The Very Disingenuous Jimmy Carter

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 30, 2011

Striking again with the claim that the United States is engaged in human rights violations–this time over the supposed withholding of food aid to North Korea. As the State Department points out, the North Korean government is responsible for the fact that the North Korean people aren’t getting food aid, having suspended the aid program two years ago, and having ousted American humanitarian personnel from the country, leaving 20,000 metric tons of food undistributed. But it is no surprise, of course, to see that Carter chooses to place the blame for this situation on the United States, while remaining silent on the North Korean government’s well-documented human rights violations. Those who are aware of the nature of his private diplomacy efforts have come to expect Carter to play the role of–yes, I will write it–useful idiot for all sorts of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.

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