Moral clarity

Anyone can support an anti-terrorist policy that works. The true test of manliness and patriotism is supporting an anti-terrorist policy that won’t work. That’s why our Beloved Leader dreamed up the Surge: to separate the real Americans from the girly-men.

I’m frankly disappointed in my friends who oppose the surgulation, or plus-up, or whatever the White House is calling the latest Hail Mary pass.

What they don’t understand, being basically girly-men, is that if you really, really, really hate the terrorists, you’re willing to do anything to fight them, even if the policy in question makes the terrorists stronger and us weaker. And if you don’t really, really, really hate the terrorists, then you’re not anti-war, just on the other side.

Anyone can support an anti-terrorist policy that works. The true test of manliness and patriotism is supporting an anti-terrorist policy that won’t work. That’s why our Beloved Leader dreamed up the Surge: to separate the real Americans from the terrorist sympathizers.

I hope that’s clear now.

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