This week’s winner has not been selected for anything he’s done lately. No, his particularly excrescent deed is dated 30 May 2003. Watch as much of this as you can. But not too much.

I often hear Thomas Friedman referred to as a liberal. My usual reaction to this labeling is ripped from the mouth of Iñigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Anyone who can say, on a national television program that is sure to be recorded for posterity, the following with a straight face–

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 to let it grow?

Well, Suck. On. This.


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.

–should be dropped squarely into the worst of the maelstrom that he is cheering on. This is the sort of thing that makes me want to pack my bags and move to another planet. The worst thing isn’t that Friedman believes what he believes; I hear far worse from such belligerent political toddlers everyday. No, what is really bad is that assholes like Friedman are always given respect and a national platform from which to spout their venom. (That Charlie Rose was able to sit with this asshole and his bullshit for the better part of an hour without wringing his neck doesn’t speak very highly of Charlie Rose.) It would be nice if more reasonable and compassionate voices were given equal time.

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