Tag: Jimmy Carter

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Washington Has Become an Island

 

Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests.

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Jim is back! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of New Yorkers bluntly rejecting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2020 presidential bid but it does give Greg an idea of how to thin the 24-candidate field. They also applaud Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for giving AT&T, Verizon and other carriers more latitude to block the robocalls flooding our cell phones. And they have a lot of fun with PETA’s ridiculous denunciation of former President Jimmy Carter of speciesism and a human-supremacist worldview because he likes to go turkey hunting.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.

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A president whose misguided policies were by and large disastrous, but was nevertheless a thoroughly decent human being, who honestly thought he was acting in the best interest of the country. His bleeding heart was always in the right place, and his wise humanitarianism is just not appreciated by the American people (stupid dolts!) That’s […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. One More Helicopter

 

iran_hostagesDuring a recent press conference to discuss his cancer diagnosis, Jimmy Carter was asked about his presidency and what he would have done differently:

“I wish I’d sent one more helicopter to get the hostages and we would have rescued them and I would have been re-elected,” Carter said. His response elicited laughter from the audience …

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Welcome Extinction

 

imageAmerica’s 39th president doesn’t not come in for much praise here on Ricochet but the excellent — and nearly complete — work his foundation has been doing to eradicate the guinea worm in Africa deserves some attention. I dare say, the world owes Jimmy Carter a round of applause.

The guinea worm is a nasty piece of work. Like many other parasites, it infects different species at different stages of its lifecycle, culminating in humans in its adult stage. I’ll spare you the details, suffice to say that it emerges from a blister in leg or foot and the only thing to do is to pull the cursed thing — all three feet (~90 cm) of it — out of the skin inch-by-inch, lest it break and become infected inside someone’s leg or foot. Washing the wound in water apparently eases the pain, but is also exactly what the worm wants, as it allows it to release its back eggs into the water supply and start the process over.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Shocking Lack of Historical Knowledge in Today’s America

 

This is a verbatim transcript of a conversation at work last night:

Colleague: Dennis Rodman is going to meet with ISIS. [This was a rumor going around the internet]

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Occasionally, as events have prompted several among us to despair for our civilization’s future, I have played the Pollyanna by noting that, as bad as things have become, the 1970s were even worse than the present, and yet somehow we survived them. Some have rebuked me for such nonsense. I now give you the final […]

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Last December, I had planned a post to make the case that the Obama administration’s legacy would be more damaging to our long term interests in the area of foreign policy than in domestic policy. Back then, I thought this was a somewhat difficult case to make(given ObamaCare, IRS, etc.)–that on first glance, the opposite seemed true. […]

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“‘The bear is loose!’ is the president’s favorite phrase at such moments…” Probably so, but I’m surprised Obama is the first to say it. More

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