Jimmy Carter Admits His Mistake During Iranian Hostage Crisis
After attacking Bush, Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, and making up things about torture at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, Jimmy Carter discussed the one mistake he made during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
Jimmy Carter and the Shah on a trip to Tehran before the radical Islamic regime took control of the pro-American country. (Parstimes)
Wolf Blitzer interviewed America’s disastrous president today on The Situation Room and got Jimmy Carter to talk about how he handled Iran:
CARTER: …And what we should do about Iran — first of all, do not attack Iran. Secondly, what to do? I think two things to be very brief, we don’t have much time. One is to start talking to Iran, communicate with Iran. After the Shah was overthrown and the Ayatollah Khomeini took over, we continued our diplomatic relations with Iran. I had, as you know, about 75 people in Tehran, some of whom were taken prisoner. And the Iranians had about 75 of their representatives in Washington. So talk to them and communicate with them.
(It’s kind of hard to communicate when your being held captive, isn’t it?)
CARTER: Secondly, use strong diplomatic means to make sure they don’t go ahead with a nuclear program. And I think that — and to quit threatening to attack them, because that just increases their fervor in developing all kinds of protective devices…
BLITZER: You know, you have been criticized for your handling of Iran when the Shah was in power, you know, in the late…
CARTER: I have heard about that.
BLITZER: In the late ’70s. Looking back all of these years, knowing what has happened, what, if anything, would you have done differently?
CARTER: I would have had one more helicopter in our rescue mission, which would have brought all of the hostages out safe and free. And so I had to wait from April, around until five minutes after I was no longer president when all of the hostages did come home safe and free.
BLITZER: Because the argument is, as bad as the Shah was on human rights and other issues, he was an ally of the U.S. and probably better than the current regime and that the U.S. should have stuck with him.
CARTER: Well, we couldn’t stick with him, he was not overthrown by anything the United States did, he was overthrown by his own people. And as I said earlier, after they did overthrow the Shah, we took care of the Shah as best we could and we also continued our conversations with — our diplomatic relations with the new regime.
After all of these years… After all of the murdered Iranians, Americans, Jews by the regime in Iran… The one thing Jimmy Carter is willing to admit he did wrong…
He would have sent in one more helicopter!
In 2005, the Iranian regime displayed helicopters belonging to the United States military in a public prayer hall. These helicopters were used in a failed operation in 1980 to rescue the 52 American hostages in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Jimmy Carter today says he would have given them one more chopper.