Jimmy Carter: "We Have Perpetrated Destruction on Iraq Unnecessarily"
Think of this as Jimmy Carter’s Memorial Day Message…
General David Petraeus said on Friday that American troop presence in Iraq blunts Iranian influence in the region.
But, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama want US troops out of Iraq now.
Today Jimmy called for an Iraq troop withdrawal deadline.
Oh… And, Jimmy also said that the US has “perpetrated destruction on Iraq unnecessarily.”
The BBC reported:
Former US president Jimmy Carter has called for a clear deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
Mr Carter, who now spends much of his time in international diplomacy also called for increased communication with Iran over fears that the country is planning nuclear proliferation.
The 83-year-old, speaking at the Hay Festival in Powys, also deplored the situation in Gaza.
He claimed 1.6m Palestinians were living in a “prison”.
He said many countries were behaving in a “supine” manner as people in Gaza were being systematically denied basic food and sustenance.
Mr Carter, who is due to give a lecture at the literary festival later on Sunday, was questioned on whether he agreed with US presidential candidate Barak Obama’s promise to withdraw US troops from Iraq within 16 months.
He said he could not speak for Mr Obama but said there should be a three-step process of US withdrawal from Iraq.
Mr Carter, a fierce critic of the war, said the Americans should notify Iraq’s leaders that they would leave at a certain date.
“I don’t care if it’s one year or five years….the essence of it is to let the world know that…we are going to be out,” Mr Carter told journalists.
The next stage he said would be to assure Iraqis that they would have complete control over their political, military and economic affairs, including oil.
Finally, Mr Carter said there was a need “to marshal help from other nations in rebuilding the destruction that we have perpetrated on Iraq unnecessarily” so that the Iraqi people know they can stand on their own.
That Jimmy sure has a way of lifting up America.
Do you think this would be considered “blaming America first?”