sad. The last remaining neurons of Thomas Friedman's
shrinking brain were apparently lost in hot bubbling
tub of deep fatuousness today.
evidence is in Friedman's loony-tunes comment,
"Our War with France," in this morning's Paper
of Record. You can only conclude the man's mind
has been French Fried.
got Friedman's brain a-boilin' is the impertinent
suggestion by French diplomats that, if the US
invaded Iraq to bring democracy, then why not
allow Iraqis to vote. Vote! Can you imagine! It's
all that silly 'libertay, equalitay' stuff that
unsophisticated Americans believed before the
calls voting a, "loopy symbolic transfer of Iraqi
sovereignty." Friedman, Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein
all have the same line: Iraqis aren't ready for
democracy. Well, I suppose Tom Paine would have
disagreed -- but, hell, he moved to France.
Friedman and his White House well-wishers are
offended by the idea that Iraq would count ballots
election suggestion was prompted by our Secretary
of State, the pitiable Colin Powell who, on his
boss Rumsfeld's orders, demanded the European
Union pony up $5 billion cash to rebuild the parts
of Iraq we bombed. (Dollars only, euros not accepted.)
And, says the Rummy to Elderly Europe, "Send us
25,000 troops and put'em under US command." After
all, didn't we graciously replace France in Vietnam
after Dien Bien Phu? Apparently, Rumsfeld thought
France would jump at the chance for another game
of Colonial Quagmire.
is no longer a fight about whether the invasion
was right or wrong. The question now is occupation
or, bluntly, re-colonization. Saddam's gone. Therefore,
our kids are dying over there for asingle purpose:
to prevent an election. Remember when General
Jay Garner called for a vote in 90 days?
why we can't have an election (and why the General
got the boot): Bush's oil patch buddies can't
complete the sell-off of Iraq's oil fields under
an elected Iraqi government - no elected Iraqi
government would let it happen. Rather than take
on the issue of oil and blood, Friedman fries
off it, Tommy - this is not about France. This
is about a bunch of half-baked cowboys in the
White House who made a mess in Mesopotamia and
now want Europe to pay the bill before an enraged,
bankrupt American electorate throws the Bushitas
out on their big fat deficit.
how DARE Friedman say that France doesn't care
about the War on Terror. France declared war on
Osama and his madmen years before September 11
got Bush to change from the view of his advisor,
Robert Oakley, that we shouldn't have a "fixation"
on getting rid of bin Laden. French intelligence
warned Bush to stop playing footsie with the Taliban,
to stop coddling the Saudi Islamic dictatorship,
to stop running interference for the bin Laden
family. But would Little George listen? Noooo.
line -- like Rumsfeld's -- is arrogant, self-delusional
and dangerous. Tres French.
September 18, 2003