Thomas L. Friedman proceeds from the assumption that the international borders are too sacred to mention to the conclusion that the role of the U.S. is impossible. What someone needs to mention is that Syria and Iraq were invented in 1916 by Sykes and Picot without regard to ethnic or cultural coherence, and have been held together since then by unrepresentative governments. The position of the U.S. is impossible because we have made ourselves the enforcers of an illegitimate order. The British and the French who drew this map abandoned their imperial ambitions two generations ago. The position of the U.S will be impossible as long as we go on defending the errors of another century.
Barry Haskell Levine