Comparisons are odious

George W. Bush, who isn’t sure whether America can win the war on terror, seems to be increasingly divorced from reality.

If I were running for re-election for President, and if it turned out that the people were more dissatisfied about the direction of the country under my administration than people in a country dissolving into civil war, I don’t think I’d brag about it.

(Note: the Iraqi “right track” number presumably includes Iraqis who would like to see the insurgents succeed in booting us out, and who think that current trends are favorable to that outcome.)

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: