A brief timeline:
- On November 11, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed entitled "My President Is Busy" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/friedman-president-obama-is-busy.html), in which he declared that Obama is too busy to be bothered with Israel. This came on the heels of declarations by Democrats during the presidential campaign that Israel never had a better friend than Barack Obama.
- On November 14, Friedman, in an op-ed entitled "Obama's Nightmare" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/opinion/friedman-obamas-nightmare.html), called for a "United Nations-led multinational force" to oversee a "power-sharing deal inside Syria." Friedman ignored the fact that such troops would be subjected to a steady stream of casualties from Iranian and al-Qaeda backed guerilla forces at a time when the US and its NATO allies are struggling to extract themselves from an ill-fated engagement in Afghanistan.
- On November 17, Friedman published an op-ed entitled "If You've Got the Skills, She's Got the Job" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/opinion/sunday/Friedman-You-Got-the-Skills.html?_r=0), informing his New York readership of welding jobs in Minnesota. Would-be Middle East expert Friedman chose to ignore the spiraling conflagration between Israel and Hamas, involving missiles fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Is Friedman also now too busy to address issues involving Israel?