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  • So Popular and So Spineless [looking into world with weaker America]

    07/16/2008 7:30:16 AM PDT · by Tolik · 21 replies · 451+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | July 16, 2008 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Agreeing with THOMAS FRIEDMAN: ...<excerpt> ... ... But when it comes to pure, rancid moral corruption, no one can top South Africa’s president, Thabo Mbeki, and his stooge at the U.N., Dumisani Kumalo. They have done everything they can to prevent any meaningful U.N. pressure on the Mugabe dictatorship.As The Times reported, America’s U.N. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, “accused South Africa of protecting the ‘horrible regime in Zimbabwe,’ ” calling this particularly disturbing given that it was precisely international economic sanctions that brought down South Africa’s apartheid government, which had long oppressed that country’s blacks.So let us now coin the Mbeki...
  • 9/11 Is Over (Tom Friedman has made us stupid)(Barfer of the Month)

    09/30/2007 1:40:55 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies · 91+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/30/2007 | Thomas L. Friedman
    ....the story made me both laugh and cry, because it reflected something so true — how much, since 9/11, we’ve become “The United States of Fighting Terrorism.” Times columnists are not allowed to endorse candidates, but there’s no rule against saying who will not get my vote: I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate. What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But...
  • How Going Green will make the world safer for Jews—and everyone else.

    08/07/2007 3:57:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 796+ views
    Moment ^ | August, 2007 | Thomas L. Friedman
    August/September, 2007An Interview with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman by Robert S. GreenbergerHow Going Green will make the world safer for Jews—and everyone else. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman is best known for his views on foreign affairs as expressed in his popular column and in his books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 and The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. But over the last few years, Friedman has emerged as a leading advocate for...
  • New power struggle emerging in mideast

    07/15/2006 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Peach · 15 replies · 960+ views
    DesertNews.com ^ | July 15, 2006 | Thomas L. Friedman
    When you watch the violence unfolding in the Middle East today, it is easy to feel that you've been to this movie before and that you know how it ends — badly. But we actually have not seen this movie before. Something new is unfolding, and we'd better understand it. What we are seeing in Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon is an effort by Islamist parties to use elections to pursue their long-term aim of Islamizing the Arab-Muslim world. This is not a conflict about Palestinian or Lebanese prisoners in Israel. This is a power struggle within Lebanon, Palestine...
  • Theocrats, autocrats want Iraq to fail

    05/28/2006 1:11:24 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 22 replies · 633+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/27/2006 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I am often asked why I don't just give up on Iraq and pronounce it a lost cause. It would certainly make my job (and marriage) easier. What holds me back are scenes like the one related in last Sunday's New York Times story from Baghdad about the Iraqi parliament's vote to approve the country's new Cabinet. The story noted that during the Iraqi parliamentary session, the Sunni party leader Saleh Mutlaq, a former Baathist, stood up and started denouncing the decision by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to have parliament vote on the new Cabinet even though he hadn't...
  • Iraq at the 11th hour

    04/08/2006 10:30:34 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 11 replies · 582+ views
    The Daily Journal ^ | April 8 2006 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The fate of the entire U.S. enterprise in Iraq now hangs in the balance, as the war has entered a dangerous new phase. It is the phase of barbaric identity-card violence between Sunnis and Shiites. In the late 1970s, I covered a similar moment in Lebanon, and the one thing I learned was this: Once this kind of venom gets unleashed – with members of each community literally beheading each other on the basis of their religious identities – it poisons everything. You enter a realm that is beyond politics, a realm where fear and revenge dominate everyone’s thinking –...
  • Iranian Alert - January 8, 2006 - HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE SOON IN TEHRAN

    01/08/2006 4:16:58 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 2,906+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.8.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story IRAN: HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE SOON IN TEHRAN Tehran, 5 Jan. (AKI) - Iran has decided to rewrite and revise the history of the Holocaust. Following the repeated declarations by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other senior government officials on the need to re-examine the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War, the association of Islamic Journalists of Iran has been tasked with quickly putting together an international conference on the Holocaust. "President Ahmadinejad has placed at the centre of international attention, a very important question on the truthfulness of the version...
  • Iranian Alert - January 7, 2006 - Special Must Read Report - Why Is Iran Seeking A Crisis Now?

