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Iraq: We should close our hearts to pity

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This shit makes me want to puke in my soup.

I swear to God I hope I never run into Tom Friedman, cause I'd punch him in the mouth and go to jail.

These people are disgusting.

--- Quote ---It seems that this very enthusiastic promoter of the unprovoked war of aggression against Iraq - which he proudly called "a war of choice," apparently not realizing that he was parroting the propagandists of the Nazi regime that killed millions of his ethnic kindred -- has now discovered that Iraqi Arabs are hopeless, worthless barbarians, broken by "1,000 years of Arab-Muslim authoritarianism" and can only be held together by an "iron fist." (He got all this from reading a new book, apparently. Well, a little literacy, like a little learning, is a dangerous thing, I reckon -- and as anyone who has ever exposed themselves to the dull, flat buzz of Friedman's prose can attest, his literacy is little indeed.)

In fact, the only thing America did wrong in its "effort to bring progressive politics or democracy to this region" was not coming down hard enough on this darky riff-raff: "Had we properly occupied the country, and begun political therapy, it is possible an American iron fist could have held Iraq together long enough to put it on a new course. But instead we created a vacuum by not deploying enough troops." Instead, we took it easy on them -- I mean, Jesus H. Jiminy Cricket Walker Christ, we only killed 600,000 of them; what kind of pussyfooting around is that? -- and look what happened. A Sunni insurgency sprang up, whose only goal -- whose ONLY goal, mind you -- was to make America look bad: "America must fail in its effort to bring progressive, etc., etc. America must fail – no matter how many Iraqis have to be killed, America must fail." What was their "only one goal" again, Tom? Oh yeah: America must fail. Not a single ding-dang one of them ornery critters ever had any other motive whatsoever to take up arms against an army of foreigners who had invaded and occupied their country.
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More shredding of Friedman's "argument" can be found here, as well as the column being discussed (very handy so you can avoid enabling the NYT for printing this tripe).

Bad ideas about Iraq are nothing new, even if this guy is stupider than most.


--- Quote from: fonkaygarry ---Bad ideas about Iraq are nothing new, even if this guy is stupider than most.
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He might be the stupidest man in America.

Remember, Friedman, along with Judith Miller, were two of those lynchpin "Democrat hawks" who helped cheer the war along, giving it the gloss of liberal approval from their posts at the NYT.

And for someone who was one of the loudest cheerleaders to show not even the SLIGHTEST shame (and in fact advocating more violence) just makes me sick.

Shame is politically useless.  The Dems won a major victory in the midterm election, so now the useful thing to do is to push ideas from as many pulpits as possible, inside and outside the Capitol, and make themselves known as the Do Something Congress.  

Many of these ideas will be laughably awful.

So long as we get a plan, any plan, that lets us win this motherfucker so we're not back in Baghdad in 2015, I'll be happy as a pig in shit.

The British were in India for several centuries....


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