Wire creator David Simon asks politicians to admit the obvious:
You talk honestly with some of the veteran and smarter detectives in Baltimore, the guys who have given their career to the drug war, including, for example, Ed Burns, who was a drug warrior for twenty years, and they’ll tell you, this war’s lost. This is all over but the shouting and the tragedy and the waste. And yet there isn’t a political leader with the stomach to really assess it for what it is.
On this, and on so much else. Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
(Hat tip: Damon Root)