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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thomas Friedman, "When Complexity Is Free": As Told by a Simpleton

Anxious to tell us what he learned on a field trip to a General Electric research lab in Niskayuna, Thomas Friedman, in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "When Complexity Is Free" (, begins by demeaning the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Friedman writes:

"IT’S easy to be depressed about America these days. We’ve got messes aplenty abroad and the Republican-dominated House of Representatives is totally paralyzed. Indeed, the G.O.P.-led House has become a small-minded, parochial place, where collaboration is considered treason, where science is considered a matter of opinion, where immigration is considered a threat, where every solution is a suboptimal compromise enacted at midnight and where every day we see proof of the theory that America is a country that was 'designed by geniuses so that it could be run by idiots.'"

Don't get me wrong: I'm not fond of Republicans. I'm not fond of Democrats. I'm not fond of politicians.

But heck, I don't know how Friedman can come down on the House today, after witnessing Obama, Kerry and Hagel's recent Keystone Cop routine involving Syria.

Today's "deal" with Russia, providing Obama with a ladder to climb down from his tree, has compromised America's credibility and power of deterrence for years to come. (see: Meanwhile, Assad will continue to terrorize Syrian civilians with the threat of sarin gas.

But why should Friedman, a would-be Middle East expert, express an opinion on anything so banal?

At a time like this, I suppose it's better to focus on jet engine parts.


  1. Jeff, Friedman isn't a simpleton (he never reached this level of complexity) - he's an amoeba.

  2. I like this comment I found in one of the forums:
    "Iran is happy and Obama is happy. Syria is happy and Putin is happy. We are all BFF now. It all worked out just great. Right?"

  3. Yes, the NYT is celebrating. For the first time, I see something correct on the front page - they call the pact "the pact." I am afraid they are not aware of historical connotations.