Question for Hillary Clinton

Does Hillary Clinton think that someone who believes that the CIA should employ torture is fit to be Commander-in-Chief?

1. Barack Obama supports the anti-torture bill that George W. Bush says he will veto.

2. John McCain voted against it.

Which of them is ready to be Commander-in-Chief?

If you answer to that question is “John McCain,” then is it your opinion that someone who supports torture is fit to command the armed forces that fly the Stars and Stripes?

Hilzoy asks a related question: If Hillary really believes that Obama is not ready to be Commander-in-Chief and John McCain is, does she intend to vote for McCain in November if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee?

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: