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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Iraq, since November 2003.

"The next six months in Iraq — which will determine the prospects for democracy-building there — are the most important six months in U.S. foreign policy in a long, long time." (New York Times, November 30, 2003)

"What we're gonna find out, Bob, in the next six to nine months is whether we have liberated a country or uncorked a civil war." (CBS's Face the Nation, October 3, 2004)

"I think we're in the end game now…. I think we're in a six-month window here where it's going to become very clear…" (NBC's Meet the Press, September 25, 2005)

"We've teed up this situation for Iraqis, and I think the next six months really are going to determine whether this country is going to collapse into three parts or more or whether it's going to come together." (CBS's Face the Nation, December 18, 2005)

"I think we're in the end game there, in the next three to six months… We've got for the first time an Iraqi government elected on the basis of an Iraqi constitution. Either they're going to produce the kind of inclusive consensual government that we aspire to in the near term, in which case America will stick with it, or they're not, in which case I think the bottom's going to fall out." (CBS, January 31, 2006)

"I think we are in the end game. The next six to nine months are going to tell whether we can produce a decent outcome in Iraq." (NBC's Today, March 2, 2006)

"Well, I think that we're going to find out, Chris, in the next year to six months — probably sooner — whether a decent outcome is possible there, and I think we're going to have to just let this play out." (MSNBC's Hardball, May 11, 2006)


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Jun. 14th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
Well, maybe he's right. We'll know within the next six months or so.
Jun. 14th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
I was thinking of reading his latest book sometime in the next six to nine months....
Jun. 14th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
I suspect a bit of research could find earlier instances, immediately post-invasion, or even pre-invasion. If Friedman wasn't saying it, certainly other people were. It's just another administration line, for people who are gullible enough to buy it but not quite gullible enough for "Mission Accomplished" or "we'll be welcomed with open arms" or "45 minutes".
Jun. 14th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
And of course our boys will be home for Christmas ...
Jun. 14th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Give or take six months.
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, but Christmas of which year?
Jun. 14th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
Okay, Billmon of Whiskey Bar, what have you done with our friend, nwhyte, and why are you writing in his journal? Just hand him back over to LJ and no one will get hurt...

Jun. 14th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
I think he had a crystal ball that only spoke in Bengali, and he was misinterpreting 'Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later'.
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
You don't want to trust what Bangladeshis say about conflict and politics, anyway. :p
Except for me, of course.
Jun. 14th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
I'm sensing a theme...
Jun. 14th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
well to be fair he never said when the six months were starting. Its like an old ad "tell him it will be ready Thursday, just dont tell him which Thursday"
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
It might be a transatlantic thing, but I have definite expectations of the word "next", as in "the house next door", and "Who's that woman standing next to Joe?"
Jun. 14th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I suppose they find the repetition comforting. It's rather like the old SWM's assertions that the Revolution would come to pass "in five years' time". Tick tock!
Jun. 14th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Six months is just long enough for people to forget something entirely.
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