It has, of course ended in embarrassment. Jimmy Carter's trip into the heart of darkness, the upper councils of the terrorist organization Hamas is, blessedly over, and Carter has added yet another humiliation to his resume. The very idea of the trip was derided across the political spectrum but Carter, a man possessing a capacity of nearly diagnosable self-delusion, listens only to his own historically bad counsel went any way. The results were foreordained:
JERUSALEM — Just hours after former President Jimmy Carter trumpeted Hamas' agreement to let Israel "live as a neighbor," the same terrorist leader he met with face-to-face vowed not to recognize the Jewish state.
But Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal did offer Israel a 10-year truce if it withdraws from all lands it seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The offer is, of course a fraud as it is provisional, depending on it being
...approved in a Palestinian referendum, or by a Palestinian government chosen in new elections.
The likelihood of this happening is about as good as Osama bin Laden becoming the next editor of The Weekly Standard. Add in the idea that Israel would agree to pull back to its 1967 borders, which it refuses to do for security and political reasons and you have a "deal" which is simply not serious.
Carter's sole accomplishment in this whole embarrassing spectacle is to grant Hamas a bit of credibility that an organization whose stock in trade is murder does not deserve. Carter may think the sound he hears coming from some quarters is applause when in fact it is laughter. The man who history was once going to regard merely as America's most incompetent president has seen to it that a few more pages will have to be added to accommodate the fact that he is America's worst ex-President as well.
Common Sense Political Thought has something to say on the matter, too.
And so does Blogmiester USA