It’s not just that his analysis is so frequently off the mark, it’s that he says foolish things sometimes, even if he doesn’t intend them to come out they way they do.
In an attempt to simultaneously vilify Gingrich, Netanyahu and anybody who doesn’t subscribe to his many mistaken ideas about Israel, Friedman just came out with an editorial where he suggests that America functions as Israel’s ATM if it does not act according to its own interests with Israel. That’s not so terrible since you can at least qualify what he’s saying. But then he pulls out this nugget:
I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.
I’m so tired of this guy’s ideas and I just can’t believe that the person who wrote a book where he essentially describes Arafat in positive, almost heroic terms and Sharon as essentially a criminal, is where he is today in his career. And that this person, writing for the NY Times, a paper that just had another writer opine that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate, is using the term “Israel lobby” and then adding that Congress is owned by this so-called lobby.
What a stupid fool.