Ted Turner says Iraq 'no better off' after U.S.-led war The Associated Press - MANHATTAN, Kan. Media mogul Ted Turner said Monday that Iraq is "no better off" following the U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Delivering the 141st Landon Lecture at Kansas State University, Turner said the world is at a "critical juncture" and compared the situation to that of a baseball team down two runs in the seventh inning. The philanthropist and founder of Atlanta-based CNN gave the lecture to a less-than-full auditorium. Earlier this fall, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev delivered a similar message of peace to a packed room as he marked 20 years of the reforms he championed. Turner said the situation in Iraq is serious but not hopeless. He raised concerns about global overpopulation, poverty and hunger. He also called for nuclear disarmament. He said the U.S. and Russia still have thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at each other on a "hair trigger." He said if he were in charge _ making it clear he wasn't and never would be _ "we'd be rid of them." He warned that a nuclear war could "kill everything on the planet" and said it could take place in an afternoon. Turner said he was afraid someone in power could make the mistake to launch a nuclear war, including President Bush, based on his previous decisions. "You have to question ... the president on a lot of decisions he's made," Turner said. "He might just think launching those weapons would be a good thing to do. ... He thought Iraq was." Turner said war is an outdated form of diplomacy that has stopped working. "You would think that we would have learned that in Vietnam," he said. Turner also said the authority of superpowers of tomorrow will be derived from education, health care, and science and technology. He encouraged the United States to focus it energies on those areas. "That's what's going to be on top in the future," he said. Things are becoming increasingly globalized, he said, and if humanity is going to survive, its members are going to have to work together. "We are going to survive together, or we are going to perish together," he said.