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.

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