For anyone who has watched Mr. Friedman's bizarro-Sinophilia e.g.
"...One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened
group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages..."
-Our One-Party Democracy, Sept. 8, 2009or:
(caution, cruelly clear-eyed)
this is biting-my-tongue-so-they-can't-hear-me-cackle, chortle, chuckle, whoop, guffaw, giggle, snicker, hoot, snort and convulse funny.
From Foreign Policy's Passport blog:
The editors of China's state-sponsored Global Times evidently did not enjoy Tom Friedman's latest column, which was written in the form of a memo from China's Ministry of State Security to Hu Jintao about the Arab Spring, though they did find it "weirdly amusing":
Frankly, it was a mediocre article for a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner although Friedman does not shun from his inclination to be a teacher of Chinese leaders. In the column, he twice asked the question, "Do you see what I mean, sir?"
In fact, the US as a whole has the tendency to teach other countries what is best for them. Many Americans think they are qualified to do so.However, globetrotting, best-selling authors cannot see the world from an ordinary person, say a farmer in a developing world country and cannot claim to think from their perspective....MORE