Liveblogging XV

Now I think it’s a pretty big win for Obama. He’s scoring well.

Q from the hall to McC: Given economic constraints, how are we going to be a peacemaker?

Economic strength. America is the greatest force for good in the history of the world. But we have to know when to intervene. [This leaves a big opening for Obama.] Needs someone with the right judgement and experience. Obama doesn’t understand.

Obama: Yes, you’re right I don’t understand. I don’t understand why we invaded a country that didn’t attack us instead of getting the people who did. Iraq put a big strain not just on the army, but on the budget. Can’t be militarily strong in economic decline.

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: