Victory (of sorts) by Christmas

As Iraq spirals deeper into civil war, Friedman still has hopes of the much ballyhooed “decent outcome.” This time it will be set up by a Dec. 1 deadline for U.S. withdrawal along with a tax setting a floor for gas prices at $3.50 a gallon.

“To put it another way, if setting a date to leave miraculously brings them to their senses, our aspirations for the Iraqis will have been achieved, and we’ll be stronger. And if it doesn’t, but we have set an exit date and a gas price, we’ll be out of Iraq and more energy-secure — and we’ll also be stronger.”

If only someone would listen.

Friedman, Thomas L. 2007. “Yes, We Can Find the Exit.” The New York Times. Feb. 7: A19.

(Also, kudos to the copy editor who wrote the Times headline for anticipating Barack Obama’s campaign slogan.)

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