NYTimes: Thomas Friedman Wants America to Get Over 9/11
By: Warner Todd Huston
Thomas Friedman thinks you are “stupid” if you still care about the atrocity committed against this country by Islamofascists in New York on 9/11/2001. He thinks “9/11 is over” and we all should just move on. Even worse, he has decided that we are no longer a great country, but are filled with seemingly meaningless “fear,” that we have a dilapidated infrastructure, and that while America used to be “the gold standard,” he believes “We arenâ€™t anymore.” Friedman is falling for the typical, leftist doom-and-gloom scenario and imagines that China is better than we are, Europe is more inviting, and we have become the new Rome after the fall. His closing line is “We canâ€™t afford to keep being this stupid!” By contrast to Friedman, my opening line to him is “We can’t afford to be this self-loathing!”
Friedman starts his piece off comparing the current state of the U.S. to a satirical piece in the Onion, which is fitting because Frideman’s own piece might be mistaken for a satire on the frivolousness and unserious nature of the left today. Unfortunately, he is serious about his self-inflicted amnesia and seems utterly unconcerned about the threats we face as a nation and a people. Like most truthers he seems to imagine that it has all been hype, a conspiracy theory made up by eeeevil Republicans who merely want to fool enough people to stay in power.
His lack of ability to understand the nature of the enemy we face is a perfect reflection of the Chamberlainesque, “peace in our times” left that would soon have us in thrall to Islamofascism by their ignorant policy prescriptions.
It seems he had an ulterior motive in writing this doggerel, though, as Friedman used his self-immolating New York Times piece as a veiled jab at Rudolph Giuliani who is, in his perception, a “candidate running on 9/11.”
We donâ€™t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.
He seems to be repudiating his previous writing on terrorism and, all of a sudden, imagining a world where all is honey and roses, but that the eeeevil terror-mongers are keeping us hiding under the bed in meaningless fear.
What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 â€” mine included â€” has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.
Friedman goes on to trot out the old leftist trope that all our evil can be wrapped up in the Guantanamo Bay detainment facility.
You may think GuantÃ¡namo Bay is a prison camp in Cuba for Al Qaeda terrorists. A lot of the world thinks itâ€™s a place we send visitors who donâ€™t give the right answers at immigration. I will not vote for any candidate who is not committed to dismantling GuantÃ¡namo Bay and replacing it with a free field hospital for poor Cubans. GuantÃ¡namo Bay is the anti-Statue of Liberty.
I’m sorry, is the security of the U.S.A. something we should be selling with slick, Madison Avenue ad campaigns so that Guantanamo is perceived as a garden spot by the rest of the world, now?
Should we be sad that immigrants might imagine that Guantanamo is a place that “visitors who donâ€™t give the right answers at immigration” are sent to? Few Americans will be too upset that we might be seeing fewer immigrants coming here, for sure. If immigrants fear Guantanamo, many Americans will think it so much the better. But that aside, his claims about Guantanamo are absurd propaganda fed to a willing European populace none of which has a lick of truth in it. It looks like Friedman is only too happy to feed that perception against the better interests and safety of his own countrymen.
Friedman then goes on to worry that foreign business travelers and tourists are avoiding the U.S.A. because we are so worried over terrorism here. But, even if he is right that our current airport restrictions are hurting tourism, he offers no solution. His bromides and whining offers us nothing to solve the problem he thinks he sees.
Friedman then claims that we are a dilapidated country because our infrastructure is falling apart.
Look at our infrastructure. Itâ€™s not just the bridge that fell in my hometown, Minneapolis. Fly from Zurichâ€™s ultramodern airport to La Guardiaâ€™s dump. It is like flying from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. I still canâ€™t get uninterrupted cellphone service between my home in Bethesda and my office in D.C. But I recently bought a pocket cellphone at the Beijing airport and immediately called my wife in Bethesda â€” crystal clear.
He can thank his friends in the Democrat Party for the overweening regulation and the graft they have created with unions that hampers construction all of which causes this sort of stuff not the global war on terror or any security concerns across the nation.
And, yes, Friedman thinks China is better than we are.
I just attended the China clean car conference, where Chinese automakers were boasting that their 2008 cars will meet â€œEuro 4â€ â€” European Union â€” emissions standards. We used to be the gold standard. We arenâ€™t anymore.
I see. Does anyone in the world, ANYONE, think the Red Chinese care a whit about the environment and “emission standards?”
His last paragraph is the “gold standard” of leftist idiocy, though.
We canâ€™t afford to keep being this stupid! We have got to get our groove back. We need a president who will unite us around a common purpose, not a common enemy. Al Qaeda is about 9/11. We are about 9/12, we are about the Fourth of July â€” which is why I hope that anyone who runs on the 9/11 platform gets trounced.
So, let’s just hide our heads in the sand, folks. Mr. Friedman thinks this whole al Qaeda thing is over. It’s all so yesterday, like bellbottoms and disco. Out with the old and in with the new, baby.
Friedman’s ignorance of the threats we have faced since the 1970s — even as we were unaware of them then — is glaring in this lightheaded piece of fluff and a perfect example of how the left cannot be trusted with our national security.
His ideas are the pet rock of punditry. Sooo yesterday.