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President Carter: 'U.S. Is the No. 1 Warmonger on Earth'

Native son and former president Jimmy Carter recently spoke to Time magazine about his newest book, Mideast peace, his admiration for Pope Francis and other topics.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Credit: The Carter Center
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Credit: The Carter Center

Georgia native and 39th president of the United States Jimmy Carter shared his views with Time magazine on topics ranging from the current showdown with Vladimir Putin to the need for a more active American role in Middle East peace efforts.

After speaking Tuesday night at the Lyndon Johnson Library in Texas to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the magazine spoke with Carter.

The Democrat criticized President Obama for not taking a more hands-on role in working toward Middle East peace in his first term.

“I know from experience that the best way to have the United States be a mediator is for the President himself to be deeply involved,” Carter said. “In this occasion, when Secretary Clinton was Secretary of State, she took very little action to bring about peace.”

The magazine also asked Carter about a recent quote attributed to him that “the U.S. is the No. 1 warmonger on Earth.”

The Nobel laureate replied, “Yes it is. It has been. You can look at the record, ever since the United Nations was formed after the Second World War, the United States has almost constantly been at war somewhere. There are about 30 countries where we have initiated armed conflict.”

"A Call to Action," a new book by President Carter, urges the end of discrimination and abuse against women, calling it the world’s biggest challenge, says his website. The book builds on the work of faith leaders and human rights defenders who met last summer at The Carter Center to commit to advancing women's rights. Religion, they said, should be a force for equality and human dignity, not oppression.

In the book, Carter writes that Jesus Christ was the greatest liberator of women in his culture. Time asked the former president to elaborate.

“He set an example that should be emulated down to the ages, and one of the examples that he set invariably in every word and deed of his life was to emphasize the equality of women and even to exalt women well beyond any status they had enjoyed in any previous decades or centuries or even since then," Carter said. "But unfortunately there have been interpretations of what Jesus did by very wonderful theologians that wrote individual letters to individual churches all across Asia minor and so forth, that can be misinterpreted and to prove by male religious leaders that women should not be equal in the eyes of God.”

wlwoodd1 April 11, 2014 at 02:36 PM
He was an embrassment as President..and he continues to be. Build those homes..that is helpful...but, as a past President..talking down America...If I had the power..I'd deport him !
Mark Nedza April 11, 2014 at 03:40 PM
There are some of us who have chosen to help and serve our community in quiet ways without carrying around a measuring stick to see who has done more. My issue is with people who do kind deeds then turnaround and condemn others or criticize and put down America. You would think a former president of the United States would the biggest advocate for this great country! But alas, he opens his judgmental piehole once again.
jMichael April 11, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Mark. You make a fair point. Many thanks.
Todd M April 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM
"Si vis pacem, para bellum" No matter the topic, the world is full of armchair quarterbacks. Those who sit around after the game, with all of the facts about the conflict now known, saying with great certainty how clearly they would have known the path to peace and how stupid everyone in the conflicts were for doing things the way they were done. Armchair quarterbacks or not, it is plain foolishness to think that every person has the same core motivations, morals, etc. There is nothing more dangerous than to believe that every human prefers peach and resolution. This is why appeasement didn't work with Hitler. Many thought that we could negotiate with him, or control him by trying to become his friend. Dictators rarely care about what others think of them. When there is a fire raging through a forest, sometimes more fire is used to battle the fire (controlled burns) to stop the spread of the fire. To say that America was/is a warmongering nation is stupidity. A man doesn't run towards conflict, but he most certainly doesn't run from it either. In any given war, had we turned our soft fleshy side towards our enemy, we would have only emboldened them, allowing them to continue to grow and get stronger. Sometimes as much as you do not want to fight, sometimes fighting is required. A bully cannot be reasoned with. Any kids who has ever been bullied knows this fact. You stand your ground and fight so the bully knows that from this day forward you will not be an easy target. He knows that he will always be met with a fight. This President has destroyed America. Our foreign policy issues exist due to our perceived weakness. More people will die due to our weakness than if we had maintained our strength, even if that meant a skirmish.
M L Goins April 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Review-libya holding Americans hostage while under presidency of carter, lots of talking/negotiating, result-hostages beaten, etc. Ronald Reagan sworn in as President, the American hostages are released...differences in the leadership persuaded the terrorists to release the hostages. Current leadership and carter have alot in common. There will be a world power. And whomever the world power is will use their military to achieve their goals. Current pres. is decreasing our defense and military at a rapid rate, while Russia and China increases theirs and meet often to discuss their common goals. (read 'dreams FROM my father' by current pres to understand his dreams/goals for America watch 'obamas america 2016' & note when the producer started this documentary he was a fan of obama, if you want to understand why obama is chipping away at the sovereignty of America as well as our ability to defend ourselves...) poor old carter means well and probably really believes peace can be achieved through talk....

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