Reading Matt Yglesias, I couldn’t help but wonder. Assume the candidate was intelligent and had a responsible temperament. What would it actually be like? Presumably such a President would limit or cut off aid to Israel and directly support a Palestinian state. (We might keep some aid for purposes of leverage.) In the Arab world we would probably take some different sides, and more specific sides, than we do now. I fear we would end up embroiled in a Muslim religious civil war in the Middle East. When needed, we would likely intervene to help out Muslims in the Balkans or in Kuwait. Might we get more free trade? After all most Muslims live abroad and would like to sell their goods here. The President could try to up the immigration quotas from Muslim countries but I doubt if Congress would accede. Public and Supreme Court support for the separation of church and state would go up, not down. Haven’t Muslim black nationalists, historically, had a big interest in prison reform? Would our President give the bomb away to Muslim nations? Would it be easier to find Koranic recital CDs in Borders? Would the President pressure the Fed to drive nominal interest rates close to zero, thereby implementing Milton Friedman’s optimum quantity of money?