    01/07/2006 9:41:37 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 27 replies · 2,210+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's "Let's Roll" Beginning? Alan Peters: Special Report Analysts watching Iran on a daily basis were not taken by surprise by the Islamic Regime not showing up at the International Atomic Energy Agency on January 05, 2006, since reports out of Tehran have for the past weeks been mentioning President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad's office privately leaking to the Tehran newspapers that Iran already has four nuclear weapons obtained from the Ukraine. Back in 1991/1992 three nuclear weapon devices the Mullahs had obtained from Kazakhstan were verified on ground in Iran and intelligence further estimates that Iran has...
  • Iranian Alert - January 6, 2006 - Iran tried to plant Knesset spy

    01/06/2006 3:16:22 PM PST · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 966+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1/6/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Ynetnews Security forces arrested a 58-year-old Israeli-Arab on suspicion of being recruited by Iran in order to infiltrate Israel's political system. The suspect, Jaris Jaris, resides in the northern Israel village of Fasuta, which is mostly populated by Christians; he even served as the village council’s head. It is suspected that Iranians plotted to have Jaris transfer intelligence information obtained through his political connections in exchange for a hefty sum of money. They hoped he would be able to become an MK and continue to transfer vital information to Iran. Jaris was detained by security forces...
  • Iranian Alert - January 5, 2006 - Iran issues new threat to Europe and US

    01/05/2006 3:25:43 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 23 replies · 1,319+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story IRAN: TEHRAN ISSUES NEW THREAT TO EUROPE Tehran, 4 Jan. (AKI) - The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, who is also the man behind Iran's foreign policy, has warned Europeans "not to force the Islamic Republic to cut short the dialogue process and to opt for another scenario". Speaking on Tuesday night on state television he said: "We are for a strategy based on dialogue, but if the counterparty Europe plays dirty, then we will pass onto another plan that we have worked out and then there will be problems for the...
  • Iranian Alert - January 4, 2006 - Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile

    01/04/2006 8:52:58 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,039+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.4.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen Ian Cobain and Ian TraynorWednesday January 4, 2006The Guardian The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes. Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.The warning came as...
  • Iranian Alert - January 3, 2006 - Iran to Activate Natanz Nuclear Project in Coming Days

    01/03/2006 8:03:48 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,004+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Iran to Activate Natanz Nuclear Project in Coming Days Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting:Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the suspended research works on Iran's nuclear activity will be activated again in the next few days. Attending a meeting here on Monday, Boroujerdi said, "Completion of nuclear fuel process upon international regulations is a part of our policies and we are determined to make Natanz project active after the Isfahan one". He stressed the west has accepted that the job be done in Russia, while...
  • Iranian Alert - January 2, 2006 - Ahmadinejad says Zionist Crimes Same as Nazi Crimes

    01/02/2006 12:50:14 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,558+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.2.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Monsters & Critics Ahmadinejad says Zionist Crimes Same as Nazi Crimes Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Monsters and Critics:Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the crimes committed by Zionists against the Palestinians were the same as the crimes committed by the Nazis in the Second World War, the news agency ISNA reported Sunday. 'One question to be clarified by the West is what crimes did they commit in those days (Second World War) what the Zionists are not doing today,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by ISNA. 'Zionism is de facto neo-fascism,' Ahmadinejad added in question and answer session carried...
  • Iranian Alert - January 1, 2006 - Rebel group captures 9 Iranian soldiers - Arabiya TV

