Bill Moyers delivered the Sol Feinstone Lecture on "The Meaning of Freedom” at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on November 15, 2006. The following is an excerpt.
In the months leading up to the Iraq invasion, Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon who put his press empire at the service of the government in making the case for war, said that “the greatest thing to come of this to the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil.” Once the war is behind us, he added, “The whole world will benefit from cheaper oil, which will be a bigger stimulus than anything else.”
Today Murdoch says that he still believes it was right “to go in there” and that from a historical perspective the U.S. death toll in Iraq has been “minute.”
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).