If you've been reading Thomas Friedman in the New York Times over the past few years, you've probably seen a great deal of ego, a great deal of self-justification, a great deal of after-the-fact rationalization, and a diminishing association between what he writes and claims and what seems to be happening in the real world. Today he explains,
I have a confession to make: I am the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and I didn't listen to one second of the 9/11 hearings and I didn't read one story in the paper about them. Not one second. Not one story.It's "stuff and nonsense", of course, and a rather pathetic excuse for not bothering to examine and analyze actual facts, events, and testimonies.
Lord knows, it's not out of indifference to 9/11. It's because I made up my mind about that event a long time ago: It was not a failure of intelligence, it was a failure of imagination. We could have had perfect intelligence on all the key pieces of 9/11, but the fact is we lacked — for the very best of reasons — people with evil enough imaginations to put those pieces together and realize that 19 young men were going to hijack four airplanes for suicide attacks against our national symbols and kill as many innocent civilians as they could, for no stated reason at all.