Having served under all presidents since Jimmy Carter, I can say he was definatly a man of "peace". Most would call him internationally "SPINLESS". Although a man of great personal currage, he was not a world leader. Jimmy did good things for the US within the US, but gave away the farm, litterally, internationally. He got great treaties with countries around the world, because he promised we would kiss thier behinds. When Russia was floundering with its Nuclear program and on the verge of collapse, he gave them second life and extended the run of the Iron curtain for another 10 years. He conceded Salt, and set the ground work for Salt II. Where Russia had had a nuclear arsenal that was killing itself, and or all surface/mobile based. We had a sound strategic arsenal in place. Yet, with a 4 to 1 domination in the arena, we conceeded to sacraficing our edge.... to kiss the Soviet behind.
As for the Panama Canal, how many times should you buy a property before its considerd yours? We payed Columbia, and we payed Panama twice for the canal zone, and the rights to the canal. Yet because a hand full of comunist instructors got a couple hands full of students to storm Ft Amador and rebel, with the resulting death of 1, 1, yes 1 student, failing to climb down from storming a gate. We gave Panama the canal back, and removed all American presence from the zone, including its defense forces. I dunno, we only payed Russia 1 time for Alaska, think we should give it back? As for the Luisana Purchase, hell, France got robbed..... and lots of French men died..... And then of course there is that whole Texas, and the South West US, I dunno, I don't think Mexico has been payed ever, and afterall, the majority of the population is hispanic, maybe we should give that back to Mexico. Great Lakes, well couple 100 indian tribes were wipped out or bought off with fur's and beads. Despite modern day success with some reservation casino's I think a few 1000 Native Americans would like a little better land and or a whole pile of money.
Use of the Military, and the military budget. At no other time in US history had the military ever gone MONTHS unpaid. Under Caters budget regime and cost savings, two years running, the country ran out of Money before the end of August, and in being physcally responsible, there were no continuation acts voted in. So we went unpaid, 1 year we were not paid till from the 30th of August through the 15th of Oct before the budget was "ratified". Yes, in the end we got all our "due" money. But try telling utilities and Land lords that your waiting on the US government to pay you. You have to remember back in those days an E3's pay was about $460 a month before taxes, currently, an E3 makes $1534.
It wasn't until Uncle Ron got elected that the pay system started a big turn around to compensate military for service.
Jimmy stands heads and shoulders above Clinton, his smile is/was genuine, his handshake firm, and he truely ment to do the right thing for the people of this country. His advisors failed him, and a lack of a spine internationally crippled him.......