Just an empty suit, without expertise in foreign policy

Barack Obama, three years ago, demolishes Condi Rice on the shifting justifications for the War in Iraq and the links between tyranny and terrorism.


Watch Barack Obama (three years ago) take Condi Rice to school on the problem of how terrorism and tyranny relate.

I’ve spent some time testifying before Senate committees, and I’ve never seen a Senator perform at this level of seriousness and intelligence. He’s not just reading questions from his notecards: he’s talking, and thinking.

h/t Andrew Sullivan

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