    01/01/2006 6:57:57 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,305+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rebel group captures 9 Iranian soldiers-Arabiya TV Reuters:A little-known Sunni rebel organisation says it has abducted nine Iranian soldiers to pressure Tehran to free imprisoned members of the group, Al Arabiya television said on Sunday. A caller speaking for the Jundollah (God's Soldiers) said the soldiers were seized near Iran's border with Pakistan, and demanded the release of 16 group members, the satellite television channel said. Iranian officials were not immediately available to comment. In July, the group said it beheaded an Iranian security agent it had abducted the previous month. Iran's remote southeastern areas on...
  • Iranian Alert - December 31, 2005 - Turkish Press: CIA told Ankara that Iran has nuclear weapons

    12/31/2005 4:28:06 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 36 replies · 2,067+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.31.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Turkish Press: Goss Reportedly told Ankara that Iran has nuclear weapons TurkishPress:During his recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly brought three dossiers on Iran to Ankara. Goss is said to have asked for Turkey’s support for Washington’s policy against Iran’s nuclear activities, charging that Tehran had supported terrorism and taken part in activities against Turkey. Goss also asked Ankara to be ready for a possible US air operation against Iran and Syria. Goss, who came to Ankara just after FBI Director Robert Mueller’s visit, brought up Iran’s alleged attempts to develop nuclear weapons....
  • Iranian Alert - December 30, 2005 - Russian/Iran Talks? Yes or No?

    12/31/2005 9:30:43 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,100+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Russian/Iran Talks? Yes or No? Reuters reported that top Iranian and Russian officials agreed on Thursday to hold talks on a Russian proposal aimed a resolving Tehran's nuclear standoff.Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Monsters and Critics reported that the Russian Defence Ministry denied having agreed to nuclear talks with Iran.International Herald Tribune reported that Iran said that it needed talks with Moscow to clarify what it described as "ambiguities" in a Russian proposal.The Jerusalem Post reported that a high-ranking Russian diplomat said that Russia has no interest in Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and does not want a radical, Islamic...
  • Iranian Alert - December 29, 2005 - Media Ignores Iran's Other Senior Leaders Threats: A Sampling

    12/29/2005 8:05:11 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,911+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Media Ignores Iran's Other Senior Leaders Threats: A Sampling Hossein Bastani, Rooz Online: The take of Iran’s conservative media on an article published last week in the German magazine Spiegel once again highlighted their disconnection with the real world, especially on issues relating to Palestine. Spiegel published a satirical article on Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s suggestion of moving Israel and the Jews to Europe, which in itself was received with chuckles and cynicism in Europe. But the conservative press in Iran and even the influential newspaper Resalat devoted its main headline (issue no 23) to...
  • Ahmadinejad is no Shah and Wears no Turban (reply to Friedman's 12/23 article,"Shah With a Turban")

    12/29/2005 6:36:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 697+ views
    iranvajahan ^ | December 29, 2005 | Cyrus Kadivar
    Ahmadinejad is no Shah and Wears no Turban December 28, 2005 Iran va Jahan Cyrus Kadivar Nobody doubts the true essence of the tyranny that has overshadowed Iran’s proud culture since 1979 with its medieval bigotry, violence, militancy and disregard for human rights. In a recent article entitled “A shah with a turban” written by Thomas L. Friedman and published over Christmas in the International Herald Tribune the author’s poor choice of words undermined what was a damning condemnation of the current president of the Islamic republic of Iran. I totally agree with him that Iran is no “democracy” and...
  • Iranian Alert - December 28, 2005 - Iran’s Ahmadinejad wants committee to investigate Holocaust

    12/28/2005 6:14:06 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 34 replies · 2,075+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Focus: Iran’s Ahmadinejad wants committee to investigate Holocaust Monday, 26th December 2005 Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Dec. 26 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who recently called for the destruction of Israel and termed the Holocaust a “myth” has asked for a committee to be set up to prove that the massacre of some six million Jews in Nazi Germany never took place. The Fars news agency, which is close to the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Ahmadinejad had proposed the idea after his comments calling for Israel to be...
  • Iranian Alert - December 27, 2005 - Iran says does not need permission for nuclear work

