A Liar needs a good memory …

… and Eric Alterman finds that George W. Bush has a bad one, [*] at least for the events of 9/11. The contrast between the press coverage, or non-coverage, of Bush’s mendacity about having seen the airplane hit the first tower on TV on the one hand and all the fuss about Gore’s mother’s dog’s prescription and the difference between touring a disaster site with the Director of FEMA and the Deputy Director of FEMA on the other is pretty astonishing.

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