Afghanistan spirals down

Aren’t you glad the grownups are in charge of foreign policy again?

Meanwhile, Matt Yglesias notes that Afghanistan, too, is going to Hell in a handbasket. And, thanks to being tied up in Iraq and having terminally annoyed most of the countries we ought to be able to draw on for help, there’s not actually a whole lot we can do about it.

If you were Kim Jong Il, wouldn’t you think this a propitious moment to force a confrontation with the US?

[Update: Matt says Kim is already doing so, by going ahead with his nuclear program, and we just aren’t confronting back.]

And aren’t you glad we got rid of all those foreign policy amateurs from the Clinton Administration and turned our national security over to a team of seasoned professionals who know what they’re doing?

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:

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    In re America's military overstretch, Mark Kleiman asks:If you were Kim Jong Il, wouldn't you think this a propitious moment to force a confrontation with the US?Well, not quite. The fact is that Kim Jung Il's pretty much already got…

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