Thomas Friedman

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Friedman: To Defeat Putin, Kick Him in the Wallet

Globalization can be used to our advantage: op-ed

(Newser) - Some may argue that Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea prove globalization isn't all that it's cracked up to be; Cold War-style politics haven't been wiped out forever. But Thomas Friedman argues that in order to stop Putin, we need to view him in the context of... More »

Palestinian President: We'd Let NATO Stay

Abbas says troops could remain in Palestinian state 'indefinitely': Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has a security proposal for Israel: Work with us to establish a Palestinian state, and NATO soldiers can remain in it "for a long time, and wherever they want." In an interview with the New York Times ' Thomas Friedman and Jodi Rudoren, picked... More »

How Climate Change Fueled Syria's Uprising

Drought created refugees who were 'willing recruits' against Assad: Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Before the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, Syria was stuck in a four-year drought the UN reportedly called the country's worst in decades. In 2008, a US embassy cable revealed by WikiLeaks predicted potential mass migration due to the weather—and the cable was right. "By 2010, roughly 1... More »

IQ Isn't Enough Anymore: You Need PQ, Too

That would be 'passion quotient,' says Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Thomas Friedman wrote his The World Is Flat best-seller about our connected world in 2004. But that was mostly before the dawn of cloud computing, Facebook, Twitter, etc., he points out today in the New York Times . In the years since, the world has gone from connected to "hyperconnected,... More »

Thomas Friedman's Unusual Pick for Secretary of State

He thinks education chief Arne Duncan should replace Hillary

(Newser) - The top contenders to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state look to be John Kerry and Susan Rice. But if Thomas Friedman had his way, President Obama would shift education secretary Arne Duncan into Clinton's job. Yes, Friedman knows the chances of that happening are just about non-existent,... More »

John Roberts 'Took One for the Country'

Thomas Friedman compares chief justice to a wounded war veteran

(Newser) - Sounds like Thomas Friedman has a new personal hero. His name: Chief Justice John Roberts. The judge's historic Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare has "even touched some conservatives," writes Friedman in the New York Times . "It’s the feeling that it has been so long since... More »

Democracy Is Dead, Welcome to 'Vetocracy'

Thomas Friedman says special interests rule because government can't act

(Newser) - The US isn't a democracy anymore. It's a "vetocracy," with a system designed to prevent anyone from doing much of anything, Thomas Friedman argues in the New York Times . The constitution's system of checks and balances "assumes—indeed requires—a certain minimum level of... More »

Why Afghanistan Is a 'Fool's Errand'

We cannot export democracy, just support democratic institutions

(Newser) - It's no surprise that US policies are failing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, and around the region—they're completely missing what makes countries succeed, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times . The key, according to a new book, Why Nations Fail , is developing "inclusive" economic and political... More »

Hey, GOP: Bring Back Our 2nd Party

GOP as useless as 7 vowels in Scrabble, needs new letters

(Newser) - Just like you get to throw in your tiles when Scrabble gives you seven useless vowels, so too do Republican voters keep picking again—and coming up with the same useless tiles, says Thomas Friedman in the New York Times . That's because the GOP is an out-of-date "captive... More »

Average Isn't Good Enough Anymore in America

Globalization, technology have pushed out the average guy

(Newser) - Once upon a time, an average worker with average skills could expect an average lifestyle in America—but not anymore. "Today, average is officially over," writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times . Average people can't expect the lifestyle they used to enjoy, because "employers have... More »

Bring Back 'Sane' GOP of Bush 41

Friedman misses the balanced conservatism of yore

(Newser) - With today's Republican Party being led around by Tea Party extremists, Thomas Friedman misses the adult supervision of George HW Bush, he writes in the New York Times . Calling him "one of our most underrated presidents," Friedman contends that Bush père brought foreign policy "deftness"... More »

Stop Wasting $110B a Year on These Turkeys

As Arabs spread democracy, we prop up Afghan, Pakistan regimes

(Newser) - Democracy is on the march across the Arab world, so "What are we doing spending $110 billion this year supporting corrupt and unpopular regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are almost identical to the governments we’re applauding the Arab people for overthrowing?" asks Thomas Friedman in the New ... More »

If Only We Had a Real Tea Party

The current one is more like a tea kettle

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement you hear so much about on the news “is what I’d actually call the ‘Tea Kettle movement,’” writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times , “because all it’s doing is letting off steam.” It has real energy, and... More »

Okay, Okay, I Praise China Too Much

Thomas Friedman: But it's because I'm worried about us

(Newser) - China is mocking us. At this year’s World Economic Forum, they aired a cartoon in which a runner representing America fell over panting, while others teased, “He ate too many hamburgers.” And given China’s incredible growth, they have room to tease, says Thomas Friedman in today’... More »

Wow, Russia Still Wants to Spy on Us! ... Wait, Why?

Spy game flattering, but pointless

(Newser) - At first, Thomas Friedman was flattered. “Someone still wants to spy on us! Just when we were feeling down and out, the Russians show up and tell us it’s still worth briefcases of money to plant people in our think tanks,” he writes in the New York ... More »

It's Not BP's Fault. We Did This.

And it's time to get real about energy independence

(Newser) - It's not like this is the first time, writes Thomas Friedman. We sat through the energy crisis of the '70s, the 9/11 attacks, two Gulf wars, a financial meltdown, and did nothing to end our nation's thirst for foreign oil. But maybe now, as we watch the toxic stain of... More »

Lefties Cross Over Declarations of Victory in Iraq

Critics say Friedman, others, are whitewashing the war

(Newser) - Scribes all over the place are using Sunday's election in Iraq to declare a victory in the US war there, and that has critics seething that they're just trying to justify their original support for a misguided and costly adventure. Several take aim at Tom Friedman for the column today... More »

Five More Lindsey Grahams, and We Have an Energy Bill

GOP senator says party will lose country's youth if it doesn't green up

(Newser) - There's more to the GOP energy policy than just "Drill, baby, drill"—or at least there will be if Lindsey Graham has anything to do with it. The South Carolina Republican is teaming with Joe Lieberman and John Kerry to push hefty carbon-cutting legislation, and he tells Thomas... More »

The Grass Isn't Greener in China

US problems won't be solved by mimicking other nations

(Newser) - America's present woes have revived the wrongheaded liberal tradition of believing that emulating other countries is the answer, writes Jonah Goldberg. People who suggested becoming more like the Soviet Union or Japan were wrong, and people like Thomas Friedman are just as wrong when they ignore obvious shortcomings to declare... More »

Time for Climate Scientists to Fight Back

And let's start calling it 'global weirding'

(Newser) - Hey, it's snowing a lot. Therefore, global warming is a hoax. Thomas Friedman is tired of hearing this, along with all the other skeptics' arguments of late, and he wants climate scientists to stop "playing defense." The public is understandably confused after a series of dumb missteps, so... More »

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