Monthly Archives: November 2015

Could you repeat that?

“Indeed, at a time when a decent outcome in Iraq is still possible and we are at the most important political moment in Baghdad – the first national election based on an Iraqi-written constitution – it was appalling to watch Mr. Bush and Dick Cheney using their bully pulpits to act like two Rove attack dogs, accusing Democrats of being less than patriotic on Iraq.”

Fair enough – this something on which we can agree with Mr. Friedman.

However, it’s worth remembering how often and long he has cited the possibility of a “decent outcome” in Iraq (and in those exact words). Previous occasions include

  • 28, 2005
  • 9, 2005
  • 10, 2005
  • 19, 2005
  • 11, 2005

Perhaps a decent outcome is still possible.

Friedman, Thomas L. 2005. “George Bush’s Third Term.” The New York Times. Nov. 23: A27.


Dubai-less in Gaza

Twenty Friedman units ago today, our columnist trotted out one of his favorite chestnuts – that if the Palestinians would just be more sensible, Gaza could be another Dubai.

Specifically, “The deal just brokered by Condoleezza Rice that will open Gaza’s borders to the world for trade and labor is really the key. If this deal proceeds, and Gaza is open, it has a chance to become more like Dubai and less like Mogadishu.”


Of course, the deal did not hold, but one might consider that simply throwing the borders open to trade does not come close to guaranteeing Dubai-style prosperity – and that Dubai itself has a rather unsavory habit of exploiting foreign workers.


Friedman, Thomas L. 2005. “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” The New York Times. Nov. 18: A29.