    12/27/2005 6:44:39 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 23 replies · 1,399+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran says does not need permission for nuclear work Reuters:Iran is ready to discuss its nuclear programme with any country, but that does not mean it is asking for permission for access to nuclear technology, Iran's foreign minister said on Monday. Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology was supported by "many countries of the world", Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference during a one-day visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul. "We do not accept global nuclear 'apartheid' and scientific 'apartheid'," Mottaki said. Iran was ready to discuss its programme. "But that does not mean that we...
  • Iranian Alert - December 26, 2005 - Iran denies receiving Russian nuke offer

    12/26/2005 11:46:08 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,037+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Denies Receiving Russian Nuke Offer The Jerusalem Post:Iran denied on Sunday that it had received from Russia a proposal for moving its uranium enrichment facilities to Russian territory, a compromise Europe is seeking to resolve controversy over Iran's nuclear program. Russia announced a day earlier that it had formally put the proposal to Teheran. Iran has so far insisted it would not agree to moving enrichment abroad, and it was not clear if Teheran's denial was an attempt to gain time without directly rejecting a proposal from Moscow, a longtime ally. "We have not received...
  • Iranian Alert - December 25, 2005 - Friedman on The Real Iran Myths

    12/25/2005 10:41:47 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,431+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Friedman on The Real Iran Myths Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times:I'd like to thank Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his observation that the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews was just a "myth." You just don't see world leaders expressing themselves so honestly anymore — not about the Holocaust but about their own anti-Semitism and the real character of their regimes. But since Iran's president has raised the subject of "myths," why stop with the Holocaust? Let's talk about Iran. Let's start with the myth that Iran is an Islamic "democracy" and that Ahmadinejad was...
  • A Shah With a Turban

    12/24/2005 5:06:40 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 991+ views
    NY Times Via Iran va Jahan ^ | Saturday, December 24, 2005 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I'd like to thank Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his observation that the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews was just a "myth." You just don't see world leaders expressing themselves so honestly anymore — not about the Holocaust but about their own anti-Semitism and the real character of their regimes. But since Iran's president has raised the subject of "myths," why stop with the Holocaust? Let's talk about Iran. Let's start with the myth that Iran is an Islamic "democracy" and that Ahmadinejad was democratically elected. Sure he was elected — after all the Iranian reformers had their newspapers shut...
  • His World is Flat (Book Review)

    08/17/2005 7:38:19 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 741+ views
    Policy Review ^ | David Hazony
    Thomas L. Friedman. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 488 pages. $27.50 One of the most enjoyable things about researching this book,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in his new book The World is Flat, “has been discovering all sorts of things happening in the world around me of which I had no clue.” Indeed, this account is full of eye-popping discoveries of a world that is much altered in the past decade, a kind of primer on the revolution in information technology, or it, that has...
  • The poverty of dignity erupts in young Sunnis

    07/17/2005 5:55:15 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 16 replies · 744+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/17/05 | Thomas Friedman
    A few years ago I was visiting Bahrain and sitting with friends in a fish restaurant when news appeared on an overhead TV about Muslim terrorists, men and women, who had taken hostages in Russia. What struck me, though, was the instinctive reaction of the Bahraini businessman sitting next to me, who muttered under his breath, "Why are we in every story?" The "we" in question was Muslims. The answer to that question is one of the most important issues in geopolitics today: Why are young Sunni Muslim males, from London to Riyadh and Bali to Baghdad, so willing to...
  • A Poverty of Dignity and a Wealth of Rage

