Monthly Archives: March 2016

Five Minutes to Midnight

As Iraq plunged deeper into sectarian civil war 20 Friedman units ago, Thomas L. Friedman confronted the reality of Iraq’s “slide into medieval barbarism.”

“If a national unity government is not formed soon, and if these identity-card murderers gain more momentum, any hope for building a decent Iraq will vanish.

“It is five minutes to midnight.”

Friedman, Thomas L. 2006. “Iraq at the 11th Hour.” The New York Times. March 31: A19.


Still Hoping for a ‘Decent Outcome’

“Let me explain: I am not in favor of withdrawing from Iraq now — not while there is still a chance for a decent outcome. But if we did pull out of Iraq, it would make life incredibly complicated for Tehran.”

Friedman, Thomas L. 2006. “America’s Iran Policy.” The New York Times. March 17: A23.