The Corner

Prediction: This Will Make Jonah’s Head Explode

The latest — and thus, by definition, worst — Thomas Friedman column is a real beaut. It starts with a Friedman trademark:  a gimmicky premise that orthogonally engages a major news story while 1) missing everything important about it and 2) turning it into a delivery vehicle for old saws that manage to be both so evil and so banal that it’s a wonder Hannah Arendt didn’t write a book about them.

The gimmick in this case? What if WikiLeaks had released Chinese cables from the embassy in Washington?

In answering the question, Friedman tosses aside the Fourth Amendment and the entire concept of democratic elections as quaint little anachronisms. And then he really goes to work.

Read it, if you must.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American ...

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