    07/15/2005 7:02:41 PM PDT · by scheuber · 9 replies · 843+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2005 | Thomas Friedman
    A Poverty of Dignity and a Wealth of Rage By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN A few years ago I was visiting Bahrain and sitting with friends in a fish restaurant when news appeared on an overhead TV about Muslim terrorists, men and women, who had taken hostages in Russia. What struck me, though, was the instinctive reaction of the Bahraini businessman sitting next to me, who muttered under his breath, "Why are we in every story?" The "we" in question was Muslims. The answer to that question is one of the most important issues in geopolitics today: Why are young Sunni...
  • A Poverty of Dignity and a Wealth of Rage

    07/15/2005 3:49:53 AM PDT · by quesney · 41 replies · 1,658+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2005 | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Even the New York Times is forced to ask the obvious, non-PC question: Why are Muslims behind so many terrorist attacks? Excerpts: A Poverty of Dignity and a Wealth of Rage By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Why are young Sunni Muslim males, from London to Riyadh and Bali to Baghdad, so willing to blow up themselves and others in the name of their religion?...Virtually all suicide bombers, of late, have been Sunni Muslims. There are a lot of angry people in the world. Angry Mexicans. Angry Africans. Angry Norwegians. But the only ones who seem to feel entitled and motivated to...
  • Throwing in the towel

    07/02/2005 1:34:12 AM PDT · by Panerai · 18 replies · 1,457+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2005 | G. Vernet, Rochepaule, France
    In response to recent columns by Thomas Friedman: Being French, I am an enemy of the United States of America. I am also an ugly protectionist; I have delusions of past grandeur; and I live in a failed state with an over-regulated economy and closed borders. We have a totally outdated social system that is not even a system after all, and certainly not social. I am unemployed, like everybody else here, but I live in comfort by retrieving benefits from the bankrupt welfare state. I am not looking for a job because I would be too afraid to find...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day (6/2/2005) Tom Friedman

    06/02/2005 7:15:19 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 25 replies · 1,065+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 6/2/2005 | Beckwith
    Tom Friedman implores, "Shut it down.  Just shut it down." Friedman explains, "I am talking about the war-on-terrorism P.O.W. camp at Guantánamo Bay.  Just shut it down and then plow it under.  It has become worse than an embarrassment.  I am convinced that more Americans are dying and will die if we keep the Gitmo prison open than if we shut it down.  So, please, Mr. President, just shut it down." Friedman continues, "I believe the stories emerging from Guantánamo are having a similar toxic effect on us - inflaming sentiments against the U.S. all over the world and...
  • Thomas L. Friedman: Cut oil prices and tyrants will fall

    01/30/2005 4:37:51 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 56 replies · 2,884+ views
    NYTimes | Monday, January 31, 2005 | Thomas L. Friedman
    Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times Monday, January 31, 2005 DAVOS, Switzerland One of the most striking things I've found in Europe these past two weeks is the absolute conviction that the Bush team is just itching to invade Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Psssssssst. Come over here. A little closer. Now listen: Don't tell the Iranians this, but the Bush team isn't going to be invading anybody. We Americans don't have enough troops to finish the job in Iraq. Our military budget is completely maxed out. We couldn't invade Grenada today. If Iran is to...
  • Divided We Stand

    01/23/2005 1:15:34 AM PST · by rdb3 · 21 replies · 646+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | 23 January 2005 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    January 23, 2005OP-ED COLUMNISTDivided We StandBy THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN aris — There's only one thing you can say about the elections in Iraq: They are either going to be the end of the beginning there or the beginning of the end.Either Iraqis turn out in large numbers to take control of their own future and write their own constitution - and I think they will - or the fascist insurgents there prevent them from doing so, in which case the Bush team will have to move to Plan B. What's sad is that right when we have reached crunch time...
  • Friedman: Divided We Stand

    01/22/2005 3:25:43 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 34 replies · 895+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 01/23/05 | Thomas Friedman
    Paris — There's only one thing you can say about the elections in Iraq: They are either going to be the end of the beginning there or the beginning of the end. Either Iraqis turn out in large numbers to take control of their own future and write their own constitution - and I think they will - or the fascist insurgents there prevent them from doing so, in which case the Bush team will have to move to Plan B. What's sad is that right when we have reached crunch time in Iraq, the West is totally divided. All...
  • Not in America's image

