Thursday, May 13, 2004

Thomas Friedman Comes Around

From his column today in the New York Times:

I admit, I’m a little slow. Because I tried to think about something as deadly serious as Iraq, and the post- 9/11 world, in a nonpartisan fashion — as Joe Biden, John McCain and Dick Lugar did — I assumed the Bush officials were doing the same. I was wrong. They were always so slow to change course because confronting their mistakes didn’t just involve confronting reality, but their own politics.

It reminds me of the old farmer who, every time he saddled up his mule to ride into town, would bash it right between the eyes with a two-by-four. When confronted with his apparent moment of animal cruelty, the farmer shrugged and explained, “Ya gotta get his attention first.”