Nudnik - n. U.S. colloq. Esp. in Jewish usage: a pestering, nagging, or irritating person
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you the question about—this is going to cause some trouble with people—but as an historian now and studying the Revolutionary War as it was fought out in the South in those last years of the War, insurgency against a powerful British force, do you see any parallels between the fighting that we did on our side and the fighting that is going on in Iraq today?Aside form being completely wrong in terms of the human cost of the Revolutionary War, what does he mean by saying it was unnecessary? It seems for Carter all wars are unnecessary.
CARTER: Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we‘ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.
MATTHEWS: Do you think as an historian you would have foreseen, had you been president, the nationalistic fight of those people in Iraq once we got in there?For Matthews to characterize the insurgency in Iraq as "nationalistic" is simply inane; many of those fighters are foreign, and they do not have a positive idea of creating an Iraqi nation. At the same time, Carter's answer is belied by the success of the elections in Afghanistan.
CARTER: Well, I think almost any reasonable person who knew history would say that you can‘t go into an alien environment and force by rule of arms by forcing the people to adopt a strange concept.