Unbelievable hypocrisy. Friedman is not the only one who’s grudgingly acknowledging President Bush was right to pursue democracy for Iraq. Biden has been making subtle hints so his boss can take credit in Iraq’s success.
Thomas Friedman today: “Former President George W. Bush’s gut instinct that this region craved and needed democracy was always right. It should have and could have been pursued with much better planning and execution. This war has been extraordinarily painful and costly. But democracy was never going to have a virgin birth in a place like Iraq, which has never known any such thing.”
Thomas Friedman in 2006: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.”
Update: Saddam Hussein weighed nuclear ‘package’ deal in 1990, documents show, “As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a $150 million nuclear “package” deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants and foreign experts to supervise the building of a nuclear bomb, according to documents uncovered by a former U.N. weapons inspector.” – Washington Post
Nah, Saddam had no nuclear ambitions whatsoever. I wonder how President Bush feels now that all this truth telling is finally getting out?
Hat Tip: Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO