Friedman's Confession

Tom Friedman says what needs to be said: "This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again." Whatever else you want to say about Friedman, that's exactly right. Jim Henley's also correct to say (as, indeed, I myself said on the Sam Seder show earlier but I can't prove it) that one shouldn't let one's sense of bloggy knowingness blind one to the fact that Friedman is an enormously influential picture, and him coming around to this view makes an enormous difference.