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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:13 AM
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Tommy Friedman calls for Bush to fire Rumsfeld, but he's still a fool.
Tommy starts off pretty good, but he ends with his typical drivel.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/opinion/06FRIE.html?p...

Restoring Our Honor
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

e are in danger of losing something much more important than just the war in Iraq. We are in danger of losing America as an instrument of moral authority and inspiration in the world. I have never known a time in my life when America and its president were more hated around the world than today. I was just in Japan, and even young Japanese dislike us. It's no wonder that so many Americans are obsessed with the finale of the sitcom "Friends" right now. They're the only friends we have, and even they're leaving.

This administration needs to undertake a total overhaul of its Iraq policy; otherwise, it is courting a total disaster for us all.

That overhaul needs to begin with President Bush firing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today, not tomorrow or next month, today. What happened in Abu Ghraib prison was, at best, a fundamental breakdown in the chain of command under Mr. Rumsfeld's authority, or, at worst, part of a deliberate policy somewhere in the military-intelligence command of sexually humiliating prisoners to soften them up for interrogation, a policy that ran amok.

Either way, the secretary of defense is ultimately responsible, and if we are going to rebuild our credibility as instruments of humanitarian values, the rule of law and democratization, in Iraq or elsewhere, Mr. Bush must hold his own defense secretary accountable. Words matter, but deeds matter more. If the Pentagon leadership ran any U.S. company with the kind of abysmal planning in this war, it would have been fired by shareholders months ago.
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Classical_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:43 AM
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1. They're throwing Rumsfeld to the wolves because Rumsfeld
wants to leave Iraq.
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rumguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:52 AM
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2. How is it that Tommy-boy ever got taken seriously in the first place?
It amazes me...he has a tendency to talk in lame platitudes and just fill up space with BS...
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 04:54 AM
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3. Bush is responsible. The buck stops at the top.
His edict declaring "war on terra" prisoners as special cases with absolutely no rights according the Geneva convention (Gitmo, Americans caught in America, the Muslims deported) communicates the idea that these people have absolutely no right or recourse and can be treated as objects of derision and despised as sub-humans.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:39 AM
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4. tom friedman - american moron
proves it in every column.
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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:54 AM
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5. kick
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revcarol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:05 PM
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6. C-Span "featured" his 4 points on Washington Journal today.
Everytime someone decided to dissect one of his "points," they got cut off.

Even C-Span knows his 4 points won't stand up to scrutiny, so they gotta censor callers.
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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:56 PM
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7. kick
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