“Mission accomplished” dep’t

2003 = 1898?

Walter Millis, writing in 1931, on the triumphant conclusion of the Spanish-American War:

The war was over. It had all come true &#8212 all, with a suddenness, a brilliance, and a completeness beyond every possible expectation. We had shown the world. We had arrived. We had acquired a foreign policy almost as fatuous as the most elegant examples of monarchical Europe.

The Martial Spirit, Chapter XIII

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