Our Bad Media Presents: Six People Offered A Bud By Pulitzer-Prize Winning Columnist Tom Friedman


1. Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Maybe Iran, and its wily Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, aren’t so smart after all. It was Iran that armed its Iraqi Shiite allies with the specially shaped bombs that killed and wounded many American soldiers. Iran wanted us out. It was Iran that pressured Maliki into not signing an agreement with the U.S. to give our troops legal cover to stay in Iraq. Iran wanted to be the regional hegemon. Well, Suleimani: ‘This Bud’s for you.'” —New York Times, “5 Principles for Iraq,” June 14th, 2014

2. President Barack Obama

“Let’s say Bibi had stood before Congress and said, you know, my fellow friends and my American friends, your president, President Obama, has come to me and said that he believes that there’s an opportunity here for a breakthrough with the Palestinians. I have to tell you, I personally don’t believe it. But I know one thing. When our best friend, our oldest ally, our most important strategic partner in the world, comes to me and makes the request, there’s only one right answer. Mr. President, yes. You want a six-month moratorium on settlement building? I’ve already got 500,000 settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank. You know what, Mr. President? That’s not really a strategic risk for me. The potential payoff of that is so great, I don’t believe it. I’m skeptical. But when you, President Obama, ask me that, there’s only one right answer. Yes, sir. We will do that. Barack Obama, this Bud’s for you.”–Interview with Fareed Zakaria, May 29th, 2011

3. Muqtada al-Sadr

“Whoever they choose is fine with me, and if it’s a guy with a turban, that’s also fine with me, because they may have to work some stuff out. They may have to try some bad ideas before they get around to good ideas. But while the Iraqi voters have shown a lot of courage and a lot of wisdom here, you know, so far–and, you know, Tim, I’m a big believer; there’s nothing like the burden of responsibility, you know? And, you know, Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand, you know, I’d like to nominate him for minister of labor, OK? Muqtada, this Bud’s for you, pal.” -Interview with Tim Russert on CNBC, February 5th, 2005

4. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

BLITZER: “What do you think of the decision to make, in effect, Saddam Hussein and his henchmen watch the inauguration of Jalal Talabani and these others, his enemies, make him watch it in his cell on television.” FRIEDMAN: “I rather like that. Saddam, this Bud’s for you, OK. You told us all along that your people could never do this, OK, that they were incapable of a horizontal dialogue. All that would bring them together was an iron fist. Well, you’re wrong, bud. This Bud’s for you.” —Interview with Wolf Blitzer, April 10th, 2005

5. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

“Thinking that this is just going to become Iran, you know–and, you know, a lot of people say, `God, if we–you know, we fought the war and Iran won, you know? Well, Iran’s there for defensive purpo–remember, they fought an eight-year war with this country. I’m not trying to justify this. I’m just looking at it from their perspective, but at the same time, if we leave, if we ever left Iraq and then people say, `Oh, the Iranians won.’ Oh, no, no. You think the Iranians want to manage southern Iraq? `Oh, Ayatollah, this Bud’s for you’–OK? You know, `This Bud’s for you, pal.’ –Interview on CNBC, October 8th, 2005

6. Former Vice President Dick Cheney

“Those choices need to be put to the Iraqis in the most frank, tough-minded way by the most nasty, brutish and short-tempered senior official we’ve got — and that is Dick ‘Darth Vader’ Cheney. Mr. Veep, this Bud’s for you.” –The New York Times, “Mr. Nasty, Brutish and Short Tempered,” March 10th, 2006