So apparently Tom Harkin "defended," at some level, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's claims that President Bush is the devil. Here's the Radio Iowa story that started this mess.
Four blogs that I've seen have picked up on this, and they're all wrong in one way or another.
First and foremost, no, State 29, it's not, nor is it ever ok to call for elected officials, or anyone else, to die in a plane crash. The biggest asshole in this isn't Chavez, Bush or Harkin, it's you.
Krusty, you're wrong in your assessment of national security decisions. Harkin is right when he says that less people hated us before Iraq. Whether Iraq was the right decision or not, it's a globally unpopular move, and it's led to new security risks that may never have surfaced if we hadn't invaded.
Chris, you're wrong in defending Harkin's decision to speak on the matter. How hard would it have been to say "I recognize some of Chavez's concerns, but the fact remains that calling a sitting president 'the devil' is the wrong way to go about fixing it?" In an ideal world, Harkin brushes off the question. At the very least, he needed to find a way to answer that didn't imply approval.
Gavin, you're wrong in suggesting that our lack of moral high ground leaves Bush open for attacks like this. No sitting leader of any country should face attacks like this.