I don’t know why I even bother with Thomas Friedman:
Ask yourself: What made our Greatest Generation great? First, the problems they faced were huge, merciless and inescapable: the Depression, Nazism and Soviet Communism. Second, the Greatest Generation’s leaders were never afraid to ask Americans to sacrifice. Third, that generation was ready to sacrifice, and pull together, for the good of the country. And fourth, because they were ready to do hard things, they earned global leadership the only way you can, by saying: “Follow me.”
Let’s solve our problems by comparing them with Imaginary World ™, full of puppies and ponies and elves!
This is why other pundits think that George Will is an intellectual.