Friedman Asks: Why Did Iraq Do That to George W. Bush?

Some days it’s not easy to make it through a Tom Friedman column.

Take today (11/14/12), for instance. I got all the way to the second sentence:

Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief.

In case you’re wondering, he really means every president:

For George W. Bush, it was Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yes, why did those countries give the man so much trouble?

For anyone trying to make it all the way through the column, I recommend letting Matt Taibbi walk you through the loopy Friedmanesque metaphors: Iraq is a pile broken shards of pottery held together by an iron fist (the old way Friedman saw Iraq), or perhaps today’s version, which tells us that Iraq was a hand grenade the United States detonated and then jumped on.


About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.