Jason Carter on Foreign Policy



Declares his powerful connection to Israel

Like many candidates, Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, is courting the Jewish vote. But when Carter, a state senator, declared his "powerful connection" to Israel, it was more than a campaign sound bite. It was a not-so-subtle attempt to distance himself from a man he has loved and admired since boyhood: his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter.

The former president's views on Israel are not the only ones to make his grandson squirm. Of the elder Carter's call to ban the death penalty, his grandson said, "I love my grandfather, but we disagree."

The elder Mr. Carter has plunged into his grandson's campaign. "He got elected governor of Georgia by shaking 600,000 hands," the younger Mr. Carter said. "That's what he would tell you: 'You've got to go to the grocery store and shake everybody's hand.' "

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race , Jul 26, 2014

1997: Monitored Liberian elections with Carter Center

After graduation, I felt a need to go back to Africa, and I volunteered for a Carter Center trip to Liberia to help with the center's election-monitoring mission. They agreed to let me go because I had worked on Liberia as an intern and knew something about the Carter Center policy--and also because Liberia was a dangerous place. The Carter Center knew they could send me anywhere, and no matter what happened, my family wouldn't sue.

I left for Liberia in July 1997. In my three weeks there, in addition to the work, I was going to decide if I wanted to spend more time in Africa.

After the election, won in a landslide by Charles Taylor, my grandfather asked my uncle Chip and me to stay for another three weeks to represent him at Taylor's inauguration. My uncle and I spent a lot of that time traveling, trying to find out what was going on outside the compounds where most diplomats and international bureaucrats lived.

Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p. 6-9 , Jun 1, 2003

Africa is the story of self-respect in the face of hardship

One night one of the Nigerian soldiers from the checkpoint up at the main road strolled in. He had tribal markings on his face like many Nigerians. His scars began at the sides of his mouth, inscribed permanently by a knife when the boy had become a man.

He sat down and we started talking. "Let me buy you a beer," he said. "No," I said, "We'll take care of it. Here are $3. We'll each get one." The soldier grabbed my hand. "You are rich and white and from US," he said. "And I know that I'm poor and black and from Africa. But I can buy you a beer. Do not disrespect me. Allow me to pay for it because I want to. Because I want to sit here as equals and share our beer."

He spoke with a thick Nigerian accent, and we had to listen closely to make out exactly what he was saying. But in the end his message could not have been more clear. Africa is not only a story of war and famine and disease. It is also a story of triumph and self-respect in the face of those hardships.

Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p. 9-10 , Jun 1, 2003

American culture causes Third World cultural destruction

Was I a part of the cultural stampede that I had decried before I left? Snoop Dogg graffiti, and other bits of American hip-hop music dominated the Lochiel square. "How do you do this in America?" Conversations that I once thought were opportunities for education, I now regarded as opportunities for cultural destruction.

A Dutch woman said, "Americans are so insensitive that they do not see anything that is happening outside their borders, and still their culture presses in everywhere. Even you, you come here to teach people how to be American." I said, "I'm not trying to westernize anyone."

She said, "it happens anyway. In Kenya, the Masai have stopped putting lip plates in their mouths because tourists thought it was disgusting. That is sad. They have done this for years, and now they stop because white people come to town with money."

Deep down, I agreed with her. The cultural stampede was now moving right along, and something had to be done to preserve indigenous culture.

Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p.236-7 , Jun 1, 2003

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(term-limited 2018)
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(term-limited 2018)
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(appointed ambassador, 2017)
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(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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