A road map through a minefield

Kevin Drum says that the Bush Administration is tiptoeing toward endorsement of the “Geneva Plan” so hated by the Israeli government. I’m not at all sure (1) whether the plan is a good idea substantively; or (2) whether Bush’s people are really getting behind it, as opposed to using a head-fake of support for it to pimp-slap the Sharon government. But when Paul Wolfowitz is saying nice things about Yossi Beilin, something strange is going on.

I half-hope it’s true, because I want to watch the Bush fans who are also Sharon fans twist themselves into pretzels. Tom Lehrer once spoke of someone “feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.” It’s a feeling I devoutly wish on the folks at Little Green Footballs, and on the “official” spokespeople for the Jewish community who seem to speak with one eye on the maximum marginal tax rate.

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