Alas, I'm not the one back from sabbatical. Thomas Friedman is back--and he's not happy about the politicization of the war in Iraq. For those who are not regular readers of his column on foreign affairs in the New York Times, Friedman supports efforts to build democracy in the Middle East, but he has been critical of the Bush Administration's approach to the war in Iraq. Having had some time off to work on a book, Friedman returns with some very trenchant criticisms. Be sure to read his column in today's Times.