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  • Thomas Friedman: no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion, ‘which is why we need a special prosecutor’

    03/05/2017 12:02:41 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One of Rush Limbaugh’s classic maxims is that when it comes to liberals’ demands for investigations, it’s not the nature of the evidence; it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters. Thomas Friedman provided a perfect illustration of Rush’s rule on today’s Meet the Press. Discussing the notion that the Trump campaign might have colluded with the Russians regarding the 2016 election, Friedman said “I agree: there is no evidence, which is why we need a special prosecutor or an independent commission to get to the bottom of it.” View the video here.
  • Tom Friedman Invokes 9/11, Pearl Harbor over Sessions/Russia

    03/02/2017 8:11:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tom Friedman’s frothing hyperventilation on CNN this morning epitomizes the Dem/MSM hysteria over the Sessions/Russians flap. Friedman claimed: “A lot of evidence” that Jeff Sessions “perjured himself.” The failure of more Republicans to be up in arms about the matter “one of the most shameful things I have seen in almost 30 years being in Washington, DC.” In a nifty bit of saying something by claiming not to say it, in describing the seriousness of the matter, Friedman mentions 9/11 and Pearl Harbor while claiming not to compare them, at least in terms of “lives lost.” View the video here.
  • Two Ex-Spies and Donald Trump (Thomas L. Friedman Alert!)

    09/21/2016 5:27:34 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 09/21/2016 | Thomas L. Friedman
    When it comes to assessing the presidential race, I prefer to listen to the spies. They tend to be brutally unsentimental, see through the nonsense and cut to the cold, hard bottom line. And right now, two of the world’s foremost former spymasters are sending uncoded messages about what it will mean for America and the Western alliance if Donald Trump is elected president. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce former C.I.A. Director Robert Gates and his longtime nemesis and former K.G.B. agent, President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Putin is voting Trump. Gates is not. In an essay in The Wall...
  • Socialism and Poverty (Letter to the editor)

    08/07/2016 8:47:40 AM PDT · by rey · 18 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 7 Aug 2016
    Simply put, capitalism strives for the ceiling, and socialism provides a secure floor. Narrowly-defined socialism all but eliminates obscene wealth, while cherished notions of capitalism disingenuously suggest that anyone can become rich through hard work and drive. Proponents of capitalism regard taxation as confiscation, yet they’re willing to pay through the nose for things that are guaranteed to citizens of socialist countries who enjoy tangible benefits from their higher tax rates. Socialism and poverty EDITOR: Columnist Thomas Friedman isn’t wrong to urge Hillary Clinton “to inject some capitalism into her economic plan.” But in making his case, he offers a...
  • Thomas Friedman: Obama Can See America From Iran's Perspective

    04/13/2015 6:01:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We get that Barack Obama can view American from Iran's perspective. What we're worried about is whether he can view Iran from American's perspective . . . Ronald Reagan: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: we win and they lose." Thomas Friedman on Barack Obama: "He actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective." So who will history record as being more effective in countering America's adversaries? The "simplistic" Ronald Reagan,...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • Why is Thomas Friedman Worrying About Anti-Semitism?

    02/06/2015 5:23:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | February 04, 2015 | Benyamin Korn
    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has repeatedly claimed that Israel controls Washington, is warning that if Israel's prime minister addresses Congress next month, "anti-Semites will claim Israel controls Washington." Does Friedman really believe that? Or is he cynically using Jewish fears of anti-Semitism to stir opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? In an emotion-laden February 4 column, Friedman mustered every argument in his arsenal against the invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. It would be "churlish," "reckless," and even "dangerous," Friedman thundered. He revealed that he has "polled many of [his] non-Jewish...
  • Say It Like It Is (NYT columnist criticizes Obama over Islamic terrorism)

    01/21/2015 8:18:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions...
  • Thomas Friedman Would Rather Understand ISIS through Batman than the Koran

    10/09/2014 9:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/09/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Holy Mustache, Batman! How can you tell when Thomas Friedman has given up and stopped bothering? Is there even a way to tell when a man who tried to turn global flattening into a thing has just given up?Friedman just wrote an article half of which consists of Batman quotes. The rest is his usual mix of random drivel, references to Fukuyama and staged wisdom. ItÂ’s why Orit Perlov, an Israeli expert on Arab social networks, keeps telling me that since I canÂ’t visit the Islamic State, which is known as ISIS, and interview its leaders, the next best...
  • CDC Director Doubles Down on Lack of Flight Restrictions From Ebola Stricken Countries

    10/03/2014 10:11:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In light of the first case of Ebola in the United States emerging earlier this week after Thomas Duncan traveled to and from the country of Liberia to attend a funeral (and then knowing he was infected, lied on a medical form before hopping on a flight back), many people are asking why flight bans or restrictions to Ebola stricken countries have not been put in place. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest essentially argued that because America has the ability to treat the disease, that it is unnecessary to implement travel restrictions in order to prevent it from...
  • Reagan Had It Easy in the Cold War?

