Accountability

“When you mislead the country about our reasons for war in Iraq, and then fail to plan effectively for military and strategic victory, you simply don’t get to keep your job.”

Phil Carter on why he’s voting for Kerry:

I’m casting my vote as a referendum on the Bush national security policies since January 2001.

When you pour billions into homeland security without achieving a significant net gain in security, I think there’s a problem.

When you mislead the country about our reasons for war in Iraq, and then fail to plan effectively for military and strategic victory, you simply don’t get to keep your job.

When you employ lawyers to eviscerate the rule of law and make America into the world’s brigand instead of the world’s leader, I don’t think you should be allowed to keep your office.

When you allow al-Qaida to mutate and evolve into a more lethal and survivable global terror network on your watch, you haven’t done your job.

Sen. Kerry hasn’t fully shown that he will improve on all these fronts, but I do believe he will do better than President Bush.

Right. Results, not excuses.

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