Tom Friedman Is an Insufferable Blowhard

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Sorry, I know that headline degrades the national conversation and is emblematic of why bloggers get a bad rap and yada yada yada. But sometimes you just gotta say what’s in your soul. And my soul just watched this video clip from five years ago today, and my soul is pissed.

I know Tom Friedman writes some decent columns and some influential books. But watch this video clip all the way through and try not to hate the man.

I can’t imagine what an Iraqi citizens feels like being told to “suck on this” by Tom Friedman, and that we went to war with Iraq “because we could.”

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