I tried many times to get through on the phone lines to ask him some direct questions about his administration's policies towards Iran. Not one of the shows would allow questions related to Iran. The closest anyone got to asking him a question related to Iran, was directly from one of his hosts. The host asked: what he knew about the Republican Party's schemes to undermine his presidential campaign in 1980 with a secret deal with Iran's Mullahs to delay the release of the hostages (October Surprise).
His answer: "Well, I know several books have been written about the subject, but I have not seen any direct evidence to prove this actually happened."
As if the murder of 19 people directly involved in the scheme was not evidence enough... many died mysteriously during critical moments (like the just before providing evidence to congressional committees or speaking to journalists). How about the indirect evidence from his National Security staff team member (Gary Sick), or Reagan's own political campaign staff (Barbara Hoeneger), or reports detailing these events from foreign intelligence services providing surveillance data for important meetings and events.
With his response, Jimmy Carter actually confirmed what has been suspected all along that the Republicans and Democrats have come to some sort of accommodation on all this and agreed to "move on" and run the country. Incidentally, Lee Hamilton who chaired the House Select Committee to investigate this probably helped negotiate a ceasefire, which is why he keeps getting asked to chair 'bi-partisan' commissions like the 9/11 or Iraq Study Group...as a professional whitewasher.
Carter would also not answer direct questions on the Camp David accord which he claims is his single foreign policy achievement! Now, in retrospect, it is clear that it was an incomplete document, leaving many critical elements for long-term peace unresolved without any commitments or deadlines on Israel to resolve them.
It is clear now, that the Camp David accord, only really served Israel's interests by splitting the Arabs apart and neutralizing Israel's most potent opponent (Egypt). Without Camp David, Israel would probably have reconsidered its excursions into Lebanon or Gaza or even more settlements on the West Bank. No one, it seems, can stand up to Israel today. Wittingly or unwittingly, Carter carried out Israel's strategic objectives, and banished the Palestinians to hell.
Carter now has the audacity to blame Israel for Palestinian woes, when in fact it was his accord that created the conditions for the current situation. Israel will never commit to a comprehensive peace without some arm-twisting or fear. Right now, with Saddam gone, there is no one that can exert any pressure on them. It's all Carter's fault!
And when it comes to Iran, there is a long laundry list of Jimmy Carter mishaps. Everything from engineering the downfall of the Shah, to supporting the rise of the Mullahs (and Islamic Fundamentalism) in Iran and Afghanistan , and then 'regretting' it (after the hostage crisis) resulting in the 180 Degree turn by the Mullahs against Carter, to attempting a failed coup in Iran, and then failing in the hostage rescue attempt, to then asking Saddam Hussein to invade Iran (when all else failed).
There is a memo from Al Haig, Reagan's Secretary of State, upon his visit to Saudi Arabia with extensive details of his conversations with the Saudi Royals confirming that they had conveyed messages from Carter to Saddam Hussein encouraging Saddam to invade Iran.
With over 1 Million people dead in the Iran-Iraq war, countless thousands of Palestinians, Lebanese etc killed during Israel's several incursions into Lebanon, Gaza and West Bank, over 1 million Iranians fleeing overseas ...and not to forget over 2 million Afghan refugees during Soviet Union's incursion into Afghanistan...not to mention the two US led Gulf wars which were directly precipitated by "Carter's push" (... if Iraq had not invaded Iran, he would not have amassed the arms and the debt obligations that led him to invade Kuwait)... all as direct result of Carter's actions! I wonder how Jimmy Carter sleeps at night.
He is guilty of significant policy failures with horrendous consequences on millions of human beings.
Perhaps these books are designed to help him somehow shed his guilty! Some form of Haiku!?
He comes off as a Saint in these talk shows. He looks and sounds like the best ex-president ever. But, in truth, he is one of the most evil, most dangerous and most irresponsible leaders the United States has ever had. He should be hiding at home in Plains, Georgia and keeping a very low profile. The more he appears in large public forums, the greater chance he is taking that all this will eventually be revealed publicly and really humiliate him publicly and expose his false façade. He is an imposter, and he will not be able to hide the truth forever.