Liveblogging XVII

Q from audience to Obama: respect Pakistani sovereignty and provide safe haven to terrorists, or ignore Pakistani sovereignty and pursue those who attack us, like Cambodia?

Obama addresses questioner directly: Must end the war in Iraq to be able to fight in Afghanistan. Change policies. Can’t coddle a dictator. Expend non-military aid. If we have ObL in our sights and the Pakistanis won’t act, we should go after him and kill him.

McCain accuses Obama of announcing that he wants to attack Pakistan. Turns public opinion against us. Walk softly and carry a big stick. Obama likes to talk loudly. Get the support of the people.

Obama insists on a follow-up. I never said “attack Pakistan.” McCain likes to attack me as wet behind the ears, but who sang “Bomb bomb bomb Iran”? Said he wanted to annihilate North Korea. Said “Next stop, Baghdad.” I was joking about Iran. Repeats that Obama said that he would attack Pakistan, which everyone heard him not say. Don’t telegraph your punches.

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