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(Early) Monday Smackdown: Why Tom Friedman and the New York Times Are Like Bilgewater

Courtesy of Duncan Black: The Fourteenth Annual "Suck on This" Day:

Tom Friedman: Happy Suck On This Day: "I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie...

[...] We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big stick right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.... What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, 'Which part of this sentence don't you understand?'

You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna let it grow? Well Suck. On. This. Okay.

That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That's the real truth.