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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 12:32 AM
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Atrios: Tom Friedman Is A Buffoon (Charlie Rose Interview in 2003)
http://atrios.blogspot.com/2007_05_27_archive.html#6516...

Deep Thoughts From Tom Friedman

05/30/03 on Charlie Rose.

I think it was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie.

...

We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big state right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.

...

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?"

You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna to let it grow?

Well, Suck. On. This.

Okay.

That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.

Ladies and gentlemen, America's premier foreign policy columnist. I'm sure there's more there, but there are limits to the sacrifices I will make for blogging.

And an earlier post by Atrios

Buffoon

When I was a younger lad man, there was no one around to tell me that Tom Friedman was an utter buffoon. I'm sure someone I knew thought he was a buffoon, maybe many people, but as Tom Friedman unsurprisingly wasn't the central subject of many conversations it wasn't too likely to come up. Obviously he must be a very serious person, as he writes bestselling books on very serious things, has a very influential column in the New York Times, is treated reverentially when he goes on the teevee, etc...

I'm not quite sure when I realized that little Tommy was a buffoon. I did force my students to read one of his books (among others of course) and by the end I think we'd all decided he was a buffoon.

I think that if there's one contribution to humanity that liberal blogs have made it's the fact that they have greatly increased the number of people who understand that he is a buffoon.

-Atrios 20:59


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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 12:53 AM
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1. "What they needed to see was American boys&girls going house to house,from Basra to Baghdad"
Pardon me while I gag. Friedman and his fellow neocons should have to make that journey from Basra to Baghdad themselves. On foot. In the summer.

Hekate

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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:17 AM
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3. do yourselves a favor: google Taibbi+Friedman. his columns on TF
are at least as satisfying as your link

you'll be glad you did.

then, there's always this:


http://thomasfriedmanisagreatman.blogspot.com/2005_04_0...
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:16 AM
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2. he may be a buffoon but he did
give us a new time measurement.

A Friedman is a unit of time equal to six months.<2><3><4><5><6><7><8> The Huffington Post cited it as the "Best New Phrase" of 2006.<9>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedman_unit
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