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Not Everyone Has Fallen For Saint Jimmah's New Improved Version of History

It is refreshing to know that not everyone has fallen for the media's attempt to create a legacy for one of the worst presidents of all time, Jimmy Carter. From Power Line:

A reader writes that he received the email message below sent by Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University and the Carter Center. Professor Stein's expertise lies in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Our reader writes that when he was an undergraduate student at Emory in the mid-1990's, Professor Stein was one of the most revered, respected professors on campus, and that Professor Stein had a long-standing association with the Carter Center in his capacity as an expert in Middle East politics and history. Professor Stein was in fact the first director of the Carter Center (1983-1986).

Professor Stein is apparently terminating his association with the Carter Center, solely as a result of Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid. The reaction of Professor Stein -- a formerly close associate and collaborator of Carter -- to Carter's new book is, as our reader thought it would be, of great interest to us

Here is an excerpt from Professor Stein's letter:
President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments. Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book. Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook. Having little access to Arabic and Hebrew sources, I believe, clearly handicapped his understanding and analyses of how history has unfolded over the last decade. Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making. The history and interpretation of the Arab-Israeli conflict is already drowning in half-truths, suppositions, and self-serving myths; more are not necessary. In due course, I shall detail these points and reflect on their origins.
Read the rest at Power Line. Hat tip to Lucianne.


Comments (18)

"Falsehoods, if repeated of... (Below threshold)
SurfinKC:

"Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making."

Isn't that the Democrats entire platform?

Good ol' jimmah must've got... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Good ol' jimmah must've gotten hit on the coconut too many times by falling hammers...

Isn't this the same guy who... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Isn't this the same guy who said we were addicted to oil and we need alternative solutions back in the 1970s?

Making sense and being right about something earns you a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
This is America. We only take advice from "serious" people who are never right.
Hence Krauthammer, Kristol, Perle, Cheney, W, Wizbang, etc.

Isn't this the same guy ... (Below threshold)

Isn't this the same guy who wanted everyone to wear a sweater and turn up the thermostat? What a buffoon.

Couldn't agree more Robert.

Even a stopped clock is rig... (Below threshold)
IllTemperedCur:

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. But Jimmah sure does work hard at pulling the clock's hands out...

What, the title, Pale... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

What, the title, Palestine: Peace or Apartheid? is "too inflammatory to even print?

Agree or disagree with Carter, but what a crazy crock that is.

<a href="http://www.huffing... (Below threshold)

Dershowitz had plenty to say about Carter's book too.

I'm no "expert" on the Israeli/Palestinian issue, but the way the media handled the Israeli's "tussle" this summer with Hizballah - faux pictures, a focus only on Lebanese casualties, a deaf ear and a blind eye to all Hizballah's transgressions, and the shrill cries of "disproportionate force" - kind of gives me a pretty good idea of how distorted things can be portrayed.

Regardless of what some people may say here, Carter holds a blatant, hard-line, one-sided view of the Israeli/Palestinian issue using his influence and power to assert it in all the right places. It's one thing to take a one-sided view of anything privately or even in a setting like this blog; another, and far more dangerous, thing for someone like Carter with the ready ear of our enemies.

JC never failed to allow hi... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

JC never failed to allow his arab friends as much cover as they needed to commit their attrocities, always coming up with an excuse that deflected responsability away from them and towards their victims.

He's an anti-semite in both word and deed.

Bwahahahaha..Betwe... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Bwahahahaha..

Between Jimmah being called a bigot and anti semite on C-span a few days ago AND this, well it's not been a good week for for the worst president in U.S. history.

The worst president in US h... (Below threshold)
groucho:

The worst president in US history is currently trying to figure out the best way to survive his last two years in office. No one else even comes close. Time has proven beyond a doubt Carter was spot on about not only our addiction to oil and the need for independence and his thoughts on the "malaise" overtaking our society. He was, and is, ridiculed for these observations, both of which continue today and are significant factors contributing to the mess we're in today.

"Falsehoods, if repeated... (Below threshold)
gattsuru:

"Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths[.]"

Truths about truths?

I can understand he's a history professor, not an English major, but can we please avoid corrupting language needlessly? You can't just throw around prefixes like meta, uber, or other similar portions needlessly.

As to Carter being an asshole... this is news, how? If he actually looked at reality he'd have to realize exactly how much damage his foreign policy did, and driving an ex-president to suicide is usually a bad thing.

groucho there is a cure for... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

groucho there is a cure for the illness (BDS) you have--it is call GET OVER IT- HE KICKED YOUR ASS NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. Just take a dose of whoop ass each day for the next two years and you should be fine. There will be no charge for this office visit.
Dr. jh

groucho...how old are you? ... (Below threshold)
tj:

groucho...how old are you? where you around when the peanut man was in office? dont sound like it or you would know how bad this guy(cant even use the proper title )really was

I remember. Jimmah took off... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I remember. Jimmah took office in 1977 and received a moderately growing economy in which inflation was 5.4 percent and interest rates were around 8 percent. When he left office, inflation was in the double digits and interest rates were so high it was impossible to finance homes and cars (There was also that thing about Iranian students holding US State Department personnel and US Marines hostage for 444 days). Carter's administration is undoubtedly the worst in modern American history, yet Carter couldn't face responsibility and blamed his failures on a "national malaise". This "malaise" kept his Democratic party out of power for 12 years, and yet liberals still insist on his veneration. He's been trying to re-invent himself as an elder statesman by hanging out with other lovers of America like Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Hamas, and Michael Moore.

And some fool will excuse J... (Below threshold)
Clay:

And some fool will excuse Jimmah's piss-poor presidency by citing the Bush administration in 3, 2, 1....

Slightly off topic, but clo... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Slightly off topic, but closely related to this story:

I was watching Fox and Friends this morning and they did a segment about Carter's book and the comments of one of his detractors. I'm not sure if it was the Professor Stein cited above, but if it wasn't, whoever it was was saying pretty much the same thing about Carter's book.

BUT after they reported the detractor's comments, they talked about the background of the detractor and what prejudices and adjenda he might have. You know like FOX news always does- giving BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY.

There are tons of examples in the comment sections on this website of far leftists condemning FOX news and claiming that they present things falsely and should never be believed (I believe FAUX News is one of their favorite adolescent jibes). And yet the reality is that FOX reports pretty much everything that is reported on the other far-left biased networks (pretty much everyone else) but they also present the other side of the story. The whole story.

I wonder if any of the lefties on this site can give me one example of this happening on any other network.

Some lefty on a thread yesterday was arguing that CNN is not biased because everything they report is a fact. Now that's debatable, but for the sake of the point I'm trying to make I'll accept that everything reported in CNN is 100% factual. Even so you can report 100% true facts and still only present 5% of the whole story and the overall impression you create is 95% false.

So just remember next time you read a derrogatory comment about FOX news from some lefty on this site that that person thinks knowing the whole story is a bad thing and that its best to make decisions and form opinions based on only 5-10% of all available facts.

The left does that constantly.

Jimmy is an old fool who's ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Jimmy is an old fool who's becoming increasingly embittered. This isn't helping what little good faith he had with the public.

Jimmah? Why that old crack... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Jimmah? Why that old cracker couldn't count his balls and come up with the same number twice!!




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