Petraeus on torture

He’s against it. Huh? Is he some sorta LIBRUL?

Jeff Weintraub is right: Gen. Petraeus’s explicit denunciation of all forms of maltreatment of captives is in the best traditions of the country and its army, going back to George Washington.

And somebody else is also right, though at the moment I can’t remember who: All the politicians, including Rudy Giuliani, who accuse those who oppose torture of being foolishlly “soft,” ignorant of the realities of asymmetric warfare, and indifferent to the risk of more terrorist attacks here, now need to say whether they want to apply their slander to Gen. Petraeus, or whether they’d rather take it back.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com