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Thomas Friedman: Muslims And The NRA

October 5, 2017

There are so many reasons to admire Thomas Friedman, as I have done for decades.

So let’s review: We will turn the world upside down to track down the last Islamic State fighter in Syria — deploying B-52s, cruise missiles, F-15s, F-22s, F-35s and U-2s. We will ask our best young men and women to make the ultimate sacrifice to kill or capture every last terrorist. And how many Americans has the Islamic State killed in the Middle East? I forget. Is it 15 or 20? And our president never stops telling us that when it comes to ISIS, defeat is not an option, mercy is not on the menu, and he is so tough he even has a defense secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog.”

But when fighting the N.R.A. — the National Rifle Association, which more than any other group has prevented the imposition of common-sense gun-control laws — victory is not an option, moderation is not on the menu and the president and the G.O.P. have no mad dogs, only pussycats.

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  1. October 7, 2017 1:04 PM

    Onevote, thanks for asking about why I much respect Thomas Friedman. Shortly after arriving In Madison in 1987 I started reading his work in columns and books. (From Beirut To Jerusalem still is on my bookshelves.) Friedman has that large world view that allows for one to see the trees in spite of the forest. I had argued if Hillary Clinton had used the approach Friedman had in explaining (for example) the concept of life-long learning or the nature of tech changes she would have 1) had a better way to educate the electorate and 2) actually had the start of an economic message. Friedman is able to connect dots from problems to potential answers and do so with context that makes not for only bullet points but also great in-depth books.

    As to why i did not mention all that in my post is two-fold. This was not a post about Thomas Friedman, but about gun control which was written by Friedman. There is no way to make every post so all inclusive that every point is made, and then do so again at the next post where I mention his name. The blog would be boring if such an approach was taken and I have other things do then be repetitive.

    The other issues have all been raised many times in various ways on this blog, but again this post was about gun control. I am glad you commented but am curious about something.

    Did you have a thought(s) about what Friedman actually wrote in his column? I would love to know as this issue is very important and his words in my view 100% accurate.

    What do you think?

    Thanks for reading and commenting. (Was on a short vacation so that is why your comment was delayed in being posted.)

  2. onevote permalink
    October 5, 2017 9:29 PM

    This post is so incredibly incoherent.

    So exactly what justifies your adoration for Thomas Friedman? This post tells so little about why he’s supposedly so great. Our military regime-change scheme has dominated our budget priorities, leading to no money for healthcare, infrastructure, education–the whole neo-liberal ideal to wreck our country, while claiming to be pro-America (Scott Walker and Dick Cheney come to mind) .

    And the right-wing is all about promoting this whole road to ruin.

    Nobody wants mass killings, what the NRA always apologizes for, Tom Friedman loves gun sales, it’s good for certain businesses, so it’s just so great for America??? You claim to be anti-war???

    Maybe we should all just eat an ice cream cone and just shut up.

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