Our Son-of-a-bitch #127

Here’s a disgusting little item from Stratfor.

With Mobutu gone, I guess the administration feels the need for some African thug-cum-kleptocrat to play games with, and Moi is certainly a good second best. Dealing with folks like this seems so practical and realistic: until it turns around and bites you. Does anyone know if Pat Robertson is doing business in Kenya?

Kenya is important, dammit. Kenya could be a success. We need some successes in Africa.

I can hear Mugabe’s advisors talking now: “See, boss, if we just let al-Qaeda set up shop near Harare, then we can offer the Americans help in getting rid of them if they’ll shut up while we drive out ALL the whites.”


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