"I Know What North Korea Wants" - President Carter Warns "US Oligarchy Refuses To Do It"

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an "oligarchy than a democracy," while also lambasting Trump's "hopeless" approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea.

The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that he said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy – run by a small group of rich people – rather than a democracy, repeating an allegation he has vociferously uttered for a few years.

“[Money in politics] violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

 

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

 

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over."

Carter was referring to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said was “the most stupid decision” the court had made.

But then the former President went to town on Trump and North Korea...

Carter said, 

“The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.”

 

“I know what the North Koreans want,” he said.

 

 “What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said,

 

 “But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding:

“If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

 

"Until we're willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don't think we'll make any progress," he said.

Comments

Dickguzinya Sep 14, 2017 6:54 PM Permalink

Someone tell this decrepid old fuck that he and his opinions are just as irrelevant and impotent as they were in the late 70's.  Even the losers get lucky sometimes, case in point: the scumbag that snuck his way into the White House, and squatted for eight long years.

Gobble D. Goop Sep 14, 2017 11:36 AM Permalink

World Record holder of the "Worst President Ever" until Barry Soetoro ripped the title from his ancient hands.Crushed the american farmer with his wheat embargo.  A "good" mortgage rate of 12%, Overturned an american friendly Shah and gave us the Ayatollah.I can't drive 55.Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs...I gets nauseus remembering it all 

DaProf Sep 14, 2017 10:21 AM Permalink

Yep.  Another former Democrat president heard from, violating that time honored tradition they count on from their Republican counterparts.  

Not if_ But When Sep 14, 2017 10:01 AM Permalink

There are two prominent politicians that have correctly identified America as an oligarchy.  Berne Sanders and Jimmy Carter.  Whatever else you think of them, that sets them far apart from all the other "bought and paid for" politicians and the similarly "bought and paid for" mainstream media.  Identifying our country as an oligarchy and attributing it to the f_cked up Citizens United Supreme Court treasonous decision is vital if this situation is ever to be overcome.

redmudhooch Sep 14, 2017 9:59 AM Permalink

Like the American people, N Korea just want to be LEFT THE FUCK ALONE.Also like the American people Lil Kim knows that the Banksters, MIC will never leave him alon so he just keeps stacking.Lil Kim is smart.

Tarjan redmudhooch Sep 15, 2017 11:12 AM Permalink

Carter is right on this. It has been 60+ years since the Korean War ended in a ceasefire agreement and no serious attempt at a peace treaty and/or non-aggression pact since then. Do a non-aggression agreement with the DPRK and stop the bi-annual war games. Any violation of the non-aggression agreement by Kim would be legitimate grounds for the violent termination of his government.Carter is also right on the Citizens United decision, the worst that SOCUS has handed down. And where the hell is Congress in passing the legislation to undo this travisty? ~ 

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Sid Davis Sep 14, 2017 10:09 AM Permalink

If we accept the idea that governments are created by the people, for the people, then people can only authorize government to use force that the people themselves have a right to use. And the only force people have a right to use is in self defence, i.e., to protect their lives, liberty, and property. Government is supposed to protect our rights, not destroy them, but 90% of politicians don't seem to believe that.

Jimmy Carted obviously didn't understand this concept, else he would not have expanded government to intrude into our lives far beyond any reasonable interpretation of protecting our rights. He believes government should run our lives and manage the economy. His complaints that corporations have bribed government to slant interference by government in our lives so as to benefit corporations, while true, misses the point. Government doesn't have the authority to do anything but protect our rights, so it matters little whether the mob, wealthy individuals, or corporations pull the strings that shouldn't be there to pull in the first place; the result is tyranny when government does what it is not authorized to do, and Carter was just as much a tyrant as all these other fascists/communists/socialists politicians. The tyranny is in the government use of force (laws) except in defence of life, liberty, and property.

As for North Korea, they are obviously a threat which is evident by the words coming out of their own leader's mouth. He openly threatens us daily. What he threatens requires us to act diligently to defend ourselves. We might disagree on how best to defend ourselves. Obviously many people around the world are frightened by these threats. To further complicate the issue, the people of North Korea are not our enemies. Like the people of the USA are victims of the tyranny of their own government, so too are the North Korean people the victims of their government.