    01/22/2005 7:36:58 AM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 434+ views
    thomaspmbarnett.com / Baltimore Sun ^ | 1/3/05 | Thomas P. M. Barnett
    IN HIS CLASSIC description of globalization The Lexus and the Olive Tree, columnist Thomas L. Friedman quotes an Egyptian professor asking, "Does globalization mean we all have to become Americans?" This simple question contains the current great myth of globalization, within which we can locate much of the world's anxiety regarding America's global war on terrorism. In short, the world's current anti-Americanism is based on the notion that globalization is an American plot to enslave the planet in an economic and military empire of unprecedented historical scope, with the war being nothing more than propaganda to hide our true intentions....
  • An American in Paris (Wherein Thomas L. Friedman gets a right good Fisking)

    01/21/2005 9:01:35 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 892+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2005 | Thomas L. Friedman
    Paris – Watching George Bush's second inaugural from a bistro in Paris is like watching the Red Sox win the World Series from a sports bar in New York City. Odds are that someone around you is celebrating - I mean, someone, somewhere in Europe must be happy about this - but it's not obvious. Why are Europeans so blue over George Bush's re-election? Because Europe is the world's biggest "blue state." This whole region is a rhapsody in blue. These days, even the small group of anti-anti-Americans in the European Union is uncomfortable being associated with Mr. Bush. There...
  • An American In Paris (Friedman is at it again)

    01/20/2005 7:08:47 AM PST · by Mr.Pinette · 26 replies · 893+ views
    New York Times | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Watching George Bush's second inaugural from a bistro in Paris is like watching the Red Sox win the World Series from a sports bar in New York City. Odds are that someone around you is celebrating - I mean, someone, somewhere in Europe must be happy about this - but it's not obvious. Why are Europeans so blue over George Bush's re-election? Because Europe is the world's biggest "blue state." This whole region is a rhapsody in blue. These days, even the small group of anti-anti-Americans in the European Union is uncomfortable being associated with Mr. Bush. There are Euro-conservatives,...
  • The Suicide Supply Chain

    12/08/2004 7:44:13 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 286+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 9, 2004 | Thomas Friedman
    From what I can tell from the new organizational flow chart for U.S. intelligence that Congress adopted yesterday, it is a god-awful combination of new titles and jobs at the top, without clear lines of authority to the people on the ground. One thing I've learned from 25 years in the newspaper business (which is just another form of intelligence gathering) is this: Whenever you add a new layer of editors on top of reporters, and don't get rid of some of the old layer of editors, all you get is trouble. You get less intelligent. The right way to...
  • The Last Mile

    11/27/2004 9:28:41 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 569+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2004 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Here's this week's news quiz. It's just one question, but it's a big one: Who's in charge of U.S. policy in Iraq? No, seriously, give yourself a simple test. Just look in a mirror and mouth these words: "Overall coordinator and strategist of U.S. policy in Iraq today," and tell me whose picture comes into your head. George Bush? Donald Rumsfeld? Porter Goss? Dick Cheney? Condi Rice? Steve Hadley? Colin Powell? General Casey? Karl Rove? Bono? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Tommy Franks? David Stern? (He should be in charge.) I confess that I cover this story and it has never been clear...
  • In My Next Life

    11/25/2004 9:03:47 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 680+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 25, 2004 | Thomas Friedman
    In my next life, I want to be Tom DeLay, the House majority leader. Yes, I want to get almost the entire Republican side of the House of Representatives to bend its ethics rules just for me. I want to be able to twist the arms of House Republicans to repeal a rule that automatically requires party leaders to step down if they are indicted on a felony charge - something a Texas prosecutor is considering doing to DeLay because of corruption allegations. But most of all, I want to have the gall to sully American democracy at a time...
  • Postcards From Iraq

