Brokaw: What is the Obama doctrine or the McCain doctrine for the use of force where there are humanitarian interests but no national security interests?
Obama: Moral issues are part of our national interests. Draw the line at genocide. Can’t intervene everywhere, therefore we need allies. I can lead.
McCain back on the goddamned surge. Obama would have brought our troops home in defeat. Greatest force for good. Must do whatever we can to prevent genocide. Tempered with our ability to beneficially effect the situation. Needs sound judgment (his).
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.
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)
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