It was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One correspondent, Thomas L. Friedman, challenged the officer repeatedly. The colonel stonewalled him. But Friedman's questions were sharp and unrelenting. "He's going to end up wanting to talk to me," Friedman said to a Reuters reporter, "because tomorrow whatever he says is going to be on the front page of The New York f------ Times."