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Jimmy Carterís Kennedy Problem
The Bulletin ^ | 10/10/2010 | Dr. Paul Kengor

Posted on 10/12/2010 2:05:52 PM PDT by IbJensen

I recently wrote about President Carter’s “superiority” complex, where I objected to the former president’s rather conceited claim of “superior” ex-presidential service, as measured (by himself) against other ex-presidents.

Yet, there’s an important area where I’d like to defend President Carter. Mr. Carter hasn’t had many defenders on this score, given that he dared to criticize a political saint to Democrats, the late senator Ted Kennedy.

In recent comments to CBS’s Leslie Stahl, Mr. Carter blasted Kennedy, blaming him for the Carter administration’s inability to pass a national “health plan.” Mr. Carter described Kennedy as “irresponsible and abusive.” “The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now,” Mr. Carter told Ms. Stahl, “had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed in 1978 or ‘79…. It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill.”

When Ms. Stahl asked Mr. Carter if he felt Kennedy did this “just to spite you,” Mr. Carter didn’t equivocate: “That’s the implication. He did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of American life.”

Mr. Carter pointed to political motivations by Kennedy: “I felt like he went after me. I was the incumbent president…. He decided that he was going to replace me as a Democratic president.”

I understand Mr. Carter’s point, and his suspicions. In fact, this wasn’t the only realm where Kennedy opposed Mr. Carter. The rest of the story is far more disturbing.

According to Vasiliy Mitrokhin, a KGB official and senior Soviet archivist who defected from Russia in 1992, bringing with him a huge cache of documents, Kennedy went after Mr. Carter on more than health care.

Specifically, on March 5, 1980, Kennedy reached out to Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev, via a message personally delivered in Moscow by Kennedy’s close friend and confidante, John Tunney, the former Democratic senator from California. According to Mitrokhin, Mr. Tunney was there “to relay [Kennedy’s] ideas on ways to lessen international tension to the Soviet leadership.”

What tensions? That’s the shocker: In Mitrokhin’s account, Kennedy, amazingly, blamed the escalation in Cold War tensions not on the Soviets but on Jimmy Carter. Mind you, this was mere weeks after the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, their first direct military intervention outside the Warsaw Pact since World War II.

“[T]he Carter administration was trying to distort the peace-loving ideas behind Brezhnev’s proposals,” argued Kennedy, in Mitrokhin’s words, with “the atmosphere of tension and hostility ... being fuelled by Carter.” The Carter White House was “feeding public opinion with nonsense about ‘the Soviet military threat’ and Soviet ambitions for military expansion.”

Yes, the Massachusetts senator had somehow concluded that Jimmy Carter was guilty of belligerence and that Leonid Brezhnev was committed to peace, including a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan—which the Red Army had just invaded and would bomb mercilessly for a decade. Ted Kennedy ensured that the Soviets heard his unique conclusion, delivered by a personal liaison.

The KGB itself concluded that some of Kennedy’s “proposals are acceptable to us … as they contradict the line taken by Mr. Carter and other politicians.”

What’s so especially remarkable about this incident is that it occurred precisely the time that Kennedy was challenging Mr. Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination. More so, Mr. Carter was far and away the weakest, most naïve of our presidents when it came to the Cold War. He trusted the communists to an unhealthy degree.

That fatal mistrust is best captured by the June 1979 photo of President Carter kissing Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev at the Vienna Summit. (See the photo on the cover of my latest book. Six months after that kiss, Brezhnev betrayed the devout Christian from Plains, Georgia, sending his Red Army into Afghanistan. Mr. Carter got the awful news as he was celebrating Christmas with his family in the White House.

Only the most peculiar observer would consider blaming the escalation in Cold War tensions on Jimmy Carter rather than the Soviets.

Behold, one such observer was Senator Ted Kennedy. And Kennedy wasn’t shy about letting the Soviets know his feelings—right smack in the middle of the Democratic presidential primaries.

Personally, I’m not surprised by this at all. Kennedy did a similar thing to Ronald Reagan in May 1983. Of course, Reagan was a Republican; Mr. Carter was Kennedy’s own political flesh and blood.

Alas, it’s interesting that the media now, today, is giving attention to a Carter-Kennedy spat over government health care, whereas there was an even deeper, more troubling rift over foreign policy. Health care is one thing, but reaching out to the Soviet leadership at the height of the Cold War—and during a heated election campaign—is something else entirely.

