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Will Peace Prize Winners Duke It Out Over Drones And Human Rights? Carter Calls Obama To Task.

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Even when two valuable statesman are at odds, it doesn't seem fair for one to attack the other on human rights issues, but that is exactly what Democrat Jimmy Carter did in his recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, entitled   A Cruel And Unusual Record :

After more than 30 airstrikes on civilian homes this year in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has demanded that such attacks end, but the practice continues in areas of Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen that are not in any war zone. We don't know how many hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in these attacks, each one approved by the highest authorities in Washington. This would have been unthinkable in previous times.


For years, President Obama has been compared in many ways with former President Jimmy Carter: his attempts at diplomacy garnered the same Nobel Peace Prize. Right wing pundits have given the mantle of "worst president ever" to Obama from Carter. Carter recently divorced himself completely from his religious denomination - Southern Baptist - because of what he called " an increasingly rigid creed " while Obama recently angered "social conservatives" around the country by voicing support of gay marriage. Social issues such as abortion and women's rights have always been linked to both presidencies. So it is totally surprising that Jimmy Carter - on the brink of a major presidential election - would slam the Obama administration in any way.

But Obama's war policies and failure to close Guantanamo along with lack of transparency on these issues have tarnished the Nobel Peace Prize winner's image as a follower of Carter's principles.To be perfectly clear, Carter's piece focused on the last ten years of human rights abuses and counter-terrorism attacks and practices including Bush's post-9-11 anti-terrorist measures and he never mentioned Obama by name, but the message was perfectly clear: stop the drone attacks now, stop the detainee/terrorist tactics now. It is an indictment that strives to be bi-partisan, 

Forget what Obama says - What will Hillary say?

Republicans are already parsing the piece's words against Obama, claiming that Carter has finally relinquished his Right-Wing sobriquet of "Worst President" to Obama:

  On   Eagle One Network :

  After having recently lost his title of "Worst President in American History", Jimmy Carter has continued his efforts to maintain the title of worst former president. A title he will hold, I'm sure, only until such time that we are finally able to rid ourselves of Barack Hussein Obama.

Of course, the latest CNN poll places George W. Bush at the   bottom of the heap   of living Presidents (only 43% approval rating, Clinton  at a whopping 66% and Carter at a respectable 54%). But while the typical response will be ringing in every right-winger's ears, the most important responses may come from Obama himself - and Secretary of State Clinton whose recent forays into human rights ala gay rights worldwide have garnered respect and derision depending on the side of the political spectrum. 

So how will Obama and Hillary respond? The results are not in so only conjecture is possible at this point: Obama might say nothing while Hillary might cling to her idol's quest for human rights: the charter signed by the U.S. and the United Nations was drafted and promoted by Eleanor Roosevelt. An overt approval of Carter's piece might further cause a rift in the Democratic party, but Clinton has clung staunchly to the issue of human rights - befitting a true statesman. 

Obama's golden Peace Prize might turn into tarnished brass. 

 

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)
 

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The pundits are responding right now: human rights... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 7:49:19 AM
Wa Jimmy Carter right in criticizing? Sure, he did... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:11:46 AM
such a sham in this country that I'm not sure I re... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 7:46:52 PM