“Irresponsible and, frankly, naive”

Has Hillary Clinton never heard of John F. Kennedy?

Hillary Clinton’s nasty, neo-connish slap at Barack Obama’s willingress to meet with foreign leaders reminded me of a similar blunder by someone else who sought the Presidency despite youth and inexperience:

Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

See? If you elect a junior senator with no executive experience to the Presidency, you’re going to get a weak-kneed, limp-wristed foreign policy that fails to stand up to the world’s bad guys.

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