Grain Becomes a Weapon

Carter uses it to pressure the Soviets, but U.S. farmers call for help

The singling out of food as a bargaining weapon is something that I would not do. If we want to put economic pressure on another nation under any circumstances ... I would not single out food. —Jimmy Carter, 1976

And sometimes they say that you eat the bear But sometime the bear eats you. —Jim Croce, Hard Time Losin' Man

It violated all Jimmy Carter's instincts —his political instinct for the charitable gesture, his...

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