September 23, 2010
Nairobi vs. Plains: Contrast and Compare
I just bought President Carterís White House Diary yesterday, and havenít got far enough along to have any useful thoughts on it. Just as I arrived home, though, I got a call from Samuel P. Jacobs of The Daily Beast who wanted my opinion on the current craze for comparing President Obamaís problems to President Carterís.
I didnít really have any useful thoughts on that either, but that didnít stop me. For those who give a feces, the result is here.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 23, 2010 10:22 AM
I admire Carter but groaned when I read of his respect for Henry Kissinger.
"Despite transient ill feelings toward Henry Kissinger when he made disparaging remarks about my policies or actions, I respected his knowledge of international affairs, his experience, and his sound judgment. He gave me very helpful support during some of the most crucial times, and I continue to value his wisdom and advice."
On the other hand, George, see p. 66: "I have always had great respect for Kissinger's incisive analyses of international affairs. He supported many of my key proposals but could not resist the temptation to snipe at my administration's policies when on the lecture circuit, especially to Republican and foreign audiences. My secretary of state and other officials pent a lot of time dealing with Kissinger's criticisms."
These are the words, I suspect, of a man who considers Kissinger to be a miserable prick. Miserable pricks, however, can be smart sons of bitches as well. They may even be, on occasion, worth listening to.