Has Wes Clark been reading Heinlein?

“Insult ’em until they apologize.” (Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land, if memory serves, though a google finds similar phrases as early as The Star Beast and as late as the Lazarus Long stories.)

That’s how Clark dealt with a nasty Fox News interviewer who tried to suggest that calling Iraq a “sideshow” in the war on terrorism was an insult to the troops. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Update: Here’s the transcript, in case you’re having trouble loading the video.

And it’s probably good politics, too, with journalists rating somewhere below Mafiosi in public esteem.

Thanks to Kevin Drum for the pointer.

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

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    The blogosphere has been yapping a lot about General Clark’s appearance on Fox News yesterday (see Kevin Drum and Mark Kleiman. Looking at the transcript (I haven’t seen the actual video footage), it’s apparent the Fox anchor got Clar…

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