Another dumb hit-piece on Wesley Clark

Nick Confessore at Tapped does a nice takedown on a Weekly Standard hit-piece on Wesley Clark.

The basic idea of the Standard piece is that when Clark states a fairly obvious inference from things the people in and around the Bush Administration has said and done — that Iraq might not be the final target of the neocons’ policy of pre-emptive war for the purpose of regime change — he’s engaging in crazy conspiracy-mongering. Confessore provides some of the public-source docmentation underlying Clark’s concern.

The WS piece seems to be written from the same RNC talking points that underlay the silly Andrew Sullivan slander that Glenn Reynolds endorsed and I objected to.

Just remember, Mr. Bush’s friends aren’t doing this to Dean, because Dean is the one they want to run against.

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