Bush’s dilemma

If revealing classified information is against the law, then either Bush or Cheney (or both) broke the law. And Bush promised that anyone who committed a crime would have to leave the Administration. So is Bush going to ask for Cheney’s resignation, or offer his own?

George W. Bush:

1) Believes that leaking classified information is against the law; and

2) Promised that anyone in his administration who committed a crime would no longer have a job.

Now it comes out that either Dick Cheney or George W. Bush authorized “Scooter” Libby to reveal classified information. Libby testified under oath that his “superiors” authorized him to do so, and his only “superiors” were Cheney (Libby was the VP’s chief of staff) and Bush himself.

So which will it be? Is Bush going to ask for Cheney’s resignation, or offer his own? Or can we just stop pretending that “classified information” is somehow sacrosanct, without any regard to whether its revelation hurts the country or helps it?

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