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Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Thomas Friedman Edition)

Arthur Silber channels what Thomas Friedman really thinks:

: Tommy Friedman: I am the only person in the entire world who will talk honestly and intelligently about the disaster in Iraq. Conservatives are brainless Bush cheerleaders. Liberals are really traitors, and want Bush to lose. And no one else in the entire United States sees what I see.

We never had enough soldiers. I like soldiers, and ours are trying to do an impossible job. But those Iraqi insurgents seem much more motivated than our people. Maybe it's because they're defending their own country. I don't understand that part too well. Then there's the Iraqi political class. What a terrible disappointment all those people are--well, except for the Kurds. The Kurds are great. But wha's wrong with all the rest of them? Such an awful disappointment to me. They don't seem to understand what's in their own best interest nearly as well as I do. They must be confused because they live there.

I don't actually know if a self-sustaining and united Iraq is even possible. But this is still winnable! That only seems like it might be a contradiction to smaller minds than mine, which is all of yours. But to win, we need to double our troops! And we need to kill a lot more people.

Where are twice the number of troops going to come from? That's not my job. My job is to tell everyone what to do. It's someone else's job to figure out how to do it. Of course I%u2019m not volunteering my services for anything, and I'm not going to encourage anyone I know to volunteer either. Do you think I'm crazy? People are getting killed every day over there!

Besides, there isn't anyone else at all to explain this to you. I'm unique and irreplaceable. No one else offers my wisdom, or even comes close. You should thank God for me. I know I do, every single day.