Sunday, January 18, 2009

Taibbi for lunch

firedoglake always has the goods.

Today they highlight Matt Taibbi roasting Thomas Friedmann's book 'How Green Was My Mustache'

Taibbi really lets him have it too.

Friedman’s language choices over the years have been highly revealing: When a man who thinks you need to break a vase to get the water out of it starts arguing that you need to invade a country in order to change the minds of its people, you might want to start paying attention to how his approach to the vase problem worked out.Thomas Friedman is not a president, a pope, a general on the field of battle or any other kind of man of action. He doesn’t actually do anything apart from talk about shit in a newspaper. So in my mind it’s highly relevant if his manner of speaking is fucked.

and this

To review quickly, the “Long Bomb” Iraq war plan Friedman supported as a means of transforming the Middle East blew up in his and everyone else’s face; the “Electronic Herd” of highly volatile international capital markets he once touted as an economic cure-all not only didn’t pan out, but led the world into a terrifying chasm of seemingly irreversible economic catastrophe; his beloved “Golden Straitjacket” of American-style global development (forced on the world by the “hidden fist” of American military power) turned out to be the vehicle for the very energy/ecological crisis Friedman himself warns about in his new book; and, most humorously, the “Flat World” consumer economics Friedman marveled at so voluminously turned out to be grounded in such total unreality that even his wife’s once-mighty shopping mall empire, General Growth Properties, has lost 99 percent of its value in this year alone.

So, yes, Friedman is suddenly an environmentalist of sorts.

Lovely. Go read the whole thing.

Watching someone catch a neocon desperately trying to shed his skin is high entertainment.


ToLo said...

Friedman has been a retard for a long time. If George Bush, as Molly Ivins put it, was "born on third base, but thought he hit a triple," then Friedman married the third baseman and thought he hit a triple.

He's a moron.

Doogman said...

Taibbi does SUCH a good job of ripping him into tiny bits it's fun to watch - like a Rottweiler with a badly-made chew toy.