Mark Kleiman

Focusing on the Wrong Drug in Mexico and Central America

Most interesting thing I learned at Ernesto Zedillo’s “War on Drugs” conference at Yale yesterday and today: One chronic problem for Latin America, and one of the reasons drug trafficking flourishes, is the underfunded, undertrained, underpaid, undermanned, and often outgunned law enforcement/prosecution/judicial system. That system is also massively corrupt, partly because the people in it… Read more »

You don’t have to be Jewish…

… to love Levy’s, say the classic ads. And you don’t have to be a Zionist to hate Hamas. The proclamation that Hamas will never recognize the existence of any Israeli state, even within the 1967 borders is a declaration of war to the death. Under those circumstances, I know who ought to be doing… Read more »

Obama on 60 Minutes

The president pretty much nailed it, I thought. If the economy comes back, Obama may manage to make calm and sanity fashionable again. The thing about gut instinct is if it works then you think, “Boy, I have good instincts.” If it doesn’t, then you’re gonna be running back in your mind all the things… Read more »

Tim Pawlenty Loves Big Brother

In the closing scene of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston Smith, the apostate apparatchik, finally re-embraces the system that has destroyed him as a human being and is about to put a bullet into his brain. He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden… Read more »

Note From a Former Zionist

Peter Beinart gave a very good talk – at once eloquent and morally and intellectually serious – at UCLA Hillel last night. The talk explored the complexity of loving Israel and yet disapproving of the pattern of ethnic subordination that characterizes Israeli rule over the West Bank. Beinart mentioned the fact that settler violence against… Read more »