Atrios reminds us that its been five years to the day that Friedman shared this wonderful sentiment with America.
Friedman: What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, “Which part of this sentence don’t you understand?” You don’t think, you know we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we’re just gonna to let it grow? Well, Suck. On. This. That Charlie is what this war is about. We could of hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. Could of hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.
And yet the media still tries to excuse their blunders that have resulted in this unnecessary war that has killed thousands and thousands of people. Live---breathing---people. Does it appear to you that the talking heads are not talking to the American people these days, but rather---they seem to be talking to themselves. "We didn't cover the run-up to the war so badly." "Yea, way to go Brian. You too Charlie!
Wikipedia explains what an F.U. or Friedman Unit is right here.
But the problem with Tom Friedman is that he's very serious and taken very seriously. Unlike Maureen Dowd whose gibberish has lost its influence over the years, Tommy "Suck On This" Friedman is still The Most Serious Foreign Affairs Man In America. When Tom Friedman speaks, people listen, even as his metaphors become as bad as his advice.
So on Suck On This Day we should do our part to convince as many people as we can that Tom Friedman is a blithering idiot and a moral monster. Suck On This Tommy!
David Sirota writes: Billionaire Scion Tom Friedman
As the July edition of the Washingtonian Magazine notes, Friedman lives in "a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club." He "married into one of the 100 richest families in the country" - the Bucksbaums, whose real-estate Empire is valued at $2.7 billion...read on
Jane Hamsher writes:
Forget celsius and fahrenheit, fathom and furlong. When the story of the online media revolution is told, people will wonder where the ubiquitous term for a six-month interval known as an "FU" came from...read on
Booman has more.