Those of us who occassionally remember history, recall President Bush saying the following to Congress and the American people on September 20, 2001:
"Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have seen. Our war with terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated."
What praytell, Mr. Carter, don't you get about the words "lengthy campaign?" Have you never gotten over the Civil War and Sherman's March to the Sea through Georgia?
I think not and it shows in your pacifism, appeasement and lack of patience in this long war, unlike any other. You're a quitter and defeatist.
Does the phrase "Stay the course" mean anything to you? Lincoln and Sherman used it quite successfully in reuniting the Union and ending slavery in this country for once and for all.
Don't you recall these facts from history? All wars are frought with mistakes, near defeats and dark nights of the soul. Did General Dwight Eisenhower anticipate the Battle of the Bulge? Didn't President Lincoln have to fire the incredibly incompetent General George McClellan and install Generals U.S. Grant and William T. Sherman at a time when all seemed lost for the Union and his presidency?
Now Bush has hired General Petraeus to head the campaign in Iraq and implement a new "surge" strategy. And you want to cut and run before we've had time to let it work?
Disgraceful, Mr Carter. Simply disgraceful. And you have the nerve to befriend thugs and dictators like Chavez and Arafat and then speak to Bush with such disdain and arrogance. It's a disgrace.
And speaking of your corner of the world, Jimmy, sounds like you need to think about a withdrawal strategy yourself. (Hat tip, Pajamas Media). Oh, you're not willing to withdraw from the Carter Center.
However you may judge Bush in the near-term, I believe history will vindicate him on all the above.