Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Tom Friedman remembers Iraq

Thomas Friedman, the NY Times columnists who lately has seemed to come down with a man-crush on Al Gore, is being excoriated in some parts for his column today:

Here’s how it opens:

“Boy, am I glad we finally got out of Iraq. It was so painful waking up every morning and reading the news from there. It’s just such a relief to have it out of mind and behind us.

“I don’t know whether it was the sheer agony of the debate over Gen. David Petraeus’s testimony,… but the air has gone out of the Iraq debate."

He concludes:

“If we’re going to just forget about Iraq, let’s do it when we’re gone — not when we’re still there.”Remember Iraq - New York Times

Powerful stuff from the much-hyped man but, by my reckoning, this is the first column by the NY Times foreign-affairs columnist that is devoted to Iraq since September 16 - which was his post-Petraeus wrap-up. (Thomas L. Friedman - The New York Times).

Maybe he really did forget about it.

H/T: Stubborn Facts

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