December 21, 2011
The Bush Spring

I can’t let this one slide. Here’s Thomas Friedman — sort of, kind of — calling Baby Bush the father of the Arab Spring. Even putting Shock and Awe into the same paragraph with Tahrir Square is an obscenity.

So no matter the original reasons for the war, in the end, it came down to this: Were America and its Iraqi allies going to defeat Al Qaeda and its allies in the heart of the Arab world or were Al Qaeda and its allies going to defeat them? Thanks to the Sunni Awakening movement in Iraq, and the surge, America and its allies defeated them and laid the groundwork for the most important product of the Iraq war: the first ever voluntary social contract between Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites for how to share power and resources in an Arab country and to govern themselves in a democratic fashion. America helped to midwife that contract in Iraq, and now every other Arab democracy movement is trying to replicate it — without an American midwife. You see how hard it is.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 21, 2011 12:20 PM
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OMG, such crap, there is absolutely no end, no shame, no limit, nothing sacred, no lie they won't tell and no place they wont go to try to stay in power.

Posted by: knowdoubt on December 21, 2011 1:17 PM

Fair's fair, people. Credit where it's due. Bush killed Bin Laden, too. Without waterboarding Osama would never have found Obama. Oops, did I get those names reversed? Sorry, they all look alike to me.

Posted by: Special Ed on December 21, 2011 8:00 PM

It really doesn't get lower than Thomas Friedman. It's not just that what he says is such blatant bullshit, it's that his regularly blatant bullshit is so obviously self-serving at a really infantile level. He's just trying to make himself feel good, kind of like public masturbation.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on December 23, 2011 9:18 PM

That's a felicitous description, Chuck.

Posted by: Jim on December 25, 2011 5:31 AM
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