NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lexus and the Olive Tree and From Beirut to Jerusalem.

Are we making a Vietnam mistake in the Mideast?

mysanantonio.com — A big part of it was failing to understand that the core political drama of Vietnam was an indigenous nationalist struggle against colonial rule â€" not the embrace of global communism.

Column: Islamic State and Vietnam

tampabay.com — In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong?

Vietnam’s lessons in Iraq and Syria

seattletimes.com — Originally published Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM Destroying the Islamic State will be hard, because it's not just riding on some jihadi caliphate fantasy but also on deep Sunni nationalist grievances, writes syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Syndicated columnist In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students.

ISIS and Vietnam

nytimes.com — In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong?

The Last Train - NYTimes.com

nytimes.com — WHEN Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn't work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict.

The First Law of Petropolitics

foreignpolicy.com — Iran's president denies the Holocaust, Hugo Chávez tells Western leaders to go to hell, and Vladimir Putin is cracking the whip. Why? They know that the price of oil and the pace of freedom always move in opposite directions. It's the First Law of Petropolitics, and it may be the axiom to explain our age.

Putin and the Pope

nytimes.com — Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you'd want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn't want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones.

Friedman: Is new cold war playing out at the pump?

mypalmbeachpost.com — Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia against Russia and Iran?

A global oil war is raging

mysanantonio.com — Global crude oil prices have been falling for weeks, now resting around $88 â€" after a long stretch at $105 to $110 a barrel. Neither Moscow nor Tehran will collapse tomorrow. [...] if oil prices fall below $70 you will see a drop in U.S.

Friedman: Islamic State as Invasive Species

mypalmbeachpost.com — When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked "Nassarah," an archaic Arabic term for Christians.
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