Even the dullest blades get sharpened once in a while.
Why not the Arab millennium or the Arab trillion years. Like the guy who keeps predicting the world will end, it’s safest to set your dates as far as possible. And 10-25 years later, no one will remember what Friedman predicted let alone that he even existed.
Thomas Friedman Finally Admits the Arab Spring is a Disaster
April 10, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield
But don’t worry, the term “admits” is a bit strong. It’s more like the weatherman who predicted there wouldn’t be a flood for a month straight clinging to an antenna on the roof of his house and trying to find reasons why he was right all along even while the sharks are circling his chimney.
The standard fallback position for Tahrir’s international cheerleaders is to argue that we were expecting positive results too quickly.
The term “Arab Spring” has to be retired. There is nothing springlike going on,” Friedman says. “It’s best we now speak of the “Arab Decade” or the “Arab Quarter Century”
When your predictions don’t succeed, just postpone them as far as possible. The people who promised us a positive transformation are now promising us a Thirty Years War.
Naturally it wouldn’t be a Tom Friedman column without another of his tedious attempts to ‘brand’ the disaster in a way that sounds meaningful with a facile term. Clash Within a Civilization is what he has to offer this time around.
“Some will say: “I told you so. You never should have hoped for this Arab Spring,” Friedman writes. This sentence alone contains metric tons of dishonesty.
More here. H/T: Fjordman