Monday, July 2, 2007

The Friedman Unit

From Wikipedia:

The Friedman Unit is a reference to New York Times
columnist Thomas Friedman's repeated use of "the next
six months" as the time period in which, according to
Friedman, "we're going to find out...whether a decent
outcome is possible" in the Iraq War. Friedman had
been making such six-month predictions for a period of
two and a half years, on at least 14 different
occasions, starting with a column in the November 30,
2003 edition of The New York Times, in which he
stated: "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." The term has
been used in general to describe any pronouncement of
a critical period for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Such pronouncements have been made by numerous
politicians and military officials involved in the

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