Does Vicente Fox own a horse?

So the Bush Administration — this time with the President doing some of the dirty work himself — has decided to threaten the Mexican government with a backlash against Mexican-Americans unless Mexico votes with us on Iraq. (Yes, the President’s own remarks might refer only to wrecking the Mexican economy, but combined with the remarks of the unnamed “diplomat” quoted in The Economist — which, if you’re wondering, is strongly pro-war — their meaning could hardly be clearer.)

Are these folks absolutely incapable of not acting like a bunch of small-town goons?

Democrats should sure no Mexican-American voter fails to hear about this.

Thanks to Kevin Drum, the Calpundit for the pointer.

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