Already, there is the implied treaty that Carter claims Kim wants. He understands, and we understand that neither of us will attack without the expectation of retaliation. If Carter is correct that Kim wants further assurances we will not initiate a first strike, then why does Kim keep threatening to attack us first, creating the increase risk that his threats will provoke a first strike against him? As far as Kim wanting respect, isn't respect something earned, and not demanded by threat? And really, are treaties worth the paper they are written on. Since most of the world leaders are either sociopaths or psychopaths, treaties are in reality as easily violated as written; leaders of governments come and go, and even if the signer of treaties intend to honour them, there is no assurance that the next leader will do so also.

Carter continues to be the same idiot he was when he ruled the USA.

FBaggins TabakLover Sep 14, 2017 10:55 AM Permalink

Never been a fan of Carter and still regard his brand of liberalism as a big problem, but this time his remarks made sense.  However, I do not think he is advocating complete neutralism for American foreign policy. What he is saying is to deal with all nations in an honorable manner, not by going around the world beating a big military drum or by using CIA rats to destabilize other nations asserting their own sovereignty. 

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surf@jm Sep 14, 2017 9:42 AM Permalink

Far be it for me to agree to anything peanut head  says, but he`s right about oligarchy........But, of course......There he goes again......My respect is a little shortcoming for people who assassinate those they don`t like with howitzers........

roadhazard Sep 14, 2017 9:40 AM Permalink

Carter bashers are so stupid. Who until recently did America send abroad to speak for America in tense situations, Jimmy Carter the only American the world trusts. 

libertysghost roadhazard Sep 14, 2017 11:13 AM Permalink

And by "the world" you mean global elites, not actual people of the world who suffered under his policies similar to the other gangsters who've run things for years, right?  But I know...I'm "so stupid" for actually knowing the history during his Presidency and thinking he should be held accountable for decisions he made and at least admit them prior to pretending to have some moral authority and being the most popular critic the establishment trots out when targeting someone they don't like who happened to be elected President DESPITE Citizens United allowing HRC to spend hundreds of billions to be anointed their lapdog.   Oh the irony Jimmy..and the irony roadhazard "you stupid". 

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libertysghost roadhazard Sep 14, 2017 11:08 AM Permalink

