. . . Thursday May 13, 2004

Friedman: “I thought the administration would have to do the right things in Iraq – from prewar planning and putting in enough troops to dismissing the secretary of defense for incompetence – because surely this was the most important thing for the president and the country. But I was wrong. There is something even more important to the Bush crowd than getting Iraq right, and that’s getting re-elected and staying loyal to the conservative base to do so. It has always been more important for the Bush folks to defeat liberals at home than Baathists abroad.”

Concentration is important!