What has Iraq got that North Korea hasn't?

In his op ed today, A War for Oil?, Tom Friedman mentions the president’s recent soundbite:

Mr. Bush’s recent attempt to hype the Iraqi threat by saying that an Iraqi attack on America — which is most unlikely — “would cripple our economy” was embarrassing. It made the president look as if he was groping for an excuse to go to war, absent a smoking gun.

It sure made me cringe. Who writes this stuff?