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Friedman, Stewart Critique Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

Posted on Dec 2, 2009
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“I overreacted,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman admits to Jon Stewart about his initial support of the Iraq war in 2003 in this clip from Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” Stewart gives Friedman a bit of a hard time for his past transgressions, but then again, Friedman’s still writing columns and selling books, such as his latest, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” so perhaps bad journalistic deeds still go largely unpunished in some media circles.  —KA

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By Orley Allen, December 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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Tom Friedman is a laptop-humping war monger. Tom Friedman’s words are the
lime he uses to cover the stench of the hundreds of thousands of third world
civilian casualties that have died for the murderous policies he’s advocated from
high atop the priviledged mountain of his wife’s family fortune. Friedman should
stick to writing about something he knows about - marrying well and lounging
around in an onanistic dream world with his pinhead readers.

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By john, December 4, 2009 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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go get em jon!!!

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By brewerstroupe, December 4, 2009 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

Once a neo-con always a neo-con.
Notice the nasty little sucker punch on Ahmadinejad. Friedman still wants to get his war on.

This cannot be anything but a deliberate planting of incitement. Anyone with a basic understanding of the Iranian political system knows that a change of Prime Minister would not affect Iranian policy, that the Prime Minister does not have wide reaching powers. Friedman cannot be unaware of this.

I have often wondered why Friedman’s ilk spent so much time and effort depicting the Iranian elections as fraud when even Western polls indicated there was very little amiss. It seems they were preparing the frame for fitting to Ahmadinejad -
“he must be unprincipled and powerful - he steals elections…....therefore he’s unelected…....therefore he’s a totalitarian monster….....therefore its ok to smash his country so he cannot bother our friends for a decade or two.”

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By virgowarrior, December 4, 2009 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

I’ve long been annoyed by the flabby thinking of Thomas Friedman. He tries, God love him,  and I give him credit for admitting his lapses in the past, but he’s no Robert Fisk. Not even close.
ALSO….. he reminds me of “HANK” from the brilliant “LARRY SANDERS SHOW”
here’s a link:

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By Commune115, December 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

I doubt Friedman surpasses such writers as Robert Fisk, Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times or Israel’s Uri Avnery. Friedman’s comments on Iran, Israel, the occupation etc., are actually pretty IRRATIONAL.

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By Dan, December 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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How do people like this sleep at night? Better yet how are these warmongers still
paid to give their opinions and peddle their garbage? “I overreacted”. Well I think
the American people should “overreact” and conscript every single one of these
propagandizing, neocon “journalists” and ship them forthwith to Iraq or
Afghanistan, since without him and his fellow proselytizers in the media, the
Bush/Cheney regime could never have gotten away with invading Iraq. Thomas
Friedman is one of those people of whom you can truly say “there’s less to him
than meets the eye” - a true empty suit.

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By Howard, December 3, 2009 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

Friedman is one of the best , if not the best of current essayists and commentators currently writing. Let alone that he has won accolades too numerous to mention. For rational writing on a plethora of topics.
  I don’t know too many infallible people alive today.  Or yesterday.  eh?

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By Commune115, December 3, 2009 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

Friedman’s just a clown. His articles justifying Israeli aggression are pretty disgusting and he’s most likely not 100% onboard with the Afghan surge because of what he’s been desperate for for years now, war with Iran.

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