Alleged ex-President Jimmy Carter, in Birmingham, England trolling for Baptists, told a group of reporters that the Iraq war is "unjust" and that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is "a disgrace to the U.S.A." Incidentally, Dudley, Birmingham is the site of a proposed "Muslim village." Carter, looking and sounding more confused than usual said:
"I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.''
Carter said, however, that terrorist acts could not be justified, and that while Guantanamo "may be an aggravating factor ... it's not the basis of terrorism.''
"I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people.''
When asked about Carter's remarks, British Prime Minister Tony Blair pointed out that very few people actually listen to the former president anymore because, "let's face it, the old man has gone a bit nutters."
Current President George W. Bush could not be directly asked what he thought of Carter's statement, though White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that the president had observed that Mr. Carter had "missed a good opportunity to shut up."
Mr Carter also said that, "I'm very proud to be in a nation that stands so stalwart against terrorism with us," adding, "but that doesn't mean I think you should do anything about it."
Asked what he meant by the last sentence, Carter elaborated. "Look at my own efforts to fight terrorism. What did it get me? A couple of downed helicopters and an actor sitting in my chair."
When another reporter pointed out that maybe Mr Carter's massive failure to bring about an end to the 1979 hostage crisis contributed to the view of the US in the Middle East as being feckless, Mr Carter responded with a terse, "Up yours, kufir."