Bush does the right thing on land mines

When I read in the newspapers that the Bush Administration had backed off from a Clinton Administration commitment to get rid of landmines, my instinct was to assume the worst.

But Richard Garwin says Bush is right and I was wrong. And if Garwin says so, you can take it to the bank. I’m happy to stand corrected. [As Garwin points out, the issue of cluster munitions remains to be dealt with.]

I don’t expect to have much good to say about the Bush Administration over what I hope will be its final year, but that won’t, I hope, be for lack of willingness to give credit where it’s due.

And I’ll think less of John Kerry if he goes after Bush on this one.

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