Creative Destruction

January 11, 2007

Carter Center Board Resigns En Masse

Filed under: Current Events,International Politics,Politics — Robert @ 2:33 pm

14 members of an advisory board for the Carter Center have resigned en masse, personally addressing former President Carter and telling him “you have clearly abandoned your historic role of broker in favor of becoming an advocate for one side” in his recent book on the situation in Israel.

This follows on the heels of the high-profile resignation of Kenneth Stein, a longtime Carter adviser, for similar reasons.



  1. I understand Carter’s legacy and recent opinions too poorly to opine on them specifically, but I wonder if it’s reasonable to expect him to remain beholden to his “historic role” without the possibility of change. His advisory board doesn’t have to change with him, surely, and can resign en masse out of principle, but Carter himself should certainly be able to revise his thinking and adopt new positions. Of course, after Kerry’s failed presidental campaign a couple years ago, it’s simple for detractors to paint him as a flip-flopper and marginalize him. But that’s still no reason for one’s conscience to be etched in stone.

    Comment by Brutus — January 11, 2007 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  2. As a broker, he was a unique individual. As a partisan, he’s just another asshole, and one with nothing original or compelling to say.

    Comment by Robert — January 11, 2007 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  3. Don’t you love it when the Zionists fight each other over who’s the bigger racist?

    Comment by DavidByron — January 12, 2007 @ 1:53 am | Reply

  4. Did I hear an echo?

    Comment by Robert — January 12, 2007 @ 3:58 am | Reply

  5. Just doing my bit to get the board talking about something other than feminism 🙂

    However it is clear that Carter, as all US presidents, was pro-Zionist. It’s a racist position. You are trying to make your own brand of Zionism look better by trying to present Carter, the lesser Zionist, in an insulting way. Not by pointing out he was a war criminal of course, but by painting him as partisan when the whole point is you are even more so.

    Two racists fighting over who’s the biggest racist: pretty funny.

    You know I have never been able to figure out why it is that so many Americans, especially on the right, are so anti-Palestinian. It just seems incomprehensible even after all the arguments about oil and so on.

    Comment by DavidByron — January 12, 2007 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  6. I’ve never met a single American who was anti-Palestinian. The only people in the world I’ve seen who are anti-Palestinian are the governments of the countries surrounding Israel, who have kept the Palestinian refugees in camps for fifty years rather than simply resettling them. They have done this, of course, because (a) they don’t like the Palestinians for ethnic and religious reasons, and (b) because it gives them a weapon to use against Israel.

    Comment by Robert — January 12, 2007 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  7. I’ve never met a single American who was anti-Palestinian.

    You’ve never met my family.

    Comment by Ampersand — January 12, 2007 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  8. True. I was speaking more to the “on the right” part – that’s a slight majority of the people I know. I am sure there are Americans who are anti-Palestinian but (outside of the Jewish population) I think they’re relatively few and far between. Among people with a strong opinion, it’s far more common to see zealous pro-Israeli sentiment, with indifference to the Palestinians. (That’s where I come down.)

    Comment by Robert — January 12, 2007 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

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