The same logic, willful ignorance, and unique "grasp" of the issues of the day that brought us late 70's economic and social malaise, reinvigorated the Soviet Union, and taught the Middle East that we were weak, ineffectual, and would do no more than write strong letters when attacked is now put into play to convince us that we should follow his advice with regards to Hamas.
My favorite part (remember - this is Jimmy Carter's own words):
Abbas has announced that he will not choose a prime minister who does not recognize Israel or adhere to the basic principles of the "road map." This could result in a stalemated process, but my conversations with representatives of both sides indicate that they wish to avoid such an imbroglio. The spokesman for Hamas claimed, "We want a peaceful unity government."HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, wait. He was being serious. But Hamas isn't going to take Jimmy Carter any more seriously than we are. The fact that he honestly believes Hamas is willing to renounce their founding principle of eliminating Israel and slaughtering Jews is exactly the reason Americans didn't trust Jimmy Carter to handle world affairs in 1980, and still don't trust him now. I would say that he should know better, but I guess he never new in the first place.
Ankle Biting Pundits has a fantastic response, stopping along the way to point out his many examples of collusion with oppression.
Whatever moral credibility Carter may have once had is gone. Wherever he goes, oppression smiles because it knows it will be excused and forgiven, and the forces of freedom will be chided for not being more understanding. He happily skips down the proverbial road to hell paved with the best of intentions, and makes the world a more dangerous place as he goes. He is no longer this nation's "Best Ex-President". He is a menace to freedom, and exemplifies the reason Americans do not - and cannot - trust the current Democratic Party with the nation's National Security.