Jimmy Carter’s Backside Does The Talking

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Peanut boy is at it again.

peanutbrainFormer President Jimmy Carter urges the United States to not veto the Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.

“If I were president, I’d be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations,” Carter tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. “There’s no downside to it.”

Carter admits that for President Obama, failure to veto “would have some adverse effects perhaps on his political future.”

But he thinks it’s a price worth paying. His predecessor Harry Truman backed the creation of Israel for moral reasons, against the advice of his inner circle. Carter says that today, Palestinian statehood is “a basic moral commitment” for the U.S.

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The statehood vote is largely symbolic, making Palestine akin to the Vatican. Its greatest value, according to Carter, is to break the impasse in negotiations for a two-state solution. Without a vote, Carter says, “the only alternative is a maintenance of the status quo.”

No downside? Carter certainly has one – or more aptly a backside – and he never fails to speak through it.

Update: I am unable to embed this video, but it is related and I couldn’t resist.



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