Carter was nothing close to an angel.  I doubt the people of East Timor trust, Zaire etc. trust and respect him much. Zaire, 1977After the CIA-sponsored assassination of Patrice Lumumba in 1961, Mobutu Sese Seko ruled as dictator for 16 years – changing the name of the Congo in 1971 to Zaire. In early 1977, rebels fighting with the revolutionary MPLA popular movement in Angola re-entered Zaire to resume their civil war and oust the military strongman. Mobutu sought help from his American and European allies to crush the movement.William Blum writes in Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II that Carter, who had been in office for only two months, was reluctant to involve his administration in a far-reaching intervention whose scope and length could not be easily anticipated.However, Carter did provide “non-lethal” aid, while he did not protest as European countries offered military aid, and Morocco sent several thousand of its US-trained military forces to aid Mobutu.“President Carter asserted on more than one occasion that the Zaire crisis was an African problem, best solved by Africans, yet he apparently saw no contradiction to this thesis in his own policy, nor did he offer any criticism of France or Belgium, or of China, which sent Mobutu a substantial amount of military equipment,” writes Blum. [1]Guatemala, 1977The Carter administration issued a report critical of the human rights records of the military government and officially cut off aid. However, Blum argues that this was little more than a public relations stunt while tangible support continued: “the embargoes were never meant to be more than partial, and Guatemala also received weapons and military equipment from Israel, at least part of which was covertly underwritten by Washington. As further camouflage, some of the training of Guatemala’s security forces was reportedly maintained by transferring it to clandestine sites in Chile and Argentina.” [2]Meanwhile, the horrors of a genocidal campaign against the indigenous population continued unabated on Carter’s watch. Death squads were eliminating peasants, labor leaders, human rights activists and clergy. In the countryside, the military would torture and burn alive “subversives,” such as Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú’s own brother.East Timor, 1977After the democratically-elected President Sukarno of Indonesia was overthrown with the assistance of the CIA in 1967, mass-murderer Suharto assumed power as military dictator and a strong ally of the US government.In late 1975, Henry Kissinger and Gerald Ford gave the green light to Suharto to invade neighboring East Timor. After occupying the capital city Dili, Indonesian troops systematically rooted out resistance by the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) and the civilian population across the island. Residents of occupied areas were subjected to massive re-education brainwashing campaigns. The death toll from violence by Indonesian forces, malnutrition and disease quickly climbed into the tens of thousands.The genocidal slaughter reached its peak in 1977, On March 1, 95 members of the Australian Parliament sent a letter to Carter claiming the Indonesian troops were carrying out “atrocities” and asking the American President “to comment publicly on the situation in East Timor.” [3]The response was crickets. Carter ramped up aid with funding and weapons to the murderous Indonesian regime, brazenly flaunting the human rights requirements imposed on American aid.As journalist Richard Dudman reported at the time: “amid all the talks about human rights, the country with perhaps the worst record has been getting increased amounts of economic and military aid from the Carter administration,” which is attributed to the “bonanza enjoyed by American oil companies and multi-national corporations since the present military regime came to power.” [4]Precise statistics on the death toll of East Timorese at the hands of the Indonesian forces – who enjoyed the unconditional support of the US government – are hard to come by, but FAIR noted in a 1994 article that “by the time Carter left office, about 200,000 people had been slaughtered.”Angola, 1978In 1978, the South African Defence Forces (SADF) carried out a massacre against a refugee camp in Cassinga, Angola. SADF bombers dropped bombs over sovereign Angolan territory that killed more than 600 Namibians.When details of the attack came to light, the U.S. made sure that the racist regime would not face sanctions in the UN Security Council.Carter took the excuses of the apartheid government at face value: “They’ve claimed to have withdrawn and have not left any South African troops in Angola. So we hope it’s just a transient strike in retaliation, and we hope it’s all over.”Granting the racist South Africans a blanket diplomatic shield at the UN and allowing them free reign to terrorize their neighboring Southwest African countries at will, while subjecting their own domestic population to the crime against humanity of apartheid, would prolong the suffering of millions of Africans for another 15 years.Meanwhile, Carter and his administration would continue demanding the immediate exit of the Cuban military from Angola. As many as 30,000 Cuban troops had been stationed in Angola since 1975 to prevent South Africa from toppling the nascent revolutionary MPLA government and installing a puppet regime that, according to historian Piero Gleijeses, “would be the centerpiece of the Constellation of Southern African States that [South Africa] sought to create.” The constellation would be “anticommunist, tolerant of apartheid, and eager to persecute [Nelson Mandela’s] ANC and [Namibian liberation movement] SWAPO.” [5]Afghanistan, 1979When the Communist government came to power in 1978, they brought health care and education to a wide segment of the Afghan population. In cities such as Kabul, women enjoyed significant freedom. But this state of affairs was impermissible to the U.S. government, who sought to empower a local opposition and recruit foreign fundamentalist jihadists to join the struggle to topple the Communist regime.“US foreign service officers had been meeting with Moujahedeen leaders to determine their needs at least as early as April 1979,” writes Blum. “And in July, President Carter had signed a ‘finding’ to aid the rebels covertly, which led to the United States providing them with cash, weapons, equipment and supplies, and engaging in propaganda and other psychological operations in Afghanistan on their behalf.” [6]Blum says that intervention by the US and other countries worried Russia about what kind of government would end up on their borders. The Russians, Blum writes, “consistently cited these ‘aggressive imperialist forces’ to rationalize their own intervention in Afghanistan, which was the first time Soviet ground troops had engaged in military action anywhere in the world outside its post-World War II Eastern European borders.” [7]Soviet troops would enter Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979. By the time they left in disgrace ten years later, the country was largely reduced to rubble. The devastation was so severe that the Taliban, who managed to displace the barbaric Moujahedeen, were seen by many as liberators.It would be another 22 years before the U.S. experienced blowback on its home soil, when one of the “Anti-Soviet warriors” they had courted and helped train from Saudi Arabia would mastermind a plot to turn civilian airliners into missiles that were flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.El Salvador, 1980On February 19, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero, hugely popular among Salvadorans for his embrace of liberation theology, which sought to improve the socioeconomic conditions of oppressed people, sent a letter to Jimmy Carter that is worth quoting at length:

