Re "Former aide criticizes Carter," Jan. 13
Kenneth W. Stein's complaints seem rather suspect. For example, his notes on the meeting with former Syrian President Hafez Assad, as cited in the article, do not contradict, nor are they inconsistent with, President Carter's assertion that Assad was willing to negotiate on the Golan Heights. His other cited criticisms are caused by having a different recollection of the Assad meeting, which took place 17 years ago. I venture to say that you take any meeting, even if the participants took notes, and 17 years later they will have different impressions of what was and was not said. My suspicion is that Carter and Stein heard and remembered things that they wanted to hear and forgot the things they did not want to hear. It seems to me that the main problem critics have with Carter's book is that he has the temerity to criticize Israel.