Jimmy Carter, Traitor?

Jimmy Carter, Traitor?

Christopher Ruddy
Monday, Oct. 21, 2002

God must have a sense of humor.

In the same month that Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new book reveals that Carter may be guilty of treason, based on newly unearthed Soviet documents.

And just days after it was announced that Carter had won the Peace Prize, North Korea announced that it had atomic weapons and some “worse stuff.”

Carter, the so-called “peacemaker,” had been instrumental in the early ’90s in “mediating” U.S.-Korean relations, an effort that led to Clinton policies that actually helped North Korea build and acquire these weapons.

Isn’t it odd that a man who has helped so many tyrants and dictators through the years should get the Nobel Peace Prize?

We all know that the Nobel committee has long leaned toward the left, and long interpreted “peace” as a result of capitulations by the West and democracies to bullying and tyrannical dictators. So the award should not have come as a surprise.

The Nobel committee said it gave the 39th president the award “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

The facts show that, far from bringing peace, Carter has left a trail of disaster behind his long path.

Far from being an honest mediator, Carter has been a shameless self-promoter who also may well have committed treason to keep himself in the presidency.

Last week, “Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism” (Doubleday) by Peter Schweizer was released.

This book offers damning evidence that Jimmy Carter, as both president and citizen, may have committed treason by enlisting the help of the Soviet Union in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.

Schweizer combed through once-secret KGB and Communist Party files. What he discovered about Jimmy Carter is very disturbing.

Documents show, according to Schweizer, that in the closing days of the 1980 campaign, the Carter “White House dispatched Armand Hammer to the Soviet Embassy for a secret meeting with Ambassador Dobrynin.”

Hammer told Dobrynin that Carter was “clearly alarmed at the way things stood in the election campaign.”

Hammer asked for Soviet help, especially to help Jewish emigration, which would have helped Carter’s standing in key electoral states. Hammer promised, “Carter won’t forget that service if he is re-elected.”

“Peacemaker” Carter was a boon to the Soviets. During his presidency, the Evil Empire reached its zenith, making bold moves in Ethiopia, Yemen, El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua and Afghanistan.

Carter once again sought the Soviets’ help in 1984.

Carter was out of office then, but he still felt the need to visit Ambassador Dobrynin at his Washington home.

According to the Soviet document, Carter came to complain about Reagan and his defense buildup.

Carter told Dobrynin that if the Soviets didn’t do something about Reagan, “there would not be a single agreement on arms control, especially on nuclear arms, as long as Reagan remained in power.”

Carter’s intention was clear. He wanted the Russians to intervene in some way to help get a Democrat back into the White House.

This new evidence questions Jimmy Carter’s patriotism.

But Carter’s devotion to “peace” also was demonstrated to be wrongheaded by Reagan, who indeed won the Cold War without war, and has brought an era of harsh tyranny against populations worldwide, but bloody conflicts where millions had died.

Reagan’s strategy, as Schweizer shows, won the Cold War.

Still, we should not forget that we are still suffering because of Carter’s decisions as president. It was Carter’s refusal to assist the Shah of Iran that allowed the Ayatollah Khomeini and Islamic fundamentalists to gain power and flourish.

Ground Zero has a trail right back to the feet of Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office.

If the Nobel committee were fair, it would have awarded the peace prize to Ronald Reagan.

But that will never happen, because Reagan didn’t apologize for dictators, didn’t pressure democracies to cave in to dictators, and didn’t accept millions of dollars from Arab sheiks and then complain about Israel’s human rights record.

And unlike Carter, Reagan never kissed up to the media.

After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter telephoned NBC’s Katie Couric. Even she was surprised by the call. Why would Carter call her, of all people?

Carter, the shameless, self-promoting politician, knew exactly what he was doing.

Good PR from media liberals like Couric had helped cover up his record – a record that includes consorting with our former enemy.

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