Astounding incompetence

No one told the White House that the Pentagon was going to announce that French, Russian, and German firms were blacklisted from bidding on reconstruction work in Iraq the same day the President called Chirac, Putin, and Schroeder to ask them for help in rescheduling Iraqi debt? Or that, just to add insult to injury, the excuse was going to be “security”?

Who put these $%$#^ bush-leaguers in charge? (Oh, yeah: I suppose that question answers itself, with a simple change of case.)

Heads really ought to roll over this one. Or Bush should just hire Ted Mack as chief of staff and admit that he’s running the original amateur hour.

Update: Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps Bush is such a miserable failure due to his astounding incompetence?

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: