As a person, and a Humanitarian, I have the utmost respect for Jimmy Carter.. But as the Military leader of our country, and the guy who let things like wage freezes without price freezes go into effect. and the Hostage fiasco, I have zero respect.
We needed a strong response to the Hostage taking,, and what we got was ... well just read about it.. I believe that the world would be a different place, and the USA would not have slipped so far in world power if we'd had a strong military response within about 90 days of the hostage taking. Waiting for so long showed nothing but weakness.. and our enemies look for weaknesses, and exploit them.. and they have been ever since.