Brad DeLong has an evil mind

Was the “threat to Air Force One” on September 11 a fairy-tale Cheney dreamed up to persuade Bush not to risk flying back to Washington?

He’s convinced that the “threat to Air Force One” on September 11th was a lie Cheney made up to persuade Bush not to fly straight back to Washington.

It’s almost inconceivable to me that the Vice-President would treat the President like a child who has to be fooled into doing what the grown-ups think he ought to do, but as Brad tells the story it makes a twisted kind of sense.

Footnote: Brad doesn’t bother to ask what the hell Mary Matalin and Karen Hughes were doing in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center that morning. Can you say “permanent campaign”?

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

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  1. Morning Bang

    – For my "Morning Bang", a title I realize is not unique or funny, I usually garner my story ideas by scanning the blog world and picking up on what people are talking about. My little spin is then added

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