In the last few days news has appeared in the national press that worries me greatly: according to the reports your government is studying the possibility of economic and military support and assistance to the present junta government.Because you are a Christian and because you have shown that you want to defend human rights I venture to set forth for you my pastoral point of view concerning this news and to make a request.I am very worried by the news that the government of the United States is studying a form of abetting the arming of El Salvador by sending military teams and advisors to ‘train three Salvadoran batallions in logistics, communications, and intelligence.’ If this information is correct, the contribution of your government instead of promoting greater justice and peace in El Salvador will without doubt sharpen the injustice and repression against the organizations of the people which repeatedly have been struggling to gain respect for their most fundamental human rights.

And did the Afghanies trust him much when they realized this? Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention. 

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JailBanksters Sep 14, 2017 9:33 AM Permalink

You could dream about a Oligarchy which would be better than it is now.But, it's a Jewopoly in Government that controls the Jewigarchy, and the Jewigarchy controls you.The Jewigarchy controls what you read in the Newzpaperz, watch on TV, how much Interest your Bank Account makes, what sort of Food you eat, who you go to war with.The list is so Large, it would fill will this space. They don't just participate in a particular field, but they "Control" those Fields of Business that was handed down to them by Washington. So Jimmy, don't give me this B S about a Oligarchy. 

Kat Daddy Sep 14, 2017 9:23 AM Permalink

The more the US provokes, the faster NK will build missles and nukes.  Keep poking them with a sharp stick, they have learned well the lessons of Iraq and Lybia.  "Give us your weapons and we will protect you", HA! Where have we heard that recently?  Who says NK doesn't have the right to protect itself?  https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/agreedframework  The US was for a deal (Clinton) before we (Buch) went against it.  The US doesn't honor treaties, just like the Indian said, "White man speak with forked tongue."  I think all the Satanic Pedophiles in DC must have forked tongues, a whole lot of lying going on.  The US loves NK, it gives a reason to hang around the S. China Sea.

smacker Sep 14, 2017 8:29 AM Permalink

Putting aside Carter's personal history, there's some truth in what he says.NK simply wants to be treated with respect and to possess some sort of guarantee that NK will not be invaded by "the West", meaning the US and/or Nato/SK. As we already know, the US wants access to NK because it has a land border with China (and also Russia) but NK and China will never allow that. And it explains why the US doesn't want a solution via diplomacy...the red lines of each side are mutually exclusive. The US wants regime change in NK to install a puppet which will allow boots on the ground to further surround China.

brushhog Sep 14, 2017 8:03 AM Permalink

There is one aspect of Jimmy Carter that is worth paying attention to, and it's not his words. It's the fact that this man, along with every single ex-president for the past 60 years, has lived far beyond the life expectancy for any man on the planet. They all, without acception, live into their 90's. If you took a random subsample of 5 men, the chance that those five men would all live to be nearly 100 is about ZERO. The number of per capita centarians in the US is currently about one per 25,000. Probably about one in 20,000 live to be 90+.Yet we have president after president that live to unheard-of ages. They are miraculously "cured" of impossible cancers. Carter had an agressive cancer that started in his liver and spread to his BRAIN. At age 95, if it were you and me, they probably wouldnt even treat you. Even at 35, your chances of living through a cancer that had spread across your entire body are in the millions. But they tell us that Carter, whi just last year had cancer throughout his body and into his brain is completely cured....at age 95!! Bush sr. is in his 90's, was admitted to the hospital for bad pneumonia, on death's door, and is now completely fine!We need to start demanding answers to this phenomenon. I just dont think most people realize how impossible this is and how absolutely incredible. It is impossible that only presidents are experiencing this phenomenon by chance. This is no statistical anomaly, the odds are too great and the sub-group is too specific.

