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1 The Mother Of All Pies  Mar 18, 2015 10:34:18am

I gagged on my vomit and read the entire Friedman article.

Basically he is saying WE SHOULD ARM ISIS TO PISS OFF BIBI!!!!!!

2 Aye Pod  Mar 18, 2015 11:25:47am

So we should arm ISIS to thwart Iran, seems to be the gist of it. Wow.

This guy actually comes across as a psychopath. The whole issue of what happens to the people who would be murdered, tortured and oppressed as a result of any gains by IS doesn’t seem to exist for him at all.

And does he really think we’d be in a better position negotiating with a nuclear IS than a nuclear Iran? What an absolute fruitcake.

3 The Ghost of Tonalite Gneiss  Mar 18, 2015 11:49:03am

Stupid on multiple levels.

One, the “thought experiment” is there to market the core thought that all the choices suck…but the right suck choice is more conflict with Iran, because God knows how else Thomas Friedman will achieve a full erection. The bit about arming ISIS is tits on a box of bran flakes. The audience’s attention is briefly provoked, but the product being marketed is still indigestable chaff.

And don’t search around in that chaff unless you fully appreciate that the special prize in box is Thom’s war boner.

Two, to gloss ISIS as Sunni and counterforce to Iran as Shia is to force impose a dichotomy on a complex interaction of politics and theology. Declaring a spectrum black and white a priori doesn’t make for insightful analysis. It’s especially stupid when ISIS is publically in the process of curating its hot new Salafism that embarasses the other hyperconservatism Salafisms with its shiny graphics and greater lack of empathy.

Three, there’s no way to dis-empower Iran just by boosting the other side, because there isn’t a coherent other side. It’s direct rival dissolved in 2003, and the previously stable bloc of Sunni nations that orbited Saudi Arabia are falling to bits. Discontinuous, already smashed-up remnant bits of Iraq that are Sunni are going to do what, exactly?

Four, why is Iran not “winning” more important than the safety of people in the ISIS conflict zones? Iran sucks, but it sucks a magnitude less than ISIS, who are ultraviolent in a way the world hasn’t since Cambodia. So…utilitarian fail.

Five…and admittedly this is just straight ad hominem…why does it sound like Friedman is a teenage boy who’s gotten over his old crush and suddenly aflutter with the prospect of a new sweetheart?

4 Dark_Falcon  Mar 18, 2015 12:18:41pm

This Friedman column is what a dumb person trying to be Henry Kissinger reads like.


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