Shorter Allen West

Having been an officer, I’m incapable of acting like a gentleman.

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

6 thoughts on “Shorter Allen West”

  1. I was drafted 40 years ago and served two years; I do not remember ever hearing anyone say, “Shut the heck up.”

  2. Oh, I don’t know. He does have a point.
    “Gays want to be in the military. Here’s how I feel about it, alright? Anyone – DUMB ENOUGH – to want to be in the military should be allowed in. End of fuckin’ story. That should be the only requirement. I don’t care how many push-ups you can do, put on a helmet, go wait in that fox-hole, we’ll tell you when we need you to kill somebody. Y’know what I mean? I’m so sick… I’ve watched these fuckin’ congressional hearings, and all these military guys, and all the pundits, seriously “Oh, the esprit-de-corps will be affected, and we are such a moral…” Excuse me? Aren’t y’all fuckin’ hired killers? Shut up! You are thugs, and when we need you to go blow the fuck out of a nation of little brown people, we’ll let you know.” – Bill Hicks

  3. “I guess I haven’t learned the DC-insider talk” = “I am proud to be ignorant of two centuries of a revered tradition dating back to the Founding Fathers, and don’t give a damn about learning it.”

  4. Or possibly “I guess I haven’t learned the DC-insider talk” = “I haven’t bothered to learn anything about how to do the job I am being paid to do, and have no intention of learning how to represent my constituents. Too bad for them; I come first.”

  5. What Think Progress said:

    It’s insulting for West to attribute his behavior to an institution that places a premium on respect.

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