ankhfnkhonsu Sep 14, 2017 7:45 AM Permalink

Everything that comes out of this idiot's mouth tops the incredulity of his last utterance. When he was there he just played the game with a weakness that rivalled only Obama. Jimma, you are an okd irrelevant dickhead so STFU

Trisy Sep 14, 2017 7:33 AM Permalink

Carter is a human been, but he forget that behind Trump there are animals and aliens and ghost and all kinds of trush!You can't think they have an heart, but only a wallet and crazy mind!

Greed is King Trisy Sep 14, 2017 7:52 AM Permalink

America won`t give N.Korea the assurance it wants, or even talk to N.Korea, why ?, because the Politicians and Diplomats are bought and paid for puppets of the MIC, and the MIC regard N.Korea as a very convenient and profitable bogey man that earns them billions every year. The real danger to us peasants though is that the MIC are now looking beyond N.Korea at two much bigger very convenient and even more profiatble bogey men in the shape of China and Russia; their reasoning is now that if only they could gain control of the whole of the Korean peninsular and plant missiles on the Chinese border, wow, trillions, not billions, trillions.

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shinobi-7 Sep 14, 2017 7:32 AM Permalink

A lone voice of reason in a country gone rogue. He was right then when he said that Americans would have to tighten their belts and was defeated by the Reaganomics debt explosion: "Good Morning America!" Meaningless supply side stupidity from a nice guy soap salesman. He is right now but there is no one left to listen!

SquadronVBF94 Sep 14, 2017 6:58 AM Permalink

You fucked up with the whole "Playing the Islamic card" idea the almost the entire world sorrow and regret. You should count yourself lucky you haven't been hanged, drawn and quartered and beheaded. Just shut the fuck up and go away. You and Hillary both are regarded as something worthy of scrapping of the bottom of our shoes.

Ink Pusher Sep 14, 2017 6:47 AM Permalink

Fuck off Carter, you screwed the pooch with Iran back in '79 and I watched you do it. Now you wanna sell out to the DPRK? Crawl back in your fertilizer pile and stick to growing peanuts.

Kagemusho Sep 14, 2017 6:43 AM Permalink

He got his gig as Prez because he had dinner with the head of the oligarchy David Rockefeller and its most capable servant  Zbig Brzezinski. He pimped himself to power, and now is acting as if he's just discovered who he worked for all these decades? Another CFR/Trilateral/Bilderberger stooge trying to pretend as if he isn't one by trying to act as if his masters don't exist.

Hugh Mann Sep 14, 2017 6:42 AM Permalink

North Korea is no more a threat than Iran, Venezuela or Disneyland.Question: How many countries have these nations invaded in the past 100 years?Answer: Zero.Question: How many countries has the U.S. invaded?Answer: Fucking all of them!Now who's a threat to world peace?Stop listening to the whores of mainstream media. 

Greed is King pc_babe Sep 14, 2017 8:00 AM Permalink

It`s not always the side who fires first that starts a war, if you read the history books, (the real history books not the books wrote by America`s ministry of truth), you will find that the cause of the Korean war was the same as the cause of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, American bullying and sanctions. Nothing changes.

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conraddobler Sep 14, 2017 6:40 AM Permalink

I think Carter speaks some truth but then again he was a terrible POTUS.Most of us would of been too though because this is all bigger than any one person.  If you really truly wanted to help the people you have to change their collective minds.The problem isn't him or anyone else who's been POTUS the problem sadly is the people and the degredation of their morality.It's true this is largely because of a coordinated attack on said morality but still just the same because we have lost our way we have all become sheep and the wolves are going to move in.Once all the sheep are dead the wolves will starve out and we'll be back to the same old same old cycle for all of eternity or until the AI finishes us all off.