The Associated Press reported Wednesday that former President Jimmy Carter is upset by current US human rights policies.
Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that current U.S. human rights practices are an "embarrassment" and are far from policies he put in place as president to make human rights a priority for U.S. foreign policy.
Carter said U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Iraq may one day have infamy as historic places where human rights were abused such as in Argentina, Chile, Poland, South Africa and the former Soviet Union.
"This is an embarrassment to the people in my country to know that my own nation's government now disavows the principles that were in the forefront of the world's consciousness in the late 1970s," said Carter, who was speaking Wednesday evening at The Carter Center during a discussion of civil rights in the former Soviet Union and the U.S.
"We have a very serious problem here," the former president said.
The problem Carter seems to be pouting over the most is that President Bush's policies aren't still stuck in the 1970's.
I'm having trouble understanding how Carter can equate Gitmo--where the prisoners get halal meals, exercise, and a copy of the Koran--with Auschwitz. Oh wait. The prisoners at Auschwitz got lots of exercise, a little bit of food, and a bonus serving of some really nice gas for the special ones. Yeah, Gitmo's just another Nazi extermination camp.
Contrary to Carter's delusions, the Bush administration has not disavowed human rights principles. It just believes we're in a war and treats the prisoners accordingly. Carter, on the other hand, would rather throw national security to the wind and put the detainees (and our tactics) on public trial. Good thing nobody but the enemies of our country are listening to him.