The End of Friedmans

Tom Friedman’s more-or-less just a figure of derision in the blogosphere, but in real life unless I’m mistaken he’s the most influential foreign affairs writer in America by some margin, so it really matters when he starts writing ledes like this:

The brutally honest Baker-Hamilton assessment of the Iraq morass implies that we need to leave Iraq if the factions there don’t get their act together, but it also urges a last-ditch effort to enlist the help of Syria and Iran to salvage something decent. Both are good suggestions, but they will only have a chance of being effective if we go one notch further and set a fixed date — now — for America to leave Iraq.


He makes good on his earlier “ten years or ten months” column and calls for us to set a fixed date about ten months in the future for our troops to be gone.