Note to Glenn Reynolds

George Orwell once said that the mark of a fanatic is the incapacity to conceive that someone might be intelligent, well-informed, and sincere, but still disagree with you.

Have you ever considered, just for a moment, that Jim Webb might be as good a patriot as you are, and as vigorous an opponent of Islamofascism, and think in good faith (and with more expertise than either of us has) that continuing to kill and die in Iraq makes the country weaker and its enemies stronger? Just like General Odom?

Here’s an idea: Visit Washington, and tell Jim Webb to his face that he’s so blinded by partisan hatred that he favors his country’s defeat in the war where his son is serving.

I’ll help pay for the dentures.

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