Christopher Hitchens is something of a hero of mine. He wields the pen the way I handle a knife; with precision, speed and without mercy. Just ask those soft shell crabs I served at lunch. But I digress.
The other day, Jimmy Carter said some things regarding the current occupant of the White House. Namely, that he considered George Bust the worst president in US history.
Those of us that had to suffer Carter's presidency while overseas know better.
We had to deal with the endless embarrassment of having Europeans mock us for our complete fool of a president. A born-again peanut farmer who embodied in one person all of the Three Stooges, with Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor for good measure.
The whole Euro attitude towards Bush? Old news. Been there and seen that with Carter. Only Carter was far worse:
In the Carter years, the United States was an international laughingstock. This was not just because of the prevalence of his ghastly kin: the beer-sodden brother Billy, doing deals with Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi, and the grisly matriarch, Miz Lillian. It was not just because of the president's dire lectures on morality and salvation and his weird encounters with lethal rabbits and UFOs. It was not just because of the risible White House "Bible study" sessions run by Bert Lance and his other open-palmed Elmer Gantry pals from Georgia. It was because, whether in Afghanistan, Iran, or Iraq—still the source of so many of our woes—the Carter administration could not tell a friend from an enemy. His combination of naivete and cynicism—from open-mouthed shock at Leonid Brezhnev's occupation of Afghanistan to underhanded support for Saddam in his unsleeping campaign of megalomania—had terrible consequences that are with us still. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that every administration since has had to deal with the chaotic legacy of Carter's mind-boggling cowardice and incompetence.
Testify, brother Christopher!
Jimmy Carter is by far the worst president in our history. No amount of proselytizing and banging together of houses is going to change that. This is the man that made us ashamed to be Americans while serving America's interests overseas. Hitchens makes a case for Nixon, but I'm going with Carter. As disappointed as I am with Bush, Bush would have to be convicted of smoking crack while having sex with a corpse before he even got close to Carter's basement level of horror.
And even then, I'd have to think about it.