Ironically, when Carter served as the nation’s 39 President, Jimmy Carter was a disaster on both domestic issues and foreign policy. He left the economy in shambles and our military in disarray.
He also was a weakling in his dealings with the Soviet Union. As the communist nation expanded their sphere of influence around the world and invaded Afghanistan, Carter’s toughest response was a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Surely, Communist General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev laughed hysterically when Carter penalized our Olympic team more than the Soviet Union.
Today, the Soviet Union is history, thanks to the courageous leadership of Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, who rebuilt our military, restored American leadership and bankrupted the Soviet Union.
A similar approach has been used by President Donald Trump. He is in the process of rebuilding a military that suffered greatly during the Obama administration. Trump has also armed the Ukrainians, boosted the NATO alliance and twice bombed the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Furthermore, Trump has unleashed our energy industry and for the first time in 75 years our nation is a net exporter of oil. Thus, he has challenged the Russians both militarily and economically. Obviously, he is no tool of Vladimir Putin or a weak leader like Carter who was pushed around by our adversaries.
As a result, it was comical to learn that this morning Carter alleged in a C-SPAN interview that Russia placed Trump in office. According to the misguided former President, “If fully investigated, it would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put in office because the Russians interfered …on his behalf.”
This is nonsense for Putin did not want Trump to win. A strong nationalist like Putin clearly favored Hillary Clinton, who did not promise to rebuild our military or our energy industry. As Secretary of State, she offered no resistance when Russia started meddling in Ukraine and other countries. She wanted to “reset” the relationship and expressed a desire for Russia to succeed. In fact, her boss, former President Barack Obama famously promised that he would have “more flexibility” after his re-election campaign to make deals with Putin on “missile defense.”
While Obama deemphasized missile defense to placate the Russians, Trump has bolstered this vital program. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that the President or any member of his team colluded with Russia to influence the result of the 2016 election, the same cannot be said for Hillary Clinton.
She paid for a dossier on Donald Trump that was compiled by a British spy with the help of Russian sources. In effect, it was Russian disinformation that was used to attack a presidential candidate.
Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, cashed in with a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow and spent time meeting with Putin. Her foundation benefitted from millions in Russian donations, after she approved the sale of uranium to a Russian company.
Overall, she was compromised and weak in her dealings with Russia, while Trump has offered the completely opposite approach.
Despite the lack of evidence produced by a $40 million two-year witch hunt, the Trump/Russia narrative is frequently espoused today by Democrats, such as former President Carter. While the media continues to promote the discredited theory, hopefully, the American people are tiring of constantly being told a lie.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]