Jimmy Carter: US ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’

Former president says peaceful China ‘ahead of us in almost every way.’

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The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation calls the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”
During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed he recently spoke with Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern “China is getting ahead of us.”

Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump much of China’s success is due to its peaceful foreign policy.

“Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.”

While it is true China’s last major war—an invasion of Vietnam—occurred in 1979, its People’s Liberation Army pounded border regions of Vietnam with artillery and its navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in the 1980s. Since then, however, China is at peace with its neighbors and the world.

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Carter then said the US was at peace for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation. Counting wars, military attacks, and military occupations, there have been actually only five years of peace in US history—1976, the last year of the Gerald Ford administration and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s presidency. Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

China’s peace dividend has allowed and enhanced its economic growth, Carter said. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. China has around 18,000 miles (29,000 km) of high speed rail lines, while the US “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending.

According to a November 2018 study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, the US spent $5.9 trillion waging war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other nations since 2001.

“It’s more than you can imagine,” Carter said of US war spending. “China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”

“And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure, you’d probably have $3 trillion leftover,” Carter told his congregation. “We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing. We’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong.”

There is a prevalent misbelief in the United States our country almost always wages war for noble purposes in defense of freedom. Global public opinion and the facts paint a very different picture. Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace, and a 2017 Pew Research poll found a record number of people in 30 surveyed nations viewed US power and influence as a “major threat.”

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The US invaded or bombed dozens of countries and supported nearly every single right-wing dictatorship in the world since the end of World War II. It overthrew or attempted to overthrow dozens of foreign governments since 1949 and actively sought to crush nearly every single people’s liberation movement over this period. It meddled in scores of elections, in countries of allies and adversaries alike.

One thought on “Jimmy Carter: US ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’

  1. Well, this all may show that it hasn’t paid to be consistent.

    But is does point out rather clearly why Carter was only a one term President. How can we make stacks of money fast without war? Bullets and bombs need immediate replacement. Roads and bridges not so much.

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