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Jimmy Carter: I could have been re-elected if I’d ‘wiped Iran off the map’

By Doug Powers  •  October 1, 2014 09:04 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Former President Jimmy Carter turned 90 on Wednesday, and he’s got more bounce in his step than ever now that he’s convinced history will remember his presidency slightly more fondly thanks to the current administration.

The one-term Carter said he could have been re-elected by being tougher on Iran during the hostage crisis. There were a couple ways Carter could have done severe damage to Iran at the time: 1) Giving Billy a 12-pack and letting him drive around Tehran, or 2) Wiping the country off the map:

“I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth,” said Carter, adding: “I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages, and so I stood up against all that, er, all that advice, and then eventually my prayers were answered and every hostage came home safe and free. And so I think I made the right decision in retrospect, but it was not easy at the time.”

Carter could have fired some “malaise-r guided missiles” at Tehran in retaliation for the US Embassy takeover, but it would have been pointless because Jimmy knew there was no way the Ayatollah wanted a piece of this guy:


Iran ended up releasing the hostages on the day of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, and Carter went on to oppose despotism and terrorism by becoming good buds with Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro.

**Written by Doug Powers

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