Trump? How Could We? – by Tom Friedman – The New York Times


“My reaction to the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate can be summarized with one word: “How?”How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying enough rent to the U.S. landlord?

NATO is not a shopping mall; it is a strategic alliance that won the Cold War, keeps Europe a stable trading partner for U.S. companies and prevents every European country — particularly Germany — from getting their own nukes to counterbalance Russia, by sheltering them all under America’s nuclear umbrella.

How do we put in the Oval Office a man who does not know enough “beef” about key policies to finish a two-minute answer on any issue without the hamburger helper of bluster, insults and repetition?How do we put in the Oval Office a man who suggests that the recent spate of cyberattacks — which any senior U.S. intelligence official will tell you came without question from Russia — might not have come from Russia but could have been done by “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds”?

How do we put in the Oval Office a man who boasts that he tries to pay zero federal taxes but then complains that our airports and roads are falling apart and there is not enough money for our veterans?

How do we put in the Oval Office a man who claims he was against the Iraq war, because he said he privately told that to his pal Sean Hannity of Fox News — even though he publicly supported the war when it began. Trump is so obsessed with proving his infallibility that he missed scoring an easy debate point for himself by saying, “Yes, I supported the Iraq war as a citizen, but Hillary voted for it as a senator when she had access to the intelligence and her job was to make the right judgment.” ”

Source: Trump? How Could We? – The New York Times

I found this comment afterwards at the NYT, and responded to it.

Kevin Rothstein

is a trusted commenter Somewhere East of the GWB 14 hours ago


Friedman criticizing Hillary on the Iraq vote: priceless.


David Lindsay

Hamden, CT (comments at NYT)

Yes, and — I remember when both Tom Friedman, and I supported the drum call by George W Bush to invade Iraq, to take out all those weapons of mass destruction. Then I read in the NYT an op-ed by a French diplomat, who wrote, You Americans are crazy ignoramuses, to think you can invade Iraq, and take out Saddam Hussein, for what ever reason. You will unleash a decades long civil war between the Sunnis, the Shiites, and the Kurds. The civil war will be a nightmare.  I thought, Ouch, I’ve never heard of the Sunnis, the Shiites, or the Kurds. No one is discussing them, during our discussions about invasion. Sounds to me like Vietnam all over again. All chest-beating, and no homework. I immediately withdrew my support of going to war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein. A week later, more famously, so did Tom Friedman. I thought, perhaps simplistically, Ha, Tom Friedman must have read the advice from the French diplomat too.

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