First things first

John McCain wants to add new members to NATO, but doesn’t seem to be entirely clear on which countries are currently members.

Apparently John McCain isn’t clear whether Spain is an enemy or an ally.

Shouldn’t a candidate who proposes to expand the membership of NATO first figure out which countries are currently in NATO?

Update Like Andy Sabl, I have only very limited Spanish. But I’m pretty sure I can make out the meaning of this comment from a Spanish media website:

¡Qué idiota! ¿El presidente siguiente? ¡Espero no!

Fn. “siguiente = “next”

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: