column this morning that would probably prevent him from ever becoming Secretary of Defense:
It would not be healthy for us to re-create with the Muslim Brotherhood
the bargain we had with Mubarak. That is, just be nice to Israel and
nasty to the jihadists and you can do whatever you want to your own
people out back.
I thought people in the Middle East hated us for other reasons. According to President George W. Bush:
Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?"
They hate what they
see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government.
Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of
religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and
disagree with each other.
Now Friedman is saying what everyone really knew all along, but was afraid to say out loud: they hate us for what we did to them, i. e., the United States supported dictators who oppressed their own people.
There. Now why did it take so long for anyone to actually say that?