Friedman has written 19 opinion pieces in the New York Times since June, but only two about the Mideast, where he made his reputation, and then ruined it by enthusiastically supporting Iraq war. So he has avoided the pressing issues of Israel’s annexation and Trump/Pompeo’s threats to goad Iran into a conflict in the middle of the presidential race.
The New York Times is downplaying the Trump administration’s efforts to provoke conflict with Iran — and when it does report on the danger it relies on the Israel lobby for spin.
Trump drops the F-bomb on Iran on the Rush Limbaugh show. “If you fuck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.” And the media ignore his latest threat to go to war.
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, is already running for president in 2024. To that end, he is trying to provoke Iran into a conflict in the days and weeks to come.