    11/20/2004 7:33:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1,128+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2004 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Of all the images I saw on a short visit to Iraq last week, two stand out in my mind. One was a display that the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in the Sunni Triangle, prepared for the visiting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers. It was a table covered with defused roadside bombs made from cellphones wired to explosives. You just call the phone's number when a U.S. vehicle goes by and the whole thing explodes. The table was full of every color and variety of cellphone-bomb you could imagine. I thought to myself...
  • 'Groundhog Day' in Iraq (WARNING: Reading article may cause IBS)

    11/13/2004 7:15:24 PM PST · by O.C. - Old Cracker · 24 replies · 2,012+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2004 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I got a brief glimpse of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's news conference on Monday, as the battle for Falluja began. I couldn't help but rub my eyes for a moment and wonder aloud whether I had been transported back in time to some 20 months ago, when the war for Iraq had just started. Watching CNN, I saw the same Rummy joking with the Pentagon press corps, the same scratchy reports from the front by "embedded reporters,'' the same footage of U.S. generals who briefed the soldiers preparing for battle about how they were liberating Iraq. There was only...
  • Two Nations Under God

    11/04/2004 7:44:03 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 54 replies · 1,092+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/4/04 | Thomas Friedman
    Well, as Grandma used to say, at least I still have my health. ... I often begin writing columns by interviewing myself. I did that yesterday, asking myself this: Why didn't I feel totally depressed after George H. W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis, or even when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore? Why did I wake up feeling deeply troubled yesterday? Answer: whatever differences I felt with the elder Bush were over what was the right policy. There was much he ultimately did that I ended up admiring. And when George W. Bush was elected four years ago on a...
  • Jews, Israel and America

    10/24/2004 12:05:36 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 29 replies · 862+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 24, 2004 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I was speaking the other day with Scott Pelley of CBS News's "60 Minutes" about the mood in Iraq. He had just returned from filming a piece there and he told me something disturbing. Scott had gone around and asked Iraqis on the streets what they called American troops - wondering if they had nicknames for us in the way we used to call the Nazis "Krauts" or the Vietcong "Charlie." And what did he find? "Many Iraqis have so much distrust for U.S. forces we found they've come up with a nickname for our troops," Scott said. "They call...
  • NEW YORK TIMES URGES: FORGET 9/11

    10/21/2004 8:07:49 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 69 replies · 1,813+ views
    MICHNEWS.COM ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2004 | ISAIAH Z. STERRETT
    New York Times Urges: Forget 9/11 By Isaiah Z. Sterrett Oct 21, 2004 Forget about 9/11. It’s no longer important. In fact, it never even happened. Just ask Tom Friedman. In a truly revolting column entitled “Addicted to 9/11,” Friedman recently argued that Americans should forget about the slaughter of 3,000 of our fellow countrymen. “[M]any Americans,” he wrote, “are worried…that terrorism is transforming us and our society, when it was supposed to be about uprooting the terrorists and transforming their societies.” (By “many Americans” Friedman means “me and Al Gore.”) Yes, terrorism is transforming our society. Whereas four years...
  • Because We Could

    10/08/2004 3:34:20 AM PDT · by HowardLSmith.ô¿ô · 8 replies · 562+ views
    VETERANS FOR PEACE ^ | April 28, 2004 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    The failure of the Bush team to produce any weapons of mass destruction (W.M.D.'s) in Iraq is becoming a big, big story. But is it the real story we should be concerned with? No. It was the wrong issue before the war, and it's the wrong issue now. Why? Because there were actually four reasons for this war: the real reason, the right reason, the moral reason and the stated reason. The "real reason" for this war, which was never stated, was that after 9/11 America needed to hit someone in the Arab-Muslim world. Afghanistan wasn't enough because a terrorism...
  • Iraq: Politics or Policy?

