“General Betray Us”

Does Karl Rove have a mole in MoveOn?

Does Karl Rove have a mole planted in MoveOn?

Petraeus was vulnerable to the (true) charges that his statements were at odds with observable reality, and that he has inappropriately allowed himself to be come a partisan figure rather than an impartial professional soldier. He is not vulnerable to the (obviously false) charge that he has betrayed, or will betray, the country. Making the false charge helps the Republicans obscure the validity of the true charges.

Dumb, dumber, dumbest.

Update: ABC News has the hearing transcripts, along with reporting. Good news about the reporting: “Betray Us” doesn’t get much play in the story. Bad news: Neither do the challenges to the accuracy of the general’s statistics.

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