Concerning backbones and boneheadedness

The documents are bogus. Get over it, folks.

Josh Marshall prints an abusive reader’s letter he got after calling the purportedly “recreated” Killian memos “forgeries.” I’ve had more or less the same; one reader assailed me for lack of “backbone.”

If “backbone” means continuing to believe what would be good for your side after it’s been proven to be false, call me an invertebrate.

And if stubbornness in the face of contrary evidence is something you admire, then your choice for President in November ought to be pretty easy.

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: