Tom Friedman’s Strange Case For A US Military Presence In Syria

An iconic New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, has just been squired around the Middle East by the commander of Central Command, the U.S. military headquarters for operations in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and North Africa. Now, don’t get me wrong, the military and American journalists have cultivated symbiotic relations since the Civil War. It’s in the nature of things. The press needs access, and the military needs public and congressional support. Quality time shared by the top U.S. military officer for this volatile region and the top foreign affairs columnist for the nation’s top broadsheet makes sense.

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