    10/03/2004 9:41:09 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies · 1,953+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | Thomas Friedman
    Sorry, I've been away writing a book. I'm back, so let's get right down to business: We're in trouble in Iraq. I don't know what is salvageable there anymore. I hope it is something decent and I am certain we have to try our best to bring about elections and rebuild the Iraqi Army to give every chance for decency to emerge there. But here is the cold, hard truth: This war has been hugely mismanaged by this administration, in the face of clear advice to the contrary at every stage, and as a result the range of decent outcomes...
  • Friedman: Timeout for Imagination

    06/26/2004 1:55:38 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 11 replies · 279+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06/27/04 | Thomas Friedman
    This is my last column for three months. I'm taking a sabbatical to finish a book about geopolitics, called "The World Is Flat." It is not easy to take a timeout right now. But I want to step back and construct a better framework for myself to explain what's going on out there. Here's a few of the headlines I'd like to read while I'm gone. Iraq's New Government Quashes Rebellion in Sunni Areas — Without the Help of U.S. Troops — Thanks to Intelligence Provided by Iraqis Themselves. I believe the main reason the Abu Ghraib prison scandal happened...
  • Thomas Friedman: Bin Laden in Every Saudi Home

    06/01/2004 2:04:33 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 60 replies · 717+ views
    newsmax ^ | June 1st 04 | Thomas Friedman
    Repeated terrorist attacks by homegrown al-Qaida operatives on Saudi Arabian oil interests show that a civil war is raging inside the key strategic U.S. ally, the New York Times' Thomas Friedman argued on Sunday. "You could do a revisionist history of 9/11 that basically describes this as a [Saudi] civil war," Friedman said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "There's a real problem inside Saudi Arabia." Friedman said that after the 9/11 attacks, while Saudi leaders publicly expressed their regrets, Saudi citizens privately sympathized with Osama bin Laden. "Right after 9/11, you know, I was in neighboring United Arab Emirates," he...
  • Shoulda, Woulda, Can (Friedman Barf Alert)

    05/26/2004 9:05:35 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 32 replies · 244+ views
    New York Times ^ | 05/27/04 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    May 27, 2004OP-ED COLUMNISTShoulda, Woulda, CanBy THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN 'm glad the president gave a sober talk about where we're going in Iraq and in confronting terrorism. But I can't say I found it reassuring. I still don't feel we have a broad, workable strategy. We currently have two national commissions looking backward — one on how 9/11 happened, and another about why no W.M.D. were found in Iraq. Those are key questions. But what we really need is a bipartisan commission looking forward. I'd call it the National Commission for Doing Things Right. Its mandate would be simple: tell...
  • Shame Mr. Friedman

    05/19/2004 7:06:33 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 11 replies · 203+ views
    Trumpet Sounds | 5/19/04 | Bob Westbrook
    Shame, Mr. Friedman May 19, 2004 Thomas Friedman's recent incendiary column in the New York Times equated Jewish settlers with Iraq's radical Shiite thug al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army. Friedman repeatedly used the word "extremist" to define both groups. Surely a man of Friedman's stature and experience must be aware that such a comparison is invalid. The Jewish settlers attack no one; they just want to live peacefully on land they believe is their God-given property. In contrast, Moktada al-Sadr's armed insurrectionists are the worst kind of Islamic terror gang. To equate the settlers with that fierce jihadi militia is...
  • Friedman: Cursed by Oil

    05/08/2004 12:34:32 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 17 replies · 154+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 05/09/04 | Thomas Friedman
    I visited the Japanese cellphone company DoCoMo in Tokyo 10 days ago. A robot made by Honda gave me part of the tour, even bowing in perfect Japanese fashion. My visit there coincided with yet another suicide bomb attack against U.S. forces in Iraq. I could not help thinking: Why are the Japanese making robots into humans, while Muslim suicide squads are making humans into robots? The answer has to do in part with the interaction between culture and natural resources. Countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China have relatively few natural resources like oil. As a result, in...