Oct 252004
 

Salon.com has an article from the Guardian based on an interview with Jimmy Carter.

George W. Bush has exploited the suffering of Sept. 11 and turned back decades of efforts to make the world a safer place, former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview with the Guardian.

Attacking Bush and Tony Blair over Iraq, Carter called the war "a completely unjust adventure based on misleading statements." He also criticized Bush for "lack of effort" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and accused him of abandoning nuclear nonproliferation initiatives championed by five presidents.

The U.S. "suffered, in 9/11, a terrible and shocking attack … and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of many Americans, to a heroic commander in chief, fighting a global threat against America," Carter said. "He’s repeatedly played that card, and to some degree quite successfully. I think that success has dissipated. I don’t know if it’s dissipating fast enough to affect the election. We’ll soon know."

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