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April 2, 2008
Ted Turner Inserts foot, chews
Ted Turner is a walking, talking example of the adage that just because you make a lot of money doesn't mean you're smart.
In Turner's case, the howlers he has uttered over the years have been extraordinary. He once compared Bush to Julius Ceasar while referring to the 9/11 hijackers as "brave men." The list of his kooky statements is long and storied so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at what he said on the Charlie Rose Show:
Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming “will be catastrophic” and those who don't die “will be cannibals.” He also applied moral equivalence in describing Iraqi insurgents as “patriots” who simply “don't like us because we've invaded their country” and so “if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we'd be doing the same thing.” Dissecting such idiocy would be a waste of time. I will simply allow his words to hang there so that we can all marvel at the man's stupidity.
On not taking drastic action to correct global warming:
Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.
Turner ridiculed the need for a big U.S. military, insisting “China just wants to sell us shoes. They're not building landing craft to attack the United States,” and “even with our $500 billion military budget, we can't win in Iraq. We're being beaten by insurgents who don't even have any tanks.” After Rose pointed out the Iraqi insurgents “have a lot of roadside bombs that kill a lot of Americans” and wondered “where do you think they come from?”, Turner answered:
I think that they're patriots and that they don't like us because we've invaded their country and occupied it. I think if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we'd be doing the same thing: we'd be bombing them too. Nobody wants to be invaded.