Bill Kristol, the 9-11 families, and “moral blackmail”

Kristol opens mouth, inserts foot.
Time for a boycott of the Weekly Standard?

Did Bill Kristol really just accuse the 9-11 widows of “moral blackmail”? As someone who had previously spoken out against the idea that the families deserved the right to dictate policy, I’m not unsympathetic to what I take to be his basic point. But “moral blackmail“?

I’m looking forward to a campaign led by the same folks who ran the jihad agaist Daily Kos, demanding that all Republican candidates and causes must now pull their advertising from the Weekly Standard.

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