Sarah Palin’s “visit to Iraq”

… didn’t actually take her to Iraq.

… didn’t actually take her to, y’know … Iraq. Got to a border checkpoint, though.\

Again, none of this is her fault. There was no particular reason the Governor of Alaska, consumed with debating bed-and-breakfast regulation, bullying career officials and grabbing for pork, to visit Iraq at all.

But the guy running for President on the Republican ticket, and the goons he’s hired to run his campaign in their off-time from corporate lobbying, have been relentlessly lying about every aspect of Palin’s record. McCain’s rather fraught relationship with the truth is finally becoming a central issue in this campaign, as it deserves to be.

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Great God, do I miss Pat Moynihan just about now!

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