Thomas Friedman, nation-builder

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For every Predator missile we fire at an Al Qaeda target here, we should help Yemen build 50 new modern schools that teach science and math and critical thinking — to boys and girls.

If we stick to something close to that ratio of targeted killings to targeted kindergartens, we have a chance to prevent Yemen from becoming an Al Qaeda breeding ground.

— Thomas Friedman

I think Wingnuttia should elect him to their Bored of Education.

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0 Responses to Thomas Friedman, nation-builder

  1. WonderingWilla says:

    He didn’t. no he didn’t. Doesn’t he have a frickin’ editor to say, ‘hey, TFrie, that’s a horrible thing to say’

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    • Tengrain says:

      WonderingWilla –

      He said it, he really said it. One thing we should all know about the NYTimes at this point is that they have no editors, no editorial control, and clearly no ethicists on board. See Judy Miller, for instance.

      Regards,

      Tengrain

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  2. Kvatch says:

    For every Predator missile we fire at an Al Qaeda target here, we should help Yemen build 50 new modern schools that teach science and math and critical thinking — to boys and girls.

    Or…we could just not fire the missile and build 100 schools. Naw! Then where would the military-industrial complex be?

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  3. Laura says:

    That’ll learn ’em.

    Asshat.

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  4. There’s a reason I stopped buying the NY Times six years ago. Friedman is just one of many. Besides, you can find Krugman on line. Not much more worth reading.

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  5. Dimitrios says:

    What’s the point of having smart bomb if we don’t have smart targets?

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  7. Batocchio says:

    What Kvatch said. The alliteration called to Tommy… The thing is, Friedman is dancing around a sensible idea – let’s not kill people unnecessarily. However, he’s trying to sell a model of acceptable unnecessary killing. Building the schools seems to be, for Tommy, the operating cost for getting his war on. The only differences between Tommy and the necons is that they don’t give a damn about schools, and for them, there’s no such thing as a bad killing of an Arab/Muslim/Persian/foreigner/brown person.

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