The mind of a neocon

July 25, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More

Glenn Greenwald acknowledges that Thomas Friedman has value: If we listen to Friedman we will understand the way neocons think. We will understand their rage and we will understand how their rage tempts them to lash out indiscriminately. Here are Greenwald’s words:

If I had to pick just a single fact that most powerfully reflects the nature of America’s political and media class in order to explain the cause of the nation’s imperial decline, it would be that, in those classes, Tom Friedman is the country’s most influential and most decorated “foreign policy expert.”

Here is the mind of a neocon in action (from a 2003 interview with Charlie Rose):

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman:

    This column today is so crazy I have to think Friedman is kidding. The line about how everyone on the ground in Iraq trusts America is especially awesome. Of course! True, you can’t even open a Humvee door there to dump a pebble out of your shoe without getting your face shot off, but still, they trust us!

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/no-kidding-the-most-incoherent-tom-friedman-column-ever-20120725

  2. Jay Brieler says:

    Holy moly. That guy is serious. At first I thought he might be making a point about appeasement. But he uses mixed metaphor after mixed metaphor and in the end you see that it’s just about pure ego, the adrenaline hit of kicking ass. The words are just rationalization. And then comes the scariest part “It could have been Saudi Arabia, it could have been Pakistan, but we chose Iraq because we could.” WTF is that???

    However, after first objecting to his use of the economic term “bubble,” I think it is not all that bad a metaphor for a general systems process.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Jay: Friedman is fuming with frustration, making over-generalizations that amount to racism. the essence is: We need to go over there and kick someone‘s ass. Notice that he doesn’t care whether we are retaliating against someone who was the original perpetrator or someone entirely innocent. Apparently, all people “over there” are the same. We’ve got to teach “those people” a lesson.

  3. Jay Brieler says:

    As you may know, I don’t have a TV. I access the internet probably way too much, but I have huge holes in my cultural knowledge. I had no idea who this was, and it saddens me that someone with this kind of simple hate has a regular column in the NYT.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Jay: You can thank Friedman and his colleague Judith Miller for making it so easy for the Bush Administration to go to war on false pretenses. Check out their Wikipedia entries for details. The rhetoric and dishonesty of both of these writers has been reprehensible. Their words killed and maimed human beings by enabling the Bush Neocons.

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