Bad news and good news and bad news on DADT

Peter Pace is a bigot and a fool.
John Warner isn’t a bigot, and is a stand-up guy.
Robert Gates also isn’t a bigot, but he’s a coward and thinks you’re a fool.

Bad news: the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is a bigot, and has a tin ear.

Good news: the Ranking Republican on Senate Armed Services isn’t a bigot, and is a stand-up guy.

Bad news: the Secretary of Defense isn’t a bigot, but he is a coward, and he thinks you’re a fool. If the question is whether a bad policy should be changed, the answer “It’s our policy, and we’re sticking with it” is a non-answer.

All in this story about “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Maybe I’m misreading the polling, but I think this is a good issue for the Democrats, especially if Jim Webb is on the right side of it. There aren’t many votes for the notion that Christian religious fanatics should be allowed to weaken the country’s military capacity to fight against Islamic religious fanatics.

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