By Garth Kant
Jimmy Carter knows who to blame for the world’s troubles: the United States.
Speaking Sunday in San Francisco, the former president told the Commonwealth Club, “Our country is now looked upon as the foremost war-like nation on earth, and there is almost a complete dearth now of commitment of America to negotiate differences with others.”
It’s just the latest slam on the U.S. He’s also blasted staunch allies Britain and Israel, while offering words of support for America-haters Iran, Hamas, Saddam Hussein and North Korea.
This time, Carter even scorched the Obama administration for its handling of the Mideast.
“The United States has, you might say, zero influence either in Jerusalem or among the Palestinians, and I’m very grieved about that.”
Carter also faulted Obama for being too tough on American enemies that are pursuing nuclear capabilities. Carter thinks the U.S would have more influence if it promised to drop sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
And he believes talk is the answer.
“Not a single day of talks with North Korea since President Obama has been in office,” he said.
Carter's own talk hasn't always had the intended result. The deal he brokered with North Korea in 1994 to dismantle its nuclear weapons program in return for oil and two nuclear reactors fell through in 2002.
Yet the former president continued to defend the communist regime. He excused a North Korean attack on a South Korean island in 2010, saying it was simply "designed to remind the world that they deserve respect in negotiations that will shape their future."
Since leaving office, Carter repeatedly has expressed sympathy for America's enemies and degraded U.S. allies.
In 2007, he wrote a book comparing Israel to South Africa during apartheid.
"Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid" blamed Israel for the impasse with Palestinians, saying they would give up terrorism if only Israel would take certain political steps.
"It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel."
Carter also expressed sympathy to North Korea upon the death of dictator Kim Jong-il in 2011. The Korean Central News Agency reported Carter sent a note of condolence to Kim's son and successor.
The note read: "Jimmy Carter extended condolences to Kim Jong-un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong-il. He wished Kim Jong-un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to [North Korea] in the future."
In 2007, he slammed the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush, calling it "abominable ... loyal, blind, apparently subservient."
"I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world," he said.
Carter had even stronger words for President George W. Bush.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," he said.
As WND reported in 2005, Carter hob-knobbed with an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein, Samir Vincent, inviting him into his home, and giving him a guided tour of the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Vincent helped Iraq evade compliance with the U.N.-approved "Oil for Food" program, which funneled billions of dollars into Saddam's military.
While wining and dining the Iraqi agent, Carter blasted U.S. foreign policy in Iraq and the economic sanctions that had been imposed against Saddam because of his repeated refusals to comply with U.N. sanctions.
Carter later emerged as one of the leading figures to oppose Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Carter also expressed support for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which advocates for the destruction of Israel .
In 2006, he made a personal promise to ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan and Cuba that he would fight to undermine U.S. opposition to a new U.N. Human Rights Commission panel. The U.S. opposed the new panel because it would continue to allow known human-rights abusers to serve on the commission.
"My hope is that when the vote is taken … the other members will outvote the United States," he said.