Monday, November 21, 2005

Who is to Blame for 9/11?

Who is the one person, above all others, we should blame for 9/11 and all the terror attacks that preceded it and will follow as we fight the War on Terror?

Osama bin Laden? Nope. He’s just the latest in a long line of terrorists.

George W. Bush? Well, there are a lot of Democrats out there who would like to pin that on the president, along with World War II, the Great Depression and probably even the Civil War, if they thought they could get away with it, but Bush is the one who is fighting—and winning—the War on Terror.

No, that honor goes to none other than the worst president in the history of the United States, James Earl Carter.

Liberals and America bashers will be going apoplectic about this moment, but when you think about it, Jimmy Carter is to blame for all the murder and mayhem, death and destruction we have endured for the last 25 years or so at the hands of Islamofascist terrorists. And it all began on November 4, 1979.

That was the day, you’ll recall, that a foreign government invaded the United States—our embassy in Teheran—and took 66 American diplomats, military personnel and government workers prisoner, holding them for 444 long days. It was an act of war, as blatant as any in the history of conflict, and our weak and irresolute President Jimmy Carter did… absolutely nothing.

What he should have done, and what George W. Bush no doubt would have done had he been president at the time, was to tell the Iranians that this action would not stand. What he should have done is mustered our military forces and sent them post haste to the Middle East. He should have told the Iranians that we would be landing U.S. military transport aircraft, supported by fighters, with bombers waiting in the wings, and that any shots fired at our aircraft or hair harmed on a hostage’s head would result in an immediate declaration of war, employing anything and everything in our arsenal to destroy Iran.

By dithering, locking himself in the White House and refusing to act, Jimmy Carter revealed himself to be a coward and his nation a paper tiger that could be humiliated before the entire world by a ragtag band of student radicals. His failure to uphold his oath to protect and defend the United States and its people led to all that has come since, culminating in 9/11 and the necessity of waging a War on Terror with only a handful of allies standing beside us.

Some will say I am being too harsh on a good man. Perhaps, but this “good man” has the blood of several thousand innocent, good men and women on his hands—the victims of 9/11 and all the other terrorist acts that emanated from his incredible failure of nerve, and the men and women of our military who have so honorably sacrificed their lives in correcting Carter’s folly.

But cowardice is not Jimmy Carter’s only legacy. He compounded his colossal mistake by ripping asunder America’s human intelligence capabilities, cutting intelligence budgets and gutting our military. And he added insult to injury by joining the chorus of Bush haters and second-guessers as we took the fight to the enemy, even to the point of sitting next to that notorious anti-American blowhard and liar Michael Moore at the Democrats’ Convention and criticizing President Bush abroad.

Carter's conduct, both as President and since, has been nothing short of disgraceful.

A century from now, when the history of this turbulent era is written, George W. Bush is likely to be rated among the very best American presidents. I wouldn't be surprised to see his face on Mt. Rushmore. And Jimmy Carter? Well, presidents are judged by how well or how poorly they respond to the great challenges of their day, and whether they leave a lasting legacy to the nation they led. By those criteria, I would rank him dead last, the worst president in the history of the Republic.

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