In refreshing contrast, Pepe Escobar has some cogent recommendations as to where Thomas Friedman can stick his Lexus and his olive tree.
I was always amused when I would watch Crossfire and hear: "...and on the Left, Michael Kinsley!"
I once met Michael Kinsley. I was at the offices of The New Republic in Washington, DC. I was working for MCI at the time (1995), and was pals with the New Republic's president. He'd invited me to an editorial luncheon with Al Gore. I had just given serious shit to our then-VP over the Communications Decency Act -- "so Al, have you ever actually read the First Amendment?" -- and was slipping away under the thoroughly unamused gaze of more Secret Service agents than I'd ever seen in one place. Kinsley chose this moment to ask me how to fix his MCImail account. I told him to call Customer Service.
So this was the American "Left." Wow.
For extra credit...
(see also: the video)