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June 25, 2008

America's Finest Foreign Affairs Analyst

By: Bernard Chazelle

Tom Friedman today:

... humiliation, I believe, is the single-most underestimated force in international relations, especially in the Middle East.

Tom Friedman yesterday:

I believe that as soon as Ahmed has a seat in the bus, he will limit his demands.
We just adopted a baby called Baghdad -- and this is no time for the parents to get a divorce. Because raising that baby, in the neighborhood it lives in, is going to be a mammoth task.
What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?" ... Well, Suck. On. This.


— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at June 25, 2008 10:14 AM

This reminds me of Friedman's comments during the Kosovo War, bragging about how many centuries back in time we were willing to blast the Serbs.

Posted by: Seth at June 25, 2008 11:49 AM

Friedman on 'Charlie Rose Show' video is no longer available!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 25, 2008 12:22 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, Rupa.

TomF can run but he can't hide.
Thanks to the Intertubes he loves so much...

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at June 25, 2008 02:08 PM

Charlie Rose: "Now that the war is over, ..."

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at June 25, 2008 02:12 PM

Oh, if only it were possible to prosecute Freidman for war crimes...

...ever get the feeling he's just a Zionist who can't bring himself to admit it?

Posted by: Dan Coyle at June 25, 2008 03:46 PM

Mr Friedman seems to live in his OWN BUBBLE of ignorance of the history of the region and present reality and one needs to burst THAT bubble to make him aware of his total lack of understanding of "WHY"? Wonder if he really knows the meaning of humiliation ( ask a Palestinian ) and his statement about giving Ahmed a seat should not be dignified by a comment.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 25, 2008 03:53 PM

best portion of the article:

"Maybe the Iraqis have crossed the Suez Canal.
What am I talking about?"

Posted by: mathpants at June 25, 2008 04:03 PM

Leaving aside Friedman's grievous armchair militarism, darkly significant as it is, he's currently being positioned as the mainstream's environmental leader. As odd as that sounds, you just watch.
He's all about the footprint, all about the green, and all about never giving it up to anyone who came before him, those who were speaking righteously and honestly when it was hard and unpopular. Like McKibben, Hensen, Wendell Berry, a bunch of folks Friedman acts like he's never heard of before.
Feets, don't fail me now.

Posted by: Roy Belmont at June 25, 2008 07:18 PM

i like his use of the word 'we' like he would have gone over 'there' if only the pentagon would've asked him. i also like how he says 'we' needed to go over there with a big stick, as though we've never been over there before. maybe someone needs to come over here with an even bigger stick and say, 'get the fuck out of my house, and while you're at it, get your damn kids off my yard.'
and what's with his little fantasy about sending children over 'there' to die for basically someone else's road rage? and why does he sound as though he's been practising his bubble speech in front of the mirror for the last two weeks?

Posted by: rey at June 26, 2008 01:23 AM

He deserves the Petacci/Mussolini treatment, or some TLC from Graner and Lynndie England. At the very least, someone should put him up against a person who actually has a clue on Iraq, such as perhaps one of the three million widows we have helped create since 1991 (from TomDispatch's piece the other day), or the Angry Arab. You need someone from outside the bubble to prick it.

Posted by: Glenn Condell at June 26, 2008 03:53 AM

Yeah. Every time I hear that fuck say something, all I can think about is how his flabby wattle would just slit open so nicely. Disgusting, I know, but the man is, as the Dude eloquently put it, a human paraquat. And, since he lived in Lebanon in the 80s, he knows exactly that we've been there with the big stick for a long fucking time. Is his mind just diseased? Or is he genuinely evil? I'm sick of wondering. Just get him and all his kind out.

Posted by: saurabh at June 26, 2008 05:54 PM