2005-05-26

More Friedman

A bit more Friedman-teasing, this time from Mike in Saigon:
"I personally don't remember Alden Pyle boring Thomas Fowler with endless metaphors and nonsensical analogies. I just can't imagine Alden Pyle ever saying, 'I was sitting there at the Hotel Continental when the waitress asked me if I wanted another Pepsi or perhaps some green tea. And then it hit me, Pepsi and green tea together on the same menu! Yes, here was a young Vietnamese woman asking me, a Westerner, if I wanted Pepsi OR a green tea. East could meet West. Green tea meet Pepsi. And that's when it hit me. America could win in Vietnam if we just understood that.'"