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Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly headed to North Korea on a private trip to try to free imprisoned American Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who was arrested in January and later given and eight-year sentence for illegally entering the secretive communist country.

Carter, who frequently travels on humanitarian missions, is not representing the United States government. But a senior U.S. official told the Associated Press that North Korea has agreed to release Gomes if Carter comes for him.
Former President Jimmy Carter
No U.S. diplomats are traveling with Carter -- a situation similar to former President Clinton's successful trip to North Korea last year to free two detained American reporters.

It is not clear why Gomes, who was teaching English in South Korea, crossed into the North. Carter's venture was first reported by Foreign Policy magazine, which said North Korea's official media outlet reported Gomes had attempted suicide. In addition to the prison sentence, he was fined $700,000.
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amma71043

Someone needs to take his passport away before he does some real damage. The man is a loose cannon.

August 24 2010 at 9:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
WESTOVER ALLEN

Jimmy Carter has had a long long life because he is a very wise man , I wish him the best for all the good that he keeps giving and giving ,as always he will have success in north korea !

August 24 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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cclawnj

Westover, which of Jimmy Carter's many accomplishments reveal his wisdom? Was it the mess he made of the hostage crisis in Iran? (The one that ended the day Reagan won the election, without him having to lift a finger, simply because the Iranians knew that now a man with a backbone was in charge.) Was it when he told the American people that their "malaise" was responsible for the decline in America's fortunes during his presidency? Was it the energy crisis his policies engineered? Was it when he said American racism was the only possible explanation for President Obama's declining approval rating? Perhaps you admire the praise he has lavished on Castro, Ortega, Chavez and other dictators the world over. Or maybe it's his support for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Or the way he applauded when the Iranian government stole the election and murdered their own citizens who dared to protest. Give me some help here, because I can't see what makes Carter a "very wise man." I'm guessing some lefty teacher handed you that bullcrap, and you just swallowed it whole.

August 24 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Talo

dvdsn61...... I can't argue your assertion, and as you say, it is hard to make intelligence comparisons. I merely repeated what I have read more than once. Again, I voted for Reagan, and had large issues with Mr. Carters term. BUT also am not against giving a nod when due... So, Let's go with Jimmy Carter was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, did his graduate work in reactor technology and nuclear physics, and served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the second nuclear submarine the Seawolf. So any way you cut it... No mental slouch to be sure... and will still have to "dumb-down" a whole bunch to deal with Kim Jong and HIS degree in lunacy.

August 24 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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cclawnj

Jimmy Carter was NOT a nuclear physicist. He claimed to be one after taking a single, not-for-credit course in nuclear physics, and serving on a nuclear submarine. Google it and see. That he has never been called on this continuing prevarication in the mainstream media is a shocking illustration of media bias. Phony credentials aside, where is the evidence for his supposedly towering intellect? But to give the media their due, Barbara Walters had it right when she called Carter "mean, vindictive and hysterical."

August 24 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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August 24 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Jimmy Carter is too moral to be in politics. He does not get down and dirty. May he go in peace to N. Korea and have success. Come home safely with Gomes. God bless!

August 24 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Talo

I didn't vote for Carter when he ran for President, but I have read any number of places that from a purely I.Q. standpoint he was very likely the smartest president this country ever had. That being said, I hope it doesn't hurt his chances in N. Korea... Mr. Carter is going to have to "dumb-down" considerably to talk to a complete mental void like Kim Jong.

August 24 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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dvdsn61

I don't know about all that, I mean the IQ meaasure would be very speculative since IQ tests haven't really been around long enough to measure all of our presidents,Carter is a good, moral,and thoughtful man, as president though, I believe some of his decisions were misguided. In my personal opinion, I think Jefferson was our smartest president.

August 24 2010 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cclawnj

When the mainstream media says a political figure is "smart" that only means that he or she is liberal. Any Democrat who can find the way to the bathroom without assistance is endlessly praised for their supposed intelligence. We heard a great deal from reporters about John Kerry's alleged brilliance, for instance, without ever being told that his schoolastic record was abyssmal. Smart is as smart does, and Jimmy Carter has made a mess of pretty much everything he ever touched.

August 24 2010 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
maryfivefingers

I believe he's there to try and avoid an imminent N/S Korean war. A brave man to walk into the jaws of...N Korea. Aijalon Mahli may be a subtext or subterfuge or the only reason. I say, Go With God, Mr. President. So what if I'm pretty much an atheist? Jimmy Carter is a good person and a gentleman who deserves our (US people's) respect and thanks.

August 24 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
remadden

Last time Carter went to N. Korea. Clinton sent him in the mid-90's to negotiate for N. Korea to stop their nuclear weapons program. Carter gave them the equivalent of $2 billion dollars in exchange for a promise from N. Korea to stop. Less than two years later they threw the U.N. inspectors out and proclaimed they had advanced their nuclear weapons program. Kim recognizes weakness when he sees it. Wonder what he'll get in exchange this time?

August 24 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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KarmaCzar

Under Clinton, Carter got Kim-Il sung to sign a treaty to disarm their nukes, AFTER the U.N. inspectors where thrown out. Then when George W. Bush got into office, that all went down the tubes when he said North Korea is the "Axis of Evil" Kim Jong-Il then disregarded the treaty the U.S. had with them, thanks to Jimmy Carter. Weakness had nothing to do with it...quite the opposite.

August 24 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
cruisedoc

I agree, history in the long run will be much kinder to Carter than today, or the past 30 yrs. - but it will be based on foreign policy initiatives. A very good, extremely honest, and particularly bright man. Domestic policy is a differnt thing. He was a man caught between factions, trying to move to the center, but being pulled from the left ...ultimately it pulled his presidency apart & he was attacked from the left for re-election (by Ted Kennedy), which split the part & assured a Reagan victory. He was blamed for many things beyond his control. Yep, enegy wise, he wanted gas prices to rise to European levels - to control consumption. Gas prices doubled in his breif term. Taxes rose - military was cut to dangerous levels. Ultimately I think this was wrong for America. He put us in a recession & it took Reagan 3 yrs. to get us back to affluency, and deficit spending to rebuild our military (which ultimately ruined the Soviet Union). I respect Carter, just think he was wrong for America. I read his memoirs recently - a good read. Reagan was also a dem, a 'JFK democrat', a conservative democrat (hard to find today) - he switched parties when the dems were hijacked by the left ...Carter was just too far left. I like the man in many ways, but it was good for his country that he lost re-election. Dr. G.

August 24 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dvdsn61

I have no personal beef with Jimmy Carter, and wish him luck in his endeavor. However, I do have to wonder why any idiot,American or otherwise, would wander into Iran or North Korea and think there won't be consequences.

August 24 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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