That was then

I came across this while clearing up old bookmarks: Thomas Friedman talking about the Arab Human Development Report, and concluding:
What should America's response to all this be? We should stop talking about "terrorism" and W.M.D. and make clear that we're in Iraq for one reason: to help Iraqis implement the Arab Human Development Reports, so the war of ideas can be fought from within. Then we should get out of the way. Just one good model, one good Arab model that works, and you will see more than just municipal elections in Saudi Arabia.  
Crazy times. Let me know when/if he ever apologizes, or expresses regret for what he wrote.