This Day in History Jimmy Carter Showed the World That He Really Was a Moron by Signing a Treaty with Panamanian Dictator Rafael Trujillo Turning Over the Panama Canal to Panama

Comment by Jim Campbell

December 31st, 2019

The treaty was nearly blocked in the U.S. Senate.

Of course there’s music here: What a fool believes by Kenny Loggins.

charges of imperialism made by Soviet-aligned states.

Typical of a government-run by leftists to buy into such B.S. propaganda.

While the treaties represented a great moment of cooperation between the United States and Panama, relations between the two countries grew contentious after the death of Torrijos in 1981.

In December of 1989, President George H.W. Bush ordered an invasion of Panama to remove Panamanian leader Manuel Noreiga from power.

By 1999, however, relations had grown more peaceful and the Canal was turned over to the Panamanians who have administered it ever since.

Of course, that was the Clinton administration.

With Obama to follow he would have likely paid the Panamania junta millions to sign a new treaty giving the canal back to Panama. 😉

What in the world was Jimmy Carter thinking when he signed a treaty with the Panamian dictator, Rafael Trujillo?

Whatever it was it cemented his place for a tie with Barrack Obama as the biggest fool to ever occupy the Oval Office.

Before his assassination on a dark highway on 30 May 1961, the Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, ruled with an iron fist for almost 30 years.

Rafael Trujillo’s rule is considered one of the most brutal periods in the history of the Dominican Republic.

Taking power in 1930, his hold over the country was absolute. He brooked no opposition.

Those who dared to oppose him were imprisoned, tortured and murdered.

Their bodies often disappeared, rumored to have been fed to the sharks.

In 1937, Trujillo ordered the racially motivated massacre of several thousand Haitians living in the country.

On December 31, 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time.

Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and officially opened when the SS Arcon sailed through on August 15, 1914. Since then, over 922,000 ships have used the canal.

Interest in finding a shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific originated with explorers in Central America in the early 1500s.

In 1523, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V commissioned a survey of the Isthmus of Panama and several plans for a canal were produced, but none ever implemented.

U.S. interest in building a canal was sparked with the expansion of the American West and the California gold rush in 1848.

(Today, a ship heading from New York to San Francisco can save about 7,800 miles by taking the Panama Canal rather than sailing around South America.)

In 1880 a French company run by the builder of the Suez Canal started digging a canal across the Isthmus of Panama (then a part of Colombia).

More than 22,000 workers died from tropical diseases such as yellow fever during this early phase of construction and the company eventually went bankrupt, selling its project rights to the United States in 1902 for $40 million.

President Theodore Roosevelt championed the canal, viewing it as important to America’s economic and military interests.

In 1903, Panama declared its independence from Colombia in a U.S.-backed revolution and the U.S. and Panama signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, in which the U.S. agreed to pay Panama $10 million for a perpetual lease on the land for the canal, plus $250,000 annually in rent.

Over 56,000 people worked on the canal between 1904 and 1913 and over 5,600 lost their lives.

When finished, the canal, which cost the U.S. $375 million to build, was considered a great engineering marvel and represented America’s emergence as a world power.

In 1977, responding to nearly 20 years of Panamanian protest, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panama’s General Omar Torrijos signed two new treaties that replaced the original 1903 agreement and called for a transfer of canal control in 1999.

The treaty, narrowly ratified by the U.S. Senate, gave America the ongoing right to defend the canal against any threats to its neutrality.

In October 2006, Panamanian voters approved a $5.25 billion plan to double the canal’s size by 2015 to better accommodate modern ships.

Ships pay tolls to use the canal, based on each vessel’s size and cargo volume. In May 2006, the Maersk Dellys paid a record toll of $249,165.

The smallest-ever toll–36 cents–was paid by Richard Halliburton, who swam the canal in 1928.


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4 Responses to This Day in History Jimmy Carter Showed the World That He Really Was a Moron by Signing a Treaty with Panamanian Dictator Rafael Trujillo Turning Over the Panama Canal to Panama

  1. One of the biggest goofs of any president ever!


  2. Pamela Kelly says:

    Moronic move by the Peanut Man. He is also one of the reason why we are dealing with the increasingly deranged and dangerous rogue mullahs in a nuclearized Iran today. Jimmy chose to back the greater of the two evils- the Ayatollah over the Shah. The latter was not perfect, but, he had been a longtime ally of the United States. The former was a first class radical Islamist who took a nation with one of the highest standards of living in the Middle East back into 7th century barbarism.


  3. Dave the Differentiator says:

    The were other interesting factors in the building of the Panama Canal. Turns out that Malaria was killing the workers and misquotes were transmitting this disease. So there was the development and/or advancement in medical technology at this time.

    As to which President will be judged as being the worst – the final chapter has yet to be written. As more and more information becomes available the rating of certain past Presidents will change. As it now appears, there were three crime families that got involved as Presidents, Bush, Clinton and Obama. The Bush Crime Family had the longest run but the Obama folks set many new lows!


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