Thomas Friedman: Still a Jerk

Who does Friedman blame for the current situation in Georgia?

If the conflict in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin. The silver medal goes to Georgia president Mikeheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal to Clinton and Bush foreign policy teams.

Friedman blames Clinton and Bush, even though 9/11, the Iraq war, and now the Soviets invasion of Georgia have all happened on Bush’s watch. Nowhere does Friedman comment on the Iraq War and how weak the occupation has made America.

If only Clinton had done what Friedman and his colleagues had suggested after the fall of the Berlin wall.

I was among the group that argued against expanding NATO at that time.

…there was no big problem on the world stage that we could effectively address without Russia. – particularly Iran and Iraq.

No, said the Clinton foreign policy team, we’re going to cram NATO down the Russian’s throats…

Yep. The invasion of Iraq went great. And we didn’t need those Russian to help at all. The Coalition of the Willing was all we needed. NATO? Who needs em? Friedman can’t admit the Soviet aggression is a direct result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Admitting that reality would mean that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea to begin with. And Friedman supported the invasion. He was all for it.


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