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Jewish World Review
Oct. 20, 2006
/ 28 Tishrei, 5767
Great presidents never die…but they do know when to SHUT UP!
Whoever said politicians are all alike, haven't studied recent ex-presidents. Ford, Reagan, and Bush 1, were all succeeded by Dems, Ronnie one removed. To my knowledge, they maintained their quiet over policies and behaviors they would deem ridiculous.
Even Nixon remained quiet while rebuilding his reputation, after his deserved self banishment from office.
Thus, the Republicans maintained the dignity of their country, party, themselves, but most of all; the Presidency itself.
Some leave their mark, others just a stain
The opposite is true of our most recent Democratic commander in chiefs. They can't resist any and all attempts to attack their successors, even on foreign turf.
Since Clinton has befriended the emir of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Matoum, he has been paid to bestow several speeches to the UAE for about $400,000 a sermon. This Arab country, supporter of the Israeli boycott, also contributed about $500,000 to the Clinton Library.
No wonder our most recent ex-president danced on his wife's presidential chances when he urged Dubya to give over our ports to recent backers of the Taliban, the UAE. During the last speech he criticized his successor for the Iraq war, ignoring the fact that removing Saddam was one of the major tenets in his own pre-9/11 administration.
Carter has been equally busy.
While visiting Castro in 2002, Carter lavished praise on the Cuban health and education systems while forgetting to mention the thousands of political prisoners Fidel had languishing in his prisons. Two years later President Jimmy felt it necessary to confirm Hugo Chavez's controversial "election" as el-presidente of Venezuela, despite evidence of murders by Hugo's brown shirts and a 59% exit poll that revealed the Devil pointer lost.
Now Carter wants to blame Bush for the anti nuke deal he made as a Clinton assignee to appease Little Kim in 1994. What chutzpah! It proves that a fool and his policies are never parted.
Never leave a dullard alone with a sharp knife.
Why the difference between Republican and Democrat ex-presidents?
History hasn't been kind to Carter, his mishandling of the economy and failure to do anything effective in the kidnapping of our embassy personnel from Tehran until his embarrassing performance helped Ronald Reagan get elected.
Clinton, always the selfish prick, was more concerned with popularity polls than protecting his country. Instead of making decisions that a real commander in chief would make he hid behind his self imposed impeachment struggle.
Both are so arrogant they believe the country can't do without their "expert" leadership. One is so eager to get his former residence back he's pushing (I mean supporting) his wife to run.
The number one reason they won't shut up is the CC boys can't stand to be out of the spotlight. They both have a relentless need for attention.
Let's not go overboard. As my good friend and liberal lobbyist, Phil A. Buster, reminded me, "Hey Bushbot, those guys have done great things since they were in office."
He's right. Carter has been tireless in his work for Habitat for Humanity, building homes for the needy donning hammer and nails himself alongside wife, Rosalynn.
Clinton and George Senior have raised billions for Tsunami victims (mostly Muslim), and hurricane victims.
Deny truth and you must rationalize the lie
On balance though, it's plain to most that ex-presidents shouldn't interfere with the new commander in chief. It's no longer their job to protect America and Americans from Islamofacist slaughter, the likes we seem to forget about until 9/11 movies suddenly remind us of the horrible deaths suffered by 3,000 of our brethren on that awful day.
Besides, both Carter and especially Clinton bear much of the responsibility for enabling and encouraging terrorists to attack and attack and attack. They convinced the likes of Osama, Saddam and Zarhawi that the USA was a paper tiger and would eventually back down.
Bush and future presidents need a chance to disprove Osama's skepticism. Carter and Clinton can help. All they need do is keep doing what they're good at, helping the poor and troubled…and stay out of what they never had a talent for, foreign policy.
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