The Real News Network’s Senior News Analyst Aijaz Ahmad looks at the story behind the spin.
WOLF BLITZER, TV HOST: We begin this hour with a new controversy centered around former President Jimmy Carter. He’s offering up information on
REKHA VISWANATHAN (VOICEOVER): Former President Jimmy Carter has again come under fire in the
AIJAZ AHMAD, SENIOR ANALYST, THE REAL NEWS NETWORK: Well, when it comes to Israeli nuclear weapons, President Carter is only repeating what has been said 1,000 times. Evidence first surfaced in 1986, when Mordechai Vanunu, a technician in the Israeli nuclear weapons lab, broke the story to The Sunday Times. Vanunu was then kidnapped in
EHUD OLMERT, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: Can you say that this is the same level when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons as
President Carter is also responding to a sentiment that is quite widespread in
"…while they’re certainly pressing, in my opinion, for a nuclear capability, I think that they would see it in the first instance as a deterrent. They are surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons—
Carter’s point is that it is for
NEWS ANALYST: Well, now it appears that he’s giving out secret information about
NEWS ANALYST: Right. And no one’s done it. They haven’t done it. So why not leave it to a former president, a one-term president like Jimmy Carter?
REPORTER: This could make someone like Iran say, "Look, if Israel has 150 nuclear weapons, why shouldn’t we be a nuclear power?" at a time when the US is trying to make sure that Iran does not get nuclear weapons.
Pundits of the corporate media want to suggest that Carter is somehow divulging state secrets which he knows because he has been president of the
NEWS ANALYST: —as Jimmy Carter is known now as a better carpenter than he is president. And ordinarily you’d think that would make him irrelevant in the debate, but I think Paul is right in the sense that now Carter’s legitimizing Hamas. Meeting with them raises questions Barack Obama does not want discussed. And he is having a problem in states like
So according to the corporate media, Carter has become something of a political untouchable, because he takes concrete steps to bring peace to the
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