Working on the weekend again, this time doing overtime on Tom Friedman’s latest masterpiece, the one where he coins a phrase that was greeted down here with what would have been a standing ovation, if anyone had any arms, hands or legs:
I’d love to see us salvage something decent in Iraq that might help tilt the Middle East onto a more progressive pathway. That was and is necessary to improve our security. But sometimes the necessary is impossible — and we just can’t keep chasing that rainbow this way.
Yes, “sometimes the necessary is impossible — and we just can’t keep chasing that rainbow this way.” Sadly, I can’t claim credit for that one. Tom did it all by himself, sitting at his special lit-from-below desk, which I always thought gave a nice Halloweenie effect:
Amazing to think that TimesSelect went under. Reading Friedman is free now, but most people I know would pay twice, even three times that if they could always be assured they would get something like “sometimes the necessary is impossible — and we just can’t keep chasing that rainbow this way” as part of the deal.
Or they could pay and get The Onion. Friedman is admittedly (and evidently) a frequent reader.