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Foreign Policy Concepts and Jargon, Explained

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THE FRIEDMAN UNIT

What is it: A time period equivalent to “the next six months”; also known as an FU or a Friedman.

Who coined it: Duncan Black (blogger, Eschaton), in 2006, in response to Thomas Friedman (columnist, New York Times) repeatedly declaring that “the next six months” was a critical period in the Iraq War. Friedman made similar statements on fourteen occasions in three years.

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