He's so distraught over the state of Iraq that Thomas Friedman is losing his mind. He now tells us that Iraq is like thirty civil wars and the only solution would be to reoccupy Iraq again. Wasn't once enough? And we're still occupying Iraq or did we already redeploy our troops?. He wants to go into a time machine and start all over. If we actually---you know had time travel--we wouldn't have invaded Iraq at all! Right Thom? Basically---he's in fantasy land.
Friedman: ...To have a proper civil war you need to have two sides ----you have about thirty sides---It's beyond a civil war there.
Vieira: So what does that mean in terms of our role there then, Thom?
Friedman: Um, Obviously when you're dealing now with something broken up into so many little pieces--it's hard to believe that anything other than re-occupying the country--um, and establishing the very coherent order we failed to do from the beginning is really the only serious option left.
Vieira (stunned) But, is that really a serious option---to reoccupy the country?
Friedman: Well, I'm simply saying if you actually want to actually bring order there---the idea that you're going to train the Iraqi army and police to this kind of fragmented society is ludicrous. Who's training the insurgents? Nobody is training them and they seem to be doing just fine. This is not about the way--it's about the will. Do you have a will to be a country? If you don't have that then there's not much training is going to do..
No more of the usual time frames for Friedman. Has he given up? He acknowledged that the American people have voted so his message to Maliki is that he either gets it together real soon or the US is out the door. I was so disappointed that he didn't give us his usual "six months" to ee what happens.
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