October 18, 2009 |
Weakness in American foreign policy in one region often invites challenges elsewhere, because our adversaries carefully follow diminished American resolve. Similarly, presidential indecisiveness, whether because of uncertainty or internal political struggles, signals that the United States may not respond to international challenges in clear and coherent ways. Taken together, weakness and indecisiveness have proved historically to be a toxic combination for America's global interests.
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September 27, 2009 |
The dance teams and choir at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City count plenty of boosters on their home turf and one very important supporter 3,000 miles away -- former President Jimmy Carter, who chose the students as one of two scheduled acts to perform today at his 85th birthday party. Carter and St. Genevieve first kindled a relationship four years ago after Principal Daniel Horn and several students addressed a conference on character education in Atlanta and decided to travel to Plains, Ga., to hear the former president speak.
September 18, 2009
Only in America would a white former president attribute racial animus to opponents of a black president who declines to make the same accusation. Could both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama be right in a debate that has eclipsed the incident that ignited it, Rep. Joe "You lie!" Wilson's outburst during a joint session of Congress? We think so, if you allow for hyperbole in Carter's case and political calculation in Obama's. The 84-year-old former president, who deserves everlasting credit for rejecting the racist politics of his native South, didn't paint all tea party protesters as white racists.
July 5, 2009 |
Malaise is a disease of the spirit, a crippling affliction often marked by lethargy and despair. For the last 30 years, Jimmy Carter has been branded by the word. In the roiling wake of Watergate and Vietnam, confronted by gasoline shortages and an apathetic or distracted citizenry, President Carter infamously described the doldrums consuming the nation as a malaise during his televised address of July 15, 1979.
November 25, 2008 |
Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday said Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis was far worse than he could have imagined and expressed dismay that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government refused to acknowledge the problem even existed. "The entire basic structure in education, healthcare, feeding people, social services and sanitation has broken down," Carter said at a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
April 22, 2008 |
Former President Carter wrapped up his controversial Middle East tour Monday with an upbeat account of the militant Hamas movement's position on Israel, but with no apparent progress in promoting a cease-fire or bringing the Islamic group into peace efforts. Hamas turned down Carter's proposals for a one-month suspension of rocket attacks on Israel and a rapid prisoner exchange that would have transferred a captive Israeli soldier to Egypt. Israeli and U.S.
April 15, 2008 |
A dispute erupted Monday over the lack of Israeli secret service protection for former President Carter as he visited this border town and called rocket attacks by Palestinian militants "a despicable crime" that he hoped a cease-fire would halt. Carter's planned talks with the leader of the militant group Hamas and a book he published in 2006 that called Israeli policy in occupied Palestinian territories "a system of apartheid" have caused official displeasure in Israel.
April 14, 2008 |
The Israeli and Palestinian leaders held surprise talks Sunday, as former President Carter received a cool reception in Israel on a Mideast visit that includes plans to meet with Khaled Meshaal, the political head of Hamas. An Israeli official said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert -- who sat down together just a week ago -- would coordinate peace moves before Abbas travels to the U.S., where he is to meet with President Bush on April 23.
December 9, 2007 |
From the founders' deism to Mitt's message on Mormonism, cartoonists have treated the super-serious subject of the supernatural with superciliousness.
December 5, 2007 |
On Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is headed to Texas to deliver a speech on "Faith in America" in order to dispel reservations voters may have about electing a Mormon president. While this clearly echoes the famous address that his fellow Bay Stater, John F. Kennedy, gave on Sept. 12, 1960, to the Greater Houston Ministerial Assn., Romney was adamant to reporters this week that "I'm not gonna be giving a JFK speech." And he shouldn't. Romney doesn't need to do a JFK.