“Mow the place down”?

I guess the Republicans on the Hill aren’t reading enough Glenn Reynolds; they seem to suspect that not everything there is going as well as hoped. [*]My own view is that things are going as well as could have been expected by anyone who hadn’t been having smoke blown up him by Ahmed Chalabai.

But can anyone figure out exactly what Trent Lott means by “just mow the whole place down”? The only interpretation that makes sense in context is “kill all the Iraqis,” but that can hardly be right. Can it?

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

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