Elitist intellectual snobbery in action

So what’s wrong with having diploma mill graduates in key wartime positions? Did they learn any less than Bush learned?

I think Patrick Nielsen Hayden is being unfair to Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Abell.

After all, is there any actual evidence that he worked any less hard, or learned any less, in achieving his master’s degree from “diploma mill” Columbus University than George W. Bush did in earning his B.A. from Yale?

Anyway, Abell is only the #2 in the Pentagon’s personnel and readiness operation. That sounds like a harmless enough spot to park someone with fake credentials, since the Defense Department isn’t facing any particular personnel or readiness issues right now, as far as I know. It’s not as if there were a war on, or anything.

Full GAO report here.

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

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