George Bush as Noam Chomsky in action

George W. Bush has managed to actually carry out the program Noam Chomsky only dreamed about: to greatly reduce the capacity of the United States to achieve its ends abroad.

David Brooks is right: the disasters of the past year have weakened this country’s capacity to make its will felt in the world for years to come. (His proposed solution — “a global alliance of democracies to embody democratic ideals, harness U.S. military power and house a permanent nation-building apparatus, filled with people who actually possess expertise on how to do this job” — assumes away the problem: that it may no longer be possible to assemble a global alliance of democracies willing to follow our lead.)

George W. Bush has managed to actually carry out the program Noam Chomsky only dreamed about: to greatly reduce the capacity of the United States to achieve its ends abroad.It’s that — even more than making us liberal hawks look like a bunch of fools — that makes some of us so uncontrollably angry.

Here’s hoping that when the conservative hawks come to their senses, they’ll be angry too. There’s evidence of that process starting to happen.

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

One thought on “George Bush as Noam Chomsky in action”

Comments are closed.