A few months ago, ted turner told Charlie Rose global warming could plunge humanity into cannibalism within a generation. I chalked that up to the rich old coot just being eccentric. After all, what good is having loads of money if you cannot make people wonder how you amassed a fortune when you are nuttier than squirrel poop?
Insanely wealthy people are expected to have strange notions. recall the billions he gave to the united nations year sago in some foolishly idealistic notion that undemocratic body of do nothings would save the world with it. or how he has flirted with running for president as either a Democratic or a Reform Party candidate. it is all fun and games for the idle wealthy who have no further challenges in life.
but this morning--a slow news day, one assumes--Turner appeared on Meet the Press to praise theSoviet union, the KGB, the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, and blast the united states for its naked aggression in iraq and Afghanistan.
First, on the KGB asan honorable organization:
We have an FBI and, and, and, and, and we're not prejudiced against somebody who's worked at the FBI. It's an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work. And it, it gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country, an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile.You mean like torturing dissidents and operating gulags? Unfortunately, turner does not cut the United states the same slack hedoes the Soviets:
TED TURNER: Well, we invaded Afghanistan, too, and it’s a lot further, at least it’s on the border of the Soviet Union, or the former Soviet Union or Russia. A lot of these countries have changed names several times.No wonder ge fell for Jane Fonda. What an anti-American loon.
TOM BROKAW: But, Ted, don’t try to go there in terms of justifying that. I mean, it was, the fact is that the Russians, it was a naked aggression.
TURNER: Why can’t I try and justify it?
BROKAW: Well, it was naked aggression on the part of the Russians at the time.
TURNER: Well, going into Iraq was naked aggression on the part of the United States.