Behind the times

Pre-election violence was evidence that the terrorists were trying to influence the election; post-election violence is evidence that Bush’s defeat has emboldened them. Really, wingnut logic is pretty easy to learn.

Atrios is soooooo un-hip to wingnut logic. It’s like, totally embarrassing.

He links to the next-to-latest disaster in Iraq (the latest disaster is even more appalling) with the snark “Uh, Terrorists? You can stop trying to influence the elections now.”

I mean, as if. Hasn’t he gotten the memo? Pre-election disasters were evidence of terrorists trying to influence the election. But post-election disasters are evidence that they have been emboldened by the victory of the Defeatocrats, who want America to lose and the terrorists to win. None of this would have happened if Rummy were still in charge.

Is this like hard or something?

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

2 thoughts on “Behind the times”

  1. As in Stalin's Russia – and Orwell's Oceania – the State's greatest concern is not enemies abroad but independent thinkers at home, against whom the rhetoric of struggle and the weight of the nation must be mobilized.
    Foreign enemies – like Sadaam Hussein, for example (1978) – can be recast as friendly allies (1984) and then enemies again (1992). With domestic enemies (Democrats and libruls), however, there can be no compromise or conversation, only unceasing war. Hail our Dear Leader!

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