Bush White House fires back at Jimmy Carter - Yahoo News
Bush White House fires back at Jimmy Carter CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter, calling him "increasingly irrelevant" a day after Carter described George W. Bush's presidency as the worst in history in international relations. Carter, a Democrat, said on Saturday in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." White House spokesman Tony Fratto had declined to react on Saturday but on Sunday fired back. "I think it's sad that President Carter's reckless personal criticism is out there," Fratto told reporters. "I think it's unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments." Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday's sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors. In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a "radical departure from all previous administration policies" with the Iraq war. "We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," Carter said.As opposed to allowing one of our embassies to be stormed, and our fellow countrymen taken hostage for well over a year, perhaps? Ya done *really* good there, Mr. Carter, didn't ya? That impotent "administration policy" may very well have been one of the things that brought us to the concept of pre-emption.