The Kerry doctrine

Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts. Make sure your buddies have your back. Plan for victory. Tell the truth.

The Bush campaign is trying to spin John Kerry’s proposal for decent respect to the opinion of mankind into a “doctrine” that forbids self-defense.

But saying “I have no such doctrine” is a loser; you can’t beat something with nothing. So Kerry better be prepared to enunciate the Kerry Doctrine by Friday.

So here’s Draft 1 of the Kerry Doctrine:

Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts. Make sure your buddies have your back. Plan for victory. Tell the truth.

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

6 thoughts on “The Kerry doctrine”

  1. An indecent disrespect

    After his collapse in last Thursday's debate, President Bush has been trying to regain some traction by misrepresenting what his opponent, Sen. Kerry, said. Here is the statement in question: Sen. Kerry: "The president always has the right and always

  2. Someone please explain

    Why The Kerry doctrine isn't better than the incumbent's "principles"? Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts. Make sure your buddies have your back. Plan for victory. Tell the truth….

  3. The Kerry Doctrine

    Every single act of violence must past a global test–not just wars or acts of political violence. The test is simple: Would I that this were a universal maxim? Howard Dean was pilloried for stating the obvious, that America won't always be the …

  4. Sometimes the first thought…

    …is the best one. Mark Kleiman suggests that if Bush is going to accuse Kerry of having a doctrine, he might as well get one, and offers a first draft. I don't see a lot of room for improvement…
    Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention…

  5. The Kerry Doctrine, Deux

    Mark Kleiman implicitly concedes that Kerry's rhetoric about a "global test" needs a bit of, hmm, rearticulation. He delights and amuses us with this first draft: Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts.

  6. The Kerry Doctrine, Deux

    Mark Kleiman implicitly concedes that Kerry’s rhetoric about a “global test” needs a bit of, hmm, rearticulation. He delights and amuses us with this first draft: Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts.

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