Reader Zapper passed on this South Florida Sun-Sentinel correction to their article (blogged on Murdoc here) that reported Rep John Murtha (D-PA) stated the United States is “…more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran”.
Instead, the Sun Sentinel corrects, Murtha was “misinterpreted”:
Murtha was citing a recent poll, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, that indicates a greater percentage of people in 10 of 14 foreign countries consider the U.S. in Iraq a greater danger to world peace than any threats posed by Iran or North Korea.
Color me unimpressed. Murtha has a long track record over this last year or so of hyping the worst of the US situation in southwest Asia, the least of which would be his automatic, pre-investigation condemnation of his former service, the US Marine Corps, and the events that occurred in Haditha. Other prime examples are his constant rambling that we cannot win this thing, the forces are trashed, morale is low, etc so on and so forth.
As far as this Pew Poll goes, I’ve never been one to be too concerned about how “other” nations perceive the United States and what/how we do things. A nod in the direction that this can be a slippery slope in some cases with regards to the international community we exist in, but that’s how it is, folks. I’m not concerned that other nations think we pay too little in taxes, have too many cars, spend too much on our military, export too much of our culture (people conveniently forget that other nations gladly accept those cultural exports), are too concerned with terrorism, over concerned about freedom and democracy around the globe, etc. The case is crystal clear, as far as I’m concerned, that something had to be done in Southwest Asia, because if it had been allowed to fester and develop along its own clear-cut lines, in a very short time we’d be facing a much more significant, dangerous and deadly threat from radical islamic terrorism.
So, correction noted, fine, wonderful, got that check in the block. Doesn’t change things with regards to Rep. Murtha, though, in my opinion.
Busy news cycle today, so wanted to get this out. The Hamdan decision is at the top of the fold, now.