Politics & Government

Jimmy Carter criticizes Obama on foreign policy

Former President Jimmy Carter in east Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 6, 2014.
Former President Jimmy Carter in east Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 6, 2014. MCT

Add Jimmy Carter to the growing list of supporters criticizing Barack Obama.

The former Democratic president says Obama waited too long to respond to the terrorist group Islamic State and should not be killing Americans with drones.

In a wide-ranging interview with our colleagues at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carter said it is difficult to determine what Obama’s policy is in the Middle East.

“It changes from time to time,” he said. “I noticed that two of his secretaries of defense, after they got out of office, were very critical of the lack of positive action on the part of the president.”

In new book, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Obama too often “relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader” and that he should have pushed more aggressively to leave troops in Iraq.

Earlier this year, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his own memoir accused Obama of losing faith in a troop surge he had ordered in Afghanistan and that it was ultimately “all about getting out” of the country.

Read Carter’s full interview here.

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