The Hated Instapundit has long observed a re-run of the Carter Administration would actually be an improvement, but hitherto I've thought he was merely being cute.
While it is true that Carter bungled foreign policy badly, mishandling the hostage crisis in Iran and projecting an aura of weakness to the Soviets, he did in fact have a learning curve.
After the invasion of Afghanistan (and the Desert One debacle), our defense budget was steadily increased. Indeed, one could argue that the "Reagan Buildup" began with Carter's last year.
Let us now constrast that behavior with the current administration's bizarre insistance on going forward with defense cuts despite Russian aggression against the Ukraine and China's repeated provocations (most recently against Vietnam).
Of course in his dotage Carter has become a bitter old man, screaming at his television and Israel in equal measure (no doubt because he thinks the latter has stolen his remote).
But the current administration has no such excuse. They are (as they keep telling us) the best and brightest, full of Smart DiplomacyTM and everything is going great, thank you. Did you see our latest hashtag?
At this point, the world is far less safe than it was five years ago. Russia is resurgent and aggressive. China is flexing its muscles. North Africa is awash with Al Qaeda affiliates who - assuming they can get a network connection - are probably helpless with laughter over the First Lady's pouting tweet.
Say what you will about oh Jimmeh, but he never had Rosalynn send out a photo of her pouting over the loss of our embassy.