Once Gonzales goes, Gates and Rice will restart their push to close Guantanamo.

Alberto Gonzales’s memory lapse seems to guarantee his speedy departure. Once he’s gone, Gates and Rice will restart their push to close Guantanamo, which Gonzales and Cheney successfully resisted.

One might have thought that the Attorney General of the United States would be ashamed to argue that the policies he helped design are so lawless that they can’t safely be executed within the jurisdiction of American courts. But one would have been wrong. Shamelessness is the one commodity this crew never runs short of.

Footnote As the Bush Maladministration melts down, its various factions are beginning to break the “message discipline” that Rove had enforced so successfully for so long; they’re now tossing grenades at one another through the New York Times, just like a bunch of Democrats. Gates in particular must now see that he’s virtually unfireable. Good!

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: