mess’ he inherited overseas, the finger pointed squarely at President Bush. But the real mess he inherited comes straight out of 1979, the serial debacles of which define American challenges in the Middle East just as surely as the triumphs of 1989 define our opportunities in Europe. True, the furies that were unleashed that year in Mecca, Tehran and elsewhere in the Muslim world were not of America’s making. But absence of guilt is no excuse for innocence of policy.
Pretty soon, Mr. Obama will have his own Meccas and Tehrans to deal with, perhaps in Jerusalem and Cairo. He would do well to cast a backward glance at the tenure of his fellow Nobel peace laureate, as an object lesson in how even the purest of motives can lead to the most disastrous results.”