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Tom Friedman Wants MOAR Strife In Middle East

Tom Friedman actually suggests that Trump goad Vladmir Putin on Twitter as a method of expressing US foreign policy.

Ah...where would we be in a Middle East crisis without the Moustache of Understanding?

Tom "Six Months To Turn A Corner" Friedman is clearly quite disappointed at the toothlessness of Trump's strike against the Syrian airfield, telling This Week host George Stephanopoulos, "[Secretary of State Rex Tillerson] also made clear was that right now this administration is not interested in going any further than the Obama team did in terms of actually changing the balance of power on the ground between the opposition forces, the pro-American opposition forces there, the Assad regime, and the Russians and the Iranians who are backing them."

Darn it all, why doesn't the Trump administration take other people's children as casually as the Bush administration did to Friedman's cheerleading? It's so much fun for wealthy New York Times columnists to tout American Exceptionalism to those savage Muslims, don't you know?

Friedman does acknowledge that the issues surrounding the Syrian civil war and the interference and backing of both Putin and Iran makes it a difficult--if not unsolvable--tangle for even the most astute administration.

Which is why his idea that for the significantly less-than-astute Trump to communicate his foreign policy to Putin just so fricking odd:

You know, one thing I'm asking myself today is where are Trump's -- where is Trump's Twitter feed when we need it?

You know, if I were Trump right now, I'd be hammering Putin on the fact -- and the Iranians. You are a protector of someone using poison gas. Putin, you were either feckless and didn't know your ally was doing this, or you're complicit.

Hammering Putin on Twitter is now a foreign policy technique? Brilliant idea, Tom.

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