Opportunity knocks

Looking forward to Obama’s anti-torture speech.

Barack Obama’s speech on overriding President Bush’s veto of the torture bill can be a turning point in this campaign. John McCain is for torture, as long as it’s practiced by the CIA rather than the military. Hillary Clinton, who knows as all of us do that the Bush Administration has been using waterboarding, still isn’t sure whether it’s been practicing torture.

Only one candidate left in the race stands for human decency on this issue, and fortunately he’s the most eloquent politician of our lifetimes. The hour is ready for the man.

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