“One useful idiot please, heavy on the idiot.”

Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” — while blasting Israel for its military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

The scathing column on ForeignPolicy.com was written by Carter and Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson.

The article called the current conflict a “humanitarian catastrophe,” and while acknowledging Hamas’ “indiscriminate targeting” of Israelis, focused its criticism on Israel.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war,” they wrote. “Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals.”

Carter is bristling at the fact that he lost his Most Embarrassing Nobel Peace Laureate title to Barack Obama. Now he just wants to work as hard as he can for the next couple of years to keep The Idiot King from wresting the “Worst Ex-President” mantle away from him, as most expect him to do.

After a presidency that Americans would love to forget, Carter has spent over three decades spouting inanities for media attention just so we can’t. Bill Clinton has exhibited more class as an ex-president than Carter, and he’s the guy who stole furniture on his way out of the White House.