Lyndon B. Johnson without a doubt was the worst president of my lifetime.
Jimmy Carter the 39th president of the United States comes in a close second (the jury is still out on Obama).
What can be said about Carter?
He has failed miserably on both foreign and domestic policies but for this article I will focus on Carter’s foreign policy.
During the 1980’s Ronald Reagan and the conservative movement reversed a lot of damage that Carter had done, however there is still a Jimmy Carter legacy that is causing major headaches to this day.
Unfortunately a lot of folks who voted for Obama are not old enough to remember or educated enough to know about this major foreign policy catastrophe.
The Iran crisis that Carter dealt with and the Egyptian crisis that we are seeing today have some strange and eerie similarities.
I will outline some of those similarities.
The Shah, like Murbarak was no saint but he was a good trusted U.S. ally in the mideast for over 3 decades.
I wonder how many people know this fact, Iran was a partner and a very close ally with the United States since the 1950’s, a trusted pillar in a very unstable region.
Iran was also very modernized/westernized during the Shah’s reign.
Below is an article that gives a good run down on how things went when Carter was President.
Fall of the Shah of Iran and the Islamic uprising that followed
No one predicted that the shah was in imminent danger of falling in spite of increasing unrest spreading across the county. In particular, massive demonstrations on September 4 and 5, 1978 prompted declaration of martial law two days later. When a crowd of 10,000-20,000 the following day met at Tehran’s Jaleh Square and refused to disperse, government troops opened fire, killing 122 and wounding 2,000 to 3,000. The Jaleh Square massacre was considered the turning point between sporadic acts of popular rebellion against the shah to genuine revolution. The shah asked President Carter to reiterate his public support, which Carter did in a statement from the White House reaffirming the close ties between Iran and the U.S. The statement, which was read over the air on Tehran Radio, only served to identify the US with the Jaleh Square massacre.
On January 16, 1979, the shah fled Iran, unlike 1953, not to return. He died in exile in June 1979. The aged Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Khomeini, flew from Paris to Tehran on February 1, 1979, ending fourteen years of exile, to lead religious revolutionaries in the final overthrow of the shah’s government on February 11, 1979. Conservative clerical forces established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in the learned religious scholar. The new government nationalized industries and banks and revived Islamic traditions. Western influence and music were banned, women were forced to return to traditional veiled dress, and Westernized elites fled the country.
On November 4, 1979 scores of Iranian students loyal to Khomeini scaled the walls of the US embassy in Tehran and took hostage 54 Americans (the entire US diplomatic mission) thereby setting off a tense fifteen-month standoff between the US and Iran. Khomeini refused all appeals, and agitation increased toward the West with the Carter administration’s economic boycott, the breaking of diplomatic relations, and an unsuccessful hostage rescue attempt in April 1980. The hostage crisis, which lasted 444 days, finally ended on the same day (January 20, 1981) that Ronald Reagan became US president.
The Shah had turned to Carter during an uprising in his country looking for support but instead got this. (I found this at Big Peace)
“This is something that is in the hands of the people of Iran. We have never had any intention and don’t have any intention of trying to intercede in the internal political affairs of Iran…. We personally prefer that the Shah maintain a major role in the government, but that’s a decision for the Iranian people to make.” ~Jimmy Carter, December 7th 1978
Read it closely…Sound familiar?
Obama just said the same thing in response to the turmoil in Egypt.
Iran went from being a friend of the United States to one of her biggest foes, calling the United States “The Great Satan” within months after the Shah had fled.
Jimmy Carter in his incompetency throws the Shah under the bus and Iran is what it is today, an Islamic republic hell bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and destroying the United States along with Israel.
Jimmy Carter lost Iran.
CARTER THE TOUGH GUYIn December of 1979 the Soviet Union invaded the country of Afghanistan, this was know as the Soviet Afghan War.
South Korea and North Korea had come to a push, South Vietnam fell to the communist north and Afghanistan was correctly viewed by the west as an expansion of the Soviet Union’s evil empire.
So what does Jimmy do…?
Jimmy Carter in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan issues an ultimatum on March 21, 1980.
CARTER BOYCOTTS THE MOSCOW SUMMER OLYMPICS.
That’s right…Where taking our ball and going home. :^P
A spineless, cowardly maneuver. This is a consistent trait with Democrats
Carter at this moment goes down as the second worst president, however Obama is closing at the stretch and if he keeps this momentum Obama may beat Carter for the number two spot.