    10/01/2014 7:02:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    They don't hand out master's degrees in revisionist history, but if they did, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman might deserve one. Obama is mired in a geopolitical mess of his own making, from the Ukraine to the ISIS menace, yet Friedman's decided to argue that Obama shouldn't be harshly judged. His era is much more complicated than Reagan's, you see. "I'll leave it to historians to figure out years from now who was the better president," he claimed. Reagan's era was defined by a capitalist-communist competition between "two organized superpowers," while Obama's era centers on a puzzling conflict "between...
  • Scarborough Scoffs at Thomas Friedman's Notion That ISIS Can Be Stopped With a Carbon Tax

    09/08/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Abraham Maslow once suggested that if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If a carbon tax isn't the only tool on Thomas Friedman's belt, it's perhaps the most prominent one. So sure enough, when Friedman, as per his New York Times column of yesterday, looks at the dual threat to the United States posed by ISIS and Putin, his solution is, you guessed it, a carbon tax, coupled with freeing up US oil exports. Joe Scarborough struggled to stay respectful, but wound up citing Zbigniew Brzezinski's response in a similar situation: "I remember a couple...
  • The Pax Americana is Dead

    08/12/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    The Hoover Institution ^ | Aug 11th, 2014 | Richard A. Epstein
    Thomas Friedman, the respected New York Times columnist, tried to do a beleaguered President Barack Obama a favor by publishing a summary of an extended interview between the two men, which was grandly entitled “Obama on the World.” Friedman tried to present the President in a positive light, by calling his weak responses “feisty.” Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to...
  • Barack Obama Swept Aside The Entire Free Syrian Army In One Sentence

    08/10/2014 1:14:45 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Updated August 09, 2014 | Michael B Kelley
    “When you get farmers, dentists and folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless opposition in Assad, the notion that they were in a position to suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy.” - Barack Obama to CBS on June 22 Editor's note: Obama reiterated the statement to Tom Friedman of The New York Times in an interview published on August 9. In one sentence, U.S. President Barack Obama disregarded the thousands of soldiers who defected from the Syrian Army since the uprising...
  • It's Always About Me, But Always Someone Else's Fault

    08/10/2014 5:05:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/2014
    In yesterday’s G-File, I wrote about Obama’s tendency to insist that he has done everything right. Failures are always the result of people or institutions not pulling their weight the way he does. An excerpt: At the press conference, the president made no mention of this in his prepared remarks about the Africa summit, which he read aloud with all of the passion of a DMV bureaucrat explaining the different methods of payment for a parking ticket. He then took questions. Chris Jansing of NBC asked whether the sanctions against Russia were working. With his customary logic-chopping defensiveness, the president...
  • Obama's One-sided "No victor/No vanquished" Maximalist Philosophy

    08/11/2014 3:39:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/11/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    The definition of a maximalist is a “person who holds extreme views and is not prepared to compromise.” Although he accuses others of being maximalist saboteurs, there is no one who holds more “extreme views,” or is less “prepared to compromise” than Barack Obama. In an interview with a supporter and defender of progressive-style overreaching government Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, in a piece entitled “Obama on the World,” self-proclaimed moderate Barack Obama talked of Iraq, Putin, and Israel. The president used the unrest in the Middle East to describe the state of American politics in the following...
  • Obama:Extremist Ideology That's Taken Over GOP Balkanization of Media Has Blocked My Agenda

    08/10/2014 5:37:00 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 51 replies
    Breitbar - Big Government ^ | 8-10-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    (snip) “What you’ve seen with our politics, partly because of gerrymandering, partly because of the Balkanization of media so people just watch what reinforces their deepest biases, partly because of big money in politics, is increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme, maximalist positions,” Obama told the liberal Times columnist. “Sooner or later, that catches up with you. You end up not being able to move forward on things we need to move forward on. We need to reform our immigration system. That would be good not just for our domestic economy but for our position in the...
  • Obama on the World

    President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel ... Asked whether he should be more vigorous in pressing Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, to reach a land-for-peace deal, the president said, it has to start with them. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine” and “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza,” Obama said. “And so if he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking...
  • Obama: Bibi Too Strong in Polls to Compromise

    08/09/2014 2:44:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    U.S. President Barack Obama opined in a New York Times interview that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is too popular at the moment to make territorial compromises with the Palestinian Authority. Asked whether he should be more vigorous in pressing Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, to reach a land-for-peace deal, Obama said that this has to start with them. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine” and “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza,” Obama said. “And so if he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard...
  • Obama: "I Don't Worry About Israel's Survival"

    08/09/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 9, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    From Thomas Friedman's interview with President Obama published August 8, 2014: TOM FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: Are you worried about Israel's long-term survivability? I've been there for the last week watching the war. What does it feel like to you? PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is amazing to see what Israel has become over the last several decades. I mean, you think about the dream of the early Zionists to have scratched out of rock this incredibly vibrant, incredibly successful and wealthy and powerful country is a testament to the ingenuity and the energy and vision of the Jewish people. And...