Rudy of Arabia? George W. Giuliani?

He’s running as a pro-war candidate. What has he been smoking?

I’ve long thought that Rudy Giuliani had serious character disorders: serious enough to disqualify him for the Presidency. But I never thought he was a fool.

Now I have my doubts.

It appears that Giuliani wants to run for President as the pro-war candidate. Yes, that may get him the nomination. But it virtually guarantees his defeat in the general election. Even Hillary “Wish-I-didn’t-know-now-what-I-didn’t-know-then” Clinton will run against Mr. Bush’s war. And, barring some sort of political-military miracle in Iraq, that’s going to be the winning position.

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