No time for fingerpointing

… says John McCain, pointing his finger at Bill Clinton.

I agree with John McCain: In the face of the problem with which the North Korean nuclear test confronts not merely the country but the world, now is no time to point out the feckless, dim-witted Bush Administration policies that paved the way for that test. Our need for national unity is so great that we should pretend to ignore the fact that we are currently led by the Worst. President. Ever.

On the other hand, since Bill Clinton is no longer President, it’s perfectly safe to blame him for everything, whatever his actual level of responsibility, especially since it will make us all feel better by distracting us from the fine mess we’re now in.

Look at it this way: Which is the more cheerful thought, Monica Lewinsky on her knees, or Kim Jong Il with a nuke?

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

3 thoughts on “No time for fingerpointing”

  1. I know this is hardly a joking time, but let me offer a joke I actually conjured up myself.
    How many wingnuts does it take to change a light bulb?
    NOne! Bill Clinton did it!

  2. IMHO the best source on the history of the press' hagiographic treatment of "Saint McCain" is _The Daily Howler_.

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