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No threads on the Jimmy Carter deal?

So Ex Prez Carter is meeting with terrorist organizations now, not that I'm really surprised...Thoughts?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,348989,00.html

State Department: Carter Meeting With Terrorists Not 'in the Interest of Peace'

Thursday, April 10, 2008

By Joseph Abrams

NEW YORK ó Former President Jimmy Carter's upcoming meeting with senior officials of the Palestinian terror group Hamas is not "in the interest of peace," according to State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

FOX News confirmed on Thursday that Carter will travel to Syria next week for an unprecedented meeting with the senior leadership of Hamas. The State Department has designated Hamas a "foreign terrorist organization," a stance McCormack reiterated.

The State Department had "counseled the former president about having such a meeting," he said. "U.S. policy is that Hamas is a terrorist organization; we don't believe its in the interest of our policy or in the interest of peace to have such a meeting."

Carter originally was slated to travel throughout the Mideast with a group of statesmen and philanthropists including Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, but Carter now will be traveling without the group.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Annan on Tuesday, according to the State Department, which would not confirm whether the Syria trip was discussed in the conversation; however, Annan pulled out of the trip after the call. A spokesman for Annan in Geneva could not be reached for comment.
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FOXNews.com first reported Tuesday on an item in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat that said Carter was preparing an unprecedented meeting with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of Hamas who lives in Damascus.

McCormack once said of the prospect of meeting with Meshal, "Thatís not something that we could possibly conceive of."

Earlier Thursday a senior Hamas official confirmed reports of the meeting, according to the Associated Press.

The official, Mohammed Nazzal, told the AP that Carter sent an envoy to Damascus requesting a meeting with Hamas leadership, including Meshal, and that Hamas "welcomed the request." The meeting will take place on April 18, he said.

Meshal, who lives in Syria to avoid being arrested by the Israeli government, leads Hamas from his seat in Damascus, where he is a guest of President Bashar al-Assadís regime.

Carter would be the first Western leader of his stature to meet with Meshal. Though Meshal met with Clinton officials in the 1990s, the Bush administration has sought to isolate Hamas, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Gaza and refusing to meet with its leaders unless it recognizes Israel and abandons terror.

The two founders of Hamas, the cleric Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, were killed by Israeli air strikes in 2004.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 05:52 PM
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No surprise, considering he was pro-terrorist (by his actions) while he was president, why should he change?

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Terrorists are weak, Jimmy Earl is weak.....no surprise they'd pat each other on the butt
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 07:32 PM
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It's deja vu all over again. They're just using Carter's weak ass to show they can "come to the table", so to speak. Nothing will get accomplished, just like when he was in office. He was a horrible president, yet has tried to upstage both of the Bush boys through his "diplomacy"...

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another bad idea by "peanut". He had his chance as prez at this game and failed.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 11:06 PM
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He was a horrible president, yet has tried to upstage both of the Bush boys through his "diplomacy"...
You think his motivation is to upstage Bush?

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You think his motivation is to upstage Bush?
I do think he's trying to undermine the current administration. It does no one any good to make the trip. It's so ironic...his foreign policy was horrible while he was in office.

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Didnt he meet with them last year?

He's a dopey bastard... even if he was president...
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Meeting with terrorists, splendid idea.
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i hope they keep the bastard .

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-11-2008, 12:29 PM
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Perhaps some "students" will take him hostage and take him to Iran? Deja-vu all over again, and Dubya could get Jimmy's sorry ass rescued, sucessfully this time.
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Perhaps some "students" will take him hostage and take him to Iran? Deja-vu all over again, and Dubya could get Jimmy's sorry ass rescued, sucessfully this time.
I don't see the point in wasting any taxpayer dollars to free someone that went to a country that is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism to meet with terrorist leaders and was taken hostage. Let Hillary or Obama worry about him and if McCain wins let the next Liberal elected handle the problem.

We really should revoke his passport the second he steps foot in Syria and not allow him back to any allied country.

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I don't see the point in wasting any taxpayer dollars to free someone that went to a country that is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism to meet with terrorist leaders and was taken hostage. Let Hillary or Obama worry about him and if McCain wins let the next Liberal elected handle the problem.

We really should revoke his passport the second he steps foot in Syria and not allow him back to any allied country.
I was writing more in the context of how Ronald Reagan came in after Carter's debacle with Iran and basically bitch-slapped the Persians. Once again, Carter has the chance to fuck up and it would take a Republican to save his little ass if it went badly for him.
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When the most positive thing to come out of a presidency is "Billy Beer", you KNOW he was a fuck-up.

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