He's like David Brooks, but with more malice. He's always wrong--like Brooks--and uses every column to say that if everyone just did as he said, the world would be better--like Brooks--and no matter what the situation it can always be solved by attacking the poor and cutting taxes on the wealthy--just like Brooks always says.
But the main difference is that Friedman is constantly clamoring for military action. He always wants an excuse to bomb people.
He's just as much of a lying snake as Brooks, but he's less lazy and far more influential. Which is why he is the worst.
Eschaton: THE ONE TRUE WANKER OF THE DECADE
Friedman possesses all of the qualities that make a pundit truly wankerific. He fetishizes a false "centrism" which is basically whatever Tom Friedman likes, imagining the Friedman agenda is both incredibly popular in the country and lacking any support from our current politicians, when in fact the opposite is usually true. Washington worships at the altar of the agenda of false centrism, and people often hate it. Problems abroad, even ones which really have nothing to do with us, should be solved by war, and problems at home should be solved by increasing the suffering of poor and middle class people. Even though one political party is pretty much implementing, or trying to implement, 99.999999% of the Friedman agenda, what we really need is a third party catering precisely to this silent majority of Friedmanites.
Truly great wankers possess a kind of glib narcissism, the belief that everything is about them while simultaneously disavowing any responsibility for anything. The important thing about an issue is whether it proves Tom Friedman fucking right, but if it doesn't we can just move on to the next big thing that will prove Tom Friedman fucking right. If you advocate for wars that go a bit bad, well, it's not your fault. If only Tom Friedman had been in charge everything would have been great.
Such wankers are impervious to criticism because they're always doing battle with straw critics. They never remember what they said last week, and assume you won't either.