Jimmy Carter is a Liberal Saint Now, Was a War Criminal Then…..

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Professor Bob Buzzanco

Jimmy Carter as ex-President has built homes for the poor, brokered peace agreements, overseen elections, and engaged in humanitarian acts without fail.  He never cashed in like most ex-Presidents do with huge media deals or constant P.R. appearances.  And that’s good on him.

But in the interests of historical accuracy, and to understand why today’s political system has (d)evolved for the past four decades or so, looking at his time as president really tells us a lot about how we got to where we are today.

I’ve been tweaking some lectures in the past few days on the latter stages of the Cold War and was reminded of the turmoil and disorder Carter brought to the global scene.

Carter might be a secular saint to many in the 21st Century, but when it came to engaging with the world during his one-term presidency, he was a war criminal.  In Africa, in Asia, in Latin America, Carter created violent programs, aided terrorists, and contributed to death and destruction at a high level. His stewardship over the empire also is instructive in the ways of Liberal militarism and imperialism.

From Clinton to Trump: America in Tatters.

Photographer: Alex Brandon/Bloomberg

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

From Clinton to Trump: America in Tatters. He begins with the roaring 90s: Clinton and the “New Democrats”; Welfare and Crime “reform”; Right-Wing Hardball; Globalization and Financialization.

And the goes into the George W. Bush and Barack Obama eras–Tax Cuts and Patriot Act; Obama and the Great Recession; saving Wall Street; Obamacare; Black Lives Matter.