Friedman's Shortest Distance Between Two Points
Foreign Affairs pundit Tom Friedman opines in today's New York Times that the shortest distance between two points in Iraq today is not a straight line.
The U.S. neo-cons, he posits, should back the Iraq neo-Ba'athists in the upcoming elections so as to "advance the interests of the pro-Baath Sunni Arab nationalists in Iraq, but do it with a more progressive, pluralistic outlook than the old Baath Party of Saddam Hussein."
(Note to John Derbyshire, I think Friedman, for better or for worse, is at least a borderline intellectual. Remember, the best ones neither look nor act the part.)