The Viagra Maneuver

So we’re bribing Afghan sheikhs with Viagra. Fine. But why blab to the press about it?

1. Figuring out ways to bribe Afghan tribal elders: good idea!

2. Doing so with Viagra: pretty clever.

3. Yapping about it to reporters: pretty stupid.

Can’t do good, might do harm.

How long do you think it will take the Taliban to start telling jokes about limp-dicked traitors to Islam?

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