The First Rule of a Thomas Friedman Column…


Matt Taibbi and I both nurture an unhealthy interest in the comically (yet lucratively!) awful writing of New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Taibbi, however, is considerably funnier about it:

Remember Friedman's take on Bush's Iraq policy? "It's OK to throw out your steering wheel," he wrote, "as long as you remember you're driving without one." Picture that for a minute. Or how about Friedman's analysis of America's foreign policy outlook last May:

"The first rule of holes is when you're in one, stop digging. When you're in three, bring a lot of shovels."

First of all, how can any single person be in three holes at once? Secondly, what the fuck is he talking about?

It goes on like that. Link via Andrew Sullivan.