For the second time in less than a year, former president Jimmy Carter was publicly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, contending America’s “respect in the world is probably lower than it was six or seven years ago.”
Carter made the unflattering remarks while at the Aspen Institute last week.
Before touching on Obama, Carter was asked to give his opinion on Secretary of State John Kerry. “I think [John Kerry’s] one of the best secretaries of state we’ve ever had. I think he’s outstanding,” Carter said to cheers.
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The former president was then asked about Obama’s successes on the world stage. “On the world stage, I think they’ve been minimal,” Carter answered. “I think he’s done some good things domestically, like the health programs and so forth, but on the world stage, just to be objective about it as I can, I can’t think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than we did when he took over. If you look at Russia, if you look at England, if you look at China, if you look at Egypt, and so forth.”
“I’m not saying it’s his fault,” he continued, “but we have not improved our relationship with individual countries, and I would say that the United States’ influence and prestige and respect in the world is probably lower now than it was six or seven years ago.”
This is not the first time Carter has been critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Speaking to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram in October, he called out Obama’s approach to fighting the Islamic State:
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We waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria. Then when [ISIS] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.
h/t: The Daily Caller
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