It's funny how the most recalcitrant tyrants and warmongers of this world always ask for Jimmy Carter when they need someone to mediate their disputes with the West.

They don't want Henry Kissinger, Boutros Boutros-Ghali or Newt Gingrich. They never ask for Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who always seems to be mysteriously absent when a particularly delicate piece of statecraft is called for.Nope. Foreign leaders who find themselves in bad odor with Washington all want good ole Jimmy to put things right. They know he will give them the best of all possible deals, shower them with American tax dollars and may even fawn in their presence.

-Holger Jensen

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