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    Carter Reportedlyto Meet With Hamas Leader in Syria (FOXNews.com)

    [QUOTE]NEW YORK CITY — Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.

    The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.

    Deanna Congileo, Carter’s press secretary, confirmed in an e-mail to FOXNews.com that Carter will be in the Mideast in April. Pressed for comment, Congileo did not deny that the former president is considering visiting Meshal.

    “President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week,” wrote Congileo. “I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time.”

    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 Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    The State Department has designated Hamas a "foreign terrorist organization," and some groups hold Meshal personally responsible for ordering the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack once said of the prospect of meeting with Meshal, "That's not something that we could possibly conceive of."

    Some Carter critics called the latest reports typical of the ex-president.

    “It’s about par for the course from President Carter, demonstrating a lack of judgment typical of what he does," said John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. "To go to Syria to visit Hamas at this point is just an ill-timed, ill-advised decision on his part."

    “I’m not surprised that Carter would do this, as he has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years,” said Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a watchdog group.

    Carter would be the first Western leader of his stature to meet with the Hamas chief. 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.

    “I think this [visit] undermines the U.S. policy of isolating Hamas,” said Emerson. “I think this encourages Europeans to further dilute their sanctions against the Hamas government.”

    "When you put the prestige of a former president of the United States in a meeting with one of its terrorist leaders, you’re giving it a legitimacy and currency it never had,” said Bolton.

    But Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy group, said Carter's efforts demonstrate he's a true partner in peace.

    “I think if true, this report would indicate that President Carter is willing to travel any road in search of peace,” he said. “I think President Carter would only undertake such a mission if he believed that something could be achieved in terms of peace and reconciliation in the region.”

    Hooper added that because of Carter's reputation among Palestinians he might be able to bring some pressure to bear.

    “Obviously President Carter has a great amount of credibility in the region because of his past efforts seeking peace internationally,” Hooper said.

    The Al-Hayat report stated that Carter would be traveling in his capacity as head of the Carter Center, and not in his capacity as a former president.

    “That’s a distinction that’s absurd,” said Emerson.

    “Maybe he’ll give up his pension, but he’s always a former president,” said Bolton.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2471456]Opinions?[/QUOTE]

    traitor

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    Everyone will jump on Jimmy's back but the sad truth is that 8 years of tough non-diplomacy from Bush hasn't made anything any better. This might. It's a small chance but it's better than nothing.

    Also note that condi rice went to Israel last week, asked Israel to stop expansion and the next day after she got on the plane they announced expansion.

    Both sides disrespect the USA, neither are listening to Bush admin. Maybe they listen to Carter, maybe they don't but it's not going to make things worse. Just hating people, declaring war on them and generally being an a-hole isn't how diplomacy works. Why should anyone listen to Bolton? What has he accomplished? for that matter what has Bush accomplished? Besides negative things, nothing.

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    Just like Iran hah. Got rid of the Shah and opened a can of crap named the Ayatollah!

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    holocaust-denier anti-semite

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    Good ol' Jimmy(Sissy)Carter supporting Paleostinian terrorists. Is anyone really surprised?

    If Hussein gets elected President, look for more of the same. He's the black Jimmy(Sissy)Carter....

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    He's still alive?

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    [QUOTE=SanAntonio_JetFan;2471504]He's still alive?[/QUOTE]

    Unfortunately.

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    Was the British sitting down with the IRA a bad thing?

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    You have to look at Jimmy as your crazy Uncle. We all know he is crazy but we still consider him family.

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    [QUOTE=Winstonbiggs;2471523]You have to look at Jimmy as your crazy Uncle. We all know he is crazy but we still consider him family.[/QUOTE]

    We can nomore denounce him then we can our own Grandmothers.

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    [QUOTE=Buster;2471517]Was the British sitting down with the IRA a bad thing?[/QUOTE]

    There is a huge difference Jimmy Carter no longer holds a position of power in this country so the only thing he can accomplish is undermining anything being done by the current administration.

    Former Presidents should only get involved in issues of policy if they are asked to help by whatever administration is currently in power.

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    Well its about friggin time.
    People need to understand that you HAVE to include Hamas in the discussions if you want any realistic peace talks.

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2471810]Well its about friggin time.
    People need to understand that you HAVE to include Hamas in the discussions if you want any realistic peace talks.[/QUOTE]

    You think Jimmy is there representing Israel?

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2471810]Well its about friggin time.
    People need to understand that you HAVE to include Hamas in the discussions if you want any realistic peace talks.[/QUOTE]

    Which of their demands do you support us and Israel agreeing to in these talks? After all, you do not have talks if you're not interested in compromise right? So which compromises should the US and Israel make towards Hamas as you see it?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2471475]Everyone will jump on Jimmy's back but the sad truth is that 8 years of tough non-diplomacy from Bush hasn't made anything any better. This might. It's a small chance but it's better than nothing.

    Also note that condi rice went to Israel last week, asked Israel to stop expansion and the next day after she got on the plane they announced expansion.

    Both sides disrespect the USA, neither are listening to Bush admin. Maybe they listen to Carter, maybe they don't but it's not going to make things worse. Just hating people, declaring war on them and generally being an a-hole isn't how diplomacy works. Why should anyone listen to Bolton? What has he accomplished? for that matter what has Bush accomplished? Besides negative things, nothing.[/QUOTE]listen to Carter? he's not the President anymore.he has no ones ear nor does he hold sway over any policy on the mideast.

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    ehhh, not really a big deal...

    you have, what amounts to a very old man going to the mid-east....


    he has no influence whatsoever on US foreign policy.

    it isn't even confirmed that he is going to meet anyone....

    I also love how Bolton basically calls Carter incompetent in one quote and then says he has a position of prestige in another....

    does that make him a prestigious idiot?


    I mean, you can't dismiss Carter and also claim how important his alleged visit is....

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2471475]Everyone will jump on Jimmy's back but the sad truth is that 8 years of tough non-diplomacy from Bush hasn't made anything any better. This might. It's a small chance but it's better than nothing.

    Also note that condi rice went to Israel last week, asked Israel to stop expansion and the next day after she got on the plane they announced expansion.

    Both sides disrespect the USA, neither are listening to Bush admin. Maybe they listen to Carter, maybe they don't but it's not going to make things worse. Just hating people, declaring war on them and generally being an a-hole isn't how diplomacy works. Why should anyone listen to Bolton? What has he accomplished? for that matter what has Bush accomplished? Besides negative things, nothing.[/QUOTE]


    Everyone knows what the deal for peace is, Hamas is in power because they don't want peace. This is not up to the US to decide and it could make things worse. Clinton tried very hard to negiotate a fair peace and got a fair deal for both sides only to see the Palestinians piss all over it and things got much worse.

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    [QUOTE=piney;2471881]


    I mean, you can't dismiss Carter and also claim how important his alleged visit is....[/QUOTE]

    Of course you can. He's an Ex-President. That attaches prestige to any visit, particularly for propaganda purposes for Hamas. Carter is not traveling in any official capacity and his visit is clearly a FU to Bush and he knows darn well it is a PR win for Hamas. Kenny's absurd post about it being "about time" is laughably ignorant, since Carter represents no one; not Israel, not the US, not any Palestinians, Hamas, Fatah, etc.

    Carter isn't just some "old guy" he's an ex-President. Bolton is 100% correct on this. Carter's shameful behavior since his Presidency continues. I didn't think it was possible, but he's actually a worse ex-President than he was a President.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2471456]Opinions?[/QUOTE]

    What a shock. Imagine if that clown had won another 4 years. :eek:

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