Always good for a laugh.
To me, Friedman has always been Exhibit A in a version of the "Banality of evil" argument. Yes, he is trite and stupid. But the trite, stupid things he writes have defended and justified horrors the world over. He's a monster.
More importantly he's not alone. He's emblematic of thousands of similar monsters who proliferate in media throughout the country. There's always good money to be made rationalizing the atrocities of the powerful with dimestore aphoristic nonsense if you can fake it well enough. Look around. There's at least one Friedman opining from a high platform in your town right now.