If President Carter still feels spited by Ted Kennedy, he has good reason.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: carter; imbeciles
Only the Democrats in power fail to see that Jimmy's problem is related to dementia.
1 posted on 10/12/2010 2:05:59 PM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

This only goes to show, Kennedy was the most crazy of the two.

Kennedy was on the sauce pretty heavy back then.


2 posted on 10/12/2010 2:20:20 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: IbJensen

Carter was just as perfidious. He also reached out to the Soviets during the 1980 election in order to try and get them to denounce Reagan.


3 posted on 10/12/2010 2:22:20 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: IbJensen
"In recent comments to CBS’s Leslie Stahl, Mr. Carter blasted Kennedy, blaming him for the Carter administration’s inability to pass a national “health plan.” Mr. Carter described Kennedy as “irresponsible and abusive.” “The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now,” Mr. Carter told Ms. Stahl, “had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed in 1978 or ‘79…. It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill.”

When Ms. Stahl asked Mr. Carter if he felt Kennedy did this “just to spite you,” Mr. Carter didn’t equivocate: “That’s the implication. He did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of American life.”

Mr. Carter pointed to political motivations by Kennedy: “I felt like he went after me. I was the incumbent president…. He decided that he was going to replace me as a Democratic president.”

Carter had many opportunities to tell his story these past decades. Particularly when Kennedy was running for re-election. So what was stopping you Carter? I do remember one time when Ted Kennedy actually had to return to Mass. to campaign because the race had tightened up quite a bit. Carter, you could have made a real difference then. Now you're just a bitter senile old man reliving old feelings of betrayal and what might have been. Go away or write a book that really tells the truth about what went on then! Here's your chance to gain the respect you desperately crave from the American public. And don't forget the Iranian debacle.

4 posted on 10/12/2010 2:29:16 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: SeeSharp
Carter's bungling and sniveling panty-waist personality during the Iran hostage crisis says it all. Reagan would have started the B52's carpet bombing 1 mile away from Tehran and taken it 1/4 mile closer each day until the hostages were returned. It was an act of war and to not treat it as such is something the USA has yet to outlive.

BTW, the hostages were released immediately after Reagan was elected.

5 posted on 10/12/2010 2:36:24 PM PDT by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Huebolt

Within minutes of the Gipper taking office as a matter of fact.


6 posted on 10/12/2010 2:50:37 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: IbJensen
The Senior Senator from Chappaquiddick is burning in the hottest corner of hell right now.

And Jimmah?.....well,he's a legend in his own mind.

7 posted on 10/12/2010 2:53:38 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Huebolt

Carter just proved that he and Ted were both half wits, one was college educated,,,,guess


8 posted on 10/12/2010 3:01:06 PM PDT by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: IbJensen

The problem with criticizing a recently deceased member of your own party is that even if you are right you look like a dick.


9 posted on 10/12/2010 3:07:43 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: IbJensen

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

10 posted on 10/12/2010 4:03:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: IbJensen

Two of the biggest egos among the Dims and both operating on the belief that the other one denied them the Presidential legacy they deserved; which for Kennedy was a “birthright”.


11 posted on 10/12/2010 5:42:07 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: SeeSharp
Yes, Carter v Kennedy--a pox on them both. They deserve each other.
12 posted on 10/12/2010 6:26:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Note: this topic is from October 12, 2010. Thanks IbJensen.
...he dared to criticize a political saint to Democrats, the late senator Ted Kennedy... blasted Kennedy, blaming him for the Carter administration's inability to pass a national "health plan." Mr. Carter described Kennedy as "irresponsible and abusive." "The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now," Mr. Carter told Ms. Stahl, "had it not been for Ted Kennedy's deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed in 1978 or '79…. It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill." When Ms. Stahl asked Mr. Carter if he felt Kennedy did this "just to spite you," Mr. Carter didn't equivocate: "That's the implication. He did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of American life." Mr. Carter pointed to political motivations by Kennedy: "I felt like he went after me. I was the incumbent president... He decided that he was going to replace me as a Democratic president."
In the Rolling Stone interview, the Fat Drunken Turd from Cape Cod said that he wanted to "let the Blues do it" -- iow, Blue Cross / Blue Shield would provide the coverage, with the gubmint footing the bill for those currently uninsured. The difference between them is, Kennedy was a self-important loon, and Carter still is one.


13 posted on 12/20/2010 7:49:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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