Murdoch Puts Iraq War in Perspective

After much speculation that Rupert Murdoch has been gravitating to the left, the News Corp. CEO told reporters at a conference in Tokyo that it was right to invade Iraq and signalled his support for continued U.S. presence there. “I believe it was right to go in there,” he said. “I believe that certainly the execution that followed has included many mistakes. But that’s easy to say after the event. It’s much easier to criticize the conduct of the war today in the media than it was in previous wars. I’m sure there were great mistakes made in the past, too.” After the news conference, much was made of remarks that Murdoch made calling the death toll of Americans in Iraq “minute” in comparison to other wars, but Murdoch added, “Of course no one likes any death toll, but the war now, at the moment, it’s certainly trying to prevent a civil war and to prevent Iraqis killing each other.” Murdoch, however, did talk about his turnabout on global warming, saying that he does not support the Kyoto protocol but that some other treaty is needed. “The planet deserves the benefit of the doubt.”

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