Friday, August 08, 2008

Paul Krugman nails the stupidity of the elite and the Republican Party leadership

Paul Krugman's article in today's NY Times is outstanding in recognizing it was the elite in the corridors of power who whipped up the regular folks into the frenzy that led to the invasion of Iraq.

Atrios helpfully posts a lik to Krugman's op-ed and then adds a clip from the infamous Thomas Friedman (elite reporter for the NY Times) interview on Charlie Rose where Friedman reveals himself as a stupid monster. It is outrageous to watch and listen to Friedman willfully confuse the only secular oriented dictator in the Middle East, Saddam Hussein, with the religious fanatics who perpetrated the litany of terrorist attacks he mentions. It is also sickening to have him justify official violence against Iraq as if the US had not already invaded Afghanistan to go after the actual perpetrators of the 9/11/2001 attacks.

Further, it is a slander for Friedman to assert that the US leaders in the 1990s said "it was okay" for such attacks to occur. The mastermind of the first World Trade Center attack, and seven other persons (including a blind Muslim religious leader who recruited many of the nine others), were sentenced to life in imprisonment in the late 1990s, something Friedman should have known--if he was not reckless and stupid. And he should already have known, by 2003, that the Clinton administration had prepared the most detailed anti-terrorist plan in December 2000, after the attack on the USS Cole, to militarily go after the Al Queda terrorists, and handed it off to the incoming Bush (Cheney) administration.

Friedman should be ashamed of himself, but he remains unrepentant that the US had the right and duty to invade Iraq in 2003. He has only voiced concern that the Bush (Cheney) administration pursued a flawed postwar strategy in Iraq.

Finally, a post of mine from last year where I branded the Republican Party leaders as "reckless and stupid."

Hopefully, enough American voters will try something different and elect Obama this fall.



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