How bad could four years of McCain be? Bad.

Harold Myerson makes the case that McCain isn’t to be trusted on matters of war and peace.

A progressive reader is so outraged by the latest Clinton tactics that he wonders whether the country couldn’t survive four years of McCain.

Harold Myerson makes a good argument that the answer might literally be no: that McCain is just too dangerous to trust with war-and-peace decisions.

As early as 1999, McCain was recommending “rogue state rollback” as our policy toward such nations as Iraq. He remains an unabashed advocate of preventive war, as his comments on bombing Iran have made clear, and of permanent war, as his comments on remaining in Iraq have made clear. His advocacy of a missile defense system is rooted in a preference for military unilateralism &#8212 though it may stimulate a new arms race &#8212 over diplomacy. If you liked Bush’s foreign and military policy, you’ll love McCain’s.

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Hard to say what’s more dangerous &#8212 McCain’s approach to the economy or McCain’s approach to the world. The thought of him answering the red phone at 3 a.m. fills me with foreboding. Hell, I don’t want him answering the red phone at 3 p.m.

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