Damned if you do…

Wolf Blitzer seems to be assuming that the President made a misstatement, and that the only question worth asking is whether it was a mistake or a lie. If I were Karl Rove, I’d be tearing my hair out. As a citizen, it just makes me happy I don’t pay any attention to CNN.

Did President Bush make an honest mistake in his State of the Union address, or did he deliberately mislead the American public about Iraq?

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