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By the author of “The World Is Flat”… | Walter Duranty :: Our Man in Hell

By the author of “The World Is Flat”…

New York Times

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.

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