Friedman now admits the much-ballyhooed “decent outcome” is a long shot and calls for a schedule for withdrawal:
“So either we get help or get out. That is, if President Bush believes staying in Iraq can still make a difference, then he needs to muster some allies because the American people are not going to sustain alone — nor should they — a long-shot bet that something decent can still be built in Baghdad.”
So check back in six months?
— Friedman, Thomas L. 2007. “Iraq Through China’s Lens.” The New York Times. Sept. 12, 2007: A21.