Friedman: “9/11 is over”

Tom Friedman says we should stop being stupid. Good idea!

Thomas Friedman, who did more than his share to promote the post-9/11 hysteria that led to the invasion of Iraq, announces that “9/11 is over.”

9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 &#8212 mine included &#8212 has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.

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You may think Guantánamo Bay is a prison camp in Cuba for Al Qaeda terrorists. A lot of the world thinks it’s a place we send visitors who don’t give the right answers at immigration. I will not vote for any candidate who is not committed to dismantling Guantánamo Bay and replacing it with a free field hospital for poor Cubans. Guantánamo Bay is the anti-Statue of Liberty.

As between spitting on Friedman for having been wrong and celebrating his now being right, I think the choice is easy. But your mileage may vary.

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