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?